I finally got around to working with other people on music; spent most of tonight with two friends (one plays guitar, the other plays bass) working on a few skeletal ideas for tracks. I was afraid to work with others on music for the longest time since I truly don’t have too much music theory knowledge at all, but it turns out as long as you have a feel for music and can articulate where you want the direction of things to go, you can get good chemistry going. I also learned that most other people have very limited amounts of theory knowledge as well, and it is a lot more comforting when you all are in the same boat trying to figure things out.
Getting to work with others really invigorated my desire to work on music again, and I hope to finish these tracks with my friends soon.
this is a beat i made like 5 or 6 months ago, which I intended to use for some goofy rapping caricature named KING LEO I imagined up. I never really ended up rapping over it, I just had fun making up this bizarre cartoonish character who was a complete goon that kept fucking up his lines and all his producers (he has like 12 of them, hence the weird production credits) are fuck ups as well that keep switching the beat on him or messing with it as it is still playing (hence the sudden explosion/interruption before the 2nd half of it). the whole running gag would be him berating his producers thru out a whole record. i only made one or two beats for it, and i figured i would share one that has been sitting on my laptop harddrive for ages now that I’m never going to do anything with.
long story short, I’m a strange man.
Sathima Bea Benjamin - Solitude
relate very strongly to this, reminds me of when i was at the peak of my depression. very minimally arranged, which really accentuates the lyrics. i’m glad and grateful things have gotten better over the years even though I still fight off depression from month to month. everything is always looking up, even if its slow at times.
Philly Devotions - Hurt So Bad (Dimitri From Paris Super Disco Blend)
An old Philly disco staple remixed by Dimitri From Paris to be a much longer dance floor demolisher, I’ve been listening to this one pretty endlessly recently. I miss the super high register soul vocals that used to be really prevalent in dance music.
Someone handed me a $20 at work with this reminder on it. I wonder if the original owner failed their own test or not
The Family Circle - Change
really beautiful track
i feel that the more i acquire wisdom, the less i have to say.. many times i feel people speak just as a compulsion to have words jettison from their mouth. we all need to implement some sort of thought filtering process.
Norman Giscombe, Jr. - Get Up & Dance
My music listening habits have pretty much come down to listening to old dance music singles on youtube for the past month.
This is one of the most killer guitar lines I’ve heard in an old dance track in quite awhile. Has a very Nile Rodgers feel to it.
Another interesting thing I have noticed is whenever I do get comments or emails or something about my music, it is usually from europeans who throw in the “GREETINGS FROM FRANCE/ITALY/POLAND/ETC!!!” which i always find really endearing and cool. Although, I think my project’s name has a lot to do with the polish/russian/ukraine folks I tend to see listening to it, which is pretty interesting to pick up on as well.
I should probably post more text posts on this blog, I know a bunch of people care about me and what I have been up to, and it feels bad to not give them updates on how things are going. The truth is, I have only worked on one song, that I have barely edited, in the past three months. I just have prolonged droughts of creative desire, and I feel like I really have to kick my ass into gear to keep practicing and creating to keep up the routine. Laziness of habit is one of the worse vices. The urge keeps rising, though, so we will see how I fare creatively in the coming month or two.
I get random new followers on my soundcloud page from time to time, and I am never quite sure how they find my music since I rarely if ever tag anything on there these days. I never understood the people who also one off love one of your tracks but never end up following you.