[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Shea Bramer 

February 18th, 2017[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I started taking the Deadmu5 Masterclass today, and on one of his early videos he said a couple of things that really stood out to me, personally.

“I didn’t spend two hours on something that doesn’t work. No, I saved myself two hours next time I try to start it again”

What he’s getting at is that it’s ok to try out ideas and have them not work, because you’re just one step closer to having a good idea, or a working idea.

This is something I know is a huge struggle for me, and I think it’s because I’ve never been allowed to approach art from a normal standpoint. I became a father (unexpectedly) at a very young age, and the pressures and responsibilities of that life combined with growing up with parents who were very successful and hard working business people had created a mindset of efficiency for me.

That efficiency has created several advantages for me as a performer, and an artist. My sound is extremely polished, I hit the right notes I nail my crowd control aspects of the performance. However, my ability to just sit and create without consequence or agenda has always been lacking, because my time and finances to dedicate to my craft has always been so limited. I’ve never been allowed to approach art from what I would consider a “normal” angle.

The biggest thing that Deadmau5 words caused me to reflect within myself was a question, a question to challenge my thinking. That question was simply “who’s not allowing you to approach art like everyone else does? Who is holding this back from you? Who told you you have to always be efficient?”

The answer is me. I created this idea that I can’t just sit and create, with no agenda other than to create. It doesn’t mean I waste time, it doesn’t mean I create a bunch of worthless garbage. It means I sit down, and allow myself to do what I do, and just create. I can always refine it down the road when its time.

So I’m writing this blog post to encourage myself to just create. For the following days, weeks, and months I’m going to really try to allow myself time to create without an agenda. I’m excited to see what comes of it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]