akaimpclive2 wrote:NearTao Your music is weird, but in a very positive way (sorry if I don't choose my words very carefully, but I'm not an English speaker). Your music is sometimes WTF (which is completely not my vibe, because it's too "twisted") and sometimes jaw on the ground and "how did he do it, it's so unusual, but I want to hear it again"? I like experiments and unobvious cutting of samples, but your level is definitely much, much higher. Still a long way ahead of me.
Hah man... you gave me a good chuckle. I spent years trying to perfect "the sound" for various genres of music (DnB, Hip Hop, Dance, Ambient). I was trying to see if I could cut it professionally... ended up making tracks for a few video games, and had a group of friends that I'd produce tracks, bumpers, and stuff for them (and myself) to DJ. Used to hit a few venues semi-regularly, played some small sized shows (like 100-200), would take parties, basically meeting people, getting free drinks, and having fun. I had a lot of the right connections, but I also had a perfectly good, well paying job... and the two lifestyles weren't really compatible... running hard in the music scene and trying to hold a 9-5 job is very very hard. Plus I didn't enjoy the hustle... you'd see people who were (in my mind at least) not musically talented... but could hype up ice to a penguin.
Anyways... when I dug deep it became clear I'm doing all this music stuff for me. I don't mind researching and learning from formulas, but I'd much rather be having fun and doing something different. I don't need to make money on any of this stuff, and as a result I haven't felt the need to be consistent to build an audience. If it sounds like WTF or IDGAF, well... it frequently is to some extent.
For example on this track I just used the transient chop and didn't bother worrying if the chops were perfect... I knew I could just use the pieces that sounded good, and I just hunted for things that felt like they would work well or sound interesting together. As a result, it sounds kind of broken, weird, and I intentionally went for a weird, strung out kind of sound. I could certainly have done more to perfect it... but it also kind of works for what it is.
Anyways, stay cool, keep making music, and if it sounds good it is good.