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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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Happy Aging Everybody!

I’m turning 33 today and here’s why that makes me grateful AF.

When you grow older
You become so much more you
It’s so much easier to hear
The voice inside your head
The one that is yours
And not theirs

When you grow older
You care so much less about what people think
You don’t wonder half as much if they like you
Because instead, you ask
“Do I even like them?”

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I Wanna Be A Producer When I Grow Up


What about you?

When I started my Facebook Page I called myself a “songwriter” because that term describes best where I feel I’m at in my musical journey.

A vocalist & songwriter who is learning how to write better songs as well as how to produce said songs.

But, for the coming year, my goal is to get to a level where I feel good about actually calling myself a PRODUCER (eek!).

Now you could say that anyone that dabbles in Ableton or any other DAW could call themselves a producer in theory, so this is more about a certain quality I want to work towards.

As much as it’s not my aim to become a “sound designer” or “mix engineer” I do want to get a level where I can arrange complete tracks that have a sick groove, great sound choices, an arrangement that is interesting from A to Z and soulful sexy vocals that make it pop.

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When You’re Learning New Things

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
Actually, you haven’t yet learned anything at all

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
You have to start over
Completely from scratch

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
All the things you thought you had already figured out
You actually maybe still hadn’t

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Getting My Feet Wet

What is your favorite deep groove house tune since like forever?

This week I’m continuing on my journey of practicing groove, deconstructing beats and basslines and resisting the INTENSE urge to add 72189 melodic and harmonic ideas before I nail the foundation of the GROOVE.

It’s hard, yo.

When I was studying at the Pop department at the Conservatory, we all resistantly admitted that some of the best Pop songs truly have only 4 chords. NOW I have to accept the fact that a lot of the house tunes I TRULY love have even less. Sometimes it’s just 1, or 2 when I’m lucky 😱.

FFS! How to deal? It can’t be that easy now, can it? Wasn’t making music supposed to be hard?

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