Establish a mutual mentor relationship with your mates.
CUTCOMMON MAGAZINE, APRIL 2018
"... A mentorship can also exist between two people at similar stages in their careers, and can be just as valuable as working with a more established mentor. Each participant brings different strengths and ideas to the table, and when managed well the relationship can be a source of support, accountability, and inspiration. ..."
ARTSHUB, FEBRUARY 2018
"... If you have ever suffered from a creative block chances are you’ve Googled for something to pull you out of the slump. Inspirational quotes are easy to find, and generally run along the lines of 'sit down and do the work, and you will work yourself out of the block'. This is great advice, but what happens when 'sit down and do the work' is just not enough? ... "
CUTCOMMON MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2018
"... The real lesson of this project is that these ‘failures’ are not really failures. They are learning experiences, first drafts, temporary interruptions, opportunities to be creative in different ways, and signs that you need some time away from your work. ..."
INTERVIEW WITH AUSTRALIANJAZZ.NET, FEBRUARY 2018
"... Each day’s work was recorded and shared through social media, in a gesture of brutal honesty that shed light to the creative process, the struggle, the joy, the inspiration, the limitation, the block. At times, you could almost feel the labour pain associated with crafting a song and the emotional cost that it has. ..."
- Nikos Fotakis, February 2018
Interview with Rehearsal Magazine, February 2017
"... I think a lot of musicians (myself included) spend too much time trying to become the kind of musician we think others want us to be, rather than figuring out the kind of musician we want to be and working towards that goal instead. ..."
Interview with Australianjazz.net, July 2016
"... my love of lyrics plays an important part in my personal voice, as it’s become quite clear now that lyrics, stories and poetry are what inspire me to create. While studying jazz at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, this made me feel quite inadequate, but there was a point when I stopped comparing myself to all the great bebop singers and embraced my own way of making and enjoying music. ..."
All About Jazz, December 2016
"A hugely ambitious debut album based around the months of the Czech/Slavic calendar, its themes of birth, renewal and death was jazz in spirit, executed by an extremely promising singer-songwriter."
- Phil Barnes, December 2016