Go Thomas! Well done for showing up everyday, sticking with the process through the highs and lows and for the progress you have made! You are an integral part of this movement.
You can watch all of Thomas’ 200 Day videos here: instagram.com/thomascolinet/
It’s something I undertook myself (see here) and have been encouraging my students to do the same – as a way to get in the habit of daily practice, documenting progress and connecting with others.
I asked Thomas some questions to help you if you are thinking of doing the project.
Hey Thomas! Can you give us some background on your interest in music and scratching?
I have been DJing and taking care of music for people for about 20 years now. I am a huge hip-hop fan since I was properly introduced to it in the early 90’s!
I have always been fascinated by DJing (especially the turntablism aspect) and beat making!
What made you decide to undertake the 100 day challenge for a second time?
It was the logical progression, I’ve done the 12 months and 50 weeks challenges, did all the scratch combos of the month twice (it would be more honest to say I gave all a proper try with the skills that I had at the time, will defo go back to thru all of those from time to times)
And then I heard about the 100days challenge but wasn’t feeling ready to only do scratching for 100 consecutive days, so I did my own #100minivideos challenge including scratching, beat juggling and finger drumming!
Ps: pretty much end up being mostly scratching! 😉
What was your approach?
Wake up and scratch for about 15 mins and if I can I do it again before going to bed (of course some days when I can I spend as much time as I can on the decks.)
What is your recording and posting workflow like?
The most simple possible I scratch, I record, I post everyday early in the morning.
Top tools / apps / software / equipment to capture and edit?
GoPro 6 overhead setup by the decks at all times, I film, import straight after, send to my phone via airdrop (no edit, no tittle, nothing!) couldn’t be easier to press rec, transfer and post!
What did you learn?
Stamina, patience, consistency, to have no expectation, to love the process (even plateau!;-)
What were some of the highlights for you?
I haven’t distanced myself enough yet to share highlights.
(Thomas has since decided to carry on for 300 days and there is even talk of 500 days! – Emma)
What helped you on your way?
Emma and all the SOS crew (patience and just keeping at it!)
What didn’t work?
Rushing, wanting to do too much, trying to impress people and expectations don’t work!!!
What was the most challenging part and how did you deal with that?
Consistency by being consistent!!!
What are your top tips for anyone who wants to undertake this challenge?
Just start now, and now and now and again now…
Everyday do a bit, show up with humility, somedays it will be all fun and others you’ll suck, but it’s ok we all do who cares you’re doing for yourself (people will judge you anyway.)
If you were to do this challenge again, what, if anything would you do differently?
Be even more gentle with myself.
You are a School of Scratch student. What has your school experience been like? What do you love about it? What is your advice for anyone considering joining the school?
School of Scratch is hands down THE best way to learn how to scratch, no other experience comes even close to how thorough everything is!!!
From beginner to advanced, everything is perfectly explained unlike anywhere else I have seen.
Emma videos hold your hand from your very first baby step all the way though to becoming a scratch expert!
What is next for you?
More of the same but different (but more or less the same! 😉 I might go back to 100minivideos including beat juggling and finger drumming back into it!!!
Where can we find you online?
@thomascolinet on Instagram is where I post my scratching journey! ?❤️?
What should I have asked you that I didn’t?
If I love you?… yes I do love you Emma, you’re a super star and you made scratching such a complete experience, I’ve learned about scratching, about music but most importantly I’ve learnt so much about myself along the way!!!
Anything else you want to add?
That’s a wrap!
Thanks Thomas! Well done again for taking part and completing this challenge! You are a 100 and 200 Days of Scratching Graduate!
Looking forward to seeing your continued posts and progress!
Thank you for your continued contribution to your fellow students in School of Scratch! You are inspiring so many! See you in class!
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Happy Scratching! 😀