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. Germain.

New Belgium Ranger IPA

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 it.

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 music.

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.

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New album

Zane Tate: Down to Dusk: Rural Sounds, Vol. 2


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