I'd probably be one of "those dudes" who would play it cool but be twitching at the relentless, uncontrollable fangirling that I was desperately trying to keep at bay if I ever met him in person.
Yeah I mean, y' know...I get excited…I like music-ing.
(Music-ing? New word? Did I just…)
Anyway, I could go on about how his creative genius has inspired me over the last 15 years but honestly, I think the most magnetic thing about Devin is his sobering honesty.
Forgive me if I sound cheesy but my honest feeling is that I think now more than ever, we’re all searching for someone who’s being real with us. Someone who will just tell us the truth without some hidden agenda behind it. (I’m foreshadowing by the way as I will make my agenda quite NOT hidden by the end of the email :) )
Whether it’s a friend or a mentor or a lover or a teacher whomever. (Maybe I should change the order of that…hmm). We’re all looking for someone that we can trust. As humans, we need some sense of certainty at a fundamental level not only as part of our basic survival but for our general well being and happiness.
It's easy to lose sight in todays world.
In this day and age, we’re surrounded by an overabundance of misinformation and equally strong opinions backing said information at times. Whether it’s from the news or social media or friends or collegues. It’s everywhere. And for me, I find myself constantly struggling to keep it straight. I find it so overwhelming at times and don’t know what to trust anymore.
No matter what happens in my life though, I’ve always had music to go back to when people have failed me. And perhaps this is merely a reflection of my own trust issues and anxiety but it’s helped me to see how truly special it is to find others with whom you resonate with. And though I would never consider myself in the same league as Devin Townsend, I’ve just always resonated with the guy. Both in his music and just as a human being. His honesty in both has always been both disarming and refreshing. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the dude is pretty much my spirit animal.
A couple years ago, (back in 2017) I enrolled in the Devin Townsend Creative Academy. I do remember when I first enrolled, I found it hilarious that Devin asked all his students to post pictures or videos of their home studio setup. Everyone was posting pictures of their professional looking home studios with all the fancy gear meanwhile I was like “Uh well right now I’ve got my laptop and my Focusrite Scarlett on this bunkbed here in this spare room with a bunch of creepy dolls and clown paintings at a strangers’ house I’m staying at. Does that count?”
You see I was in the middle of an 11 month long couch surfing “tour” in an effort to pay off student loans at the time.
More on that story later.
So anyway, Devin and his associate Rodney Holder (who runs the music business facts podcast and has been teaching music business studies at Tase college in Australia since 1999) have put together an online course that breaks down all aspects of what Devin has done for the last 25 years that has contributed to his success in the music industry.
The course has eight modules, each covering a different topic. The topics include Devin’s songwriting process, the recording and production process, vocal techniques, guitar techniques, managing yourself and others creatively, etc. I was particularly surprised when Devin showed us how he produced and mixed “Disruptr” from the Ki album and allowed us all to download the session to mix ourselves. The course concludes by bringing all the modules together by writing a song at the end. The course also comes with a ton of bonus lectures on creativity, touring, ebooks, an audiobook. Seriously like, an overwhelming amount of content. It’s basically a college course. There’s just such a wealth of invaluable information and wisdom gained from a 25+ year career found in there. For anyone pursuing music seriously, I can’t recommend it enough.
To be upfront
The course is priced at $497 which isn’t cheap, I get it. But honestly, nothing of great value is nor should it be in my opinion (And I am one frugal motherfucker!). What I will say is that if you’re willing to do the work, the knowledge and insights you’ll gain, not to mention the amount of time you will save and mistakes you will avoid will be invaluable. Like a lot of you, I’m always looking at the price tag on things as I know money can be tight if you’re pursuing a creative field of any kind for a living. One fact that has become a mantra that I always lean on in times like this is this...
Money is a renewable resource. Time is not. If you’re serious about making a real investment into your education, then you’ll realize this is a pretty incredible deal. Fuck! If I can make payments on this course while being homeless than I think anyone can find a way to make it happen if it’s worth it to them haha.
The good news is there is a payment plan for those of us who can’t drop $500.00 all at once.
And what’s awesome is that I talked to Rodney and he has agreed to give me a special coupon code to give to you guys as my way of saying thank you for being a subscriber.
As of this writing, I am the only one who has a discount code for the course and full disclosure, this is indeed an affiliate program that I'm a part of so I'll receive 10% of any sales.
Just being upfront about that. So in addition to investing in yourself, you’ll be helping to support the making of the next album which in all honesty, I really like better than the idea of a crowdfunding campaign so hopefully you’ll see it as a win win. As I write this post, I do so with a slight reluctance as I truly hope I'm not coming off as "salesy". I’m beyond grateful to have you as a reader and wouldn't dream of sending an offer like this if I didn't truly believe it will impact your life in a positive way.
So if you’re interested in checking out the Devin Townsend Creative Academy, click the massive picture below and use the coupon code "Aaron" to get 15% off. By the way, tell Rodney that Aaron sent you.
So yeah, if you're into it, cool. If not, no worries at all.
Thanks so much!