MAHJ here and I'm raw! RAWhen (saw what I did there:-.) it comes to most things in my life including my beloved music.
No real cameras, editing software, mix or mastered tracks for newborn songs; no western notation nor auto turn, no fancy greenscreen, no microphone, no editing and no vocal warm ups.
RAW! Because I am a struggling indulgent artist, not a firestorm jack of all trades. Rather, I use the money and time for other stuff like:
SLEEP and FOOD! (especially nuts & chocolate, strong coffee, fresh bread and dark leafy greens!)
'Oh dark greens - Oh dark greens! How for YOU, my tummy feigns!'...
Um, yeah. Getting back to my RAWness!
I don't have the time, steady hands OR thee budget for make up so that's where the #NoMakeUp stays. Plus; I am adorable sans paint so BOOM! (MUAs holler at me, yo! My face is naked and can SoSoDef take a beating)
I cut my own hair (awful at it), paint my own nails (artsy fArtsy) and repurpose my old clothes. Those outfits I rock with such gusto and pride! #BootlegdesignerMahJhere !
I meal prep almost every week because I don't have the time, money or fast metabolism to eat out every damn day.
(Honestly, I would love to; so all you big hearted, rich chefs who wanna feed artists for free; CALL ME! I love food way more than I should and TRUY lalalalove experiencing new venues, menus, edibles, sweets, savories and red wines!:-.D #EdibleDisgestableINSPIRATION)
I mentioned before vocal warm ups. Those are important and I definitely do those before every audition, performance, studio session and show BUT I don't like to. BUTTTTTT, I cherish my emotional, crazy, nasal yet fabulous vocals so it happens. But never for 'MorningHair', FbLIVE, Instagram recordings and such.
I own a microphone but again, only use it for live performances because y'all late comers in the back need to hear me as well; you feel me?
You do! Well shucks. I am feeling you too! ALL LOVE HERE. YASS!
So yeah, no mic because I like to put my diaphragm to work work work work work even if it hurts hurts hurts hurts hurts. Love you RiRi!
Also, not plugging in too many electronics help me save money on my utility bill so there: BOOM!
Seriously, I am a frugal artist because I have seen and lived through some darn hard times and truly appreciate the peace of mind that comes with saving, prioritizing my finances (dark chocolate duh) and investing in more important things ala:
Traveling the World: HELLO, what better way to stay soaking wet with INSPIRATION!
Music Producers: Shot out to Dana Byrd, LaVida, Davide B., Denis O., Melody Arkitect, Randy SnakeEyes, and July Quin!
Shelter: place where I rest my bones, where resides my gym, theater, cook, free restaurant, safety, baby making practice, rehearsals, dance parties, rock band, cuddles, steamy showers, morning hair and newborn recordings, and housing for my beloved FOOD!
So food for thought: Be as little or as much RAW as you need to be because we all have dreams and we are responsible to pay our damn rent, bills while working towards our careers and aspirations!
Unless you're a child then um, just work toward good grades and your dreams okay boo.