WHO AM I?
I’ve never really stayed in one spot for too long. Instead of getting comfortable in routines, I seek out new experiences and opportunities. I didn’t really fit in in my hometown, so I sought out a new life at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. The new environment was great, but the subject matter just wasn’t me at the end of the day. I kept looking, eventually stumbling upon my love for visual communications and design at the UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
I found my path, but I still challenged myself to seek out new things. New knowledge, new opportunities, and new skills. I explored my interests in the classroom and out. When I finished my major requirements, I decided to spend that extra time pursuing new skills and talents from motion graphics to photography. I pursued my interest in music by beginning a music review series and blog, tying my love for music into my classwork and portfolio in a new way. By always being on the lookout for the next great new adventure, I stay motivated and excited to see what life has to offer.
The power of a good picture can’t be overstated. Visual elements are processed approximately 60,000 times faster than text – they speak to our natural instincts hardwired in the deepest parts of our brain. That’s why I’ve spent countless hours creating images, graphics, and other visual elements both for work and for fun. I work primarily with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Music is one of the biggest parts of my life. While I spend a lot of time listening to music and playing guitar just for enjoyment, I also try to integrate it into my work whenever I can – from academic and personal projects to professional work. I always strive to do a great job, regardless of the subject – but when music is involved, my passion for it makes the end results that much better!
Imagine: You manage a popular rock club in London. You book an up-and-coming rock star with a flair for the dramatic. He tells you the show is all but sold out. The day of the performance comes, the band takes the stage, and the show begins – but nobody’s there.
Today, I want to share with you the story of the biggest rockstar you’ve never heard of – Jered “Threatin” Eames.
Another week, another set of albums. This time around, we’ve got Justin Bieber, EDEN, and Tame Impala.
Dreamville Records is a record label founded by North Carolina rapper J. Cole. Since its conception in 2007, it’s had plenty of time to grow – setting the stage for their triumphant 2019.
Time for a more personal look at why I write about music, and music’s impact on me.
D Smoke, Sepultura, Denzel Curry, and Kenny Beats all deliver excellent albums this week.
It’s a very radio-friendly week with releases from Lil Wayne, Saint PHNX, and Kesha.
The power of a good album cover can’t be overstated. It’s the first thing listeners see and remains present on all platforms, from vinyl to CDs to streams. More than that, It’s a chance for musicians to develop their persona visually in addition to their natural sonic development. Some musicians choose to do this by using artwork based on the same themes as the album, some use it to show the next step in their evolution as an artist.
This week we’ve only got two albums – but both were great. Novelists brings a colorful and energizing metalcore record while Andy Shauf delivers an incredible storytelling experience
The Breakdown: January 17, 2020 (Marigold, 20/20 Vision, R.Y.C, Circles, Modus Vivendi, Revenge Of The Dreamers III: Director’s Cut)
Welcome to the Breakdown, my weekly music review. Although it originated on instagram, I’m expanding it to include weekly posts on my blog as well!