“Learning doesn’t have to come from being taught. We don’t want to build the best musicians ever but sharpen their thoughts. No matter what they will do in the future, thinking is the most important. Thinking can be fun and can be used with everything.”
This is the speech given by Jui - Su Boonliang at the mini concert to introduce “Then & Now”, the album produced by TK band 6. The campaign, organised for six consecutive years, allows young music lovers to learn and develop their musical skills by working with professionals to produce their own album.
This year, the participants traveled to Phetchaburi Province to join a series of beneficial activities with children in the communities. They visited places such as ancient market, Look Wa Group, Khone theatre, Petchaburi Underwater Museum and traditional Thai dessert shop, all of which have become materials for their creation of “Then & Now” album.
Su Boonliang’s working principles don’t focus on creating the best musicians. Instead, he pays attention on thinking and creating as he believes both can be applied with every kind of creative jobs, not only songwriting.
Followings are five tips to ignite your creative ideas from TK band
1. Make the most out of your surroundings. Ideas and creativity don’t come from nowhere. They come from sources and materials around us. Tip is approaching the sources and collecting what we are interestedas much as we can. We have to be open to absorb everything. Talking to people, making observation and having first-hand experience are efficient tools to collectmaterials.
2. See things from different angles Once you have materials, you have to pull them together for interpretation. Tip is picking up something new to compare with what you already have, digging in deep to find hidden angles that have never been presented before. This way, you will get fresh ideas and be able to maintain your own identity.
3. Conceptualise everything It is normal that most of our ideas are disconnected. Once we come up with an idea, another idea follows. That usually confuses us or even put us in a difficult situation since making decision have become uneasy. The solution is to conceptualise everything as if we put our ideas within a frame. That will set boundary for the ideas, making it easier to work.
4. Stick with deadline Spending too much time on thinking is not always good. Every creative work comes with precise deadline. Being late means negative in every way no matter how good your work is. So, you should set precise deadline for your work, starting from planning your timeframe systematically. You wouldn’t believe sometimes creative ideas arise under tight deadlines!
5. Present confidently Ideas and creativity are determined to happen. But before we get to this point, we have to put great effort on it. If the beginning is strong, there is no reason why the end should be less. Your presentation should be lively and full of confidence. You need to present confidently and believably no matter what. After that, you can consider feedbacks for improvement.