My Creative Hustle VI

Thursday 08/06/17 | 9:51am

On Tuesday this week I realised just how much shit I’m in. I haven’t done anything wrong in terms of law, but I really got some perspective on the mountain I’m trying to climb.

It all started when I decided to head to a free APRA night in the valley where some guest speakers talked about accounting and tax for musicians/bands. I was fine, managing to get my head around the tax wasn’t too tricky, but as soon as @deenamusic started her presentation on budgets I could feel the intensity rise in my stomach. She was so REAL! I loved it, not sugar coating a dollar. Her experience working with @thejunglegiants was used as an example and the numbers were crazy. It really opened my eyes. It really made me realise where I am right now. Grassroots. I’m talking, it costs $20+ thousand to tour kinda numbers, where you break even or lose money. That’s what I made last year working 2 to 3 jobs. I have a big climb ahead.

The hunger inside of me begun to grow. My bike ride home consisted of ‘I can do this’ chanting in the cold wind. There’s nothing I want to do more than make rap music that I can tour and share with others, which made me realise all of the challenges ahead have to be faced and have to be climbed. I don’t have another option. So I tell myself I can do it. Because I know that I can and I want to.

This morning has been tricky. I am making a commitment to posting daily on social media, something I’ve never done before, and it’s cool but on the inside I’m totally freaking. I can feel the growing pains from so many directions right now. Rap, Blog, Vlog, Social Media. It’s crazy. I find that all I can do is grit my teeth and keep going. It’s definitely fun, and I enjoy making stuff but it’s also extremely hard. I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m literally just trying to better myself in every area I can.

I am smiling at the same time though, knowing that this is forcing me to grow is amazing. Because I’m out of my comfort zone, and that purely means I’m going to grow and I’m getting closer to that tour. I’m getting closer to that hit song. I’m getting tested. If I can push through this and the million other moments like it I can do anything. I already know that I can do anything.

If you see me looking all stressed out, I’m feeling intense but I am loving it. I couldn’t be more grateful for these challenges ahead of me. I am totally on the verge of crippling myself in copious amounts of escapism and binge eating, but I won’t. I will tough this out because that’s how my mum raised me, and what I’m fighting for is bigger than myself.

I’ve been reading ‘Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook’ by @garyvee this week.
@_Instagav, @_dyllinger and @pineapplejam are still camping out in my lounge room. I love  having them around. And also @carlostrebilcock has been an insane help getting ‘Life Of PP’ off the ground. 100. We’re all keeping it 100. Also, big love to @becshoots for capturing my latest single artwork with @seanbarness. Seriously excited to put ‘Nicotine Fiend’ on the table.

And you, thank you for reading some of my story. I hope you keep up with the weekly updates and find it valuable to your life.

Even though life is crazy, I love you,

Professor Paul

My Creative Hustle – IV

22/05/17 8:18pm

Good evening, I say eloquently,

and welcome to another instalment of my life. Produced by me, acted by me and edited by none other than, me.

This is a me affair, and if you’re wondering why all the fuss of dilly dallying, I couldn’t quite tell you. I’m merely rattling off the contents of my brain straight to the page. Sure, that may be encouraged by the cheap white wine I am currently sipping on, but typically I don’t even know what to expect when it comes to my brain. So what the heck!

Lately I admit my focus has been vlog orientated and the attention I’ve given to writing about my life and documenting my hustle has been put slightly on the back burner. So I am very eager to be writing right now.

This last week has been interesting and I’m going to touch on it because I am grateful of the progress made. To sum it up I made headway with my latest single, which by the time of this blog’s release will be announced, it’s title: ‘Nicotine Fiend’. It features my homie @seanbarness, who I am so thankful to have worked with, as he has taught me so much about being a rapper indirectly by purely being a hardcore OG in and out the booth.
This week I also worked with @chloeminogue and @kevincollette on their respective tracks, etching out some solid demos layer by layer.
Something I realised, whilst working with both of these awesome people is that for a while there I wasn’t fully engaged in their projects as their producer. While this blog was still ‘My Creative Struggle’  most of my energy was spent entirely on my own project, which I am grateful for, however it really stunted my ability to grow. I believe this was the case because I wasn’t fully immersing myself into everything that I was doing for them. I was only making an effort on their projects because I’d signed up to them, not because I wanted to be the bomb and make killer music. Now that I look back on that it’s rather evident that I want to commit to these guys all of the way, for I know that I will not produce anything of value if I don’t. It’s either all in or not at all, binary, 1’s and 0’s. Truth be told that’s a phrase I picked up from @GaryVee this afternoon in his vlog. But it’s true, you’re either full hustle or nothing at all, because it’s not possible to have half your body in the water, you’re either in the water or you’re not.

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This made an addition to my wardrobe mirror collection, as Goku really developed my hardworking mindset. I loved that he would grit his teeth and overcome everything he set his mind to in DBZ. Definitely a childhood favourite worth remembering. (Sure I used to pull constipated faces regularly as I tried to go super sayan but hey… It was worth it). 

Maintaining exercise a little each day, has helped in terms of remaining more emotionally stable for me this week. I’ve got a chart that has a workout for everyday of the week blue tacked to my wall which kept me in check easily. I’m pretty sure it’s meant for the ladies, but I liked werkin’ dat ass and don’t care which neighbour saw through my balcony door at 4:45am (please take a seat). I recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have much time, but needs a clear head. Check it here. (If you have a killer routine that you follow, please link it to me <3)

As you also might know I made a commitment to eating healthier too. This is fuelled by the fact that I want to be an absolute machine rapper and life liver for the long haul, and the other truth that I HAVE treated my body poorly at times this year. An example, I had a family pack of Arnott’s biscuits set aside for my cuppa’s this week. Finished, in two days, gone. This was over Saturday and Sunday night. Definitely wasn’t an encouraging moment considering I hadn’t been that overboard with food in a while. However I’m more determined than ever to stay on track with meal preps and committing to keeping my eating in line. More pumpkin soup to come this week, that stuff is liquid gold.

This week  an area of my life that has been on my mind is scheduling. It got a bit out of hand at the start of the year and I’ve been hesitant to start again, but I know if I’m going to make the most of my time on this earth and do the things that I want to, I’ll need to schedule. It might seem like an overkill, but realistically I must make the effort to try. My time spent not at work isn’t always free, and I’ve got to allocate it wisely, to maximise the life that I do live. This time I am going to incorporate days off. Something I didn’t do prior. After last week it was evident that having rest really has it’s place as I stepped back and took Saturday and Sunday off. Working everyday, either at work on music is easy for me to do and get caught up in. Taking time off, really refreshed my perspective, I need this if I’m going to reach my goals.

Those were the key points in my week that I could think of tonight, so I’ma wrap it up with a quick message before I head off and do some reading. I want to say thank you. To everyone that’s in my life right now. Honestly, life looks very different now to what it did a year ago and I have been missing that past of late, however, I want to be grateful for what I have now. What is happening NOW is special, and all of you who are apart of my life and what I do are the reason that NOW is the best chapter.

The day I say I’m not in the best chapter of my life, is the day I’m not grateful enough to see what’s really good around me. Like they say, the grass is always greener on the other side, but really it’s greener where you water it. – @scott_loveday (not the original owner of this quote, but the man that has really taught it to me this past year)

Peace and love my brothers and sisters,

Professor Paul

My Creative Hustle – III

Sunday | 14/05/17 | 5:01am

Come on in friend,

I’ma give you the recount about my week since being in the studio with @silknoak.
I’ve really just been going HAM and jammin’ a bunch into my days, so here’s what’s been doing.

Monday night my man @_dyllinger who you may remember as one of the three musketeers (@_instagav and @pineapplejam) I met in a Melbourne alleyway about a month ago bought a plane ticket to Brisbane and was getting in Tuesday! This flipped me out, and really my week took an interesting turn. @_dyllinger  stayed with me for a few nights and since he is a photo enthusiast we went and did a fair amount of scouting for potential shots. I think we exhausted the Coorparoo area rather quickly, and spent most of our time in carparks, until the notion of pizza was raised. In that moment, we seized @dominos and trekked to the top of Wellington Street taking in the incredible city views. It was a chill, literally though, my nips were freezing again.

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@_dyllinger shot this in Coorparoo Woolworths carpark!

Not only was I lucky that my friend was keen on hip-hop and photos but the Welshman loved a good Star Wars film too and had yet to see @rogue_one_official! So we ventured down the hill and lined that up, it was probably 11pm. With intentions of rising at 4am the next morning I still decided Star Wars was a good idea. However, before I knew it @_dyllinger woke me up from my snoring slumber and wisely suggested I should get to bed! Not my proudest moment, I SWEAR I DON’T SNORE EVER! (Except this one time).

 

On Wednesday I had the boys @seanbarness and @melrose. around working on a new track. @seanbarness features on a verse and was laying down the final takes. By the end of the session we were all pretty psyched on the direction of the song, and the rest of the process seemed simple, record my final takes, mix and master. You’ll be hearing more about this project soon, I’m really keen to show it to you. One because it’s a new song and I can’t wait to flex again, but more than anything this goes deep into some of the struggles I had at the start of the year with bing eating.

@seanbarness is a true homie to me, and we go way back to performing at the local Sunday open mic night in Hervey Bay, so it was so cool to work with him. SAB brings his own spin on the vibe that really gets me fired up. Reals excited to share.

In the afternoon I cooked up a frittata, something I have never done before and honestly it was a good experience to branch out (all thanks to googling ‘Lunch’. Cheers @taste_team)! Thanks to my Wales friend he had me sorted with beats and we had a jammin’ afternoon chatting. This lead to suiting up and heading into the city for a bit of photo shenanigans. I also wasn’t the greatest tour guide that night so we did a lot of wandering, and ended up having a pint of Bulmers together @pignwhistleofficial. Upon leaving the establishment my feather weight relationship with alcohol became apparent and I was one tipsy Professor doin’ a slight bit of stumbling as we moved our way further into the Valley. That aside it was pretty cool roaming around, I finally tried @deathbeforedecaf247 at approx. 10pm… Yes, I had a flat white and yes, I buzzed hard. Since I hadn’t had a proper cup of coffee for at least a week my body straight away reacted to the SINGLE shot so much that even after a few hours of sleep when I woke I was STILL buzzing.

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A Still from my vlog footage on Wednesday night reppin’ my @deathbeforedecaf247 flatty! @_dyllinger is working on those neon lights in my glasses.

Thursday night was hanging with my bro @kevincollett and working on his music. It was real nice to catch up and be making progress. However after the catch up I was hungry to do more photos so we scouted AGAIN in Coorparoo, despite having work the next day…
This week has been jam packed and still there’s more!

We travelled a good hour and setup seats to watch @silknoakshow on Friday night where I got to witness first hand the hard work and dedication that @silknoak put into throwing their own show. It was inspiring because only 5 weeks before I was around when @ricky.saunders and @troysaunders were getting the ball rolling. I was definitely proud to say that those dudes were my house mates and more importantly friends. @ricky.saunders truly has become a close friend of mine since the start of the year and watching them pull it off was really special. A mass shoutout to @scott_loveday and his wife @christina757 for the ride out to Boonah, I’m always a fan of hanging with you guys.

Reflecting on this week, @_dyllinger and @scott_loveday wisely advised that I should slow up and take an opportunity to rest. Admittedly I was running most days on 3 hours of sleep and jamming a bunch in without any down time. Long-term that’s just not gonna fly, even after 4 or 5 days my general motor skills were really starting to get out of whack. So I took their advice and had a chill day Saturday, and plan to put that in my schedule for this week too.

I definitely get carried with working a lot and going HAM on rap. Which I love, but in the grand scheme I wanna be the cross country rapper, not the 100m rapper.

Stay true,

Professor Paul

p.s. If you feel the same about working too much or not enough hit me with a message/comment/Snap (Tooooomato 5o’s) Keep at your dreams ❤ 

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Just a lil’ onstage snap of @silknoak. Hit up @silknoakshow for more pics of the event!