How does the creative mind find balance

How does the creative mind find balance?

There is no doubt in my mind that I thrive on hard work. I love creating. Whether it is writing songs, taking photos, making videos, building brand and community around bands, or building a team and community with Melosity, the desire to build and share is definitely a big part of my life. I am up at 6.15 am most mornings and tonight I am still up writing this, as the street outside our rented apartment in Temple Bar grow quiet. I do it because I love it.

Earlier today I was talking with a good friend of mine how fast this year is flying by. I can’t believe it is already April! At this rate, I’ll be stressing about Christmas presents in no time at all. But he reminded me that my birthday is coming up next month. This woke up a thought in me.

Do I want my life to flash by as I work my way through it? Don’t get me wrong, as I mentioned above, I love what I do. And often I wish I could do more. But today as the week rolls from Sunday night to early hours of Monday morning, the word floating in my mind is balance. How do we find balance?

It is so easy to run after your dreams like a headless chicken, but is it really worth it if you don’t have time to take it all in? Four years ago I wanted to write more music. I put my head down and wrote songs, lots of songs. 156 songs in three years to be precise. At the end of it, I was in need of a break. Then Melosity came along. I was thrown into the world of a music tech startup. My long days turned into even longer ones.

I suppose that’s me in a nutshell when I go in, I go all in. It might not be the healthiest option, but it is the only way I know. So here in the early hours of Dublin night, I wonder, how do we find balance? Should we tame that creative monster inside our heads that keeps us awake at night, as it just keeps throwing ideas at us when we are trying to sleep? How do we prioritize what really matters? How do we focus?

Recording a new Sliotar album

I’m feeling a little bit rough around the edges this morning. We had an NDRC end of summer cohort dinner last night, which continued into the small hours of Saturday morning. But nothing that an avocado and egg sandwich and a cup of coffee would not fix. Tonight I’ll be playing with Sliotar in the Porterhouse, which by the way was recognised as “The best global craft beer experience.” Then tomorrow morning we’ll be flying over to Denmark where we are going to be recording a new Sliotar album. Exciting times.

It has been a crazy year so far, but at the same time very exciting. I suppose with age you start to figure out better what you really want to do and accomplish. Some of you know I have been working with Melosity, which is a Dublin based music startup company. Even though it is taking a lot of my time, I am still a musician in my heart.

This new Sliotar album has me particularly excited. We are not the best band at churning out albums regularly. I’ve been with the band for 17 years and in that time we recorded four albums… Not the greatest achievement I must say, but as always life has a habit of getting in on the way. At the same time when we get around to it, making the album is something we really look forward to.

So why Denmark? A good friend of ours Tomas Somr live in Denmark. We got to know Tomas through the wonderful Keltska Noc Celtic festival in the Czech Republic. Over the years Tomas has been booking us shows in the Czech Republic and Denmark. He has always been close to the band. So when we thought about recording the new album, it was obvious that we wanted him to engineer and help us produce it. this connection is going to go even further. I am hoping to pass on most of the tour booking to Tomas as well.

Our partnership is going to go even further. I am hoping to pass on most of the tour booking to Tomas as well. Booking the tours requires a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong, I would recommend every band and artist to do their own bookings as far as possible. Nobody cares about your band as much as you do. Having said that, Sliotar has had a long enough relationship with Tomas that he is almost as invested in the band at this stage than the rest of the band.

So why am I writing this blog post? Well, I suppose I wanted to assure those of you who know me as a musician, that the music is not going anywhere. And at the same time, for those of you who got to know me through Melosity, one of the reasons I am passing on the tour booking to Tomas is to allow me to dedicate more time for Melosity as well.

I will try to document this journey as much as possible along the way on all my social media channels, so stay tuned.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer-songwriter
To get eight of his free songs go HERE and click Download

Cloud-based recording is here to stay

Save it in the cloud

It is not too long ago when we were all scratching our head trying to understand the purpose of Dropbox. Cloud-based storage has become part of our everyday life by now. We store and share files in so many ways that often we don’t even notice it ourselves. For example, when you send a picture to your friend through Whatsapp, that picture gets stored in a server, where your friend can then download it from. We don’t feel like it is saved anywhere because Whatsapp makes the experience seamless, but in fact, you are using a cloud based transfer service.

When the cloud-based storage first came into the market, many of us were worried about losing files, or data getting in the wrong hands. So instead we stored our files on the hard disc of our computer, or on a portable hard drive. The fact is, our personal computers are probably one of the easier things for the hackers to break into. The pure human error has misplaced more than few portable hard drives and laptops. Even more so, the cloud-based service providers have backups and backups of backups, whereas most of us have an experience of a hard drive failing.

Cloud-based recording

A cloud-based recording is not a new thing anymore. Companies like Melosity, Soundtrap and Bandlab have all build their own versions of online DAW’s. Still many of us prefer to use our trusty old DAW’s. Moving from what we know to a new technology is always going to be a scary step. However, if you look at the principles and the theory behind cloud-based recording software, it is pretty obvious that it is where the technology is heading. Not having to save your audio tracks on your computer eating away valuable hard drive space just makes sense. And not to mention the space your DAW with all of its plugins take.

Sure it is new technology and there is still a way to go before it can compete to the level of the existing DAW’s. But have no doubt this is only matter of time, and I am not talking about a decade here. Remember the first time you made a facetime call on your mobile phone? iPhone only introduced facetime calls in iPhone 4 back in 2010. Today it is used by people all around the world. There is no doubt in my mind that technology is moving at an accelerated speed. And because of this I strongly believe that by the end of this decade some of the albums in the top 20 will be recorded completely with a cloud-based recording software.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer-songwriter
To get eight of his free songs go HERE and click Download

Thousand Sleepless Nights collaboration

I have been talking about the importance of collaborations in the music industry lately a lot. It is something the YouTube world has taught me. I also had the desire to do something more with many of the songs I have written in the past three years. Now that I am helping Melosity on a more permanent basis, I am actually doing a free internship to help them out (offer value before you ask for anything, clever words from the mighty Gary Vaynerchuck) and as part of my role here is to be involved in active collaborations. So I thought it would be a bit of fun to see what we could do with one of my songs. Boy have I been blown away by the results! With the permission from everyone involved I wanted to share the track with you all as well 🙂

The experience has been nothing short of an amazing one. To see the realtime collaboration happening right in front of my eyes. To see how much heart and soul the musicians are throwing into the project just for the experience and fun of being involved. This all has made me realise that I want to do more. I want to help other musicians as well. So if any of you need a hand on a project, just drop me a line and I’d be more than happy to pass on the favour.

I had the pleasure to meet Aaron Levy (drums) and Azi Crawford (Bass, keys, electric guitar and backing vox) through the platform and look forward to collaborating with these guys more, but also with everyone else who wants to get involved. If you want to join in our next project, just click HERE.

As always have been the case with my other songs, this one is also available for a free download from my Bandcamp page HERE. Let me know what you think of our collaboration.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Dangerous Game

Sometimes in a relationship our cry for help can manifest in strange ways. We might bury our heads in work, look for thing our relationship does not full fill us with from family and friends. Most of the times all of this happens unconsciously, we are not even aware of the mistakes we make sometimes until it is too late. We test our partners in a destructive way. And as a result instead of them reassuring us, they might just shut down or even run away.

We need to accept the fact that there is a difference how men and a women’s brains are wired. We think different way. What is logical to me might not make any sense to you. So by pushing, or punishing one another, we are only doing damage. I know you want him to “understand” your needs, but he is not a mind reader. If you want your needs met, you need to start by communicating what those needs are. But also you need to find out what their needs are. If you are not willing to make every effort to full fill their needs, how do you expect them to do it for you?

Communication, love and connection, certainty, excitement, feeling significant and feeling that the relationship can grow are all basic things to fix most relationships. But to do it, we need to look at ourselves and be willing to do it.

This weeks new song “Dangerous Game” is all about how that “testing” your partner can go dreadfully wrong. Stop playing those games before it is too late.

You can download “Dangerous Game” from my Bandcamp page HERE right now, and if you feel someone you know, or even love should hear this song, feel free to share it. Maybe this song and blog post could be the trigger to get them off that self-destructive path. Or just a subtle reminder even for a healthy relationship to keep communicating. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Thousand Sleepless Nights

Thousand Sleepless Nights

This weeks new song “Thousand Sleepless Nights” touches on a subject matter that I have written about in the past, Intimacy in a relationship. It can be a heavy subject, so this time I let the song do the talking. Instead in this post I will talk about something little bit more cheerful, which is the guitar.

Some of you know I purchased a Martin 000RS1 few weeks ago. Due to my nothing short of a hectic schedule I only got to do recording with it this week. This weeks song is the first song I recorded with it. It might not be the over all best representation of this guitars capabilities, as I had a capo on it on the fifth fret, and I finger picked the song. But still I am absolutely blown away how well this guitar records!

Go check out the song on my Bandcamp page HERE. Download the song, stick on a great pair of headphones and let me know what you think of the song and the guitar tone 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Peace, an original song by J.P. Kallio

Peace

Addiction can come in many forms and most of us have come across it in some way. This weeks song “Peace” looks at the addiction from the perspective of the loved one.

Addiction by its nature makes people selfish. The addict only has one priority, and that is their next fix. They have built a defence mechanism around them that will fight against anyone who will try to intervene, or who is not enabling them.

Denial is strong, and you can be guaranteed you are to blame before they are. They have become an expert at laying the guilt. For them it is an easy way to distract from the issue at hand.

In this weeks song the loved one is finally breaking ties with the addict. As much as we might love them, there comes a point where they can have destructive effect on not only themselves but the love ones around them. In my experience, this is the point you just need to walk away. You cannot help someone, if they don’t want to help them selves. This is something I have learned the hard way over the years.

It is hard love, but it is the only thing you can do at the end of the road, otherwise you will be dragged down as well. We can only hope they will find peace some day.

As always you can grab a copy of the song from my Bandcamp page HERE. You can name your own price. If the cash is tight, just put $0.00 on the price and you are good to go. Once again absolutely massive thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings and listen to my music.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Don’t take me for a fool

So my friends, it has been a while. As I mentioned on my vlog, after releasing a new song every week for three years, I was in need of a break and decided to take the month of January off. But now I’m back with a brand new song.

“Don’t take me for a fool” is a song about a subject that has unfortunately become a regular occurrence in our society. It is a song about a family getting evicted from their home, as due to the growing interest rates the payments just had become too much to bare. From a banks perspective, they are collecting what’s owed to them. But on the other side there are people losing their home.

The real life game of monopoly, that is the property market, there are casualties everyday. It is highly regulated when it comes to paying back your loan and there is very little room for compassion. In the song the father of the family though finds it hard to accept and decides to take matters in his own hands.

Trusty old musimaLet me also geek out about guitars here for a bit.  This song was recorded on my trusty old Musima, which some of you know, is in a dire need of a good service… It has few cracks, it has more knocks and dings I’d like to admit, the frets are in bits, the nut and the saddle needs work and most of all, the pickup system on it has never been compatible with the But it still sounds phenomenal! It is the kind of guitar that you can really lean on hard and it delivers. On this track you can hear the good and the bad 😉 Due to the fact that this guitar has a cedar top, I am hoping to reduce its work load very soon and get it properly serviced. I’ll be looking into its replacement guitar, and hopefully I get to share some of the process with your guys as well.

As always, this weeks track is up on my Bandcamp page HERE, where you can download it for free 🙂 I also recorded a live video of the song, which you can check out HERE.

It feels good to be back!

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

2017

This weeks song will bring to and end the third year of songs. That is 156 songs in 156 weeks! I still remember the fear of taking on the 52 song challenge on in the first place. I kept asking my self what if I can’t do it? What if I fail? Looking back now, it seems like a silly fear, but at the time it felt real… But my desire to give it a go was stronger than the power of the fear and now we are three years later 🙂

A lot has happened in those three years. And I am sure most of us will particularly remember 2016 as a strange year… This weeks song “2017” is asking us not to lose hope, even when so many things around us might look grim at the moment. Tomorrow is another day, and 2017 is another year. As long as we as individuals don’t lose hope, we have chance.

The solution to what we see as the big problems in the world around us, rarely looks as black and white as we’d like to think. And often the big change starts from very humble beginnings, even just as a one persons thought. So don’t be scared to dream big in 2017. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back. To fail at something can be scary, but to know that you at least gave it your best shot is something to be very proud of.

In the end, it is one of those brave attempts of “giving your best shot” at something that might just make a difference in someone’s life. It might even change the world in a small way. So if your dream is to start your own business, create something, travel the world, help others, care more, run 10km… In 2017, just go for it! I believe in you 🙂

And while you’re at it making your dreams reality, let this song be your soundtrack. Grab your self a copy from my Bandcamp page HERE. Also don’t be alone on this journey, share the song with like-minded people who might just be on a similar journey to realise their dreams. Lets make 2017 a great year!

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Innocence is a virtue

They say Innocence is a virtue, but from time to time it can be hard to believe. I am sure most of us have somewhere in our time had our heads set on doing the right thing. But by doing this we get our fingers burned, hearts broken, or left behind in our path. This can be hard to take, and it can even reshape us as people. I am sure the default setting in us as humans is a good person. It is the things  live through that ship us along the way.

In this weeks song “Innocence is a virtue,” the main character is someone who try to be a good person in a relationship. Unfortunately they only get taken for a granted and tossed a side. We all have seen this happen to some one. I said this before, but relationships need a lot of work. If you start taking your partner for granted, you can be pretty sure some day when you turn around, they are not going to be there anymore.

I still believe that what ever it is that I do, I need to be able to look at myself in the mirror. I know if I had taken the not so innocent rout few times, I probably would had an easier ride. But it is important to me how I travel my journey. The shortcuts rarely help us in the end.

So do me a favour and grab yourself a copy of this weeks song from my Bandcamp page HERE. And as always thank you for taking the time to read and listen 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE