I simply couldn’t do what I do professionally in music if I didn’t have my practice.
Rehearsals, for me as a monitor engineer (meaning I take care of what all the musicians and artists hear on stage), are an intense period of time, more so than doing the actual shows. This stage of a live production requires very long periods of total concentration and the ability to manage a lot of different people’s requests (of what they want to hear) all at the same time without getting rattled, and at the same time as trying to construct beautiful sounding mixes, all whilst there’s a ton of other things going on around me.
And I love it ☺️🤟. I mean, I’m FRIED by the end of the day (typically, with an efficient band, I’m in this mode for around 10 - 12 hours at a stretch - the band breaks for lunch but that’s when I have to get on top of any audio housekeeping my end, so it’s not a break for me) but I do love the challenge and creativity and being so deeply in flow. But without my practice, I really don’t think I could do it.
So this is what my ‘first thing in the morning’ looks like - meditation on my mat in my hotel room. There aren’t enough hours in the day for full asana practice, so ten minutes of actively loosening my body up before I shower, and ten minutes of lying down stretchy stuff after a hot shower at night is my mat time. Regularly moving my spine in all 4 directions (forward bend, back bend, side stretch, twist) throughout the day. And walking from the hotel to the studio for some fresh air and processing time before I begin. That’s what keeps me sane and happy. That’s what gives me the ability to do what I do. What are your secret weapons?
4 877:27 AM Nov 17, 2018
I will soon be starting a late night mixing session. I haven't had the chance to have one of these in a long while due to life getting in the way. It is going to be a fun one and has been something long overdue! If you book studio time with me this week, I will give you 20% off so don't wait!! #dedication#audioprofessional