In his previous life, Eugene was a valet driver, car salesman, telemarketer and even shoveled snow off of cars at 5 in the morning in the CANADIAN cold.
In the spring of 2015 in Tel Aviv, Eugene has a life altering moment when he meets a street musician and finds out that she can can earn a full time income singing in the streets! At first he supplement his income but as time goes on, he realizes that he can actual make a living, doing what he loves!
Countries where Music has taken him:
He wondered if he can do this in other parts of the world and so he tires his luck in Amsterdam. No luck. Regulations. No amplification. He tries in Portugal and BAM, it works. Next come Hong Kong (when it was still free), Thailand, Australia. In the land down under, Eugene finally frees himself of the chains of debt he built in his previous muggle life; living beyond his means trying to uphold a successful image which in reality was a complete failure. A 23 year old adult, living in mom's basement...
A new chapter started in February of 2017 when he learns that there are restaurants and farmers markets that would gladly pay their money to have Eugene entertain them. Winning the 2017 Noosa Busking contest helped him secure some of those gigs. That same year, a young Moroccan couple were walking by a restaurant he was performing in and had Eugene fly to sing at their wedding near Paris and later also in Morocco.
Rewind a year, in 2016 Eugene starts recording songs with a producer friend Alon Wasserman who he met through a girl who heard him sing in Tel Aviv. They began recording 'Occasionally', 'Come Back Home', 'Footsteps Before Spring', 'Memories' and 'Hard to Admit' - it would take a few years to get this right because every time Eugene listens to a recording he did the previous month or previous year, he wants to re-do it.
In 2019 Eugene broke his foot and since he was unable to sing in the streets normally, he turned to instagram and somehow someone offered to pay him money to write a song for her two kids. Over the next 9 months, this would become a “thing” and along with launching this website, Eugene has been writing, recording custom songs and providing wives, husbands, siblings and friends, songs about their love, celebrations and sometimes even tragedies.
As his travels and world views evolve, Eugene has gone from writing songs about love, to writing ideas he believes can make a positive impact in the world we inhabit. Ideas such as:
"Life's in your hands, but victims can't be choosers"
"Mediocrity is the enemy in this life, in this game - so lets be all we can, be the best or live with shame"
"You've got to think for yourself, otherwise you'll become..Just a pawn in a hand; that's already been dealt"
Have a listen to the songs in progress and let Eugene know which one you like most. If you become a "Genie Club" member, you can choose which songs the world gets to hear next + get access to dozens of these songs in progress + receive all the releases before the general public.
IN HIs WORDS
As I listen to podcasts and look at what’s going on in the world, I can’t help but wonder what my part in it is.
I’d like to make the world a better place somehow but I feel like most people who say that just virtue signal;
I find it repulsive sometimes when I hear people say nice things that in many cases merely serve the purpose of looking good in the eyes of their peers.
These thoughts influences the types of songs I've been writing recently and I hope that through these songs and the lessons in them, I'll be able to make "a dent in the universe"
Here are some excerpts from songs I’m in working on:
“is that all that you can see? Is this all that you can be? Just a head-full of your dreams, you’ll make belief, instead of living it. You’ve got unused potential”
- UNUSED POTENTIAL
“Sometimes it seems we value feelings more than truth
We try to shield people from pain, but if it’s true in life that truth can set you free
compassion can feed slavery.”
- 'BETTER MAN'
This last one I still unpack a little bit more every time I read it. It used to be “compassion can BE slavery” which is technically true but it can also be argued that compassion overall is more positive than a negative.
“”Surround yourself, with good ideas
Actions you take, is how I’ll choose to see you.
Deceive to yourself and quicker you’ll get older
Choose Truth over lies it can only make you stronger “
-'VICTIMS CAN'T BE CHOOSERS'
I hope that if these songs resonate with you when you hear them, you will share them with as many people as you know, but who cares what I hope - whatever will be will be. As one of these songs says:
“Everything that’s happened it has happened
Nothing you can do to change those facts.
Today is a new day what will you do?
Leave what is behind you in the past.”
- Don't Worry
"Mediocrity is the enemy in this life, in this game
So lets be all we can, be the best, or live with shame."
I was the kind of kid that always misbehaved in school. I got in trouble with the teachers for speaking back, making stupid comments and when one time a teacher took our poker cards at the end of class (she was no longer teaching and we were just waiting for the bell to ring), I took her coffee. That wasn't the only time I got suspended. It seems like I've always been allergic to authority, it's funny how some things never change. One of the only classes I managed to get decent grades in was Music, although I did still manage to get in trouble there...Carving "Made in Space" on a saxophone was one example...
At a young age, my mom signed me up to be in a choir but to be honest, I went mostly for the social life..
Later, when I was in high school, I had to pick an instrument for music class and seeing that my dad already played guitar, I started teaching myself. Eventually, and to some people's annoyance, it became rare to find me without it. This was approximately when I began writing songs. I never did finish that first song..
I slowly started frequenting open mics, singing to strangers, and in part because of everyone's applause, I was encouraged to keep going. I thought I was good! Little did I know, they were just being Canadian; polite.
To this day, I continue to have mixed feelings about clapping/encouraging people who aren't good.
People need to know whether or not they have a skills so that they could make wise decisions in life. Why would I want to give someone false hope? That just seems cruel...Sometimes feelings need to get hurt so that we can draw lessons from events... As one of my favourite political commentators says, "facts don't care about your feelings"
On the other hand, if people boo'd me, perhaps you wouldn't be reading this..
While I loved to sing, it didn't become my full-time focus until recently. In previous years, I've worked as a valet driver, a car salesman, a telemarketer, a caterer, a background actor and a car lot attendant. I remember waking up at 5am while it was dark outside and -15° , driving to the Acura dealership and scraping off the mountains of snow and ice from the cars that had fallen the night before.. That was NOT fun.
In 2008, I joined a Network Marketing company in the hopes of making big money but due to poor decisions on my part, I racked up more than $10,000 of debt by the time I was 23. I spent more than I earned so I could uphold an image of success to impress people and entice them to "join me". A nice BMW at 19 sounds nice, unless 100% of your income is going to paying for that image...
And so, in 2013, I left Canada. I thought it was time for a fresh start in a new country but as the famous saying goes, "wherever you go, there you are".
Luckily in 2015, I met a busker girl who inspired me to sing in the streets. She made a good income, while working less hours.
I wasn't good at the time, (though my ego told me I was) but I still made more money per hour than I did at my telemarketing job in Tel Aviv. And so I thought - if I could make money doing something I enjoyed, why bother having a job?
Part time turned into "full time" although I don't think 3 hours a day could be considered that.
This "job" is the single most consistent thing I've done in my life, and in 2017 when I arrived in Australia, I got more serious. I began to learn the skills of marketing myself and was able to get regular spots singing at restaurants. It became the year of growth, where I was able to start paying off my debts. When I landed in Australia February 14, 2017, I owed Visa about $11,000. By November that year I was debt free.
Being back at $0 was such an incredible feeling. I haven't held a credit card since. For the last several years as I've continued to travel and busk around the world, I've been putting away money to convert something like a shuttle bus or a box truck into a mobile recording studio, performance stage and home. In part Covid put a little delay on this plan or perhaps it was meant to be. Who knows what the future holds, lets see what happens!
Sometimes when you're in the middle of life and your routine, it can feel like you're just a hamster on a wheel - doing what you're comfortable to survive.
COVID has given Eugene the pause that he's been needing for a while. Singing in the streets can be joyous - even euphoric at times. But finding a good spot, at the right time, battling with security and sometimes police due to city regulations can take a toll.
Eugene has been writing songs almost half his life, more so in these last 5 years.
What he would love is to get more of these songs out into the universe, in the best "light" for you to hear.
If you're reading this, you've probably already heard his professional releases like 'Memories', 'Come Back Home', 'Footsteps Before Spring' - Those productions cost thousands of dollars per song to make sound good. Eugene is now formulating a plan of how he can release more songs at their highest possible quality without spending and arm and a leg.
Recently Eugene started a way for his biggest fans to enter into a "partnership" with him. You can become a "Genie" club member AND get to choose which song gets recorded next. + They get a bunch of perks that 'muggles' don't have access to.
When someone joins becomes a Genie Club member (there are three ways), they will get access to a private folder with about 20 demo songs that he's been working on and recording. When we reach enough money to record the next song, each Genie will vote for which song to record next. We then take that demo song to the studios along with all the audio experts we need to make it sound irresistible and 'radio ready'.
Eugene believes that words and ideas are powerful and have the ability to sculpt the world around us. If you pay attention to the lyrics, you may come to understand why you should join Eugene on his journey and become a Genie Club Member.
Through music, we can make the world a better place.
Become a Genie Club member and get these perks:
Secret link to about 30 songs I'm working on recording.
YOU CHOOSE which songs I release next by voting!
You'll get all the releases BEFORE the general public!
THE ABILITY TO DOWNLOAD AND OWN ALL MY SONGS WAV/MP3
A message from
Chances are, you've already contributed in a big way by throwing some money into my guitar case from one of the roughly 15 countries I've performed in. Thank-You!
Because of you, I've been able to do what I love and avoid getting jobs along the way. I've realized that contrary to what many believe, it IS possible to make a living as a musician, it's just that I had to do things that would make most people uncomfortable. I've had to expose myself to the "judgement" of the general public on a daily basis for over 5 years. Anyone can do it, but it's not called a "comfort zone" for no reason.
My challenge now to get to the NEXT level is to build a core group of people who believe in my music so much that they're willing to put their hard earned money on the line. If you join me on this journey, I can release more songs, you'd be an instrumental part of that AND you get bragging rights on deciding which song I record next.
In February 2018, I took some advice from a fellow Byron Bay musician, who recommended I sell CDs as I busk. As of July 8th 2020, I've managed to sell or gift over 1045 CDs, each with a sequential and unique number on it. My CD holders and Genie Club Members will have access to my Demo songs. This is the secret folder that gives you access to the songs I've been recently working on. From now on, Locals members and my CD holders will get access to ALL of these songs, and will vote on which songs get recorded next!