Kicking off the year with a fresh take by deconstructing my “comfort zone” illustration style and freeing it up from lines once again. Here is to the multiple paths one can take, inspired by those who tried it before.
This first EP is the result of a couple of years experimenting with sounds, vocals, styles, while growing my skills as an enthusiastic music producer.
After flirting with music production for years without really committing I decided to push that interest so I could understand the essentials of producing and mixing. In March 2020 I started writing a new song – Simplicity – as a way to learn the foundation of music production while getting familiar with Logic Pro. I named that new musical experiment Emlo, a blend of Emile, my middle name, and Emilio a variation I like for some unresolved reasons.
Those songs talk about growing up through adulthood, from the thrill of making things, the challenges of handling anxiety, to the importance of focusing on what really matters and letting go of what holds you back.
I like and listen to many genres so I couldn’t really categorise what I’ve made there, other than something pretty personal, and hopefully relatable to some. My creative process naturally developed into mixing up organic sounds like guitar, piano, with hip-hop inspired digital beats, then building up a tight but relaxed vocal delivery on top. A tricky balance I’m definitely still working on.
Thanks for reading, hope you’ll enjoy listening.
Illustration has been the most consistent thing I’ve done for the past 13 years. Meditation has been the other most consistent thing I’ve done for the past 8 years.
Both practice helped me so much to discover, define and shape who I am today, what I do, and how I do it. Even so, I see myself as a beginner most of the time.
A spontaneous collection of ducks is all it took to (re)trigger my obsession with illustration, again.
Duck A was born pretty small, like a cute little ball, with some sort of towel on the head like she just had a bath in the pond next door. She usually has.
Duck B was initially named Bird A, but I had some doubts about this, and I don’t do birds that much (yet). On top of being great at pretending being a bird, he usually wear a multi-layered jumper made of his personal collection of feather, accumulated over the years. Duck B is not afraid of cold ponds.
Duck C is very advanced for a duck, and can easily walk long distances between ponds thanks to her highly resistant boots.
Introducing Emlo, my latest music project, and my 2020’s lockdown induced attempt at learning music production, while experimenting with sound, genre and voice delivery.
Here are the first three tunes: Simplicity, Walk, and Focus. Continue reading for a take away on what I learned in the process.
Coming back here feels like a trip to the past. It has been that long. But I want to post at least once this year so here it is!
While real priorities required me to focus elsewhere – daddyyy! – I haven’t lost my hunger for making stuff, in less time. And so here is the latest thing I made, continuing my tradition of a song + an illustration. I’ll focus on the song.
Here’s unpublished song I’ve recorded at the beginning of the year as I was trying to work out some low lights.
I was thinking to make a more polished recording before publishing but that was never going to happen. So here it is, as raw as it happened. Cover just done now in 5 minutes, for a change.
Of course I was always going to do an illustration about my daughter born earlier this year. Oh and to write a song as well. Because that’s what I do.
Here’s the little story of how it happened.
From a project to another my goal was to find the right alchemy between a dog and a duck and some random guy stuck in the middle of a page, as it happens. This is a dive into the process of a process-less process.