I mentioned it last month, but one way I have been looking for inspiration is to search out new songs and compile them into playlists, one for each month of the year. My ultimate goal through this process is to create one album cover for each month, and in doing so, forcing me to think creatively in ways that my ordinary day-to-day work sometimes doesn’t allow.
I know it’s March now, but whatever, rules are meant to be broken. Without further digression, here is my second playlist for 2020, which are the songs that essentially provided me with the soundtrack to my February.
Follow the link here: February 2020 Playlist. For the non–Spotify users following along, here it is in list form:
1. Leif “Yarrow”
2. Sando Perri “In Another Life - Edit”
3. Dralms “Plants Behind Glass”
4. Aparde “Siren”
5. Christian Löffler “The End (feat. Josephine Philip)”
6. RY X & Ólafur Arnalds “Oceans”
7. Michael A. Muller “New Symmetry (Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch Rework)”
8. Have A Nice Life “Science Beat”
9. Bohren & Der Club of Gore “Tief gesunken”
10. Kara-Lis Coverdale “Moments In Love”
11. (Sandy) Alex G “In My Arms”
12. Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini “Illusion of Time”
12 songs with a total playing time of 62 minutes.
On Friday, February 21st, Kamloops played host to its first new music venue in a long while. Brautigan Library (to understand where the name came from, you may have to do a quick web browse) is a collaborative effort via a trio of notable Kamloops night-life institutions: Factotum CO., GK Sound & Red Beard Cafe.
For the inaugural edition of Brautigan Library, JP Lancaster (who organized the event) performed a short solo set to kickstart the evening, followed by a wonderful performance Vancouver’s Glass Forest & capped off by an exceptional set by Brandon Wolfe Scott (of Yukon Blonde fame).
As always, I feel that my photos do not do the events of this evening justice, but I have to at least attempt to capture a sense of the incredible atmosphere that all those in attendance felt in that space.
I’ve been thinking of ways to drive inspiration and increase my creativity levels. So I’ve decided to challenge myself this year to create one playlist (with customized artwork, of course), comprised of completely new (to me, anyway) songs, for each month of the year.
Add to this, that I consistently found that this year I grew tired of the music I was listening to and would just end up working in silence because I could not be bothered to make a thoughtful decision.
My hopes in accomplishing these goals involve keeping up with a schedule, staying informed of new music releases and, all the while, sourcing inspiration of various methods that are not solely rooted in design or photography.
So here it is, the first of 12 monthly curated playlists for 2020.
Follow the link here: January 2020 Playlist
For the non–Spotify users following along, here it is in list form:
1. Exist Strategy “Remember When”
2. The Acid “Tumbling Lights”
3. Heaven “Truth or Dare (On Film)”
4. Destoyer “It Just Doesn’t Happen”
5. Public Memory “Before I Forget”
6. Tess Roby “Beacon”
7. Glåsbird “Kaldsår”
8. Broadcast “Corporeal”
9. Vanishing Twin “Cryonic Suspension May Save Your Life – Extended Life Version”
10. Rob Lewis “Neurons”
11. Olga Wojciechowska “Infinite Distances”
12. Jon Hopkins & Kelly Lee Owens “Luminous Spaces”
12 songs with a total playing time of 59 minutes.
This past weekend, I was invited to sit in on a recording session with At Mission Dolores as they recorded some new songs. It’s always interesting to get a look behind the creative curtain & I feel fortunate that I was able to document it.
A couple of months ago, I found out that I was going to have a photograph published in British Columbia Magazine’s 2020 Calendar. I’m very honoured to be included in this publication, alongside some immensely talented photographers, I might add.
It’s always a great feeling to see your photographs in print & I’m so incredibly happy to finally be able to share it with everyone!
If you’d like to purchase your very own copy of this beautiful calendar, head to BCmag.com.