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.
Indigo Child is now live on KickStarter. Click HERE to visit the page.
Indigo Child is a full-length, eight-track jazz-fusion studio album with a host of great musicians playing original material. I wrote each song based around a simple idea, and developed the song in a way that best expressed that idea, whether it be a colour, atmospheric vibe, musical device, or something more abstract entirely.
I am heavily influenced compositionally by the people that influenced me as a drummer. Great musicians like John Coltrane, Avishai Cohen, and Dizzy Gillespie have helped to shape this album, just as the drummers that played with them helped to shape my drumming.
The songs on this album combine a variety of genres, and most show flashes of many outside influences. At heart, it is a jazz album, but latin, bebop, reggae and ECM are in strong attendance. Essentially, they are the songs I wanted to hear and wanted to play, and hopefully they will be songs that reach you and make you feel what I feel when playing them.
As a working drummer, I am lucky enough to have met and played with many incredible musicians. The Jonathan Curtis Eclectic Band is actually an all-star amalgamation of these musicians, and it is a pleasure to work with them on this album. Each song has its musicians hand picked based on what they can best bring to it, and whose voice can help to best express the ideas of that song.
Previews of what is to come can be heard on The Nottingham Sessions EP, a free-release EP of live recordings taken from gigs played around Nottingham last year. These early versions of the songs, as well as yet unreleased tracks, will be fully realised and expanded upon with Indigo Child, and can be seen and heard here:
The humble social exploits of the Eclectic Band and my good self (including my music and drumming-dedicated YouTube channel) can be fruitfully explored through these familiar means:
Making an album is an expensive endeavour, and this project will suffer a huge setback if not successfully funded. The money raised will cover the most severe of the costs, including, but not limited to:
- Studio fees
- Musician wages
- Mixing & mastering
- Production & distribution
If the project were to be successfully funded, upon the completion of the album, the band will be formed into a contiguous unit with the goal of touring. In the meantime, I am, and will continue to, write new material to expand the repertoire of the Jonathan Curtis Eclectic Band. It would be my honour and pleasure to have you join me on this journey. As an independent artist without any label support, it is very exciting to have this opportunity to actually create my vision. Also, be sure to check out the unique, one-only £2,500 reward tier. That one’s a beauty!
- Jonathan Curtis, January 2014