Hi Friends!

I am still on track to release an EP of new tunes for 2015.

I have finished recording my songs and they need to be mixed and mastered.

I have decided to call my album “Free like a bird”.

I feel like a lot of these songs represent freedom to me. I have grown as an artist to understanding why I’m doing this. For a while, things were very quiet on the music front for me. I had this passion to create music and make it a huge part of my life and when I released my debut album I was thrown in a slew of music business related things that I didn’t enjoy and I didn’t understand. I questioned myself and why I was doing music. I wasn’t saving lives… I didn’t feel like I contributed to society making these songs. So things grew very quiet for me and I probably didn’t touch an instrument for over a year. I have done a lot of soul searching including a ten day silent meditation retreat. I understand better why and where I fit in, though, it’s a journey so I think it’s a growing and learning journey.

I like to create music for emotional and artistic expression and inspire people to live and dream outside of barriers and boundaries.

I’ve been posting pictures to my instagram. https://instagram.com/dune_tran/

Joshua Rumer, my producer, and I have been working diligently. We have added horns by Danny T Levin, guitar by Toshi Yanagi, bass by Gregg Cash, drums by Brian Mendes and cello by Steve Bernal.

Next up, I need to update my website with new pictures. I need to figure out ideas on low-budget music video options. If you have ideas, please feel free to email me!

I have been trying to decide whether or not I should give my music out for free. Lately, I’ve noticed that some artists give away their music for free because they want to share their music with as many people as possible. Though, those artists tend to have had their music financially funded through crowdfunding sources.

I’m not sure about sharing it on sites like Spotify yet. They definitely don’t pay artists much. I’m not doing it for the money, but it would be a dream come true to make enough to record songs without funding it financially myself.

Finally, big news, I have left my job to go back to school to get a masters in HCI to become a user experience designer. I want to have a future that is creative and technical and helps people become more productive by designing experiences that are intuitive and enjoyable. Before I start school in the fall, I am spending some time to experience living in Nashville, music city. Nashville is filled with songwriters from all over the world sharing their songs at open mics and writers nights. You can feel a genuine love and support for artists and songwriters here.

Stay tuned! I’m planning on releasing my EP this summer!

Take care,
Dune