Two Month Update..
So it’s been two months since I started, and now I decided to start this blog I figured it’s as good a place as any to kick things off with where I stand at the moment and what’s happened. So.. here we go, and in no particular order:
- I’ve probably spent over 200 hours (maybe exaggerated) learning and applying music production.
- I’ve been trying different styles of EDM. French House, Progressive House seem to be my main strengths (plus my main most listened to genres anyway)
- I’ve produced 14 tracks and demos so far with the aim of trying different styles and applying new skills.
- I’ve uploaded these tracks to Soundcloud, which you can check out here at http://www.soundcloud.com/majkeys
- I finally joined twitter (as a friend advised me too) and through that i’ve got talking to some awesome guys from the states. Josh Wren and Jeremy Rhodes from Indianapolis, collectivley known as PoundPoundPound (aka: ###). They’ve just been signed recently to Black Static Records and are repping the Moombahton Movement. It’s some good stuff.
- I’ve had a reply from Deadmau5 on twitter.. it was regarding weight training. He said he’s been feeling pretty shitty with his health and I related to that so got in touch. I went through the same shit with my Chron’s Disease but it ain’t all bad. You just gotta dig deep.
- I’ve learned a crap ton of music production and my latest ‘homework’ is learning the tricks of Drum Bussing and Bass Layering.. so hopefully my productions should noticeably go up a significant notch by my next ‘release’ :)
I’ve got a lot of demo’s and experiments on my sound cloud account at the moment but currently i’m most proud of ‘Homework" "Clubtronic" and "Riptides”
Riptides was my first attempt at a solid progressive house track but along the way it turned into more progressive chill out, which I won’t complain about. I usually play it on sunday mornings along with a Cafe del Mar playlist.
Homework was my first attempt at French House and of course a nod to Daft Punk and Justice. I’ve got a lot of love for the French House (Nu-Disco) genre.
Clubtronic is another French House production that I tried to do something a little more with after listening to how the pro’s are doing it. All three of these tracks have been getting big listens, which is pretty cool.
It’s also nice to be taking this journey with Josh and Jeremy, we’re jumping back and forth with ideas and sharing knowledge and the passion for music and production which is pretty fucking awesome.
I’ll leave it there for now and get stuck into the books, and hopefully my production level is gonna skyrocket pretty soon! #winning
Go Hard, or GO HOME!
So here we are.. every story starts somewhere.. right?
Firstly, hey there! I thought i’d introduce myself instead of suddenly exploding into a brain dump of monologue. The ice breaker, as customary..
I go by the name of Major Keys, and as of January 2012.. I started making music. It happened by accident but in a roundabout way it was a happy accident. You see, I had no intentions of making music (aside from a little in University) and had set my sights on a career in the games industry.
I’ve been through a lot, depression, mourning you name it, i’ve been there and have a few stories but that’s not something i’m willing to share with the world. You keep some stuff private. But what I am willing to share is my newfound passion for music production and my journey.
I started in January 2012 as something to do in a week my father suffered a brain hemmorage, and to be honest it saved me from going postal. Thankfully like some kind of Supersolider he not only survived something that statistically would kill 9/10 people. He’s walking away from it with no lasting effects. Which is… pretty fucking Awesome in anyones book.
But that week, watching your father laying in a bed in ER hooked up with more cable and tubes then the internet.. it was hell. I couldn’t sleep or focus on anything, but I needed something to keep me somewhat sane.
I started music, and as we all know.. Music is some powerful shit. Since that week i’ve spent every night after work and 99% of my free time learning, making and sharing. I mean, two months ago I had no idea what side-chain compression, drum bussing and saw-wave even mean’t. Let alone being able to apply them into something people are actually starting to like. I’ve found there’s no greater feeling then someone telling you “Oh man.. this is awesome, you’re showing real improvement”.
I’m staying grounded though, I know i’m not yet (I say yet for a reason) at the levels of production as say, Deadmau5 or Kavinsky. But that’s where i’m aiming for. No point in trying anything if your not going to give it 110%.. Right? ;)
I’ve got some fucking awesome Family and Friends behind me too, so let’s get stuck in and see where this shit takes me.. and hopefully along the way.. some pretty epic tracks to show for it!
GOING LOUD BABY!