January 8, 2014
While there are a few piece of DJ gear that are responsible for shifting the entire way we look at DJing and music production – there are only a few pieces of gear that are basically responsible for starting people’s careers. The Novation Launchpad is one of those devices. A couple of years back, a young producer by the name of Madeon showed off what he was capable of when he spliced hundreds of songs into a single pop song using the first person view camera. The best part about this story is that Madeon was never a celebrity to begin with. He was just a kid who took some gear and made it work to his liking.
Today, there are only a handful of producers out there who have the skills to create basically the same thing. The hats off really goes to Novation, for creating a piece of …
July 3, 2013
A working DJ puts in much more time that you actually know. When they show up at the club, the house party, or at their gig – they have already put hundreds of hours in preparation for a simple routine that might only last the night. They get paid to bring their skills, and of course their gear, which has also cost them a hefty initial investment. After all of this work, they may not even be getting paid enough to make up for the time invested. It is tough to make a living as a working DJ. There are also other producers and DJs who would rather spend their time battling others, rather than just to just entertain audiences.
There is little money in this endeavor and a lot of time that needs to be invested to make it work, but the payoff can be even greater (it’s just …
August 8, 2012
When reporting on EDM festivals previously I have taken the perspective of a rock fan at an electronic music show. While it would be enjoyable to write here about Identity Festival the same way I wrote about Ultra, it seems the blog I wrote from that perspective has been imitated by others reporting on the festival. While I will take that as flattery, it seems redundant at this point to take an outsider’s perspective. In fact I have been immersed in the EDM sound for over a year now (a little late to the party I know) as well as the production it takes to craft a festival worthy track (only witnessed and not a party to). With a better understanding of the music, sub genre after sub genre, and the supporters of the EDM scene, it seems more appropriate to give you all a review of the festival …
June 18, 2012
It is probably a funny word choice that keeps the recording field intimidating to the casual observer, or the hopeful novice; but the act of building songs in the world of sequencers and synthesizers has long been stored under the catch all term of “programming.” The word probably becomes more accurate or inaccurate depending on how one chooses to equip one’s studio. The controllerists can easily imagine themselves as device wrangling borgs from outer space as they tie feature after feature to conveniently placed knobs and indulge in wild bursts of inspired creativity after a hard day of device building. On the other hand, the guy sitting with an acoustic guitar and a microphone probably looks at what they do as simply recording.
Programming has always been what I called it, but I also started at a time when a hardware sequencer was tied to hardware synths, drum machines and …