5 albums from 2011 that helped me get inspired

12 Mar 2012

As some of you might know, music plays a major role in finding my daily inspiration. Last year I wrote a short article about which albums inspired me the most in 2010. These albums are still helping me a lot in finding that inspiration sweet point, but I thought it could be fun to renew this short list of favorites...

About inspiration

Music for the ears and my Inspiration Stream for the eyes, that's my favorite combo to find inspiration. No day goes by that I haven't listened to some of my favorite music. Don't get me wrong though, I totally appreciate the moments of complete silence as well. Music always cheers me up, but a moment of tranquillity gives me peace. Like when I'm on my bicycle or doing a long walk, I can enjoy the silence, and only hear the sounds of nature. It empties my head, and that's what you need sometimes. To me inspiration has a lot to do with with how I feel. I feel most inspired when I'm happy, and when I'm able to find some inner peace. The music I love to listen to transfers my thoughts to somewhere else where I can feel this way. It also helps me focussing on what I'm doing, forgetting the world around me.

My musical heroes

Thanks to social mediaFacebook in particular— I've been able to connect with my musical heroes, getting to know them a little bit. I've also been very fortunate to become friends in real life with Jaidene Veda as we've spent some time together here in Belgium at our place while she was on her EU tour. If someone would have said a couple of years ago "she is going to visit you, and she'll sing while you guys are cooking together" I would have laughed and say "Yeah right!" :) But I'm not kidding, this truly happened, and I feel really blessed for the moments we've spent together, and for our special friendship.

With that introduction out of the way I present to you 5 top albums that helped me to achieve design bliss. I've been a big fan of the people behind each one of these albums for a couple of years already. I've asked them all these 2 questions: "Where do you get your inspiration?", and "What are your plans for 2012?".

Bruno from Ibiza

For those who never heard of Bruno from Ibiza, he's one of the most successful DJ's living on the island of Ibiza. The last 15 years he has been playing at most famous venues on the island: Café del Mar, Space, Pacha and Privilege.

During the Winter months, he is touring around the world to play in clubs, bars, fashion shows or corporate events. His music style goes from lounge, deep house, nu-disco to tech house.

Besides being a successful DJ, he is also producing his own tracks. His first album called "Puzzle" was released in 2005, the second album "A better way" was released in 2010. He has released more than 20 compilations. Last year in 2011 he released "Republica Café" and "Pure Salinas", two albums that are part of my music collection. Today Bruno is playing in the most exclusive venues in Ibiza such as Atzaro, Ocean Drive and Blue Marlin. Lately, he released deep & tech house tracks on Pacha Recordings and Rogue Records.

Listen to his radio show MIXMOOD every Tuesday on Ibiza Sonica Radio from 12 to 1 pm (CET).

Where do you get your inspiration to write and produce such sunny vibes?

I get inspired by the sunshine, nature and the positive vibe of the island. Ibiza is a magical place with spiritual vibes. People are open and tolerant, nature is everywhere.

Bruno from Ibiza

"I get inspired by the sunshine, nature and the positive vibe of the island. Ibiza is a magical place with spiritual vibes. People are open and tolerant, nature is everywhere.

What are your plans for 2012?

I just came back from a tour in Asia, now I will stay in Ibiza working on new tracks and compilations. Also, I am writing a book about Ibiza & the Music.

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Preview & buy the album Pure Salinas Volume 3

Sven Van Hees

Summer, sunshine, mellow moments, quiet beauty, lazy afternoons, breezy sunsets, the good life… Antwerp-based producer and DJ Sven Van Hees is a true original and one of Belgium's finest.

Where do you get your inspiration to write and produce such sunny vibes?

Traveling is my main inspiration. I try to soak up as much atmosphere & music from the different places I've visited. These are mainly exotic locations as I tend to enjoy fresh coconut juice under a palm tree while listening to sunny Jazz. Afterwords I rewind the "movie" I've made mentally while i'm working in my studio. I write the soundtrack to my own journeys after they've taken place in a way.

Sven Van Hees

"Traveling is my main inspiration. I try to soak up as much atmosphere & music from different places I've visited. These are mainly exotic locations...

What are your plans for 2012?

I'll be releasing a (digital) compilation with unreleased material & remixes of my label Your Lips before Summer & I'm working on a new Live Show which has should be ready before the end of the year.

Sven Van Hees - Right Here
Sven Van Hees - Before Afterhours
Sven Van Hees - Leaving
Sven Van Hees - Santa Domingo

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Preview & buy the album Heatwave

Jaidene Veda

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I'm very lucky to have collaborated with such amazing musicians, producers & fellow songstresses on the "anniversary" edition of 'pisces pen'...a lot of inspiration is born within those connections, or places, of the sonic space itself but granted most of the songs themselves were written between 2002 - 2010, covering a huge segment of my recording career, I guess it's "life" itself...both the highs & lows (the pendulum swing) inspire poetry or catharsis, thus the beauty of music saving the soul, whatever it feels like singing, crying or expressing is what I'm inspired to share. Some of the stories are personal, transparent & I hope they bring the same feelings of joy or nostalgia when people sing along. then some of the writing is about a message I want to share, hoping that comfort, empathy & hope (faith) are part of the listening experience. all of the things my favorite albums bring to me...

Jaidene Veda

"I'm very lucky to have collaborated with such amazing musicians, producers & fellow songstresses on the "anniversary" edition of 'pisces pen'...a lot of inspiration is born within those connections, or places, of the sonic space itself...

What are your plans for 2012?

After a beautiful mini tour across Europe with PISCES PEN I'm so grateful to keep the momentum going with a few new singles dropping right away, getting back in studio on a number of brand new projects, and another mini tour is now in the works for NA...but I think the best news is that i've finally decided to sign the indie album to an NYC/Switzerland label and truly get it "out there" beyond the humble reach of bandcamp and 'Jaiveda Productions' - so this album is still reaching - gratitude all around!

Pisces Pendulum Aniversary RMX/LP
PISCES PENDULUM "the remixes" (ALBUM SAMPLER)

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Preview & buy the album Pisces Pendulum Aniversary RMX/LP

Andy Compton

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I'm getting the inspiration from my beautiful surroundings here in Devon, by the sea and green hills! Also, from my every growing soul music collection (on wax) from the 70's....another huge motivation is just everyday life, emotions and so on...

Andy Compton

"I'm getting the inspiration from my beautiful surroundings here in devon, by the sea and green hills! Also, from my every growing soul music collection (on wax) from the 70's....another huge motivation is just everyday life, emotions and so on...

What are your plans for 2012?

2012 is looking like its going to be another fab year! starting with the Ladybird album (I produced) that is out since Feb'. i'm also working on a new COMPTON album, and a few top secret projects! This year I'm planning to take the COMPTON SOUL vibe on a worldwide tour, watch this space!

COMPTON / Diviniti - And It Rains
COMPTON / Jaidene Veda - Bluenotes
COMPTON/ Kafele & Eliki - Somebody Else's Dream
COMPTON / Jaidene Veda - Imagined

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Preview & buy the album Compton's Soul

Preview & buy the album Ocean, by The Rurals

Comments

  1. 1 David Pitkin 13 Mar 2012

    Thanks for the great music! I made a Spotify link you can share as well to all the music except the Sven Hees album which is missing.

  2. 2 Stein 19 Mar 2012

    Nothing sweeter than listening to some nice tunes while working and some sunshine through the window to complete the scene. Thanks for sharing your inspirations! It certainly seems like they are working well for you :)

    I was wondering… I guess you have a really busy schedule and you can’t be creatively inspired day in day out. One way to deal with days like that in my opinion is to let everything rest for a couple of hours (or days) and then look at it again and continue. It can help to look at your task from a different angle. This can save you hours of work, but I can imagine with your schedule that it’s not always possible to “let things rest”. In my opinion this will force you to be creative and creativity can’t always be forced, so due to having too much work and having a tight schedule I guess that you’ll sometimes be constrained to deliver mediocre results… So my question is, how do you cope with lack of inspiration?

  3. 3 Veerle Pieters 21 Mar 2012

    @Stein Glad you appreciate the post and the music :)

    I always have more than 1 project going on, and so I switch to another project. It’s like you say, you can’t force things, it’s no use. I only get stressed if I try and this only makes things worse, because it blocks my creativity. Sometimes I just have an off day, and switching to another project isn’t a solution either, at least not if it’s also design work. Then if possible I’ll switch to coding, but it’s not always the case that I have a coding job going, and so then I take a 15 minute break. I leave the office and try to focus my mind on something totally different. If time permits I take my bicycle. Thought my rides are usually planned upfront (depending on weather predictions and such). Ever since I regularly bike, and take a bit of time off to clear my mind I don’t have many off days. They have become more exceptional. I’m also fortunate that most clients who choose to work with me are usually flexible in terms of timing, and if needed I get a bit more time. They value the importance of good design. I also try to be clear from the start about the timing of a project.

    FYI I’ve also written about this topic here on The Pastry Box Project.

  4. 4 Stein 28 Mar 2012

    Thanks a lot for your helpful response!