The Picks Of Destiny Return! (New Year Update)

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New year, new me… lol nah, Ive been quite pleased with my lack of procrastination recently so as long as it holds up I’m good with keeping things just as they are! So, getting right into it theres a lot of exciting things finally ready to happen, and almost like a cryptic sign, I just found my picks of destiny at long last. For those that haven’t followed me when I was going under my previous moniker Random Impulse, I had this necklace with a bunch of multi-coloured picks, just so I always had them at hand, but due to the colours they picked up a bit of attention which in turn made them a sort of good luck charm for me. Now I was 99% sure I lost it forever on tour but behold! Here they return Just in time!

Ive spent all of last year just stacking and stacking content, all without releasing any which has been really frustrating as you can only built with what you release, but now.. NOW I’ve finally come to the end of the road, and although some things still have a bit of a mystery shroud on em, I can at least start announcing stuff. so without further ado.

Youtube Series

Although I have a Vevo account, Ive always wanted to take the plunge and built up my own account on youtube, so every Sunday I’ll be releasing a lil something I whipped up (at around 12pm GMT.)   Subscribe to my channel HERE to get it as soon as it lands.

Album

On the 6th of January I begin Recording my album! Theres a LOT of exciting stuff around this, a lot that i’m unfortunately not allowed to talk about just yet involving this, but if you follow my Facebook and Instagram, I’m SURE it’ll all be revealed a lot sooner than I’m told I’m “officially” allowed to speak about it haha. Its big, REALLY big so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

 

New Releases From March!

If my EP and youtube vids arn’t enough for you, you wont have to wait till my album is out for new stuff, new music/videos will be hitting your screens from march. Im not sure if I should call it a mixtape or playlist , but they’ll be a bundled release of some form following all this too. To hell with titles, its a body of work lol.

Touring/Live Shows!

This is probably the thing I’m most excited about. Again, theres a really big announcement I’m not allowed to make about this until April, but what I CAN tell you is that i have been booked for FOUR summer festivals this year. They’ll most definitely be more as the year progresses but this is one hell of a start!

Phew! feels SO good to able to get that off my chest! I hated working behind the scenes without being able to show any of it, never been good at keeping secrets.

 

oh and the blog is back to its regular schedule so you can expect your usual update on me, tech, music, cool shit, food and anime at least 3 times a week.

If you read right through till the very end, congratulations, you win the game.

Peace!

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Badly Written Recipes: Chilli Beef/Crispy Tofu Ramen

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Aight recipe number 2 from me. If you know me, you know that I’m all about killing it in a studio, the kitchen is just a side hobby so make sure to read the WHOLE THING before cooking as i forget to write things in the right place from time to time.

for this recipe I use cheap instant noodles for two reasons: 1 is the come with stock and they cook super quick which takes a lot of effort out. 2 is that they taste AWESOME to me! when you grow up broke or had the university woes you almost definitely backed about 100 packs of these in your lifetime, you know its the truth don’t lie!! if you want you can substitute em for some fresh egg or rice noodles no problem though.

I also like throwing in VEGAN alternatives so my plant-based peeps can enjoy too!

so you’re gonna need:

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1 good steak ,any will do (Vegans grab some japanese tofu, and a bag of panko

breadcrumbs!)

1 packet of ramen (theyre usually wheat noodles but if you’re vegan be sure, and get spicy, or sesame flavour)

half a pack of beansprouts

half an avocado

1 …stalk? of lemongrass

1 red chilli

1 green chilli

fresh coriander (cilantro to the yanks lol)

1 lime

1 clove of garlic

crushed chilli

powdered ginger

1 teaspoon of mirin

garlic powder

dried parsley

chiu chow chilli oil

1 handful  of baby spinach

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before we start, I just have to stress how lit this chilli oil is man, i could eat it on its own easily. I don’t know what chilli oil you picked up, but try and get this one and you wont be disappointed.

Cooking the steak

ok first you want to let your steak reach room temp. take it out of its packaging and leave it for like 20 mins. we’re gonna cook the steak first, then while its rests do the noodle soup. the only difference if you’re doing the tofu version is that you’re gonna fry your tofu AFTER you make the soup as it needs no time to rest and it cooks super quick.

Put a non stick frying pan on a really hot stove till its almost smoking. season your steak with salt, black pepper, a teensy bit of mirin and the chiu chow chilli oil (just the liquid, not the chilli bits at the bottom)

cooking a steak right is a pretty personal thing due to the preference of rarity, so do it how you like it, youtube it, all of that. i like mine medium and this is how i do it personally (vegans the method for the tofu is written AFTER the soup so scroll doooown)

throw the steak on the dry pan on maximum heat for 1minute , flip over and sear the other side for another minute. turn the heat halfway and continue to cook for 3 minutes each side (im using a pretty thick cut, so adjust the time depending on the meats thickness)

now this is the MOST IMPORTANT point in this whole recipe. let the meat REST DAMMIT. put it on a chopping board, and don’t touch it for 10 minutes. seriously, this is one of the biggest things between your meat being trash or treasure lol.

Cooking the soup

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Now the soup, fill your serving bowl, yes your serving bowl three quarters full with cold water then transfer that water into a small saucepan and put onto the stove, medium heat.

chop the green chilli, crush the garlic, juice half a lime and throw in the water. add 1 teaspoon of dried garlic, crushed chilli and ginger. add the seasoning sachet(s) that came with the ramen and add the dried ramen block. crack the lemongrass stalk and throw it in. beansprouts? throw em in.

leave to simmer, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes, just check the noodles and when they’re limp enough to your liking, take off the stove.

chop up some coriander and thickly slice the red chilli. slice up the avocado.

Vegans! your time right here! –

crispy tofu in panko breadcrumbs recipe

remove your tofu from the packaging and thickly slice (like 1 cm thick. 3-4 slices don’t be greedy!)

season with salt, pepper,  1 teaspoon of mirin, 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce & 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. empty out the panko breadcrumbs into a bowl and firmly press each slice into the crumbs, including the sides.

generously pour some chilli oil into  the frying pan on a hot stove till it heats up and cook the tofu 3 minutes each side on a medium to high heat. once golden brown, place on a wire rack or some kitchen towel while you assemble

Assembly

now time to bring all the glory together.

arrange your baby spinach around the bowl like a little nest. Take the lemongrass stalk out of the pot, unless you’re as savage and wanna try eating it and gently pour the contents into the bowl, in the dead centre.

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slice the steak diagonally, really thin, and arrange the corriander, steak, avocado & chilli’s like in the pic. get a nice big spoonful of the seeds in the bottom of the chilli oil and place in the middle, drizzle some oil over the steak slices and sprinkle some parsley over the top!

boom bang we’re done!

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this takes about 20mins and its reeeeeeally good, but lemma know your thoughts in the comments and all that.

i’ll try and alternate weekly between my cover songs and recipes, but check out the daily posts in between too. till next time!

Drake – Fake Love (Jovel Refix)

img_9838Ive started doing weekly refixes again just to shake the frustration of recording without being allowed to put anything out and this week I did Drakes ‘Fake love.’ I Usuall remake everything from scratch but as a friend of mine where the exact samples were from, the beat sounds near identical. the only thing I didnt nail were the sub drums but whatever. I reeeally regret not adding guitars too, but I was a bit short on time with it, I rewrote all the lyrics as always though, and I even had my first try at adobe after effects ro make the moving vid, so thats something lol.

Anyway, here it is and I hope you enjoy it. till next week!

Studio Sesh With The Faulkners

img_9815For some reason Ive always had this stigma looming over me suggesting that musically I want it all to come from me and me alone; the music, lyrics, production, the whole shebang. The reality however is that I’m someone that likes to get things done really quickly, so if I’m working on a project, I’m on in day and night, 24/7. In the past I would reach out to either a producer or writer and they’d be down to work, but just getting on the same page just seems to take SOOOOO long I end up finishing the whole thing before they even get stuck in! Now over the year I’ve been working on a MASSIVE three part project, the first part being my void ep, and riiiight when I’m at the last hurdle something amazing happened. yes, Ive actually been collaborating, the curse is broken.

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Now while this isn’t the first collab I’ve done for this project, its the first I remembered to document because I’m one of those silly people that like to live life and experience sights with my own eyes instead of behind a screen. On wednesday I went to the studio of Newton Faulkner, the platinum selling- super talented singer songwriter and his equally talented brother Toby Faulkner who’s also a super songwriter.

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Their studio is a crazy as they are and we made a big start on two songs in only a few hours which awesome. Newtons best known for being a guitarist but damn, the man can play almost everything, and he’s got some of the weirdest instruments I’ve ever seen, including this weird synth in a box thingy with wooden buttons. you can see a vid of him playing it over on my instagram so check that out (the insta link is in my banner)

So yeah, not a bad little sesh! i’ll be sure to do better and remember to document what I do with my days as it is pretty fun, thats probably what makes it so difficult in the first place now that I think about it!

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Back Like I never Left

jovel_final-20-copyFirst I was gonna wait till the new year before re-starting my blog. You know, new year new start and all that, but lets be honest, most of that new years resolution crap barely makes it till the end of the month, so i thought id have a better chance of sticking to it by kicking it off riiiiight now. So yeah, ze blogiddy has returned! As well as the usual gadgetry, anime, music, movies and general nerdy stuff that I used to blog, we’ve also grown the hell up andhave some proper ish to add!

Obviously being a musician, I posted about the key events and releases I put out here and there, as that was the initial purpose of the blog! But mixed with all the cool stuff I found it all got a bit fuzzy and random to say the least. Well not any more! My musics really starting to pick up (more on that later) and Ive had literally tonnes of people asking for recipes for some of the meals I whip up, so I decided to make the three solid corner stones of music, cooking & cool/nerdy shit more organised and keep rotating like a rotisserie chicken in this biatch.

If you’re new to the blog, this is doesn’t reeeally apply to you, but here, have a big warm welcome, first ones free. To my regular visitors and subscribers, sorry for the long ting, but I’m back, for good, I promise and a massive thank you for being patent with me. Alright, enough soppy shit, lets get back to it!