The Day of Good Fun!

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Yesterday I got to spend a whole day with my best bud, Conner Jones, taking photos in the woods, and downtown Indy.
Here are some of my favorites!

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get that shot

look at that focus

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GQ: Man of the Year

oh ya

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those colors

tho

Y'all are the best.

Tomorrow we release the MF NEW VIDEO FOR GOOD DAY, BAD ME!!!

I can't wait to hear what you think!

 

Cheers,

Nick

Designing Your Own Brand

I've been getting more and more into creating my own things for the band over the last few years, and it's been super duper dope. I always have had a hard time relying on other people for design work for my projects. It's world's easier for me to create something myself; however bad it may be, than to explain it. If there's one thing I can recommend for those who are involved in a project at all, it's to find creative people who you like outside of your project's inner circle, where you can reach out and riff ideas with. 

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my go to

idea riffer @Conner_Jones

The endlessly talented, Conner Jones (@Conner_Jones) is my main go to for when I think something I made is the shit (it's usually not). He's always finding polite, and helpful ways to help grow my ideas, or suggest a new direction. One thing I'm absolutely horrible at, is getting text to look good on my drawings, so I've collaborated with him on several designs to make the text actually look good with the art.

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my favorite collab

we did this for My Sweet Fall, and it rules.

Life is much better when you're surrounded by incredible people who share your passion, so if this is something that you feel your life is missing... start finding those folks. It might be uncomfortable for you to reach outside of your comfort zone, but it will work wonders for you passion. I would not have grown a fraction of the distance I have creatively without having found the team of people I call friends, and partners.

You all rule, and I can't wait to see what kinda world we build together.

 

Cheers!

Nick

Looks ain't everything

One of the main things I've always hoped to accomplish as a musician, is to make people feel more comfortable with themselves. Being comfortable, and happy in your own skin is something I have, and still do struggle with. And I know countless other people who feel the same. As I've gotten older, I've noticed something as meniscule as wearing a pair of gloves, or sunglasses made me feel more confident.

 Photo by: Bailee Logan https://www.instagram.com/baileeannelogan/

Photo by: Bailee Logan https://www.instagram.com/baileeannelogan/

So when we started transitioning into a full band with Small Words, one of the goals I pushed for was to wear whatever clothes, or attire that we feel more comfortable in.
Andrea got me this fur coat for Christmas, and I love it! It's super fluffy, and crazy warm... So of course I had to rock it on stage!

Here's to 2018 hopefully being a more comfortable year for all of us!
Wear something this year that you love, even if everyone thinks you look silly! Don't let anyone ever deter you. Your taste in how you see yourself to the world are one of the many small spectacular things that make you who you are!

Cheers!
Nick

New Years Resolution

First things first, HAPPY (early) NEW YEAR! I hope this year didn't beat you up too badly, and I hope that with every beating, you took something valuable away from it.

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this looked new years-y

This year, personally, was one of the best and worst at the same time. I struggled really hard with my own head. I made some choices, that I could've done better, if I could've waited out my brain a little longer. BUT, I worked harder than ever for my passion, I recorded a record with one of my all-time heroes. I moved to a new state with some of my best friends, FOR MUSIC!! I've created the most quality content in the past year, than I have my whole life! I found a new passion for taking photos.

I do this thing every year, where I get super inspired that the New Year is coming, and I come up with a ton of ideas for things I can do, but I never make em happen. So, with this website as my witness... I WILL MAKE THOSE THINGS HAPPEN!

2018 is the year for me, this band, and for all my friends! WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!

If you're going through a rough patch, keep going, because it does, and always does smooth out eventually. Use that experience to help others going through the same. Find a way to capture that experience, whether it's a blog, a song, a book, a picture, or a fucking instagram post! Get it out of you in some way, and I guarantee it can, and will make a difference in someone else's life.

Our experiences are what makes a lifetime. For better or worse, they're what make us who we are. There's no shame in that. Your worst day taught you something. Don't forget that.

I'm rambling at this point... but, from the bottome of my heart, I want to say thank you to anyone who's ever supported myself, or this band. Thank you for giving me the confidence (however little there is) to pursue my passion. Without people like you, telling me I could do it, I never would have known I could. So THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU. I know it may not seem like a lot to just listen to a song, or randomly tweet my band, or myself... but it has been the difference between me doing this, or something else. And there's nothing else I'd rather be doing with my life. <3

Cheers,

Nick

Creative Outlets

Hey there. I know it's been a while, and I haven't posted near as often as I wanted to when I first started up the website.

To be honest with you, social media gives me a ton of anxiety. I find it really hard to stay connected with even my closest friends on twitter, facebook, instagram, etc. I was loathing trying to maintain an active social media presence with this band, because I felt like I wasn't interesting enough to post daily.

Then came photography. 

Picking up a camera every chance I get has done worlds for my anxiety. Any time I'm in a social scenario, where I start to feel that tight grip around my throat, I'll pick up the camera, and start taking some pictures. It's given me a way to let off my steam creatively, and it feels incredible. I always have content to post on social media now. So I effectively, and creatively killed two birds with one stone.

If you struggle with similar anxieties, don't be afraid to step out of your creative comfort zone, and try to do something different for a change. I thought it'd be awkward to just whip out a camera and start taking pictures of my friends, but all of them have been very supportive of me. Some nights it even became a sort of event, where we end up experimenting with various lights, and we make a shoot out of it.

Here's one from when I first started taking pictures.

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This came from a night back in September where we were all drinking, and having fun, and I started to feel a little overwhelmed, so I grabbed the camera. I had just gotten this Halloween laser light, and I started taking pictures of people who were coming in to see the light. As I showed them what it looked like, they started suggesting ideas that we could try. One idea, was to use the long exposure to show a relationship, where one person was head over heals for the other, but the other was having an affair in one snap, and then in the release of the long exposure, the person who was having the affair, is now head over heals for the person he was cheating on, but she wanted nothing to do with him now. All the while, the mistress is weighing over top of them. 

There's a million different ways to take control (however temporary) of your mental health. Some will work better than others, and some flat out won't work at all. You're stuck with yourself for forever, so find something that works, even if it's short term. Photography has been crucial for my happiness lately, and I'm having a blast getting better at it. Find something new to be YOUR photography!

It's almost the New Year, folks!

Cheers!

-Nick

UN_LUCKY Weekend

This weekend I got the chance to come visit Indianapolis, and see some of my closest friends and family!

 Photo cred: Jake Carroll

Photo cred: Jake Carroll

My friends: Josh Carroll, Ryan Reno, and Conner Jones were working on a short film for the Four Points Film Project. (They're given 72 hours to create a short film from the ground up.) 

 Photo cred: Jake Carroll

Photo cred: Jake Carroll

I got to help, by co-starring in the film, and getting drunk on tequila near them, while they wrote the thing!

 Photo cred: Jake Carroll

Photo cred: Jake Carroll

Jake Carroll took the pictures this time around, since I was too busy pretending I knew how to act.

 Photo cred: Jake Carroll

Photo cred: Jake Carroll

The next day I drove back with just enough time to play a 90's cover set with my room mates at Blue Moon Waterfront Grille, and snap a pic of the two hottest expecting parents I know!

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Life is pretty tight, when you're surrounded by good people.

Cheers,

Nick