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The Sketches Project

Musically, I’m not one to release music unless I feel it is Perfect! In that quest for perfection, I tend to ignore my surroundings. Getting lost in a certain train of thought happens so frequently that I tend to forget the reason I embarked on a quest in the 1st place. Although I have in the past, I don’t tend to create “Mixtapes”, (ain’t they CD’s anyway?) mainly because that’s not my lane. I did create an outlet of sorts though.

Enter Sketches:

“Sketches” is a series of EP’s I intend on releasing before a full length LP. Before I release my “Untitled” album, I will be releasing THREE (3) EP’s.

Sketches vol.1

Sketches vol.2: #Unbalanced

Sketches vol.3: Mosaic

The above EP’s will release when they are ready in each case. I want the 1st set of “Sketches” to showcase my climb out of depression. Each EP will describe a certain thought process I had while living under the conditions that will be outline within the music. Each project will have different characteristics that will make it unique in and of itself.

I would like to continue The Sketches Project forward with the release of “Sketches: Collage” after my “Untitled” LP.

One thing at a time until then…

NÜK

“Only art & music have the power to bring peace.” – Yoko Ono

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The Sketches Project

Musically, I’m not one to release music unless I feel it is Perfect! In that quest for perfection, I tend to ignore my surroundings. Getting lost in a certain train of thought happens so frequently that I tend to forget the reason I embarked on a quest in the 1st place. Although I have in the past, I don’t tend to create “Mixtapes”, (ain’t they CD’s anyway?) mainly because that’s not my lane. I did create an outlet of sorts though.

Enter Sketches:

“Sketches” is a series of EP’s I intend on releasing before a full length LP. Before I release my “Untitled” album, I will be releasing THREE (3) EP’s.

Sketches vol.1

Sketches vol.2: #Unbalanced

Sketches vol.3: Mosaic

The above EP’s will release when they are ready in each case. I want the 1st set of “Sketches” to showcase my climb out of depression. Each EP will describe a certain thought process I had while living under the conditions that will be outline within the music. Each project will have different characteristics that will make it unique in and of itself.

I would like to continue The Sketches Project forward with the release of “Sketches: Collage” after my “Untitled” LP.

One thing at a time until then…

NÜK

“Only art & music have the power to bring peace.” – Yoko Ono

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Sketches vol.1

I was in the middle of recording my FIRST studio album at the age of 18 and after nearly losing my life in a semi truck accident, I was coerced in to moving to Pittsburgh, PA. By the age of 22…I was homeless in unknown surroundings.  Eventually, I was sheltered by a father with ulterior motives and able to regain a musical footing.

The 1st thing I recorded once I got my studio was the 1st draft of “The Highway Chronicles”, a ‘Mixtape’. After a few months of shows and networking, the 2nd project I wrote and recorded was “Sketches vol.1”. My intention with this project was to enter back into “the game” from the ground up with new material. The songs I put together were abstract from the direction I was going with my LP. I had to do something “fresh”…and I hated it!

Being SOOO broke at the time, I relied on my long term musical relationships to supply majority of the instrumentals for the project. Someone I barely even knew gave me the opening song at the most needed of times! I owe it to him to finish the song. Overall, I produced 5 songs from the material I was given ( and stole). I will release a track-listing for the EP in an upcoming post breaking down each song with its own post. I truly want to flesh out the music behind this release. My purpose with this post is to introduce you to the motives behind the music I was producing.

I went from recording in a 3 million dollar studio to a bedroom in a traphouse, without monitoring speakers. Not to mention knowing very little about the process of producing the songs I write. I knew how to RECORD but MIXING was not my area of expertise. Although out of my element, I felt it was a necessary need being able to record my own music, but not knowing what I was doing had the unknown cost in the loss of the musical quality in the musical perfection I seek. Even with that handicap, the experience gave me creative confidence and allowed me to explore a realm of writing I have yet to cross, at the time. “Sketches vol.1” was my 1st attempt at bringing the best out of myself during one thee worst in my young adult life.

Releasing October 19th (Happy Born Date Me [maybe Ü 2?]!), “Sketches vol.1” is the 1st of three projects that I will release from the period that turned me into The Young Man that types to Ü today. I hope some of it finds some place in your musical rotation!

Peace from The Young Man,

NÜK

Sketches vol1. (front)

The Sketches Project

Musically, I’m not one to release music unless I feel it is Perfect! In that quest for perfection, I tend to ignore my surroundings. Getting lost in a certain train of thought happens so frequently that I tend to forget the reason I embarked on a quest in the 1st place. Although I have in the past, I don’t tend to create “Mixtapes”, (ain’t they CD’s anyway?) mainly because that’s not my lane. I did create an outlet of sorts though.

Enter Sketches:

“Sketches” is a series of EP’s I intend on releasing before a full length LP. Before I release my “Untitled” album, I will be releasing THREE (3) EP’s.

Sketches vol.1

Sketches vol.2: #Unbalanced

Sketches vol.3: Mosaic

The above EP’s will release when they are ready in each case. I want the 1st set of “Sketches” to showcase my climb out of depression. Each EP will describe a certain thought process I had while living under the conditions that will be outline within the music. Each project will have different characteristics that will make it unique in and of itself.

I would like to continue The Sketches Project forward with the release of “Sketches: Collage” after my “Untitled” LP.

One thing at a time until then…

NÜK

“Only art & music have the power to bring peace.” – Yoko Ono

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sO-oLD

Lately, I have been finding myself more spaced out on the on the things I SHOULD be doing and not what I am accomplishing. Focusing on what I’m not doing or feel I should be doing is becoming my personal downfall. I could blame a bit of depression on this as well, but that might be a cop out in all honesty.

Being the artist that I am, I can create and move on to the next project with no thought to the last. While some might think that to be great, I tend to create like the corpse flower. Even then, I don’t formally release the material…especially when I feel it is not up to par to a standard that I don’t even believe matters to people. Kinda like Prince and his Vault, I have music and writings from 2002 that I have yet to release. Not that I even feel those songs need to be released.

I mean…

Who would want to listen to how I USED to be? Those song are who I WAS, not who I am currently…I think? There is truly only one way to find out! But before that, I need to get over a few personal hurdles.

NÜK

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Nobody’s Dream

I have been doing a LOT with myself over the last few weeks, almost like Im playing catch up with myself (as usual). The momentum of how I want things to be is not matching the number of hours in a day. The greatest part about restructuring my life is finding out what works and what doesn’t…who works and who will not…who to allow on projects and, Ü get the ideal.

It all starts with me truly. All the issues, complaints, delays, surges of nothings and lackluster effort…all comes from my doing.

See, if I allow certain people, places or things to take control of what I am creating, I will lose. The fact of the matter is that nobody cares as much as I do about what I do. There might be people reading this saying “But NÜK, iCare!”, and I appreciate those people but see…Ü don’t care enough…

Im not saying there is a gage of carability that comes along with a CD or soap purchase or something, but there just comes a point where people will not care about YOUR project like YOU will. Deep down, there is a certain joy & pride that comes with creating something from scratch. That is the reason some people enjoy cooking. Thats why there are people who enjoy doodling on Starbucks cups. Those are the type of people who do artsy things because it was Tuesday. Nobody tells them to do those things…they just do…

Allowing someone to control or even have a certain amount of control over your work can make the last seem like it is not even worth pursuing. This is not the case with me though. I would sooner put my foot in somebody ass before I allow them to have me in a tight situation. I have been in a few situations like that in the past and now try my best to avoid allowing someone the upper hand on MY art(s). I just got pissed after I sent a text message and came here to vent.

And I appreciate your time greatly!

NÜK

The Souls Search

So here I am, contemplating The Universe again…

I do believe that every one of us get to a point where we want a “Change” to occur in our life. Something that can be considered a turning point in the fabric of Time. While most of us may wish or hope that these points be blessed upon us, others are actively seeking to shape the world around them. I was NOT one of those people…

Currently, my perspective on what IS and what is not can not be wavered. I have seen the darkness and have allowed it to consume the light in my life in the past. I know there is the blessed success I have stressed these last few decades! I have allowed depression and regression to shape the way I operate this realm of infinite possibilities. Lately, my stresses have vanished and I have attempted to replace them with….something….

I’m getting that itch…

NÜK

Artist: LD Grant

Artist: LD Grant

For The Love #ArtisticValues

One of my VERY first studio recordings was about me getting my dick sucked…it started out as a “Safe Sex” song!!!
One of the VERY first songs I EVER wrote was a ballad or love song, a little over 20 years ago…

I remember a LONG time ago I said I was going to give up on making music. I went through a traumatic event that caused me to throw away my notebook. I was gonna focus on doing ANYTHING else. I promise Ü, somebody put the notebook back in front of my door. It was like fate or a stalker…either one…I was freaked out!!! That was the last time I said I would stop…

Until recently…

Flashback to June 2014, I said I was going to stop making music until after my daughter was born. That was one of the easiest things I have done lately. Not having to worry about making music, listening to instrumentals constantly, being a mental nut bag over articulation & enunciation, remembering every vocal inflection, every rhythmic step that leads into a bounce…the act of poetry in a groovy motion!!! I stopped doing what comes naturally to me. Something that I have been doing for SO long, I don’t know of anything else I could be better at.

Now that I have “returned” to the music entertainment industry, I don’t even want to be here!!!

This shit is GARBAGE!!!
I can not believe how over saturated MUSIC has become with “fluff” music!!! I have listened to the radio more since I stopped writing regularly and the shyt that the will play on the radio is ridiculous!!! I can not believe that people are calling those songs “music”??? Why??? WHY!!!

Why?

Because I have yet to take advantage of the situation. In a land of grime I can almost promise Ü Mr. Clean will shine!!! And that is what will drive me to the next level with this music thing. But that is also what will set me apart. I have long outgrown the desire of “fame & fortune” within the industry. That is what makes my music different. I just want to express my TRUEST thoughts down on paper & deliver them over an instrumental. I do not wish to self censor myself based on another persons feelings. But I also do not wish to attach people who lay their hearts on the line for me. Having a heart myself, I find it hard to “not give a fuck” about something I hold close to heart. So my tact is to make sure that I deliver ME to the best of my abilities.

And even now as I type this, listening to an instrumental that has the effect of making me want to tell people my personal problems, I want to hold myself back. I feel that if I say how I feel someone will be PISSED!!! But if I don’t say how EYE feel, I will never be at peace. And the dilemma of the artist will continue…

NÜK

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Turmoil of The Artist

I have been through a few things in the last 12 months…

Im STILL going through shyt…

*shrugs*

Since around like…March of last year…a part of me has been taken & twisted…
Thats around the time I found out my cousin was diagnosed with cancer. Since THAT day, I was changed…

I wrote a song for HER to listen to…
I wanted her to hear ME speak directly to her…

She listened to my words of comfort & support and then passed on on Thanksgiving of 2012. 

The strange thing is that I have been performing the song since last summer to grand reception. People TRULY understand where Im coming from with my words. I guess the message is getting across to those who listen…everyone except me!

As a person who LOVES music, I can appreciate the type of song I created. 
As a person who CREATES music…I can’t help but feel like I can make the song better…

As strange as it may sound…I honestly do not like the way the song I created SOUNDS. I feel there are things about the song I could & should change in order to make it more CLEAR & understandable. But at the same time…I didn’t really write the song for Ü to enjoy in that way…I wrote it FROM THE HEART to my cousin. 

She actually heard it the way I wanted it to be heard…thats really all that matters to ME! But as an ARTIST, people will ALWAYS be quick to critique the art I create. Which is where I currently find myself…

Should I recreate this song for the mass appeal or leave it as it is in loving memory???

The choice seems easy don’t it?

NÜK

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Take A DEEP Breath

…now hold it…

I have been going through what a lot of people have been going through lately. And I KNOW Ü have been going through what I have as well…couldn’t tell me any different. The biggest difference in what Ü go through & what EYE go through is the way that we react to the experience.

Ü still holding your breath?

I literally ASKED for this experience!!!
And now that I have it, I can no longer play naive…
Attempting to keep relevant in an ever changing world is almost next to impossible
But I have gotten used to the pace.

Exhale!

Slowing down comes at point where a person is so comfortable with their current speed that the bigger picture can be seen clearly. The biggest picture is the one that is incomplete…which is the beauty of art…

Breathe…

NÜK