josh garrels is one of those musicians i have a massive amount of respect for. i see my dreams ambitions in his story - in his history, present, and future. check out this feature length documentary he just released about him and a group of crazy talented musicians on a trip to beautiful western canada on a journey to write and record music and to find themselves in the joy of community, art, and expression.
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WHY DO YOU CREATE?
"We didn’t necessarily want to talk about the process of creating. We wanted to talk about why we create. I do think a lot of people talk about the creative process, I don’t think anyone has talked about what drives us to create.
We’ve been making short films as a company for a long time, and we’ve noticed something. Almost every comment we read about the films — they’re not dissecting the story. They’re not saying how it impacted them. Every comment is, ‘What did you shoot this on? What lens?’ It’s all how-to crap. They’re wondering how they can imitate something. They’re asking the wrong question. You keep asking us ‘how’, but you didn’t ask us ‘why.’ It’s indicative of a much larger problem, one that people in the creative world have battled since art was a thing.
It’s time to have a conversation about what drives us to create — passion or success. I think one of the strongest values we have at Musicbed is relationships. The basis of a good relationship is vulnerability. If we want to build real relationships, I think it requires that we get real with people.
My hope is that creatives can see the film for what it is, and that they can see themselves in each one of these characters. Not everyone that watches it is going to be a filmmaker or a musician. I think the act of creating is so basic-level human, that if you see it from the big picture, it doesn’t matter what you do as a career."
Two of my best friends, Cameron and Trevor Bartlett, along with the talented Erik Moody, make up a band called Author. They make beautiful music paired with real lyricism - struggles, problems, emotions - things you can relate with.
They recently released a full length titled Of Brighter Days and are set to release their next full length this fall.
Check out their music and if you dig it, give a few bucks. Let's be real - you're saving hundreds with your Spotify subscription so the least you can do is spare some cash for the striving musician.