A Tribute to Nujabes

This past weekend was one to remember. Performed music off of Don't Sleep in front of two sold out crowds, and had an amazing time hanging out and meeting fellow artists. Every year, for the past three years, I've performed with my good friend Nitsua as part of "A Tribute to Nujabes", and every year the experience just gets better and better.

Photos by Asato Iida. Video by Mari Lauren.

Autumn Leaves

Some songs start out as poems. Some days I like to sit and just write, allowing my mind to wander off away from the present moment and encouraging my imagination to bring fantasies and dreams to life. One day I'll be under the autumn leaves, and she'll be there.

Some are meant to enter life briefly
A stroke in a grandeur painting
A Vincent-then-go
But you're here to bring new color
A new feeling
Moments with you turn my palette dull to bold

And so I drink my coffee slowly
To soak in our conversation
I don't know if it's the caffeine
Or your thought-provoking reflections
That keep my mind racing
I'm chasing dreams of you and me
Slow dancing on the beach
I try to keep a present mind
Focused on your eyes
But I get lost in thoughts of sailing to paradise

These Autumn leaves and your beliefs
The chemistry between us leaves my heart beating
I believe you're free to be
All the things that leave me without reason
To doubt this moment in time

[You can hear Autumn Leaves below and on Mindfieldsound's new compilation album Enter the Mindfieldsound. It's available everywhere as of TODAY.]

New Album On The Way

It started with a move back to my hometown, Sacramento. There was something about going back to the place where music became my soul obsession and passion that really just ignited a flame in me to write and record. I feel like people have wanted me to pursue popularity and recognition for the past six years, I've been listening to a lot of people tell me what type of records I should and shouldn't be writing. But I've been chasing the music first and foremost, and been stubborn as hell with what I've wanted to do, the type of music I've wanted to make. I just haven't had much freedom to make it until now.

Enter Mindfieldsound. One of my closest friends and collaborators, this dude does it all. Plays every instrument and has what I like to call "the right ear" for music. There's something uniquely dope when two creative minds are on the same wavelength and appreciate the same intricacies and nuances of sonic composition and creation. And best of all, this is something we both love to do. Create, create, create. 

Shortly after my move, Mindfield and I discussed doing a joint project together. Something solely written and performed by myself, and produced and composed by Mindfieldsound himself. We began the process of just creating records, often late at night. Most days I found myself going to sleep just as the sun began to peek on the horizon and that little sliver of light showed in the window. I loooooove working late at night. For some reason the creative space seems to be open when everyone else is asleep, hence the album name "Don't Sleep". 

From the records we made, we chose six to be on this album. A little something that's short and sweet. They all encompass the message and album name. Don't Sleep. Don't Sleep on your goals and aspirations. Listen to your calling. Don't Sleep in order to accomplish those goals. Work hard and put the hours of focus and dedication into your craft. And Don't Sleep on me or Mindfieldsound. It's a culture. A mentality. A movement. We're just getting started.  

- JC