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26Dec/150

Nekophiliac – electronic music

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My wife and I are both creative. We always have a project or two going. We have art supplies around the house. We both have artwork we've made hanging in the house. The creative leaning has manifested in our children (and now grandchildren).

One of my sons creates electronic music under the name Nekophiliac. He's been producing collections of songs since he was in high school. I love most of his music. Some of it is too fast or too genre-specific to a very particular kind of taste (lolicore he calls it) that I can't follow it but most of the music he makes is thoughtful, melancholy, and beautiful. Perfect music to write (or just chill) too.

He creates his music digitally, on a laptop, in a software program of which I can't remember the name. He creates his own album artwork. He publishes his albums on a platform called Bandcamp. He collaborates with other electronic artists who produce music along the same lines as his.

He creates prolifically. Since he started posting under this identity (he's published under at least one other name/style), he's put out twenty-seven albums and EP's. This amount of work has let him develop real proficiency with his tools and his finished work product is fully realized.

I look forward to his posting new work. I download it and give it a listen as soon as it posts. I have favorite tracks and love to share his music with people if I can weave it into a conversation.

My absolute favorite track is called [btf]. Listen to it here.

He struggles with promoting himself and his music. We were driving together today and the topic of conversation turned to the things that we both do to hold ourselves back as creators.

I just started reading the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The premise of the book is that if you have an unfulfilled passion for something, if you want to live a creative life, succeed in a business, capture some giant goal, but always seem to fall short or, worse yet, fail to ever start, you are not having a problem achieving the thing, you are having a problem overcoming the resistance you have to realizing your dream. I plan on writing more about the book in this blog but let's just say last night I read the chapter on the way resistance manifests itself to keep you from doing the work it would take to reach your goal and it motivated me to get busy writing. The things I spoke to with my son about were the definitions of resistance from Pressfield's book that I resonate with strongest on first pass. My son and I immediately found common ground.

First, my son and I agreed we both compare ourselves critically to other artists to our detriment. I read a finished, published novel and compare my own work to it and think that I don't yet measure up, that my work is immature and unrealized. I've written five novels. I'm not ready to call any of them complete and ready to publish. He told me he does the same thing with his music.

I told him that I don't show my work to anyone other than my wife for fear that I am going to get negative feedback. He told me does the same thing. We both post publicly, but only in a safe, controlled space (Bandcamp for him and this blog for me). And I think all creatives know that besides the work, the second-most-important aspect of succeeding in the arts is promotion.

I was so grateful for this conversation, to discover this common ground, because now we can both work to help each other, to be accountable to each other, to take our creative life to the next level. I want to be a positive influence on my son's creative life. I want to show him the way through his resistance to success. The best way for me to do that is to tackle my own resistance and be an example.

So, with that...

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