Mid-November Update

Hey friends,

Winter is coming. But so is sweater season, an excuse to grow my beard and reasons to stay indoors and write music. Admittedly, I have been delinquent with updating this blog of late. I’ve been stupidly busy between work and school. But I only have one more month of school until I’m done… where did the time go?

Musically lately, I’ve been refining my process, thanks to the course I’m taking at Berklee Online. My instructor Loudon Sterns is showing me the way to enlightened electronic music crafting. I’m just a young padawan still, but soon I may become a Jedi Knight.  The last project I did for school was a Trance song I call COCO.

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This week is just a light automation project before diving into House for three weeks and finishing on French House / Electro, which I’m really excited for.

My drummer Andrew and I went over some Poly Gecko songs both released and unreleased last week and it’s slowly coming together. It’ll still be a few months before we’re able to play live, but I’m beyond words for how excited I am to be moving in that direction finally. Andrew is such a talented dude and it’s gonna be super fun sharing a stage with him.

James and I are nearly done with Immigrant Song. It’s all recorded now, I just need to put on my mixing hat and make it sound pretty for you guys. You’ll hear it before the end of the year. Speaking of 2016, I decided to stop drinking until such time. Once and a while I need to prove to myself that I don’t need liquor to have a good time. I’m about three weeks without it now and I feel much more productive and energetic, but maybe that’s just placebo. Either way, I’ll revisit my friend Whiskey in the new year. Until then, not a drop shall enter me.

Things I’m hooked on right now:

  1. Play With Me! Collection by Matador. I can’t even remember who told me about Matador, but I’m glad they did because he’s dope. Continuous mixes are growing on me – Andrew Bayer did it so well on their latest release – and Matador is no exception. All the songs off this album are great but the 53:00 continuous mix is where it’s at. The songs are even better when running into each other. My favourite cut off the album has to be Bsunday. It’s kinda repetitive, but #DatBass
  2. Evergreen by Broods. I live and breathe Lorde and when I discovered this act, also from New Zealand and produced by Joel Little, I had to check them out. I listened to their EP, titled Broods EP for a long time before scoring this full-length album and it’s so good front-to-back. Right off the bat you’re hit with Mother & Father, and forever attached with Bridges and L.A.F. It’s a super fun album with really great textures and dynamics.
  3. Good For You by Selena Gomez. I don’t even care what you say, this song is catchy.  As much as I might like to, I can’t stop jamming this tune. It kinda reminds me of Royals how it;s mostly that same groove the whole way and it doesn’t have some big explosive chorus, it’s just chill and sexy and I love it.

 

Stay friendly,

Ryan