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Shaped by the creativity of Bristol, the drive of London, and the freedom of Berlin.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Ira Glass

“I used to walk up and down this street in Bristol called Gloucester Road, and in this music shop they had opposite some keyboards, they had like a Roland W13 Workstation, and then they had like a drum machine - the RX17, and i used to just go down to Gloucester Road pretty much every day and go in to that shop and just mess around and just play on this bits of equiptment, not really ever thinking that I could ever afford to buy this equiptment. Two of my friends they had a sampler, they had a Roland S-330 sampler, and that was great, it had 14.4 seconds, so you could only use a certain amount of time and that was it, you were done. You know I made probably my best tunes with 14 seconds of sample time, you know really minimal stuff but, it was like the less stuff that you have, the better that you know you had to just use what you had and that and that.”

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“You have your creative, and you have your work, and every day of your life is going to be about somehow growing as a person. Somehow feeling you can contribute to the extent that you can get tribute. We're all trying to find balance, as people. I think to be a balanced person, you have to find those things that you just purely enjoy. But, of course, if you aren't participating in the bigger picture of life, and in being somehow useful, and you aren't doing something and growing, then really, you'll find you're not very happy. Really, you'll have quite an empty life.”

Angelina Jolie

“Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress’, everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue.”

Robert Anton Wilson

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death--ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”

James Baldwin

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.”

Shunryu Suzuki

“The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered himself for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation as much as possible.”

Steven Pressfield

“The hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second which comes with a sort of mastery.”

Janet Erskine Stuart

“Only in those moments when I exercise my freedom am I fully myself.”

Karl Jaspers

"I think play is really one of the most powerful forces in creativity, really play means you are simply experimenting with different processes and ideas and experiencing the results without the pressure of expectation and definition."

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