Part of our mission here at Daily Fuel has been to illuminate life and early career insights for our readers, and we're thrilled to announce that Sam Mooradian will be joining our current blogger, Christian Zilko, debuting Wednesday September 18th. We hope the sharing of their successes, failures, insights, and adventures will continue to inspire others on their journeys toward personal and professional fulfillment. Enjoy!

Beyond the Pale of Last Week’s Normal

I happened upon a wholly-inspiring video this week.

Billie Eilish is an exceptionally talented pop singer, songwriter, and performer. Her music is (in my opinion) well-crafted and unique as hell, despite existing in a genre saturated with other artists like herself. A few days ago, I was moved by an interview with her brother Finneas, who doubles as her music producer.

A producer’s role in music is to craft the music behind the artist. They use their ear to write and/ or shape this music, creating a completed work – often while appropriately steering recording sessions – to hone the project’s vision. The subject of the interview with Finneas is the interesting production techniques he used in selections from his back catalogue. He breaks them down one at a time. He captured the sound of a matchstick being lit and used it as a snare in one of Billie’s tracks. Backstage at a music festival, he tracked a guitar part on his phone, deliberately capturing the roaring audience nearby for a section of a song. He used the sound of shattering glass in lieu of a cymbal crashing to add texture to another song. The examples go on.

To even think to use the sound of a lighting matchstick or an explosion of glass to color a song takes a certain creative perspective that I fear few people find and develop. Furthermore, these techniques are eye-opening; they made me stop in place and look again at my own projects. It has me recognizing that I don’t always have the complete picture, has me acknowledging that there’s more to it than what exists at surface-level. It makes me think that, in some cases, to do something new is to look at something old in a way no one else has before. I want to capture a bit of that creative uniqueness, so I’ll be looking beyond the pale of last week’s normal.

Sam Mooradian

Guest Blogger:

Sam Mooradian

Creative and Video-Watcher
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I took my uniqueness and treated it like a horn.
— Billy Paul
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