My Favourite YouTube Channel – SemiSkimmedMin

Now I have recently been getting back into art and everything craft related – I’m currently knitting myself  scarf. I bought this really lovely grey wool and its super soft. Once I’ve completed it, I’ll do a post with the final thing.

So back to the matter at hand, in my spare time I love watching YouTube channels of artists. I have a handful I frequently watch but I have to say my favourite is Minnie Small – SemiSkimmedMin.

Her voice is so soothing and her videos are really informative – It might come across as creepy but before I meditate and sleep I watch at least 5 of her videos just to give me ideas and motivate me.

She recently completed a video series called ’30 Ways to fill a sketchbook’, giving viewers insightful ways and things to do to fill a sketchbook. From drawing a landscape, to creating a character and a mini comic series.

The reason I like her channel is the fact she uses art supplies that you can find and afford in most cases.

I hope you guys enjoy her channel as much as I do and find some artistic inspiration along the way.

Here’s a link to her website as well, http://semiskimmedmin.com/

I will be hopefully finishing up a post to schedule for tomorrow as I have been slacking – With my laptop in front of me, I procrastinated and chose to watch two films instead.

Eli

Mellow Monday! Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready? (Wreck)

 Hi guys! It’s Eli back with another Mellow Monday post! Today’s Mellow Monday is an old song – I mean it was released 7 months ago. But we celebrate this song and much of their discography because last Thursday, I had the privilege of seeing this band for a fourth time. And needless to say I’m not disappointed.

Two Door Cinema Club for me are a power group. Although many don’t know them by name, everyone at least once has heard one of their songs. 

Even when they experiment with new styles and beats, it’s always recognisable as one of their songs.

Their presence when they perform live is incredible. Their voices alone are so atmospheric and the showman ship is applaudable.

It’s got to a point where friends of mine who I haven’t spoken to in about 4 years, messaged me asking if I was attending the show because one, I love the group. And two, I’m just that predictable.

I’ll keep this post short because I’m currently on the train heading to meet a friend.

Songs I recommend everyone to listen to:

  • Changing of the seasons
  • Something good can work
  • I can talk
  • Remember my name
  • Pyramid
  • Bad decisions

Just to name a few but I do suggest binge listening to their albums because it’s just that good.

I’m hoping to do another post before the week ends so see ya then x

Mellow Monday! Dumbfoundead- Word!

What can I say, but it’s Monday and once again I’m excited. No not because I’m currently stood on the platform in the rain waiting to go work. It’s because I can finally share this week’s Mellow Monday with you all.

This week’s song is special to me, not because I share any great connection to it, but because it’s by one of my favourite artists of all time.

Our musical relationship started way back when his Dfd album was released. I used to religiously watch DavidSoComedy on YouTube and found his exit song Girlfriend by Jon Mcxro. Whilst getting acquainted with that song, I saw in the recommended Cool and Calm by Dumbfoundead. And I’ve never looked back.

Dumbfoundead’s lyrics aren’t your standard rap. They tell a story of his youth, his growth, and his aspirations. He soundtracked my late teen years – on my 17th, I rinsed his Old Boy Jon album in the set up for the evening. 

During my college years, I listened to him whilst writing my essays and practice papers. I knew if I got through the entire Take the Stares album, I had spent too long on an English lit essay.

His verses that flow like a lyrical river, inebriates the mind, and even in my most stressful days, I mellow out to the silky songs present on every album.

I’m not going to lie and say he doesn’t rap about drugs, money and women. But he also raps about how it got to where he is, his family and the struggles he faced. If anyone remembers the AJ+ video about and American-Korean who released a song about the Oscar controversy, and the fact there is a serious issue with the representation of Asian actors in the Hollywood scene – this was him.

It’s always strange to hear someone talk about how a person, let alone artist has changed their life, but this man has. Even when I saw him perform at my soon-to-be work place back in 2012, I have never seen such a humble being in my life – plus his attempt at a British accent had me in fits of laughter for the following hours after his set finished.

Through Dumbfoundead, I have become acquainted with other artists such as Wax, Breezy Lovejoy and Andrew Garcia just to name a few.

I’m going to close this post off with a few other song suggestions, even though I recommend sitting down and just working your way through his entire discography:

  • Clear
  • W$TSDE
  • Cool and Calm
  • No More Sunny Days
  • Are We There Yet
  • It’s Not You
  • and What Do I Have To Do (where he features but this song is still great)

Have a great day and fingers crossed I get to work on time. Enjoy!