Today is March 31st, the last day of the month and I’m telling you… I’ve had enough of Fab Feb and Mad March, that time in Adelaide where anything and everything remotely resembling a festival or an event gets bundled into one supposedly huge party that lasts for two months.
Now, I don’t want to appear to be some sort of wowser party-pooper type here but please… Adelaide has so much to offer its citizens (as well as the greater national and global population) but this city doesn’t do anyone any favours by cramming most of its events into a two month period.
There’s just too much competition for the disposable income of a finite population of punters who are suffering more and more from “festival fatigue” every year.
I mean it’s not like Adelaide has crap weather for the other ten months of the year especially as we keep on being told that we live in the driest state on the driest continent on Earth.
Surely we can put on a festival or two at other times of the year? Surely we can space things out a little bit more which in turn will give us performers (and the punters we rely on) a bit of a chance to catch our collective breaths?
Whether you agree with it or not, the article “Has The Adelaide Fringe Festival Become Too Big For It’s Boots?” featured in The Guardian which was inspired by a Facebook rant from British comedian Alexis Dubus (now taken down from Facebook) highlights the issue about the competitive nature of Mad March and the effect it has on performers and punters alike.
NB: I know the article is primarily focussed on the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Mad March is of course a combination of many events but the Adelaide Fringe does take up a lot of Mad March.
Please don’t get me wrong, as a songwriter/musician myself I love any opportunity Adelaide offers to showcase the wonderful talent that we have locally, nationally and globally but to cram everything into a two month time-frame and neglect the rest of the year doesn’t really make any sense to me.
What are your experiences as either a performer or as a punter? Are you suffering from “festival fatigue” or are you sad that Mad March had to eventually finish? I’m interested in your thoughts.
Lately, I’ve been doing a hell of a lot of recording and I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to just be creative again.
It’s really good for the soul.
Now that I have taken stock of my artistic inventory, I have all of my songwriting stuff in one place and because of this I realise that I’ve got a pretty extensive backlog to get through whether it be recording songwriting snippets, ideas, demo’s or full mixes.
I’m using this backlog of material as an opportunity to gradually sort out my home recording studio “SongMachine” and at the same time practise my proficiency at mastering Logic Pro X.
SongMachine exists not as a means to record other people but to ensure that all of my future songwriting and musical projects can and will be done in-house. I’ll make sure I keep you informed as to what goes on.
In the meantime, it’s time to fire the studio up and do some more recording.
Recently, I’ve just finished cleaning out all of my external hard drives, all 20TB (yes terabytes) of them and let me tell you, I’ve realised I’m not as organised as I thought I was.
The reason why I undertook such a mammoth task was that I wanted to have all of my songwriting ideas, snippets and demos (plus all of my music business, home studio/recording and general songwriting information I’ve collected over the years) all on one external hard drive and not spread out over many which was the case previously.
The process was that I’d go through each of the old drives one by one and transfer over to the new drive all of the files I wanted to keep and once finished I’d format the old drive and put to one side.
Sometimes It was like trying to unscramble an egg.
Now that I have everything I want under one roof so to speak I’m feeling much more in control over my creativity because I can access everything from one hard drive. I now know where everything is.
For me, being organised means that any song idea that I need to present to a songwriting collaborator is only one click away and no more am I wasting precious time searching among my numerous hard drives trying to find THAT particular songwriting idea that I wanted to work on.
I’ve realised already that the end result of the work I’ve put into organising my artistic inventory is that I’m finally finishing more of the songs that I start and that is inspiring in itself.
Another reason why now more than ever, 2016 will be a very creatively inspiring year for me. I look forward to uploading the fruits of my organised labour soon.