It's Mixail's first album, being administered for release. ohsnap.jpg
Of course it's biased to say, as his manager, but I personally like the music in this album very much. He on the other hand doesn't feel it the same way as I do. And I wasn't surprised when he told me this. When he did, I wrote to him Ira Glass's famous quote:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
An artist who makes Art his profession needs to understand that there is no right or wrong in what they make, perfection does not exist. You are working with creativity, which is completely intangible and comes from within, and when it's not perfect to your standards, which is just like what Glass explains, you don't want to publicize it.
This is why deadlines are the curse of the professional artist. It is my job to enforce them so that they can make Music become a profession in the first place (who wouldn't love to make music for a living?) but I bring out the patient psychologist in me whenever an artist says "I have writer's block". It's not easy, and adding stress (deadlines) to the creative process makes it worse.
However, there's gotta be a limit, of which the both of us have to be consciously or subconsciously aware. Here's where the psychology gets interesting: if you're an artist, you totally get what I'm saying. So, you understand that I understand. When I know that you understand that I understand, it forms the perfect relationship, one with mutual understanding of our individual responsibilities in relation to one another. Business and art are two very different animals. But if you want to make it in the music industry, it can't be a Tom & Jerry relationship.
I'm saying all this, but, with Mixail, it's not been stressful. He gets things on time - the important ones at least :) (Explorator and Among Stars were made in 5 hours... once he's in his element, he works quick!)
Keep an eye out - June 30 is the release date for Prologue ;)
I'd love to continue writing but I have to buffer tweets.