Grant Eadie (Manatee Commune)
The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Grant Eadie: Grant Eadie, 22, Self Employed Producer and Composer
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
GE: Backpacking and concert going are probably my two main hobbies. Planning a trip into the mountains and then executing it really helps clear my head of the issues in my life and always shows me how insignificant my problems are.
Concert attendance is pretty obvious. Just watching others love their craft gives me so much motivation to work on my artwork.
[Fun fact: Grant performed WAKE for his NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest and it quickly became a staff favorite. You can check out the awesome video here.]
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
GE: Absolutely. Creatively working is such a paradox. I have to want to work on my projects, I can't force myself, and when I do force myself, the product is never something I'm proud of. It takes a special balance of internal pressure and desire to create something I'm excited about.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
GE: Late in the evening. Something about knowing everyone is going to bed makes me want to stay up in the silence and work. I tend to be most productive in these times as well.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
GE: My most immediate creative goal is to just have a consistent routine where I can be confident that I will finish my endeavors and not become distracted or give up halfway through. Hopefully in the futures I'll be able to just roll out of bed and be in the mindset to create and finish.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
GE: Yeah absolutely. I'm working on an album right now, but my inspiration is scattered. In the last few months I've been burning through new music and just soaking up any experience I can get to try to apply it to my project. When I sit down to work, I find it difficult to regurgitate the lessons I've learned, so I write them down as best I can. With this experiment with new techniques and ideas that I've developed in my head, then just let myself fall into a flow state.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
GE: I've learned in the last couple of months that creativity is really just an exploration of self and it really has nothing to do with the products. It's all about the process and self discovery.
If you want to check out more of Grant's music, you can find it on Spotify or at www.soundcloud.com/manateecommune