Duaniac/DjMe, better known as Duane Abner, is a Los Angeles based photographer, songwriter and music producer. I have been writing music since the age of 10, starting with the acoustic guitar given to me by my dad for my birthday.
My mother gave me a Magnus electric organ for the following birthday. This was after six months of accordian lessons at The Milton Mann Studios. I could hardly ever sleep at night for hearing the sounds of music in my head.
It wasn't long before I began composing and recording myself playing and singing into two separate "condenser-mike" tape recorders, and playing or singing back and forth between the two, recording each time. It was the only way I could hear all the parts at once and learn what music could do, nevertheless, it birthed a serious life-long-passion in me. Thanks to both of my parents for that.
From 1979-1984 I was a member of a six man, one woman RnB/Pop band called, Ziphoid. They produced all of their own demos, and were an integral part of my musical training in vocals, recording, producing, mixing,(and for some time, performing in L.A. and Vegas night clubs).
Through the band, I became associated with the great drummer, James Gadson, who taught me the importance of being "in the pocket". I learned to let the metronome become a part of my musicality. It was a lesson well learned.
Gadson also trained me in studio vocals, overdubbing, vocal harmonies and breathing excercises. He was also very key in getting me and the band ready to perform in the local clubs here in L.A..
The band's demos caught the attention of Earth, Wind & Fire's Ralph Johnson (Let's Groove Tonight), and Gloria Jones of Motown fame, and co-writer of "If I Were Your Woman". They co produced the band on several polished tracks.
After a few stops and starts, the band members went their own separate ways. Still, I found myself continuing to write music, as well as learn about analog multi-track & digital recording techniques, playing keyboards and programming drums & percussion.
I love music period. In multiple genres. I'm an avid FILM buff and a big fan of old & new media technology. I have an affinity for 1920s thru 1990s American music. Like the kind found in Hollywood movies of the time. Many of those rhythms are from Jazz/Blues/RnB origins.
Duaniac/DjMe enjoys revisiting classic sounds and "eras of sound". Particularly the jazzy mute trumpet of the 1930s, classic soul 70s strings, 80s and 90s synth and bass fx and the whole gamut of drums and percussion.
These are largely instrumental tracks, and are tributes to what Duaniac/DjMe has absorbed from watching movies, listening to music (since 1965 when I was four years old) and from working with some amazing & inspiring musicians, vocalists and songwriters.
Stay tuned for the debut of "The Vocal Sessions" versions of many of the songs you hear on this page.
Enjoy the music, feel free to follow me, comment or leave me a message here, or at (email@example.com) All the best to you Artists out there (keep doing your dream). Don't forget your "daydreams". AND, To all you wonderful Listeners out there, I thank you very much for embracing my music so well.
Peace&Creativity/ -dea 7/20/12
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