Well, 2017 has been a very busy and fulfilling year so far, and we still have six weeks in the bank!
I took three months off from my full-time day job to spend time with my family and follow some creative endeavours, including producing many more videos for my YouTube channel Studio Live Today.
I have released five recording projects, including two EPs and three singles.
- In March, I recorded and released my first EP “Recoil“, which was recorded in one month completely in GarageBand on my iPhone. The end result wasn’t perfect, but it was so good to actually finish and release music, instead of sitting on a pile of songs that were anywhere from 10% to 90% finished. You can take a look at the recording and mixing process in my video series.
- My next release in July was a single which featured my wife Georgie on lead vocals; a cover of the Josh Abrahams 90s classic “Addicted to Bass“. It was so much fun working on this song and I was super proud of Georgie considering it was her first time recording and releasing a song.
- August saw me pull an old EP called “Family” from the archives and give it a quick remastering before releasing on August 31st. The album is a collection of songs written for, not surprisingly, my family, and though you can tell that my music production skills were a little lacking at the time, the end result is still something I’m proud of.
- In September, I finally released a song I had first recorded over a year ago called “Be Cool“. The single was released on September 10th along with a video that shows me recording the guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals. The drums were actually recorded a year earlier by Nicolas Bonneyrat, who I hired to record what was a very cool drum track.
- In October, I decided to enter a songwriting competition for VIP Members of the web site Home Studio Corner, hosted by Joe Gilder. The competition was to record a song using just four tracks, something that I was familiar with from my very early recording days. The resulting song actually won the competition, which I was super stoked with, and I was so proud of the end result that I decided to release the song “Anxiety” in all its four track glory. I also produced a video for the track, which borders somewhere between cheesy and interesting – I’ll let you decide!
- Here in November I am working on a departure from the laid back singer/songwriter tracks I have been releasing and have a new project which should be out by the end of the year or close to it – more on that to come!
Pete Johns Music on Facebook
- In September, I finally created a central home for my music on the web, and decided on Facebook. As well as posting links to all of my officially released music, I also provided some Facebook exclusive content
- On September 22nd, my cover of the Hunters & Collectors classic “Holy Grail“, which included footage of the 1997 Adelaide Crows premiership playing in the background, proved popular with Crows fans who were cheering their team on towards the Grand Final. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get them over the line.
- On September 29th, I covered the Traveling Wilburys classic “Handle With Care“, which came sadly just a week before Tom Petty’s untimely passing.
- Back in April, before I created the page, I used my personal page to share an Anzac day tribute video covering the classic Aussie song “I Was Only 19“, which was a very raw recording but was received well.
One of my goals for 2017 was to improve my video production and editing skills and produce as much quality content as possible. The results have been very pleasing.
Studio Live Today
- Studio Live Today has grown from a blog with 3 posts and a YouTube channel with less than 50 subscribers, to a channel with more than 500 subscribers and 120,000+ views
- In 2017, I have produced 50 videos focused mainly on GarageBand but also covering other music and recording topics
- The process of producing so many tutorial, “how to” and music production videos has helped my own skills and knowledge no end, and the encouragement I have received through the comments from those watching has really motivated me to continue.
Two Dollar Looker
- In July 2017, I had the somewhat unformed idea of a web show where I purchased items on eBay for less than $2, then opened and reviewed the items once they arrived
- In October 2017, “Two Dollar Looker” was born and my wife Georgie kindly agreed collaborate on the project as well as co-host.
- We have produced more than 20 episodes and while we are still working to find our audience, we have a blast making and editing the shows, and our kids are pretty impressed with some of the fun items that we end up with.
So, looking back on 2017 I feel very inspired and privileged to be in the position I am, and am looking forward to the rest of the year and 2018 just around the corner.