Lessons from Japan - Be an Interesting Person

One of the pieces of advice I heard from a lot of important people while I was in college was that it wasn’t enough to just focus on learning your craft – you also needed to try to be an interesting person. Your perspective and experiences come out in your music and the sounds you create; it’s what sets you apart from everyone else. Of course, when I first heard this, my initial reaction was to go “Yeah ok I’ll go out and be interesting and whatever when my life isn’t on fire” and proceed to stay in my room forever and try to unbury myself from all the projects I had to do. Basically, I did the opposite of what they said, and didn’t realize why that was such a problem until after I had been

Lessons from Japan - Be Good to Yourself

Two months. That’s how much time I thought I’d need before I could start working on gigs again after moving to Japan. Two months is a ton of time, right? I knew the first month would be training and moving, and it would take me another month or so to really get adjusted to my new job. Two months is forever. Two months was too much, even. I needed to be up and running way before that two-month deadline. Turns out, I kind of underestimated just how tough it is to move halfway around the world. I barely had internet up and running after two months. I’d only been in my apartment for a month and had no idea how to pay any of my bills. I’d never taught English before in my entire life, and now it

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