Eclectronica Vol. 12 - Down & Out

Eclectronica Vol 12 - DownEclectronica Vol 12 - Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Content Warning: Raw Human Experience.

Two years into a pandemic is more than enough for even the strongest among us to break down. Inadequate support from governments. Unchecked algorithms pushing many of our loving and compassionate community down misinformation pipelines of fear, mistrust, and hyper-individualism aligning them with white supremacists and other extremists. Losing friends and family to stark differences in ideology, death, or just plain dangerous levels of ignorance. It's enough to make you want to give up. I wanted to. At one point in an autistic meltdown, I was literally kicking and screaming at the top of my lungs at 6am that I wanted to die after yet another night of watching a love of my life scream in agony for hours on end because her body can't hold itself together and the medical system mismanaged her. I couldn't take any more of the unbelievable selfishness, stupidity, and arrogance of humans who prioritize their inconveniences over the well-being of vulnerable people, the planet, and even themselves while I'm working 24/7 to bring a woman I love back to health for 2 years.

I am privileged to be held in those spaces by two partners who support me and bring me back to a sense of safety when I feel lost and I do my best every day to bring what joy I can to the world and create changes where I can. This is all we can do. We have to support each other as best we can, but fighting to find peace and safety in the death throes of capitalist colonialism is exhausting. Some days are better than others and we need to hold on to all that glitters to manifest the future that we deserve. The world is super hard right now, but we can make it better if we work together towards positive solutions.

This mix series follows my journey to the depths of my despair. A path from grief and hopelessness to understanding and renewed empowerment. When we fall we peer deeply into the intricacies of the world's failings, but bouncing back from that perspective makes us stronger, wiser, and more capable to challenge them. The lessons we learn from our darkest places give us the tools to burst out of our comfort zones and make the changes to our inner and outer worlds that we didn't know we needed. 

Disc 1, Down:
Raw, emotional, and unexpected journeys through cascading feelings of trying our best and watching as things continue to get worse. All the while desperately grasping at hope, taking deliberate steps to create the fortitude to cultivate acceptance, and utilizing moments of peace to propagate the resolve to move forward. My hope is that listening to this mix will help you release the emotions you've held onto, crying the tears that needed to be released as I did while making it, and inspiring you to move that energy into a place of power and growth to create new beginnings.

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Disc 2, Out:
This mix is about showing up. Showing up for yourself, your loved ones, your community, and the world. Take a small step towards the light at the end of the tunnel any chance you get and know that every time you work towards a brighter future it gets closer to you. Not just for you, but for the people around you who are inspired by your light and more that will gravitate towards that energy. Fight for what you believe in, even if it means you have to fight people you love. The world will only be free of bad ideas when good ones drown them out and make more sense. Genius does not exist without the wisdom to use it. And you will only know your genius when you push yourself out of your comfort zones. So just keep pushing. You will break through your walls more and more with each passing day if you make just one small step. That's all it takes. It doesn't have to be a lot. Just show up. Do one tiny thing and see where it takes you. It may not always go anywhere, but you'll be surprised how often it does. Eventually, you'll get there. It's just science.

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Eclectronica Vol. 11 - Hide & Seek

Eclectronica Vol 11 - HideEclectronica Vol 11 - Seek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the pandemic forced us to hide in our caves for the past year under threat of a deadly virus, I like many of you was forced out of all that I knew. Every aspect of the career that I have built for myself over the last 15 years relied on mass gatherings. I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that the toll on my mental health was severe. But as time goes on we adapt, and so too do we learn about ourselves in the darkest of places, and grow in ways that while painful at the moment will help us to be more resilient, and grateful for better days to come. Through these challenges, we are also able to seek out new ways of finding joy in the world. New ways to connect with each other. New ways to create magic that we might bring to the world in ways we didn't know we were capable of. As I release this gift to the world nearly half a year later than usual due to my mental health and overload from life's challenges making me procrastinate on making the artwork, I am looking forward to creating more soon for the first time in a while, and being able to share some of my love for music in front of real people on the open fields as the world begins to finally open up. All my love, and I hope you enjoy these mixes as much as I have for the past half-year <3

Disc 1, Hide:
The slower side, with deep organic vibes, healing tones, and soothing melodies to recapture a sense of safety and comfort.

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Disc 2, Seek:
Bigger sounds with more contemporary production to drive our energies to a higher vibration as we take those good vibes into a brighter future. 

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Eclectronica Vol. 10 - Awe & Wonder

Eclectronica Vol 10 - AweEclectronica Vol 10 - Wonder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cannot even begin to describe how honoured I feel to have my love of these beautiful aural experiences shared with you for the past 10 years. This mix series has carried me through some of the darkest, and brightened some of the most magical times of my life, and I am constantly hearing stories of how these journeys have touched others lives. I feel blessed that music has chosen to connect with me in such a way that I can curate experiences that help so many people through their day. Here's to another decade finding beauty together <3

Disc 1, Awe:
Two full hours of slow, and seductive melodies to hold our hearts together as we experience the majesty of the world around us.

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Disc 2, Wonder:
Two full hours of captivating, and energetic harmonies to unite our minds as we let imagination take us to a brighter future. 

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Eclectronica Vol. 9 - Now & Forever

Eclectronica Vol 9 - NowEclectronica Vol 9 - Forever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another year, and another much needed infusion of diverse, and gorgeous sonic gems has entered my life to carry me through the hardest of times. I now once again enjoy the privilege to be able to curate a journey for you that I only hope can help you heal, find joy, and grow as they helped me to.

Disc 1, Now:
A heartfelt, deep, and loving collection of stories of victory, struggle, and love across a variety of organic soundscapes spanning many genres.

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Disc 2, Forever:
One of the highest energy mixes ever in the series with the biggest of feels to accompany the larger than life sounds bursting with emotion, bass, and the freshest of musical styles.

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Eclectronica Vol. 8 - As Above, So Below

Eclectronica Vol 7 - EbbEclectronica Vol 7 - Flow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes life's greatest gifts can also bring us lasting sorrow when we hold too strongly to our expectations. As I sit here writing about a pair of mixes that were finished nearly half a year ago now that were held up by my own inability to get my head space together to finish something as simple as a couple of graphics, I can't help but feel like I've somehow let myself down. Graphics being what very shortly before was a full time job that I quit for the sole purpose of working on my own personal art and yet here I sit having accomplished very little. It's times like these where we must remind ourselves that life gives us no expectations, and the only reason we feel like we have failed is because we gave one to ourself and became attached to it. Life is a swirling, colourful, and unpredictable phantasmagoria of energy that we are just trying to understand. If we let go we can find ourselves powerfully swept away into new and exciting places, and as we get farther downstream on our new path it can become scary when we think of all the things that we left ashore before we jumped in. And there's the crux of it. If you are still looking back to the shore, did you really let go?

Sure, there are going to be times when you are going to wish you did this or that, but what DID you do? Did you stop working hard on something you wanted to accomplish, and instead binge watched a show on Netflix for 2 weeks straight? Did you need it? Did you enjoy it? Maybe you moved on to some other projects unconsciously deciding you had more interest in them. In my case the opposite. I retired a career to work on my dreams and instead went head first into a gruelling learning process to develop a new form of abundance. Regrets? Well, if I said never I'd be lying, but the more I reflect on what I have accomplished the more I turn those regrets into positive lessons. Accomplishing what we set out to do does feel good, and it's important to create systems where we can accomplish our goals, but it's also important to realize that sometimes we stop caring about those goals because we grow as a person and choose other priorities. Life is full of wonders and we could never experience them all so why limit yourself to an expectation to fill a box you opened years ago and got bored of? Or last month, or week, or yesterday, or five minutes ago? Life has plenty more boxes to open, and as long as you are enjoying yourself... make a fucking box fortress! When next you open one that fills you with inspiration, you'll know just what to do, but until then, why not do it all? People struggle too often to find their purpose, the meaning of life as it were, but why can't the meaning of life be to live?

A coin carries the same worth regardless of which side lands if you haven't become attached to the outcome. So here's to the ups, and downs. The accomplishments, and the withdrawals. To victory, and sweet surrender. As Above, So Below.

Disc 1, As Above:
A whimsical, deep, and powerful journey through the senses with playful melodies, organic mystique, and larger than life emotions across a wider than ever assortment of genres for a first disc in the series.

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Disc 2, So Below:
The slower of the two mixes also for the first time in the series to represent the transition as life takes you underwater, but rich as ever in deep psychedelia, cutting edge sound design, and psychoacoustic potency.

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