Drum & bass DJ / producer from London.
Add me on Mixcloud to hear my DJ mixes: http://www.mixcloud.com/Mainline/
This perfectly describes how i feel about the way i make music:
“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through”
- Ira Glass, radio host / producer.
After almost 23 years of literally living & breathing music, i finally decided to start producing in July 2010 and it's absolutely the best decision i've ever made. My main focus is drum & bass, as it's the one music genre that i truly believe hasnt faltered in originality & quality since the 1990's. I have a lot of love for "old school" sounds and tracks, whether they are house, techno, trance or jungle productions from the 90's, pop / rock music from the 80's or funk, soul & disco records from the 60's & 70's. It's from that love for music that i discovered sampling and it's something that i enjoy doing with the majority of my tracks, even if it's just as a reference to those good old days.
I have an extremely simple & small set-up: Logic Pro X running on a 13'' MacBook Pro, a 40" Samsung LCD TV which i use as a monitor, a Korg Microkey (which will soon be updated to a Virus TI Polar) and two KRK Rokit RP6 G2's. I intend to build a complete home studio, but that wont be for a while yet. All of my tracks are unmastered, but i'm learning more & more about that whole process with every tune i make. The environment i'm in isnt exactly sonically ideal to professionally master a track, so i just hope that the intention i have for each track comes through, regardless of the quality of sound. I never studied music and i've never been anywhere with the words "University", "Music" or "Performing Arts" in the title. I simply spent my entire life (from the age of 7) fascinated by, studying and collecting dance music, and then decided that i wanted to be an active part of that world, however small or large that part may turn out to be.
My main limitation at the moment is not having a dedicated vocalist to work with, as i would like to focus on "original" productions a lot more, but that requires a more professional set-up and an actual vocalist that i can work with as & when i need to!