Monday Motivation: Tame Impala

If you’re anything like me, you probably started the day by recognizing the start of a new work week had indeed arrived and then immediately began shaking your fists at the sky in anger. Monday is rarely  anyone’s favorite day, and from what I have seen firsthand it feels safe to say it’s the one day of the week some people outright hate. I guess to them the arrival of the work week symbolizes the end of their quote/unquote freedom, and as a result they head into the office/factory/restaurant/store with a negative outlook already on their mind. This leads to bad attitudes, which only makes the experience of being at work worse, and for some reason it also seems to make time slow to a crawl. We’re not about that life, and we hope this post can do the same you that the song contained within it did for us.

I discovered Tame Impala after following filmmaker Edgar Wright on Twitter. He tweeted about one of the band’s side projects, Pond, and it was because of my immediate love for that group that I eventually found my way to Tame Impala. In a time when every artist headlining festivals and garnering widespread acclaim in the press seem to be those conforming to radio-friendly sounds and structures, Tame Impala have built their brand entirely on their own accord. They seem to do exactly what they want, when they want, and so far it has spawned several incredibly infectious records. Their latest, Currents, hits stores in July (but preorders are available now – hint hint).

The reason I chose Tame Impala for this week’s Monday Motivation post is because I think we can all learn something from their career. The band may not be the biggest group in the world (yet), but they have reached a level where they are asked to tour every corner of the planet with a sound cultivated by the members themselves over several years of constant work and experimentation. My own life experiences have taught me there is no greater feeling of accomplishment than the one that follows doing exactly what you want to be doing (and, in turn, being accepted for who you are). Being yourself in an industry that seems to demand conformity can be a difficult task, but you are more than up to the challenge. Stay in your own lane, carve your own path, and burn the trail you leave behind. Take risks and encourage others to do the same. If you don’t, you may never know what you’re really capable of making happen. Not just for yourself, but for the industry and world at large.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.