I put this off for an inordinate amount of time because I’ve been taking a minute to decompress: the last year has been a bit nothing but testing. The devil’s in the details, of course, but what it boils down to is that I gave up on myself entirely. I submitted to the rat race of trying to make ends meet, working a minimum wage job that treated me like nothing more than a number and drained every ounce of my energy, so I became creatively dormant. Life became a regimen to make ends meet. After hitting a particularly low point during the winter leading to an equally particular spiritual reverie, I admitted to myself that life was too short to be as miserable as I had become.
Life is not a series of shifts to make rent.
It is not a portrait painted by the dollars in your bank account.
And, more importantly, it’s not a calculated interstate circulating vehicles to their final destination; it’s a malleable trail through a wilderness that changes with each passing season.
I got my drive back, quit my job for another with more regard for its workers, began working out again to get myself in shape, and dug into making a new album — a real one this time. Different from everything I’ve ever done in the past. How so?
Each EP/mini-album I’ve released in the past has compromised artistry time and time again because of the team around me at the time and the restraints placed on me by their constant goading that “things were in motion”, that a record deal was just around the corner and to keep myself contained until then. Each piece of my catalogue has fallen short of showcasing my actual abilities as an artist. Fuck that.
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I’m using this platform to officially announce my full-length debut album ‘Aquarius’. The album will feature 16 songs spanning every genre that’s molded me to create a roadmap of the last year and a half of my life. It’s a product of love and vigor from myself and my closest friends, an art house collective I’d like to introduce as The Dreamscope. Before the record comes out, I’ll be releasing one music video and playing a series of shows as the release nears. No release is set in stone yet, so I’m abstaining from putting myself under any constraints to distribute it quicker than I can finance. I will say that it is completed. The artwork is finalized. Once I figure out distribution and marketing for it, I’ll release it. Simple as that.
Disregard what currently exists as my output, this is my art. ‘Aquarius’ is what I’ve needed to say. Stay tuned.