I am currently writing new music for 2018. I have performed my new songs publicly a few times, but this video below is the first live recording of a new song titled “The Music.” My friend Alex from Loure Group was kind enough to film the performance for me on the shore of Lake Superior.
“The Music” Live on Lake Superior by Kinetic Bear.
Songs I’ve written over the years.
My experience with music didn’t start until I was almost 18 years old.
My last year in high school I bought an electric guitar, this one to be exact, a 120 watt Behringer LX112, and decided to learn guitar. I took about 6 lessons from a my dad’s cousin’s husband and then I just taught myself from there. I grew very attracted to progressive rock, post rock and atmospheric playing styles.
My first band was a screamo band and I didn’t even play guitar in it. I played keyboard and synth. I had no idea what I was doing, but that was why it was so fun. I was always learning and experimenting and excited to just play music. I didn’t let music theory guide my writing, I let my ears and heart do the writing. Oddly enough I was taking music theory classes and aural skill classes at the university at the same time.
I then progressed into doing metal vocals in a metalcore band with some of the same friends which then turned into a post rock style band a year later where I finally was able to use my guitar skills. By then I had obtained much better gear and so began my obsession with guitar tone and pedals.
Since 2007 my writing skills have progressed in a strange way.
I have moved away from metal and heavier styles of music into a more singer songwriter mentality. Over the last few years, most of my writing is now done with acoustic guitar and clean vocals. More recently I have been adventuring into writing on piano and composing orchestral pieces with midi as well as collaborating with friends and their talents.
Where I’m at right now with music.
Right now my new focus is trying to create simple and memorable music experiences through music for other people. It is always a blessing when someone takes the time to listen to me perform. Any way I can make someone feel valued is going to be my focus moving forward.