Enthusiasm For Learning

Dan Victor speaks about his inspiration to teach himself to play music. He first began with bass guitar, taking only 2 months of lessons. He began playing in bands and writing his own music. He performed in about 10 different bands over the years.

His connections brought him to Popdust.com , where he capitalized his experience as a musician to bring together a pop culture site with interviews and performances.

The Process Is The Reward

Incredible article about Process! Please check out. It’s an important concept to be comfortable with as a creative. Even in a professional environment, there is a way to set yourself up for maximum creative time and minimize the frustrations that can block the flow.

Mutationist

I attended a talk by Ivy Ross, the head of design for all hardware products at Google. Ivy started her career as a jewelry designer, and when she was 24, had some of her work acquired by the Smithsonian. “The ego trip lasted for all of three weeks,” she said. The success was great, but transient. The process of making those pieces, in comparison, took way longer. What she learned from the experience was you spend more time doing the work than experiencing its outcome. It’s better to make that time worthwhile instead of worrying about how it will land.

I recently finished a song, played it back and felt very excited. It was the most evolved piece of music I had composed so far. The sounds worked well with each other, the mix sounded clean and the composition had a well-defined narrative arc. I played it to a few…

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Staring at the sun

New York City is the Best Model to Photograph

You need to love where you live. And you know what they say about NYC, if you can make it here, then you’re good. Bushwick is my home, but the city is where I reside. I have always documented my life and creations. Instagram has become a great outlet to share those photos of my journey. It’s a chance to really connect with an audience that actually wants to see your art. Whenever I have a moment that offers a new perspective on my life, I once again become conscious of the fact I’m living in New York City. I have found people crave to experience the unique flavor that being here provides.

Then I get to thinking. It brings up memories of when I was in high school, I dreamt of living in The Village. I wanted to go to a school where I could compete in a stimulating, creative environment. At the time, all I knew about the city was Washington Square Park and Alamo, the giant cube you can spin on Astor Place. It was close the to the NJ PATH train. Being from New Jersey, it was all I knew.

I applied to Parsons New School because I believed it would be the place I could find myself. The city would give me an endless supply of inspiration. I ended up going to Kutztown University, all the way in Pennsylvania, almost the opposite direction, but I never regretted my decision. Things happen in their own time. I have no loans and I lucked out with terrific professors. The piers I studied with were very talented and offered the kind of artistic competition I desired. For me, it set the standard which still guides me today. But I always wondered, “What if I had?”.

After jumping around the country, Philadelphia to San Diego, I came back east to my roots. The city called me, and I started building. Moved to Brooklyn in 2006 and met so many interesting people along the way. Creating, especially your life, is a never ending process. It is also a precious gift. After 13 years, I definitively consider myself a New Yorker.

I am sharing a few of my Instagram posts of places I have photographed in the city. Perhaps it will motivate you to follow your dreams or come to the conclusion NYC is the only place for you to be.

Studio Session #5 “Jersey Boys Jam”

This edition is a late night session that went back to our roots, the Jersey Boys jammed out. Inspired by old-time, Jersey Shore, Rock n Roll. Adam had his friend Bryan come up to visit. He played drums and we had a great time. The summertime has a way of making me think of the beach. Also reminds me so much of Bruce Springsteen at times. So just put your feet in the water, and see how it feels.

Sax – Adam Ditaranto
Drums – Bryan Porter
Bass & Vocals – Dan Victor

Studio Session #4 “TK / Low Pro”

Call Me TK performed a session with Low Profile, doing some of TK’s tracks and Hip-Hop free-style at DVP Studios. Great flow and some seriously chill moments.

Call Me TK – MC
Adam Ditaranto – Sax
Steve Reyes – Drums
Dan Victor – Bass

Studio Session #3 “Two Bobs”

This installment features the 2 Bobs, veteran guitarist & keyboardist that produce authentic sounds of blues, surf and old time rock n’ roll. This recording was from a party at The Wantage Barn, an old airplane hanger for a very small plane. It was a BBQ and rained the whole day. The weather didn’t keep Bob Becker & Bob Victor from rocking out in unison with the torrential downpour. The high quality of sound on this is due to the level of musicianship and live sound sculpted by vintage gear. This day of music, rain & food is a celebration of music throughout every aspect of our lives. Enjoy sounds of the New Jersey surf, and some very skilled musicians.

2 Bobs
Bob Victor – Keys / Vocals
Bobby Becker – Guitar / Vocals

Studio Session #2

This installment features the members of the former band known as Noise Administration. It was a great night to see these guys again. It reminded me of all the people I have been lucky enough to share a musical relationship with. There were so many over the years where we just simply… jammed. Didn’t matter if I was in a punk band or jazz, we were drinking from the well on unlimited creativity. It is what like to call the “creative consciousness”. The collective creative efforts of every living thing merge and are a part of us when we draw from that source. It speaks in many ways, but the chills ecstasy in that moment of pure clarity experienced simultaneously with my fellow musicians are a sign we have blurred the lines of individuality and become one.

John Loomis – Guitar
Ryan Metosky – Bass
Tim Shortly – Drums
Brandon Bujnowski – Keys
Dan Victor – Guitar

Studio Session #1

This jam took place the first weekend of June. There was a long session that night because the members of Noise Administration had run into each other at the Stanhope practice space. I had my Zoom H6 recorder, so I captured the whole thing. Session #1 is actually the end of that night. The musicians playing are Tim, Brandon and Dan. Earlier we had Ryan and John and they will be featured in Session #2. The jams just never end! Trying to keep up, but people are making such great music!

Tim Shortle – drums
Brandon Bujnowski – bass/vocals
Dan Victor – guitar/vocals