Advice, Inbound Marketing, Rants

The Importance of Reinventing Yourself

It’s come to my attention, dear reader, that it’s been some time since I’ve posted an update (over 2 years? woah!). Forgive me for abandoning you on important life updates that have happened since my last post like buying a house, getting married, and landing a very cool job.

There have also been about half a dozen other music projects I’ve been busy with. The newest being Shaved Head Britney, which is a dance punk collaboration between myself and Rainy Logan of Eye Witness and Viva Gina. I’ve also spent the past year learning to drum since getting the opportunity to play them at Ladies Rock Camp Boston – major thanks to Alison Murray, Steph Melikian, Tanya Palit and Sasha Pedro for showing me the ropes. The first thing I did after the day I left my last job and moved into my house was buy a drum kit. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

So why did I neglect my blog for so long? Well, to be frank, in the time I last wrote you a lot about me has changed. So much to the point that I wasn’t really sure how to go about describing myself anymore. I’ve had to “reinvent” myself just about every other year and I was feeling more than a little burned out by it. Other millennials who’ve had to job hop a lot early on in their careers to stay afloat in our wonky economy can probably relate to this.

When I started working at iZotope last year I wanted to settle into the role and life at an audio technology company before going through that whole personal re-branding process again. You need to cross a minimum experience threshold before you can genuinely start claiming aspects of your job as part of your identity and expertise. Plus not too long after I started the gig, my old band decided to call it quits. It was like I took the big etch-a-sketch of life and shook the whole thing up to erase a picture I’d spent 3 years drawing.

Luckily I feel like I’m finally ready to stand tall and tell people who I am and what I’ve got going on musically again. It’s a really good feeling, especially after spending years trying to figure out if marketing was the right career path for me and wanting to grow more as a musician. I needed to take the time to dig in and learn a new industry and instrument to do it, and I’m glad I’m now at this point. I’ll be updating here more regularly now that I feel like I’m in a place to finally speak again from experience. In the meantime, be sure to check out this episode of Geoff Manchester’s Vodkast where I talk about what it’s like work at iZotope and the gender gap problem in the audio industry.


Sleep Crimes Debut EP

Well, we finally did it. Sleep Crimes now has some actual, bonafide studio recordings to share for your listening pleasure. It was my first time doing any sort of studio recording, and I’d say things went a lot better than I expected them to. We did tracking at Phoenix Down Recording Studios in Somerville, MA. Mixing and mastering was done by our buddy Kevin Carafa – a talented audio engineer based out of Portland, OR.

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Adopting a Rescue Dog: What You Need to Know

Lucy Dog - Adopted Rescue Dog

From the moment my parents brought me home from the hospital, I’ve always had a dog as a member of the family. For me, the hardest part of moving a away for college wasn’t coping with a shoebox dorm or a rotating cast of crazy roommates. It was learning how to deal with coming home without being greeted to waggy tails and that unconditional loyalty and affection only your dog knows how to give. So after living in various Boston-area apartments for almost 6 years where dog ownership wasn’t practical given my living situation (or allowed by the lease) I almost gave up on the idea of ever being able to have a dog of my own. To stick a bigger knife in your heart, my family in PA lost the two dogs I knew most of my life in two years back-to-back while I was going to school and working in New England.
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Advice, Music

Being in a Band is a Labor of Love: Lessons from Sleep Crimes

Sleep Crimes at Zuzu

A bit over a year ago I reconnected with an acquaintance from college who plays drums and decided to start a band with a few other friends. I felt like it was a now or never sort of thing for me to do at the time. Despite being a self-proclaimed music nerd, I’ve been playing guitar for over a decade and never found the right mix of people to write and play music with regularly up until that point. For me, it was very difficult to find the right balance of A. “can I effectively write and play music with these people?” and B.  “do I like being around them?”  Luckily with Sleep Crimes the answers are yes and yes – otherwise I doubt we’d make it to this point.

Now maybe you’re sitting there asking: Well why didn’t you just record and perform on your own, Sam? I personally never went down the the solo singer-songwriter path because I wanted to be part of something bigger, not be forced to take up the entire spotlight. I also had trouble finishing anything I started when it came to writing music – either I would never know how to end things or figure out how to fit the music over lyrics (and vice versa).  I always had fragments of songs that I could never fully piece together into a finished product. So I would just play for myself – improvise alone, for years, waiting to find the right group.   I wasn’t going to be in a band for the sake of being in the band…the right pieces needed to fall into place for it to happen.

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