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.
This past Thursday night, Factotum CO. held it’s last show under this banner. For the past three years, JP Lancaster (of At Mission Dolores) has been putting on various live events in Kamloops & other parts of the Okanagan. I’ve been there firsthand to witness & photograph countless live bands, festivals, album release shows, social gatherings and things of the like.
On this particular Thursday, JP opened the night with a solo performance of songs he’s crafted since he formed AMD over two years ago. Second to take the stage was Tim the Mute (Tim Clapp who runs the Kingfisher Bluez label out of Vancouver, BC.) who delivered an unexpectedly hilarious set of songs. Finally, Victoria, BC’s Bridal Party, who have just recently released their excellent debut LP “Too Much”, played an impressive set, which I’ve just come to expect as the norm from them at this point. Seriously, if you haven’t listened to them yet, you should do so now.
Words don’t really do the show justice, but hopefully through my photos you can grasp a sense of the atmosphere of the evening. Ultimately, I hope it’s recognized that October 10th should be remembered as a historic evening within the Kamloops music scene.
Last week, a handful of people were invited to the Foundation, where the hosts treated us to a trio of live performances from LESSSOUND, EX-SOFTESS & No Spectrum. The show also acted as a surprise birthday party of sorts for Barnacle Records’ very own Ronan McGrath. A very big thank you to Jessie & Ronan for putting events like this on, they are a huge undertaking but immensely valuable in our community.
An evening of strange lights, projected drawings, a Negroni bar, an ensemble of sonic vibrations, spent with friends from many different avenues & documented for your viewing pleasure. Looking forward to more evenings like this in the near and distant future.