Produce, Produce, Produce!

The Learnings, Experiences, and Musings of The Laboratory's newest employee.

Yo, yo, yo! It's that time of the week again, baby!

I wasn't sure exactly what to write about this week. I found myself experiencing a bit of writer's block. However, I find the best way to work through writer's block (when you're writing a blog at least) is to just write about the writer's block you're experiencing. I find that this bout of block I'm experiencing stems from feeling like there is nothing interesting and lab-related coming to mind to write about. In my car on the way to work today, I realized I had no idea what I was going to blog about today. However, immediately after having that thought, I began planning how I would blog about writer's block itself. Well, there you go, problem solved! There is always something to write about, always something on my mind worth putting onto paper. When Aaron asked me to start this blog, I was very excited to do so. Writing is something I have enjoyed and been passionate about my whole life. So far, getting these posts out every week has been something I greatly look forward to. Since graduating high school, I haven't had a ton of outlets for my writing. Besides this newly founded blog, all I've been doing is songwriting. Songwriting is a great and very challenging outlet for writing, but I've definitely been enjoying having this additional outlet.

Anyway, I did come up with some other subjects I want to write about today. Somewhat related to my enjoyment of writing is my passion for music and sound production. I was at a basement show this past Saturday night, and it was an absolute blast. I went to see my friends' band "Grozov", whom I have been trying to see for a long time now. They absolutely laid waste to this venue, let me tell ya. They played a super, super awesome set and seriously brought the energy. Right before I was due to depart to the venue, I realized, "Man, I wish I was running sound for these guys and recording their set!" This was a DIY basement show, so there wasn't really much of a sound setup at all. After the Blood Gulch show, I told myself and those around me that running sound, video, and playing all at the same time was really stressful and that I did not want to be doing all that again. Well, I had a point and I still mostly stand by that. But it is just so rewarding and fun for me to hear the end and live result of helping these smaller bands out. Going forward, I would really like to establish myself as someone who records underground shows with decent production value. There aren't really any people going around and helping shed some light on these bands like I'm thinking I want to. These guys can promote themselves and their shows on their socials all they want, but a well-produced live album/recording speaks volumes over a band promoting itself with a poster. I see it as a great way to promote bands in the underground, make myself a bit of cash, and learn a skill in an industry I'm passionate about all at the same time. I would also feel comfortable offering to master the recordings for these bands. I mastered my band's live album, as well as mastering another band's set that played with us that night. I think they both turned out pretty well for someone with my amount of experience! It's all a lot of work and I can't seem to help myself but to keep doing it. It's intoxicating, irresistible even. I would go as far as to say I am obsessed with an awesome end product for bands to share far and wide. I want to be in 10 places at once the night of a show. I want to be taking photos of the band, I want to be filming the band, I want to be running sound for the band, I want to be the guy on the stage playing! If I take this approach and mindset going in, I will be completely and totally exhausted by the end of the night, but I can't seem to help myself.

I was chatting with someone about all these feelings I have towards production, and the first thing they asked me was, "Do you have a Blog or Website?" and my answer was no! I don't really have a master landing page for my production work. I have started uploading some of my work on my personal YouTube, but that doesn't suffice on its own. I figure I should get to work on some sort of landing page considering I'm looking to make something of this work I enjoy.

That's all for today! The pickup I talked about in last week's blog post is yet to arrive. When it finally gets here, I'll make sure to tell you about how the installation went! Thanks for reading! Take care, everyone!

Produce, Produce, Produce!
Gavin Miele April 24, 2024
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