Inspirations: Groove Salad

I’ll be honest with you: I’ve been trying to get onto Groove Salad for years. Groove Salad is the online radio station from SomaFm that focuses on downtempo music. I’ve listened to it for a long time, and I always find inspiration there. They play downtempo / ambient music, which is definitely laid back, but not so chill that it puts you to sleep. That’s because the songs are always heavily groove-oriented. Fila Brazillia, Luke Vibert, Boards Of Canada. Great music. So you can imagine I was pretty excited when Groove Salad added “The Last Resort” to rotation! I’d be listening anyway, but it’s a nice bonus that one of my songs is now included alongside artists such as Moby and St....

New Belgium Ranger IPA

I just discovered it’s American Craft Beer Week! So to celebrate (well it’s a good excuse anyway), I’ve been drinking some New Belgium – more specifically the Ranger IPA. Apparently that makes me a beer ranger. Anyway, what I like about this beer is how it combines the citrus / floral / fruity flavors of three different hops with the dark caramel of malts. The Ranger IPA is definitely my favorite of all the New Belgium beers, and I highly recommend...

Inspirations: Nightmares on Wax

The music of Nightmares on Wax is a big influence for me, and “Date with Destiny” is probably my favorite N.O.W. song. It’s great summer music, and the video illustrates that perfectly. And if you like chillout music, “Les Nuits” can’t be beat. Classic instrumental hip hop and downtempo...

The Green Jacket

This post is for aspiring music producers.  I can’t say I’m experienced enough to give a lot of advice, but I have learned a couple things.  One of them is about mastering. A couple of months ago I had the privilege of hearing Atlanta-based music producer Billy Hume talk about the ins and outs of  mixing and producing.  When asked about mastering, he said that it was (and I’m paraphrasing) a special kind of science (or magic or wizardry) that was best left to those who only do mastering.  That is, he focuses on his art – mixing and producing music – and leaves the art of mastering up to someone else. I’m sure he was being humble (just check out his resume), but it’s an interesting point.  Should you master your own music or get someone else to do it? Well Billy is more knowledgeable than I am so I trust his judgement.  But I’m a fan of getting mastering help for a couple other reasons: First, I prefer to do what I love and what I like to think I do well, which is writing and recording music.  After I mix everything down, I rely on experts to handle the mastering.  While Billy was being funny, he’s right.  It really is different from anything else you do when recording.  I don’t want to spend a lot of time learning about the complexities of mastering when I could use that time to write more songs. Second, if you’re a solo musician like me, you’d benefit from another set of ears hearing your music, and contributing some sonic support. ...
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