All the Waxlimbs songs start with something simple, usually a guitar or bass progression. Here's something I came up with a couple nights ago that I feel good about.
Overall, last year was terrible. I am proud of myself though, for finding positive moments and giving myself the opportunity to learn new things while growing as an artist and in my understanding of myself.
I hope 2021 is better for everyone, and that you're also proud of yourself ♥
And lastly, a skill that makes me so happy to have been learning is makeup! It's hard but there's a world of knowledge out these and it's yknow, really affirming.
Another skill I wanted to pick up for ages, but didn't find time for until quarantine hit was making latex clothing. I hate sewing and love the aesthetic, so I set about making some simple pieces with this really cool material.
To wrap up the music focus, I really started to involve myself in client work as a composer for games! Most of my projects are currently unannounced, but Fire Tonight is public knowledge and will be releasing in early 2021! This kind of work has been a big departure from my comfort zone, but it's exhilarating all the same.
Now I have to backtrack a bit because I forgot about a solo song I released just as the pandemic was beginning in Canada. The Veil is more electronic and low-energy than the Waxlimbs stuff, but I feel like it captured something about how things felt to me, at the time.
After Watcher was 'It Speaks,' which was a hell of a struggle to complete. Right up until the last second, we weren't sure if it would make the cut. Fortunately, everyone came together like a goddamn Voltron and we figured it out. I love this song in all its weirdness now.
Cover art by Julian Danyliw-Wilson
Following Witnessing was a song called Dead In The Water, which we were fortunate enough to make a music video for before Ontario's COVID case numbers skyrocketed.
I feel like this is one of the best distillations of what my band's live aesthetic is to date. We miss playing shows a lot.
The next big moment this past year was less tangible but really important to me. I came out to some close friends and a few others as non binary. Turns out spending a lot of time with yourself in quarantine can (in some cases) be good for gender exploration.
The next thing I did was start learning to make scalemaille and chainmaille. I started by making my first set, and from there got better and more creative with simple designs. I'm very proud of this skill now.
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