Promo Promo Promo (Final Major)

Today I’m really gonna push the promotional side of my release as much as I can by getting people to follow my SoundCloud, which should hopefully then direct people to my Bandcamp page.

As I know that I’ve got some awesome followers of this blog I’ll also use this as an opportunity to promote my free music.

Below is an embedded clip of the title track. I’ve posted this on Twitter and asked people to follow or share it if they like it.

I’ve also added the track to various groups on Soundcloud.

I've added other tracks to Groups before.

I’ve added other tracks to Groups before.

I’ve found that on some of my tracks this has been a really effective way to get feedback, shares and followers. It’s good because you can specifically target a group of people who all share a similar interst in music.

In the description of the track I’ve added a link to my Bandcamp profile and a little bit of information about the EP. I’ve also advertised that it is a free release as at this stage of my production career I feel its of great importance to build a following.

I’ve also just been hitting up Twitter. A form of social media that I’m not so great with. However from hash tagging I’ve gained 4 followers in the last 15 minuites. It’s a bit annoying that they havn’t followed the Soundcloud, but 4 new followers on twitter is potentially 4 more people to hear my work.

My main hope is that once the cover art is released it persuade people to listen to my tracks. I was thinking about this yesterday and realised just how effective it could be.

For example I was searching for record labels that I’m interested in on Bandcamp and found the page for Terrorythm Records.

got a few Terrorythm releases myself but saw some of their recent album artwork and realised that I was listening to the tracks that had artwork I really liked to accompany them.

I found that these 4 covers were particularly appealing.

I found that these 4 covers were particularly appealing.

I even ended up downloading one of the releases.

My EP cover isn’t as vibrant as these releases as it would not suit the vibe I’m trying to put across however I think that It’s a great photo which represents me and my music on the release.

Wordpress Followers get Rare acess to the cover art.

WordPress Followers get Rare acess to the cover art.

Hopefully people will see the cover and want to listen to the tracks.

Project Purple, Aviation. (Final Major Project)

Below is a short clip of a track I have made called ‘Aviation’. It will be the first track on my upcoming release which is currently called ‘Project Purple’ (working title)

The finnished release will be on Bandcamp and will be a journey through my musical interperation of the colour purple. The release will cover a variety of different styles and will show my experimentation with tempo’s and beat structures that I feel I have neglected in my previous works.

Below are some screen grabs of what the track looks like.

Keys, used on the piano you can hear on my track 'Aviation' The blue see-through notes have less volume that the solid colour blocks.

Keys, used on the piano you can hear on my track ‘Aviation’ The blue see-through notes have less volume that the solid colour blocks.

I've used bus compression on my Drum tracks. This gave my drums a bit more punch. You can also see the beat structure I used in one of the sections of my track.

I’ve used bus compression on my Drum tracks. This gave my drums a bit more punch.
You can also see the beat structure I used in one of the sections of my track.

A screen grab of the bass notes in scene 9 of the track.

A screen grab of the bass notes in scene 9 of the track.

… Gin & Jazz …  

Jazz Grooves, Emotional Riddim’s and Outer Space Sounds. (Final Major Project)

With my current music portfolio covering a variety of different styles, I feel like it’s time to express my self through my sound and leave university with a solid piece of work. I want to achieve this through a digital release of some I’ve been working on as well as some that I’m yet to produce. I’m not calling it an album, or an E.P. it’s just a release. It will be a release to be played in chronological order that contains a mixture of traditional sounding, Jazz influenced bar grooves, emotional riddimms and my own take on a future jazz sound.

My inspiration comes from the sounds of Joker, Bonobo, Silkie & Blockhead.

Joker.

Joker is a producer from Bristol.

Joker

Joker

Joker produces a futuristic style of dubstep and grime music which is often very heavily synth based. He is well known for being a pioneer of the ‘Purple‘ sound, which has a empahsis on bass, 80’s music jazz and hip hop.

Bonobo.

I find Bonobo’s is the perfect mixture of relaxing and stimulating. I must have listened to his albums over and over again whilst writing my dissertation.

Bonobo

Bonobo

I’d describe his music as a mixture of hip hop, chillout and garage. I could listen to his work all day, he’s a versatile producer and his music really helps me relax.

Silkie.

Silkie is a Dubstep & Grime producer from London.

Silkie

Silkie

Like Joker, his sound is classed by some as Purple. However Silkie focuses a lot more on the sound of Jazz  in his work. Silkie’s music is really important to me becuase it opened up the genre of Jazz to me and I was able to discover so many great artists through his sound.

Blockhead.

Blockhead produces Hip Hop beats.

Blockhead

Blockhead

Quiet a few of them are jazz influenced and quiet sample heavy. His album ‘Music By Cavelight’ is my favourite of his.

With my release I want to blend together all the feelings that these artists make me feel when I hear their music. All the tracks will also signify the colour purple to me. It is a little strange but I think that music does have colours and shades to it. For example when I hear arabic music I think of gold colour and orange. when I hear regggae I think of yellows and greens. The music I’m making at the moment all seems blue, pink and purple to me at the moment. Regardless of genre.

I’m aiming for the release to contain around 5 or 6 tracks. I will release it digitally on Bandcamp, most likely as a free, name your price download. My good friend and photographer George will take photos for the release cover.

I’ve finally got a solid idea of what I want to do. With my time at universtiy ending I think it’s time to leave with something that really expresses my sound.