I hope you've had a lovely past week
I thought today I would share one of my first ever creations that I released into the public-o-sphere, a track titled "A-Quest".
What started out as initially wanting to pay tribute to one of the greatest musicians to ever live (imo) "Phife Dawg" from A Tribe called quest, actually threw my entire life onto the path where I am today. It was after making this track that after showing to a few people said that I should not only take my productions more seriously, but that I should also "do music more seriously".
So I posted it on soundcloud, put it on reddit asking for feedback etc and eventually someone ended up asking whether they could play it on their online radio show.
I was barely 18, just released a track and someone asked to play it already so you imagine how much I YES'd the YES out of that request.
Now whilst I doubt I would get the sample clearance required to put it on say something like Spotify or Apple Music, I do occasionally come back to it to listen to it as a little "sonic-signpost" in time, like "damn I used to make it like this?" or in reality, "How tf did I ever let this leave ableton with the mids like that" 😭. I joke because I still do really like the sample and was quite pleased with myself when I found out that no-one up until that point had flipped it like that.
Quite mental to think where the music is going now and I know for 100% certain that past me would never of believed that he would of been playing in an actual nightclub that next year 😍.
That sample you hear throughout is actually a bit of a hidden gem of ATCQ's called "I Like it Like that" which you can check out here!
Let me know what you think, its definitely a bit rough around the edges but I feel like its got that 2016-lofi-house-craze vibe that everyone in the scene found themselves going through a while back. I'm sad that wave rose and the water rescinded but I am glad it happened because there are numerous DJ's, songs and even non-electronic artists that would not be as prevelant or popular if it didn't happen.
(thank god for algorithm's occasionally being in our favour like in this case, that's actually a whole story in of itself....hmm)
I just realised that the track is actually available for free download over on soundcloud for anyone who wants the HQ too!
Last week I asked the question, "Who are your teachers" and decided to throw in a prize for those that also shared a few of their inspirations - then realised that I had never actually labelled it as an actual competition-type-thing so for the next one I'm gonna make sure that I properly say it is 😭.
Thank you to @nathanmars for the retweet over on the twitter too, I'm upping the anti with these contests next week so any help and support is beautiful to me.
I am super happy to say that @quinnertronics gets the five HIVE prize for saying who inspires her as a creative, and ended up sharing this very cool Canadian artist called KID KOALA who really is out here just doing his own thing: and winning at it too.
You can check out some his work b e l o w
The brilliant @grizzle wrote a beautiful piece which you can read here on who his teachers were, including some brilliantly diverse names like Steve Reich, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Aphex Twin **(one of my all time favourite artists too, and a massive massive inspiration for my own productions too) so I couldn't not also send another 5 HIVE his way too for such a brilliant breakdown :)
Keep ya eyes peeled for the next one
Biggest of love to the whole community, and hope everyone is as safe and healthy as can be!