I have always been interested in music. From a very young age I have played all sorts of instruments and have been in a choir of one sort or another from when I was 8 years old. I have also been very fortunate to have a dad who likes his music (not quite disco but still music), so I have been brought up knowing about Hi-Fi etc. From there on in I have done a lot of music related hobbies, I have done sound for many musicals etc at the local theatre and have always kept up choir, as well frankly listening to music a lot; iPod, speakers, live, anything really.
And that’s were I started ‘producing’, or to begin with just playing with music. I started DJing when I was 17 (2010 roughly) , starting out at first with only Virtual DJ and a mouse (yes, lots of pre-recording and simple mixes) and then got round to buying off a friend a set of Numark MixTrack Pro decks. The phrase is cheap and cheerful, but they did me well if only for a few glitches which I like to think means only I knew how to use them! I then started using Cubase because of the mixing and recording difficulties to make mixes (very un-pc, but budget required). These started getting more complicated and mashups started to be made, I only made a few before I got into making my own music, but I loved doing them.
I have moved on from there and now produce my very own (mostly using Propellerhead’s Reason), this is what I enjoy the most. I prefer to start with a blank canvas and experiment rather than being tied down by whatever you are working with. I have done a few remixes and collaborations though and I hope to do many more, I have found that actually you can improve your originals hugely by not only listening but working with what other people have done. Also the power of a well known vocal is huge, so a remix of these sorts of songs is a very useful thing to have in you playlist.
Of course producing isn’t simple and I’m having to learn that intros and outros don’t come cheap, and that big drop isn’t as simple as you first thought. But I’m having fun and frankly thats my objective, I’m not out to be a pop star. I’m also set myself an aim of going about it the long way; trying not to use so many pre-made patches or samples. Therefor I expect it is going to take me a lot longer to get up to the standard that makes my music sound ‘professional’, but hopefully once I am there I will have something different and unique… fingers crossed.
Thankyou to Harry Richmond for all DJ^2 artwork and for building Archimedes