It’s major catch up time. I’ve been incredibly busy with my 2nd last year of university and getting the official side of music production down, so it’s been crazy, but very enlightening.
To the juicy news, I’ve recently entered and won a contest hosted by one of my role models in music, Chris Glover, the guy behind Penguin Prison. Take a listen to it by clicking the title above! Chris’ an extremely humble and talented guy so it’s great to be able to make connections with him and to have an official remix of one of his tracks. At some point, the mix reached 4th place on Hype Machine which is wonderful news. Ah, before I get too far ahead of myself, it was a remix for his track, Fair Warning, released with his first Penguin Prison EP. I strongly encourage everyone to buy the EP and give it a listen, along with a collaborative track he wrote with the main producer behind RAC, André Anjos, called Hollywood released by Green Label Sound. Again, they’re all brilliant musicians and people.
Some other things updated on my SoundCloud - I’ve recently reached over 100,000 listens on my Chilly Gonzales - You Can Dance remix and 4000 followers for the profile, so I uploaded an instrumental for that mix with a free download. As well, there are some new official mixes about. One, for DJ Shadow’s - Scale It Back feat. Little Dragon, which is absolutely radical because of the simple fact that DJ Shadow rocks, and a second cheery tune for Apparat Organ Quartet’s - 123 Forever, an Icelandic group of electronic musicians.
[Not For TL:DR People - It’s Robotaki Diary Time]
These past few months of just paying attention to what I truly want has really changed my outlook on the future. I don’t strive to connect with others just for the sake of networking, or just for the sake of gawking at my idols in the industry, but to actually learn and want to be a part of that rich and cultured group of producers. It’s really brought to light what I value in a piece of music and how to produce efficiently without losing integrity. (it is, after all, more of a job now) I won’t bore you all with the inner workings of my mind, but a key question has come up time and time again, and that is “Can a piece of music legitimately be crap?” On one hand, it’s possible that the music could just be not aesthetically pleasing to a certain person, but on the other, it’s possible that the music is just lazy. The problem is, “lazy” is a tough word to use since it’s completely relative and can refer to countless aspects of music. I normally see “lazy” as a lack of deliberate effort to produce something that is different, but sometimes I feel like it’s a rather pretentious outlook. I don’t necessarily always try to be different, but just to be something of what I feel is quality. The question remains unanswered. The closest I can get to an answer, is if the music appears “mindless,” in that it was a cut and paste formula for popularity. It stems from close-mindedness, which is something that I don’t and never will tolerate. (lol, seems hypocritical when put that way)
Anyway, rant done! Enjoy the tunes guys, and stay tuned for much more - this is going to be a very, very busy and exciting summer : )