Advice for Musicians, Singer/Songwriters and Composers
By Mike Rien
In my opinion, music is pure emotion. An extension of oneself.
Although, having talent is only part of it. It's an on going process, and you have to contually be open to improving upon your skills. Once you have that down it becomes fun. You want to be able to express yourself without any limitations.
Be adaptable, such as in life.
For example, if you like a certain piece of music whether it is classical, jazz, rock, pop, R&B, electronic, dance, folk and so forth, you have to analyze how it was created and discover how and why it touches you emotionally, in order to re create it, which helps you when you create your own masterpieces.
This takes time, love and devotion to the craft, patience, discipline, follow through and then having the courage to be your own voice by performing and recording it.
After all, you want that sense of freedom and joy, it's like being on vacation. When working with others, it's easier for you to be open to there ideas because they are coming from a different place, different life experiences and have different perspectives.
Although, never lose your identity, follow your heart as to what you feel is right, but be willing to compromise.
If your a singer/songwriter or composer, never forget the others who have done it before you.
Whether you realize it or not, they have had an influence on you.
One last piece of advice, stay in shape. I recently, lost a good portion of pounds and have changed my diet, and I now have the energy to accomplish more with a clear head.
Michael Rien (Kali & Dub, Skip Bay) - Singer/Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist, specialising in Drum Set, Piano and Keyboards. Screen Composer. Arranger and Tracking Engineer. Michael also runs a Production Company called Primal Urge Productions. primalurgeproductions.com
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About Michael Rien's Album: STILL GOT THE FIRE
Originally, the brainchild of Michael Rien. It might seem like this is a new Project. In fact, it has taken many years for it to develop into what it is today. Not to mention, the help received along the way, collaborating with talented Artists, Musical Technicians, Photographers, and Graphic Designers, such as, Raphael Rosenwald, Mars Trinity, Philip Faith, Mario Francesco Munoz Ferrante AKA Check-Zero, Jeremy Dowsett, Jason Songsmith and Dave Morrissette, to name a few.
The Album, Still Got The Fire is a blend of older and newer material. I'm a Generation X guy who grew up listening to Classic Rock of the 60s and 70s, falling in love with the sound of, The Who at a very young age. When Grunge and Alternative came about in the 90s, that was an eye opener to different more aggressive sounds that I instantly fell in love with. Since playing the drums is one of my specialties it was natural for me to be attracted to the power of that music with the loud electric guitar and cool grooves. In fact, Dave Grohl came out of Nirvana, and in today's popular music I really like the songwriting and sound of the Foo Fighters. I enjoy Metal, Trance and Funk too. I try to bring all of these elements together when I write.
While the song, Silver Car Invasion is a statement of society, and the song, Karma touches upon how wrong choices can lead to negative results. For the most part, I've been told that my music is motivational. I'd say that the Single, Still Got The Fire and the songs, Chasin' Another Dream, Freedom Is Here, Gotta Get It Out and It Feels Right describe the inner drive we have inside that pushes us to strive for our dreams despite the road blocks that lie ahead. We do have the power to transform from what's in our minds and make it reality.