It's the time of the year to review on what we've done in this past 12 months and plan ahead for the future! I would like to segment my 2018 into these few categories.
1. Music / Career:
This year has been great! I'm so so fortunate to be signed to a music label!!! Special thanks to Jumuro for signing me as a songwriter. Right after getting signed around June, two songs have been published and aired on Radio and other major online platforms such as spotify! My very first time performing on air too. I'm so glad that some of my friends actually tuned in to radio and listen to me live <3 A VERY VERY BIG THANK YOU, GUYS!!! It means so so much. Here are the two songs that can be found on Youtube and also Spotify. Save them in your Spotify playlist now :)
Special thanks to everyone in Jumuro for putting so much effort in each and every projects they worked on. You can check out a lot of great talents in Malaysia via Jumuro's page here!
I've also managed to secure clients from Singapore! I did audio mixing for Mediacorp TV program in Singapore! It's called "Oktocup" You can watch the program here. This project is secured under my own music business www.jyismusic.com and is considered a big milestone! Special thanks to Steven for informing me about this job opportunity! If there's anyone who needs help in mixing, can contact me too :)
Another big THANK YOU to Hafiz for letting me to vocal produce the Chinese Version of Rhythm Doctor. His songs are so so so awesome and you guys should check out his game called Rhythm Doctor! All his music creations can be found in the game itself too! You will love both the game and the songs for sure <3 This is his game trailer to hook you into playing it hehe.
2. Personal Finance
2018 is where I started reading up on how to manage my finances and how to plan for future. I bought my very first stock in Bursa and also invested some in the US market. There are gains and there are losses.
*I really love those good dividend stocks in Malaysia. Too bad I still don't have enough savings to buy Public bank or Nestle yet haha.
Mmm..Just realized all my achievements are surrounded in audio/music related stuffs. Here are some things I've learnt in 2018.
1. When negotiating with clients, it's better to say "no" earlier, ask for more clarifications when the job descriptions aren't clear or too vague. This will lead to "bao ka liao". It causes you tons of pain later on.
2. What I've learnt from those stock losses: Never speculate and hold a stock that you would not want to own it for the next 10 years or so. Bottom line is, use "extra money" to invest. Set aside an emergency fund always :)
Moving on forward, 2019.
1. READ MORE! I would like to read more books, in cultivating my love for reading. I hope this will turn into a good habit. :) Target: 6 books in a year. My usual reading per year is about 1-3 books only :(
2. EXERCISE MORE! My health wasn't in a good shape since 2016. Would like to exercise at least 3 times per week.
3. WRITE MORE! Would love to write more songs and sell them hopefully. Still learning and improving my arranging skills. I'm confident with my mixing now, so would like to learn more on arranging :) If you have any recommendations on arranging, do share with me! Target: 1 song per month.
4. Diving? I would really wanna dive.
5. Youtube and blog once a month. This will keep my 2019 resolutions accountable :)
I always wonder how does the economy works and how does it balances itself.
Why inflation occurs? Why economy crashes? Why stocks go down?
This video makes it so easy for beginners like me to understand Economics in 30 minutes.
Three simple rules to take away in the end:
1. Don't have debt rise faster than income
2. Don't have income rise faster than productivity
3. Do all that you can to raise your productivity.
In this video I shared some of the vegetarian/vegan restaurants that we have been to in Phuket. We were fortunate that the time we were in Phuket, (2nd - 6th Oct 2016) the Thais were celebrating the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, whereby vegetarian/vegan stalls are available everywhere! This is because the Nine Emperor Gods believers have to be vegan for at least 9 days during the festive season. Just spot the yellow flags, and ask them, "is this 'che'?" You are then good to go! ;)
GETTING AROUND IN PHUKET
It's like UBER, however, you can't find anyone driving UBER in Phuket yet, so here's GRAB. Widely used in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia
Here's the link to the application:
2. Tuktuk (local way of transportation)
Some areas are so secluded (and scary to walk at night) that Grab taxi cannot reach. Just be patient and wait at the junction of the road, tuk tuk will pass by you! :)
I'm not sure about the rates for tuk tuk, the one we took were 300baht for a 3km distance.
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN PHUKET
1. Thai Smile
address: Chaloemphrakiat Rd, Patong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Trip advisor link:
2. King Liew Vegetarian Restaurant
address: 49 Ong Sim Phai Street, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand
Trip advisor link:
3. The Coffee Club - Jungceylon
address: 81, Jungceylon, G Floor, Ratuthit Songroipi Road, Tambon Pa Tong, Amphoe Kathu, Phuket, 83150, 83150, Thailand
Trip advisor link:
4. Big Buddha Phuket (Free vegetarian food at the canteen)
Please kindly donate if you are eating, it's for the temple :)
Trip advisor link:
5. Quiplicious food bar
address: Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand
6. Bocconcino Phuket
address: 8/71 Moo 3, Surin Main Road Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Trip advisor link:
7. Curry Night, cape panwa
address: 19/15 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd | Vichit, Cape Panwa
Trip advisor link:
I got this Xmas present two years ago from my close friend. I've decided to start compiling nanoblock collection that I am having and make it into a timelapse/documentary :)
This Nanoblock piece I got is of model NBC_100, sold in the year 2013.
It's pretty easy piece with difficulty ranked 2 out of 5, and over 170 pieces.
It took me ~20 minutes to finish the whole block.
Really enjoy the peace while building it.
More timelapse to come!
I'm thinking of purchasing a similar product by LOZ blocks (a China made micro-sized block) to compare its quality.
So, stay tuned!
I have to say I have just finished one of the BEST anime I have watched thus far!
Always in love with time travel theme. Decided to cover its Ending theme -Sayuri - Sore wa Shiisana Hikari no Youna.
Quite a sad lyrics but I think it's a hopeful one. <3
Hope you guys enjoy my cover.
Boke dake ga inai machi.
I hope to produce more anime covers in the future :) So, stay tuned! hehe
Though I started learning piano since young, I do not know much of a difference between, piano, stage piano, synthesiser, midi controller etc. It was hard to choose the right controller when I first started off writing songs using midi on Garageband (yes, Garageband was very first DAW). At that time, I just google "keyboard" to get my first midi controller. Yes, I did not know the difference at all!
A few weeks ago, my friend was asking help to pick his very fist midi controller. So I started off by explaining the difference between each 'keyboard'. This picture summarises the whole thing:
1. What is a midi controller?
MIDI controller refers to a device that controls parameters of a performance. It could be triggering the light on live performance, or it could be as simple as triggering the midi notes (melody) you like on your DAW.
2. Do you need a midi controller?
This is the most important bit of information. For composer/singer-songwriting who prefers recording 'live' instruments, you do not need a midi controller. All you need is a proper mic and a decent audio interface to laid down all the tracks. As for me, I write and arrange songs via midi because I do not have the budget to hire sessionist to play a particular instruments I want and I am more of a 'midi' person than a 'live' person. Besides, I can visualise my piece easier via midi notes laid out nicely.
Do you want to carry your midi controller around and create music on the go? Or do you want it to be in your home studio?
As for me, I would prefer on the go midi controller, they have smaller keys though with less sensitive velocity, big fat fingers will suffer, perhaps you could switch to pads if so.
4. Your first midi controller vs Genre of music you are creating
When it comes to your first midi controller, low budget is always preferable as you are unsure of what exactly you want!
The genre of music that you are creating is important too in deciding what midi controller you should buy.
I am a Malaysian, so I am using lazada service instead of ebay/amazon. I am picking those cheap and decent midi controller.
i. You are a pianist and prefer to see 'key' rather than pads, genre of music: pop , rock, RnB and the mainstream genres
A simple midi controller with just keys will be sufficient for you. Semi-weighted or hammer-action keys are preferable too since you are used to playing piano. However, velocity sensitive ones are sufficient too if you are on tight budget. As a pianist, you would prefer playing with both hands, so, I would suggest at least a midi controller with 49keys. Some examples could be:
Midi Controller Keyboards Acorn MK49
Alesis Q61 61-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
ii. You are thinking of doing lots of drum patterns for your midi, genre: EDM, electronics, etc.
Getting those midi controller in the form of pads will be ideal for you!
If you are a DJ and would like to have knobs too, this portable AKAI LPD series are good for you! Look for KORG nano to compare and see which suits you better!
Akai Professional LPD8
iii. You are a experimentalist and do not know much about 'creating' the mainstream genres, or you are just unsure, the ALL IN ONE solution
I would say this is a 'play safe' option in getting your first midi controller.
I have experience with the older AKAI MPK Mini for my first midi controller and it was a pleasant experience in figuring out which type of midi controller serves what I want best! I am a pianist, so I wanted 'keys' to play with, and I would like to explore other genres with heavy drum patterns such as EDM, so I needed pads to play with and also knobs to create the effects in EDM. Hence, the ALL IN ONE solution would be a controller with keys, pads and knobs!
Akai MPK Mini Portable Key & Pad USB MIDI Controller
Hope this helps for those who are figuring out what to get :)
June is supposed to be a month that I have 'more' time. It seems that I procrastinate too much :S Oops..
Finally, I've managed to focus on "Schnauzi the music guardian" project once again! Drew a character model sheet so that I have a proper reference to work on 3D modelling in the future.
To add on the 'music guardian' feature to him, I've used some of the band uniform pictures I got from the net as reference and give it a personal touch. Have yet to design his music wand. I am thinking of blending flute and perhaps sword/wand like feature..Mmm, any ideas? :)
I came across a blog this morning which I like a lot. After reading, I do agree the way he learn things do make me feel motivated and inspired to learn more new things in life!
In the blog, it says there are 10 ways to learn something new:
1. Love it
"Love" it! Yes, it is definitely the most fundamental thing to learn something new. I remembered how I hated some of my engineering subjects back in the uni and how I get so excited when it comes to my humanities subjects, namely: Japanese language and music technology. Well, you can probably guess the difference of those subjects in my results sheet. haha
2. Read it
Study how other people "master" the game. How people get through all the hurdles to come to where they are now. I should probably start reading biographies of famous music produces around the world :) My favourite composer/producer for OST/BGM is Joe Hisaishi. ^ ^
3. Try it, but not too hard
At first, I don't quite agree to not trying hard, but looking back at how I started music production was actually during my leisure time, my de-stressing time while studying for my aeronautical subjects :P haha It was indeed something I look forward to, something that I didn't try too hard to push for results and I enjoyed the "process" instead of the "results". I trial and error so many times and y
4. Get a teacher
Oh well, that is very very true. I learn 10x faster with a teacher than without :)
5. Study the history. Study the present
This part is kinda like practising my "analytical skills" gained from taking engineering during my uni-years. If you asked me if I've wasted my 4 years studying engineering, I would say no. I do learnt a lot in terms of how I analyse things, how I view things in life. Thanks to the overseas experience too, I see life differently.
6. Do easy projects first
When you are done with your very first project, though an easy one, you feel accomplished. You feel that you are capable of doing more :) That's when I started planning for more things in the future. I started off small, "A Cover A month", then upgraded slightly with more details on my mixing part etc...Yes, I am hoping that I can launch an album. A full length album. This might take years, but I know I will get there :)
7. Study what you did
Learning from your mistakes. That is very very true. Let's compare my very first song that I wrote (3-4 years back):
Let's analyse ;) sorry, so many mistakes that I spotted!
That amount of hiss sound on the piano track, the arrangement of the drums, no quantisation on the bass, maybe I can compress my vocal a little more, EQ it better. So many mistakes I spotted :')
Now let's see what I have done just weeks ago:
Okay, this is the best I could give right now at this moment :) Maybe ten years later, when I read the blog and listen back to this, I might feel that it's shitty again.. hahaha
8. You are the average of the five people around you
Learning in a group is faster, hence I hope I can really form a band. A band with those who has visions same as mine :) Have chemistry working on a new song etc :) Looking forward to working with my future band members!
9. Do it a lot
Probably I should do "2 covers a month" next year instead of A cover A month :P hahaha joking..I'm focusing on producing higher quality covers these days, better audio, better video :)
10. Find your evil plan
Mmm...My evil plan? Can I be better than Joe Hisaishi one day? :P
* This is my own recipe, feel free to change it according to your taste ;)
1. Wash the mushrooms and put them on oven trays.
2. Put a bit of butter, olive oil, mixed herbs and salt onto it.
3. Oven baked for about 30 minutes at 180C.
1. Cut the carrots and water chestnuts to tiny cubes.
2. Cut the potatoes and make them to boil. Once they are soft, take them out.
3. Mashed the potatoes with fork/spatula.
4. Mixed the carrots and water chestnuts into the mashed potato.
5. Squeeze close to all Kewpie mayonnaise (small sized mayo) and a bit of sandwich spread.
6. Add in pepper, salt and a bit of sugar.
Sliced some tomatoes as side dish.
Have fun preparing breakfast for your loved ones :)
Went to Roland AIRA workshop yesterday to try out their latest AIRA products at Roland Asia Pacific, PJ Malaysia.
Roland Asia Pacific
45-1, Block C2, Jalan PJU 1/39,
Dataran Prima, 47301,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
I am more familiar with the rock or usual studio production's pro audio equipments, hence AIRA is kinda new to me. I am trying to learn more about electronic music production as it provides flexibilities towards our imaginations and production of sound!
Here's me trying out with the products. I really love them! Time to invest and explore in some gadgets for electronic music production, maybe?
If you ask me personally which one do I wanna get most? I would say the TR8 followed by the System-1. I guess because my current physical gadgets do not have much control over drum pattern production. The System-1 has a lot of knobs which provides easy access and automations!
I was researching online to find more about it, and found out that Roland actually has short video tutorial regarding the new products that they have! Do check them out if you are interested, as for me, time to save up some money! hehe
Call me G :)
Hi, my name is Jyi. I am the founder and engineer for JYISMUSIC! I help people produce their favourite songs/covers as well as provide services to companies like Mediacorp! Besides, music, I share things I like, such as food, travel, and some financial/investment tips I read :)
Do you have music projects you wanna discuss with me?