The difference between talent and obsession.
I was sitting at the studio the other night with team mate, Miles Holmwood. We were talking about musicians, producers, engineers, and successful entertainers. Basically anybody involved with music.
We had a conversation regarding talent and obsession. What's the difference?
Together we were able to conclude that anyone can have talent. Whether its being an excellent soccer player, an amazing singer or an amazing dancer. Its about how obsessed you are with the dream and how hard you are willing to work to make your talent pay your bills.
Let's use Sonny Moore (Skrillex) One of my biggest inspirations today. I never really thought 'Sonny is talented' I always said 'This guy does music 24 hours a day, he is literally madly in love with music, he is obsessed with raising the bar, he is obsessed with giving back to the fans, he is obsessed with making sure everything runs a certain way, he is obsessed with the idea of bringing people into his world and touching them with amazing songs.
Skrillex does have talent, however, he is the individual who was obsessed with the craft and is the individual touring the world and making his dream a reality. Thats the difference between a lot of artists around North America. Many would spend more moments with friends, or a boyfriend/girlfriend, or maybe they're waiting for that big record deal to show up on their fucking doorstep. The next time you find yourself questioning why your not the artist with the hot songs, or if your not the artist playing the shows you want to play, or touching the lives of the millions you want to touch, you have yourself to blame for working the 9-5 job you hate working.
Don't get it twisted. I am not saying every artist needs to be as big as Sonny Moore. If you are happy playing to 1000 kids a night or even 100 kids. Find whatever it is that makes you happy and do it. Look at it, feel it everyday, breathe in that energy.
Me.. Im fucking obsessed with this music shit. My mind is music 24 7. I could be dying in a hospital bed and my first thought would be 'I need to get to the studio' (True Story), I can't relax, I can't do things that waste my time. The time i have here means a lot. It's dedicated to those I love working with. You know who you all are. I wanna see these kids soar. I'm going to leave my staple in the Canadian business, and I'm going spread the good fucking word, and positive vibes.
Too many dreamers want to grow up fast. They end up old, their entire life passes them by and they say 'I should have pursued hockey' 'I should have pursued dance' 'I should have pursued music' If you have something unique to offer and if you feel you are meant to do something, we have one life and one love.
Currently my obsession with music is going fine. Were there a lot of cons to being obsessed with this music thing? Yea man - Relationships suffered, friendships ended, birthdays missed. However those things ended for good reason. The true things, and true supporters and people who love you will support you no matter what. You will see many true colours along your journey.
My obsession has also done a lot of good for me. It's enabled me to grow the fuck up, be mature, be understanding, it has taken me to parts of the world I had never seen before, it made me fall in love with a girl, it enabled me to have some of the greatest conversations in the world, It has cured sickness, It has given me something to look forward to when I'm sick with Crohns, It pays my bills, and most importantly, it has enabled me to tap into an energy that is without a doubt the greatest feeling in the world. The feeling of pure joy and happiness. The feeling of seeing yourself in slow motion, listening to that tune you just made fill your body up with pleasure, and give you goosebumps, Listening back to what I have created talk to me, the song develops its own feelings. it speaks back to me. It enabled me to have a relationship with sound.
Peace and Love.