Wow, one month down in 2023, already! It doesn’t help the music planning when I only got back into the Sydney studio on 21 January after some global gallivanting (yeah, I know, 21 century problems 😏).
So far, my 2023 musical plans are all up and running:
1. Make an album for release 10 June: I’ve got plenty of ideas being crunched through the Pottz music machine as I start getting a feel for what this album will sound like. I’ll post separately about how that process is going.
2. Level up the live act:
As part of the missions to level up my live act, I’ve decided to incorporate the Moog Sub37 into my live shows. So expect some serious analogue synth action (and probably more physio required after all the heavy lifting required at set-up). You will start seeing this beast feature heavily in my rehearsal and production live streams.
3. Release A Week (RAW): My weekly BandCamp releases are on track and forming a key part of the sourcing of material for the album. After a brief period of incubation where I don’t listen back to these ‘finished’ tracks, I will take a fresh listen to them to see if any emerge as album candidates. You can follow these releases here: R.A.W. 2023 (WIP) | Steve Pottz (bandcamp.com)
4. Play live: The never-ending quest to perform out live continues. I’ve been sending out my Pottz showreel far and wide (even to Korea…but that’s another story), trying to get some live playing opportunities. Also I’m hatching plans with some fellow creatives to bring our own event to you all…more to follow.
5. Burning Man: As always, the annual Burning Man sabbatical will again be playing a major part of my 2023 musical plans. I’m planning a slightly different approach with bringing my music to the playa this year after some of the 2022 experiences. So, the planning for BM23 will always be happening starting now.
So, there’s heaps happening and I’m just as fired up as ever for 2023. That’s the upside of having shitty 2022, the bar is set way low, so the opportunity to soar right over it is HUGE!
Well, that’s the Dry July social experiment done for another year. What a stupid idea! (this year). “Dry July” + “COVID Lockdown” = Bad Situation.
Especially since, I did not feel better, did not lose any weight, and STILL had a few mornings of hangovers! Crazy!
Anyhow, this is meant to be all about the Pottz music, so I should talk about that. Plenty of new tunes out this month with my weekly releases to BandCamp:
Check out the R.A.W. 21 – Techpah (Live Mix), it’s going to be part of a compilation being put out by Music for Change. With the “first release, raising funds for 1800RESPECT and their partners”, check in with them for the release date for a worthy cause and plenty of great music from local producers.
Also I have some more live (streaming) gigs coming up. The 1st weekend of August I’ll be playing in the latest SYNTHFEST.online (a free monthly international interactive electronic live music streaming event) event. Details will follow on the socials. Plenty of great live electronic music from around the world to tune into.
And of course the daily (weekdays) streams will continue on Facebook, Twitch and Youtube, connect on any of those platforms to notified whenever I am live.
So, it’s time for some live music. I’m pretty excited to be playing alongside a couple of Sydney’s great live electronic music performers at the next This is Living event:
I’ve been working hard at incorporating some of my very recent tracks into my set and looking forward to giving them a whirl in the live environment. Hope to catch any Sydney supporters on Saturday 6 April. Also joining me on the gig is Funkytronic who I have been collaborating with on some new music that we will be releasing soon….watch this space!
March was a great month for new tracks with 6 new original tracks + 2 collaborations being wrapped up. I’ll get them out on SoundCloud once I get the live gig sorted. In the meantime, you can take a listen to Find Yourself (this one will feature in my live set at This is Living).
A year ago, I started changing how I produce music and it’s really great to have the vision finally come the full cycle with this track. It’s life cycle is:
1) do couple of hours creative splurge (this was done when I was in Berlin last Summer)
Only 2 new tracks this month, with Cycles Abound and Beautiful Place. They’re both in this month’s Music Incubator on SoundCloud where you can grab my early unmastered versions.
So. I’m a little off my target of 8 tracks a month, but I will make it up in the next few months. I’ve been prioritising a party I have coming up in early February, so expect some feedback from than in the next few weeks.
Well, that was fun. 2 months in Berlin soaking up the creative vibes and general open-minded free thinking craziness that abounds here (there!).
I’ve been busy the last 2 months with a creative tool that I called #20TracksIn20. What is #20TracksIn20 all about? Well, every (week) day for the months of May and June I spent a short while, usually 3 to 4 hours, writing a new track and then did a live feed of me performing the track. It’s a bit of an improvised jam as I seldom have worked out much of an arrangement and generally just have a few key parts established. At the end of the 2 months I will select the top tracks to “finish” (whatever “finished” means – most likely creative structures I can then repeat the live performances). Click here for the link to the 2 Facebook video playlists.
So now, it’s back to Sydney and fully focused on playing live. I have tons of new material (40 tracks) from which to select some new material, so a big update to the show is being prepared.
Wow things are happening at a pace right now. So much so that I missed shooting out my month-end email to you. That’s because I’ve been pretty busy.
Hot on the heels of my first outing with my live set at Club 77, I’ve been booked to play a full 90 minute set at Club 77:
Not only that, but I get to do it on the same night as Trinity, a Sydney producer and live performer who I’ve been watching her live shows intenetly for a while (she opened for RIchie Hawtin when he was out here doing his Closer show…..both were awesome.)
So, I said 2018 was going to be all about getting my music out LIVE….and here we are. Next time we catch up I will be coming down from the high of doing this gig.
It’s that time of the month again when I shoot you some new music, except….well, there’s nothing this month.
BUT, I have been busy…very busy! You will know I’ve had an intention to play my music LIVE for some time now, but have never quite managed to get the momentum with that, as I have in the production space. Well 2018 is going to be different. It’s all about LIVE this year.
And to achieve that, I’ve turned my whole production approach on its head. Why would I do that, after so many years honing an approach? Well, I kicked off the year with JAMuary a daily live Facebook feed of me jamming tracks… LIVE. I realised during that process that I was doing things backwards…write a new track, mix and master it, then get the mix down…and then rip it apart again into the key elements for a live rendition, by which time the track was a bit too locked in to allow the level of manipulation and improvisation.
So….now it’s all done at my LIVE rig with all the toys and controllers I use for the live show. New tracks take shape within live jams. My thinking…
If the aim is to play the tracks LIVE, produce them LIVE
If recording a finished track removes so much of the flexibility, don’t do it
Electronic music controllers combined with keyboards, is like a whole new instrument, produce music intended for that instrument
Every LIVE jam is recorded, all those happy mistakes and weird discoveries are there for reuse.
And probably the best reason…Making music by doing what I have always done (live improvisation), is FUN (perhaps a bit too much fun, I often have to stop myself 20 minutes into a jam…”get back to work”!)
Here’s a sample of that work in progress (also the name of a new series of live feeds I’m doing Pottz: WIP):
So, I think I have turned the learning curve (too many mixed metaphors maybe?), and March should be packed with plenty of new production, all prepared LIVE, so keep a look out for some updates throughout the month.
Whew 2018 has started with quite a rush….in a good way!
I have one goal for 2018 and that’s to play my music LIVE!
It’s something I have always had, as a musician, the thrill of playing live to an audience, But things got a little distracted when taking my music to the techno space. I found myself going down a rabbit hole of production.
And so, for the last month I embarked on a completely new thing. I played live every day to the internet with a daily live feed in JAMuary (sic) get it??
This resulted in many lessons learned (still to be implemented), but I think the ultimate post for JAMuary 2018, does capture where I am going:
There will be plenty more of these live feeds in February. Check out Facebook for all the feeds from JAMuary.
I’m really looking forward to 2018 with a renewed focus on the music, and avoiding all other distractions. Watch this space for some new approaches early in the new year, plenty of new music and a big focus on live performances.
And so the final instalment of new music for 2017. 6 brand new tracks for you to listen to. Click above or here to have listen.
In 2018, I’ll be looking at the best ways to get my music out to everyone, so will be giving you all a yell to hear what works best for you.
Here’s to a kicking new year in all things music!!