__My story__ 私の話 （日本語もありますね）
Hi, I'm George Art Baker (MA Music Performance), also known as the artist SMOKE THIEF. I'm a composer and performer living in Tokyo and I'm on Patreon to bring you remixes, exclusive E.Ps, soundtracks and first look at my new YouTube videos.
In 2015, I released my album Heart Beat Circuit, which featured several of my musical heroes, Manami Matsumae (Mega Man), Takahiro Izutani (Bayonetta) and Saori Kobayashi (Crimson Dragon). It was warmly received in the game/ambient/chill music world and was even covered by Time Out and Rocketnews24.
I'm trying to get into making and performing more music, but life has been pretty challenging recently. I got diagnosed with C.F.S and arthritis in 2016 and had to step down from full-time work in order to better look after myself. Because I live relatively central, I don't quite qualify for income support. I am looking into whether I can get disability support, but apparently it's only very rarely offered to non-Japanese ppl.
Each month I have to pay for Soundcloud (so I can share drafts with fans and collaborators) as well as publicise my portfolio, as well as travel to gigs, field recording sessions and the like. Also because I play live, I frequently have to pay for repairs to equipment, so I tend to lose more money than I earn from music every month.
I'm still meccha-buzzing to be making music, and my recent gigs have been really encouraging. I have some huge collaborative works coming up - I would just love a bit more support trying to essentially do the impossible - make a viable living from playing music.
I really wanna stay in Japan and continue making music, tour and rejuvenate my music career and stay healthy. I'm hoping that with enough support on here, I can keep making, practising and playing music. I have THE LOVELIEST FANS and so I know my music means a lot to some people on this pretty blue planet, and that means the world to me. I wanna bring it to more people and
Patreon seems like the best way to secure doing that. I'm very thankful to all my friends, family and fans across the world who have supported me so far. I don't want to relegate music to 'just a hobby', I don't want to give up, I love it too much.
We've made so much progress since I started this Patreon, I'm gonna try and put in as much effort as I can to overcome my health problems and keep improving, having fun, sharing, exploring music with you all. It's so exciting for me, and I'm hopeful this project is going to help me stay a musician and find a balanced, healthy lifestyle where I am giving my health, my life and my music the best chance of success.
I really hope to make this Patreon a fun, rewarding project to be a part of, it's my aim to raise enough money to look after myself, stay healthy and keep creating music for you. Which is my dream.
__What you get as Patrons__ 恩人さんの特別な貰い物•
Patrons receive access to THE VAULT - a top secret archive just for my Patrons.
The vault contains: Downloads for Never Knew Your Name (single), Stak Bots Breakout (mini-soundtrack), Thieved - an album of vintage bootleg material and the special, remastered edition of my Highway Blossoms soundtrack.
• Patrons get first look at any practice sessions, track previews and videos, and I'm hoping to do more live beatmaking streams when I get time.
• There is also a ‘community’ section on Patreon so Patrons can @ me with new ideas or suggestions for content, which I will always respond to and try to accommodate.
•恩人さんに「ザーヴォルト」を見せてあげます。「ザーヴォルト」ということは秘密なクラウドドライブ、あそこに色々なダウンロード出来る曲ありますー「Never Knew Your Name」 (シングル)、「Stak Bots Breakout」 (ミニミニサントラ）と「Thieved」はビンテージスモークシーフの曲ですし、「Highway Blossoms」のサントラにあります。全部の未来のダウンロード出来る曲を「ザーヴォルト」に入ります。
__Thank You !! __ ありがとう！！
Thank you so much for considering supporting me. I'm really excited to make music for you. X
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