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It's your man D-Natural back with another installment in this here blog of mines. For those who have been supporting and following, I know what's on your minds: "D-Natural, what the hell have you been up to?? When we gonna get some new music and poetry?!?"
Let me explain:
First of all, I thank everyone for their patience and continued support!! It really does mean the world to me and definitely helps drive my creative ambitions.
My future solo projects and other artistic endeavors had been put on hold because of two things. For those who don't know, aside from my music & writing career, I've been continuing academic studies at Virginia State University. Also since summer, I've developed a ferocious appetite for higher consciousness as I'm growing spiritually. This has led to a massive amount of independent reading and studying outside the classroom as well.
As much as I live for creating my art, this expansion of consciousness along with academic obligations has taken me away from completing and releasing my next wave of music & writing. This included my aforementioned next EP "The Collegiate Experience" (inspired by my time at Virginia State), another EP (possible debut LP) which I won't discuss just yet and my first e-book of poetry along with various instrumentals to expand my catalog to service other artists.
From day 1 I've been self managed as well as written, produced, performed, recorded and mixed everything that everyone has ever heard from me musically. Also I've solely designed, produced and maintained all my online networks, websites, blogs, profiles etc.. All this while furthering my academic education. I've always worn all these hats pertaining to my career and am proud that somehow I've been able to do it by myself (although I wouldn't mind having a team to handle certain aspects of it). I just absolutely LOVE what I do and want to be as hands on with it all as possible. I also feel this has allowed me to keep that personal touch on my brand as well as keep a close relationship with my fans.
Fortunately, that's the beauty of being an independent artist so far. I set my own deadlines and am not locked into releasing material a certain way or by a certain time for an entity that I could be signed to as a musician or publisher as a writer. Not only does this not restrict my creativity but allows me to take my time to make sure I can present the highest quality art to you all that I can which I feel you all deserve. How far I've gotten has been solely because of myself and I'm proud of some results I've received and the progress I've made in this regard.
The fact remains that I've had a lot on my plate, and although it can be mentally, emotionally and physically draining, (as well as diminish my social life or lack thereof) I like it that way so I'm not going to make any excuses. I've grown so much personally, spiritually and consciously in the past six months, it's incredible! And you must know that it's spilled over into my work for that also grows as I grow. So overall it's been a necessary investment of my time and you all will reap the benefits as much as I will.
"The Collegiate Experience" EP has been about 70% complete. I've actually produced and written all the songs earlier this year and all I have to do is lay my vocals down and finish mixing everything along with some post production. I've always gotten bored quickly and easily with just creating one project at a time so I've also started another album which we'll get more into in the future. Some may argue that I should focus on one thing at a time until I complete it, which makes perfect sense. However, this also makes me stagnant creatively, and I must be creating several things in different directions to stay inspired as well as keep my sanity. As for the poetry, I've been compiling and editing works that I want to include in my first e-book. I'm narrowing down different entities that I want to collaborate with to get it published and distributed so that you can get it anyway you please upon it's release.
Without rambling any further, that is exactly where I am right now. I know I've been quiet but I haven't stopped working. Trust and believe it all will be worth the wait!! I again just want to thank everyone for their support, love, encouragement and patience. You all are the best!
Until the next go round. as usual keep chasing your dreams & keep the faith!
Artistic Visionz Productions