- Published on Monday, 10 June 2013 13:01
Get your box on, get your box on honey
Out good friends over at Sound of Copenhagen just made the most retardedly cool thing: a limited edition 10 vinyl box set with select tracks from the first ten SoC compilations.
But wait, there's more! They also included a pair of Skullcandy Navigator headphones in the package. And it's all bundled up in a nice box.
So go on and get your box on! It's a limited edition of 500 copies available from some hip stores and websites. More info at the Skullcandy website!
- Published on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 05:44
Great Giveaway Bonanza!
Yesterday, the stats on my Soundloud page cought my eye. Just crossed 30,000 plays and 900 followers!
And allthough this fact is completely arbitrary and of little relevance to anyone but me, I'm going to insist on celebrating in the customary fashion of someone celebrating this kind of achievement: By giving away free downloads of my music.
So I've just set my album From Eternity to the Next Beat to free download on Soundcloud. In case anyone actually still downloads music. Does anyone? Maybe for running or burning CD's to listen in cars. Dunno. No matter what, it's there for the taking. Enjoy!
- Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 08:22
STFU and be awesome
Sorry to break it to you, but you've been made. Scam's over.
Those ”real” DJ's who's authenticity and coolness you're trying to leach on – even they don't have it anymore. The pool has been sucked dry.
There's really nobody left to fool. Not a single person in the world still thinks wearing headphones behind a laptop, putting your hands up like an idiot with your DJ partner takes any skill or taste or talent any more. It's over.
Now fuck off to the next big thing, so real music lovers can get back to spinning great tracks.
Keep you phone in your pocket. You're taking crap photos, your videos suck, you'll never ever watch whatever you're documenting and you're missing the whole concept of "live".
Really. Not understanding "live" is a level of stupidity I had never imagined could exist.
Plus you look like a moron.
Posting an iTunes link and writing ”what do you think?” isn't "social engagement".
Use your next level creativity. Find some new and cool way to engage your fans.
Or, maybe just be honest? Keep it real? Be yourself? Stop using social media if you're too boring or too much of a dick to interact with people? Concentrate on making great music?
Just a thought.
Social Media ”Experts”
Stop telling musicians to ask their fans stupid questions to promote ”engagement”. You're missing the point, "expert".
And while you're at it, stop telling people you're a "social media expert". Tell the truth. You're a moron.
Because, by definition, anyone who claims to be an expert in the field of social media is a moron. If you don't understand why ... well, point in question.
- Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:42
Last month, I did my first live set.
It was at the legendary Copenhagen venue Huset. An event called Maskinrum - litterally machine room.
The club's focus is live electronic music. More in a listening way than a dancing way. So the set is made accordingly. Which works pretty well for the streaming part, as you (or I at least) usually want something to listen to rather than to rave to, when you're listening to a mix or whatever.
Unfortunately, the computer recording the actual live mix crashed during my set. So the first 25 minutes are so are a live re-enactment from the studio. The last 9 minutes are from the live gig though.
For the musicians and gear heads, a couple of details about my set:
I've been working on a live-set for a while. Early attempts were all about cutting up my tracks and re-assembling them using clips in Ableton Live and my Launchpad.
My only problem with this was that it felt sort of pointless. Sort of just playing your tracks as they are, only making it a bit more difficult for yourself (and a tiny bit more "live").
Since then, I got two pieces of equipment that have really helped give the set some life. My Jomox Xbase09 analog dum machine and the NI Maschine.
The Xbase is mainly for drums (of course). But actually, because it's programmable for each step, you can also make something like basslines on it.
The Machine is also mainly for drums, but also one-shot samples and synths.
This all makes the set a lot more live. Because instead of just tweaking the elements that are already in my tracks, I can partially or entirely have drums and other elements live. Melodic and evolving elements are triggered as clips in live, and I have my hands and mind free to do fun stuff with my machines.
So the setups is:
Ableton Live with clips from my tracks, triggered by Launchpad and mixed with a Behringer controller. I use eight tracks and try to keep the same elements in each track (kick, bass, snare, hats, percussion, melody, vox and atmosphere) though it doesn't always work out like that. I have one send (delay) and one effect (or effects chain) that fits the track (low-cut for kick, delay for hats, chorus for bass) on each track.
On the master, I have a couple of master-type effects. One called supa-trigga.
One track in live for Machine, which I treat as a whole sepperate machine.
And my Xbase on the side with a couple of pre-programmed patterns.
At one point, I want to hook up a synth as well. And, allthough I'm on a gear-buying break, I sort of want to buy some cool guitar pedals or other effects to hook up on the Xbase. It has three outputs (kick, snare, hats). So I could have something on each. We'll see.
Anyway. Hope you enjoy the set. And I really hope to play a lot more live soon! Feels like I've really found my niche here, and I'm mad hyped to play some more.
Next gig is July 6th at Raahuset, Copenhagen.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 07:03
Mid Week Electronics
I'm playing my first live set tommorrow!
It's at a new monthly club night called Maskinrum. That means "machine room". As you may have guessed, it's all about live electronic music. People tweaking machines.
I'm mad busy preparing my set, which will consist of me, Jomox Xbase09, Maschine, Launchpad launching clips from Ableton and a controller. I'd love to include a synth and some keys as well, but my physical desk space and USB-ports have been maxed out!
Joining me on the lineup is Aebeloe, an indcedibly productive producer, remixer and label owner from Aarhus, Denmark.
Both sets will be recorded and available for stream on the super cool headphone producers AIAIAI website. I'll post about when it's up!
Check out the event on Facebook here (Danish language).
Here's a semi-live set I played a couple of years ago: