Parachute Music Video
I am super excited and proud to announce the release of my very first music video for my single ‘Parachute’. It was a lot of fun, but I had no idea all that goes into a video! It is great to finally share it with you! I want to give a special thanks to videographer, Josh Vasseur of Theatre on Film who spent so much time on set as well as cutting and editing behind the scenes. Thank you Josh for your patience and hard work to help capture my vision! Thank you to all of you who continue to support and encourage me!
Behind the VIDEO…
My vision for the video was of me trapped in a blank space and eventually breaking free into a beautiful colourful world as an artist. The white room was filmed in Robazzo Studio in Victoria, BC and much of the beach scenes were filmed in one of the most beautiful parks in Victoria, Witty Beach Park.
Bohemian Rhapsody Film
Recently I have been very influenced by music related movies and documentaries. There are two that specifically stand out for me; Bohemian Rhapsody and The Dirt. Now if you haven’t had the chance to watch either of these films then I suggest you do so.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a movie about the 1970’s/80’s band ‘Queen’ and their story to fame. They did a phenomenal job from displaying the characters, how they produced their own music back then and perfectly replicated the Live AID show in 1985. Bohemian Rhapsody has gone on to win multiple awards including Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture and Academy Award for Best Actor going to Rami Malek for doing an amazing job playing Freddie Mercury. After watching the movie I was left feeling so inspired. It really goes to show how many people will say no to you before there is a single yes.
Watch the Live AID show here and just see how exact they directed the movie scene to the real live performance back in 1985: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktYlzVYQbwY&t=1138s
Netflix’s documentary, The Dirt, is a wild, entertaining and dirty look into the life of the band Motley Crue. The film is based of the book called The Dirt which was written by each member of the band, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nickki Sixx and Mick Mars. They were also executive directors of the film. I am very interested into the lives of artists and how each one got their start so I think that is why I’ve enjoyed these shows so much. After watching The Dirt and being very very shocked and intrigued by their lifestyle and story, I decided to start reading the book. I am only about a quarter a way through the book but wow what a crazy life each of them have had! Now I know this movie may not be suitable to all ages or viewers, but if you want to take a look into the insane life of Motley Crue, then I suggest you start by here.
What I Do Before a Show…
Before a show can sometimes be nerve-wracking. I often find going for a walk in the morning or working out really helps settle my nerves and shuts my mind off for a while. I think it is important to find your peace and get into a confident and peaceful state of mind before a show. I always leave time to go over my set one more time and always, always warm up my voice. To warm up, all I do is go over scales on my piano for about 10-15 minutes and then take deep breaths and really focus on my breathe. I think it is important to hydrate lots the day before and the day of a performance and get a good nights sleep.
What I drink: Of course I always have my water to stay hydrated, but another trick that I picked up is drinks like apple juice and pineapple juice can really help the throat stay hydrated. It may just be a mental thing, but I think it helps me a lot. Hot drinks like peppermint tea and Emercen-C packs also do wonders. One thing I try and stay away from when I’m about to perform is alcohol. I know if you’re performing for instance in a bar it can be hard to do. However, alcohol is known for drying out the throat so I always wait until after my set if i am going to start drinking.
if you are looking for some music inspirational books you MUST read the following:
Justin Timberlake’s ‘Hindsight’
The War of Art
The Power of Now
I mentioned The Dirt above and so far i can’t put it down. I was very impressed with Justin Timberlake’s book as it dives into his back story, his time with NSYNC and who he is know as an artist, husband and father. After reading, I came to be an even bigger fan of Justin.
The War of Art is a book I have heard nothing but great things about so i had to give it a read. It is a very encouraging and inspiring read that makes very relatable and valid points of the way humans have a tendency to procrastinate. I’ll be honest though, the first quarter or so of the book bored me a bit. It was hard to get into that state of mind and i found it stated a lot of the same points. However, just bear with me and get past the first bit of it and you won’t be disappointed.
The Power of Now is much of the same thing that The War of Art is. They are in a sense both ‘Guides to Spiritual Enlightenment.’