Lots of stuff happened these past two weeks - an introspective duration of my life to say the least. It was a blur. Sort of like staying in a Hyperbolic Time Chamber, or a 精神時光屋, as my more eloquent-in-Chinese friend would call it. Here's a double Week End Review for your reading enjoyment.

Looptopia

Looptopia 2018 was this past weekend, and it was a blast!

Went with my dawgs Bernie, Chris, and Nancy. It was an awesome time, and we had a home base at Kid's DJ studio spot where they had a kick ass booth set up!

Met up with a ton of friends, and as always, made a bunch of new friends as well. Shout-out to Ciao, Claire, Michelle, Sean, Kyle, Po, and all the other homies not pictured here!


Up to no good...


Ghost DJ Studio Booth (link)


Me and 20k Bernie Swaggin'


Essential Kor Fuckbois Shot


Getting our faces melted at Excision (Sorry, Chris :P)

Excision dropping the bass


First time seeing JAUZ!!

Jauz playing Feel The Power

"Finished" my first EDM Track

Got back on track. Finished the first draft of my EDM track compositionally. Still a lot of parts that I'm not happy with, but it was a real relief to be able to "wrap" it up.

I don't know why my approach for this song was so different than making an Acoustic track. Maybe because I came in with the mindset that it would be completely different. Which it was... BUT. Composition is still composition, and arrangement is something that you need to have in mind from the very beginning of the track. I dove into this with no idea where I wanted it to go. I think the finished result reflects the unorganized state of my mind. While individual parts are pretty cool, the track is not cohesive enough to receive my official stamp of approval. Nonetheless, it was a great learning experience, and I'm still happy to have it under my belt.

"Finished" a very mqhwang Acoustic/Pop Track

After the grueling task of finally finding some closure to my EDM track, I decided to quickly finish and record an Acoustic song that's been stewing in the back of my mind since last November. I'm not quite ready to release the track yet, but I'm pretty happy with how things turned out. Here's a preview of me playing the song at my Uncle's place in Jersey last year. The new version is a lot faster and more pop sounding.

On Self-Discovery

I've never really considered myself a spiritual person, but there have been many points in my life where I have been required to make what feel like very spiritual decisions. In these critical moments, I feel like my actions, for better or worse, define who I am as a person. Sometimes I tell myself that I think too much. Most of the time, other people tell me that I think too much. Maybe I should loosen up. Stop putting so much pressure on myself. It's a constant struggle trying to walk the line between living a happy life and a fulfilling life. It's true that not everything in life is black and white. However, when I find myself residing in an ambiguously gray No Man's Land, I lose my direction and focus.

The most spiritual belief I hold onto is that everything in life happens for a reason. If at first things don't work out - don't try and solve all of your problems with force. Practice patience and persistence, because something good is always going to be around the corner.

Writing music and overcoming writer's block. Choosing a life path. Career. Dealing with friends and family. Losing bad habits. Batting depression. Or facing any challenge or obstacle standing in your way. At the end of the day, I strive to consistently be a good person when rising to overcome each critical moment in my life, and I will always choose love, honesty, and respect.

It's been a journey so far. Thank you to all those who are always there to support me. I hope all of you know that I'm always gonna be there for ya'll too!

Michael