WANTED: Vocal Deep House Loving – Ninja Sound Geek/Mix Engineer

Hi! My name is Anja.

I’m a vocalist and songwriter from the Netherlands and I’m looking for an awesome beatmaker/groove-ninja/producer/audiophile/mix engineer/tech whizzkid to help take my music to the next level.

The Sound:

I would describe the sound I want to create as soulful, groovy, poppy, dirty, melodic, warm, vocal deep house.

Here are a few songs/artists that I want to end up sounding like, obviously blended with my own unique flavor.

Gorgon City – Elevate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns6cC_N-bLE
Disclosure – What’s In Your Head: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcm0YrzWMdw
Linden Jay –Be Like You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYj9DgugOWg
Fawks, Mediciennes: Say You Like It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TIaS8rLhJE
Anton Ishutin – Kick it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5DvUcvgXhs
MO, Kant Remix – Walk This Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_WVmdB0FXc

In the past year I’ve been creating demos that you can listen to on my Soundcloud. I’m still learning and my creative ideas don’t always turn out the way I hear them in my head, but this will give you an indication of my style so far:

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How To Be Human & Being Simultaneously

I have let go of a whole lotta things in 2017, including but not limited to countries, houses, jobs and various people.

Releasing the old to make space for the new seems to be my thing this year. And, because of that I have learned some powerful lessons for myself about the art of letting go.

In the beginning of this year, I went through a breakup.
It was a peaceful separation that we both knew was right.
And even though I didn’t initiate it, I very quickly accepted it as I knew in my soul that it was long overdue.

So this is what I would do to myself:

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Allowing Sunday Slowness

I made so much music this week that I think my muse got fed up with me.

I got put in temporary music-prison.

As a result, I’m too tired to even open Ableton… let alone share a snippet of any of the 81 new song ideas I’m working on.

Today, music doesn’t want me to create it.

My voice doesn’t want me to use it.
Tutorials don’t want me to watch them.

Food doesn’t want me to make it.
And my couch doesn’t allow me to leave it.

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Another Day, Another Demo

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

Right on Andy, right on.

When several people on different occasions mention the same quote in 1 week, you know you gotta pay attention yo.

I’m gonna make even more art!

In fact, it’s my intention to finish 2 tracks a month from now on, instead of 1.

And yes, I’m saying that out loud to keep myself accountable! #eek

Check out a preview of my latest one by hitting play on the video. You can listen to the full demo here: https://soundcloud.com/anjakicken/i-feel-you-demo

Happy week ahead ❤️

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Weird Shit You Shouldn’t Be Doing When You Don’t Master The Basic Shit

I’m officially gonna stop using sounds called “Kitchen_Utensils_2718_abX.WAV” in my music.

Something weird keeps happening in the process of me analyzing music in an attempt to learn from it.

It goes something like this:

  • Yeah, that’s alright, that offbeat hat in the reference track – but I’m gonna create a much more interesting pattern. Just you wait.
  • Yeah, that’s alright, that that’s effectively 1 bass note in the reference track – but I’m gonna create at least 27. Just you wait.
  • Yeah, that’s alright, that they’re using a typical deep housey stab sound in the reference track – but me here? I’m in fact gonna create stabs with a found sound called “Kitchen_Utensils_2718_abX.WAV because well, that’s WUHAY more interesting of course 🙄.

Just you wait.

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