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Tom Misch is the man.

To me, he's the quintessential DIY musician. Like Jack Stratton, he's put in the work to be able to write, record, produce, mix, and release his own music. He plays like every instrument, and don't even get me started on this dude's knowledge of harmony. He's put in all the hours in all the right places and he's only like 6 months older than I am.

Some people may watch this and not think that much of it, but for me, this is the goal. I want to be able to record, produce, mix, and release all of my own songs. I don't want to have to rely on anyone or pay anyone more than I can afford to get these things done. I want to be able to create something that could be turned into a whole song in 10 minutes. I want to collaborate with other musicians - Portland and beyond - so that we can all use each other to elevate our music. A rising tide lifts all ships.

I'm on my way, but it's definitely going to be a minute. My buddy Salvatore Manalo

has been a huge inspiration in me wanting to move in this direction as well. He's released two singles in the past month, Love Coming Down and She, the latter of which was done entirely by Sal (other than the bridge lyrics and vocals by Stephanie Kitson).

I spent two hours of each day in May recording what's going to be my first EP, and I spent two hours each day last month watching different tutorials on Logic and mixing. I'm going to start recording vocals with Sal tomorrow before we finish up the production and start mixing.

I guess what I'm saying is, I'm excited and I'm learning a lot and I don't really know what I'm doing.

Thanks for reading.


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