The Jonathan Curtis Eclectic Band enters the studio this weekend, finally beginning production on the debut album. In this first session, I am excited to be working with two great musicians, Tom Sharp on the piano, and Sam Jackson on the bass.
Big Man Ting and The Root are the first tracks to be recorded. Hear early release live versions from the Nottingham Sessions EP here: https://soundcloud.com/jcurtisdrums
Time is money. When you’re a musician (or self-employed at all, for that matter), time is your own. This means that it falls to you, and you alone, when it comes to time management.
For how long should we practice? When have we really learnt something “sufficiently” to move on? I’ve had many discussions on practice over the years; it’s astounding the amount of people who will spend ‘5 minutes’ on an exercise before moving on. They’ll cover a chapter of a book in one practice session, and consider that book “done”.
Occasionally I stumble across conversations in various places: online forums, music shops or events, etc., with aspiring professional musicians lamenting the fact that they cannot break into the “music industry”.
There is now only ten days remaining on my Kickstarter project. Now is really the time that I need as much support as people can give.
Indigo Child is an original jazz/fusion album. If we’re going to make this happen, the time is now. Support your friendly neighbourhood jazz musician. Please share and consider pledging for a great artistic cause: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jcurtisdrums/jonathan-curtis-eclectic-band-indigo-child
Once again, I find myself in the bath on a weekday morning. Two days ago I gave my first proper drum clinic to some of Nottingham’s best and up-and-coming drummers. It was a nerve wracking and daunting experience, but one that I seem to have navigated through successfully.
It is Monday morning, and I ache. I ache in my elbows, in my knees, and in my neck. I ache because last week, I did as much drumming as my wife spent in her office job. I practised, I rehearsed, I gigged, and I taught. Now, Monday morning, I’m having a rest.