An extension of fadedoever.blogspot.com
Wed, 2013-07-03 20:01
I need to get off reddit.
Wed, 2013-07-03 13:04
While the title might convey uncertainty (as it should), this is being written to do the exact opposite: tell you what i've been doing, and more importantly, when and HOW a shitload of music is going to be released in the next few months.The music business is insane. Everyone knows this by now. Piracy and file-sharing totally destroyed the previous, money-for-songs model, and now we are here trying to pick up the pieces. Thats not to say that there isn't hope... there is still a huge music industry, its just that it operates in a much different fashion. Your number one source of funding is (assuming your not getting placements in major motion pictures) live gigs. Live gigs= DJing (for electronic music), and DJing is something i've never had to wrap my head around before. Lets not kid ourselves- there are hundreds of ways to DJ, raging from the ridiculously difficult (live remix tools, real vinyl, etc) to the mind blowing-ly easy (sync and play!) Who am I as a DJ? No idea yet, because first I had to figure out who I am as a producer.EDM has genres on genres, and sub-genres on sub-genres on more sub-genres. While this can be a lot to handle, it is extremely helpful to the producer in a marketing sense, and this is something i've never capitalized on before. By staying within a genre, you give people a chance to understand your sound and get YOU without having to do much else but play your music. Plus, every genre has a sort of already set-up identity, accepted by the DJs and fans of it.This brings me to what i'm doing next.I have around twenty five 90%+ finished tracks, ranging from complextro to love step to moombah to trap. If this were the old me, I would make a huge double album that went all over the place, and name it after my real name (Yay!).But this is the new me, that tries to make things simple for the listener. That has to be a DJ for the first time in his life (besides all the parties at luke's), and that has to become a legitamate EDM artist if I really want to make this work.So that's why I am becoming three.The first album/Ep (depending on the final track count) that I am dropping is the Puddleshkuk album. This is a name and hotmail account that i've had since 6th grade. Why Puddleshkuk? Because theres Puddle, and then theres Shkuk, and then theres what happens when the two of them come together. The album will be complextro-based (sub-genre of electro house) and will be fucking banging. We've got the artwork (ill "leak" it soon) and are shooting the newest music video for it in three weeks. (Sidenote: FUCK! I still need to write a music video! Work to do...) The first single should drop in early august, and the album should in september or october.After this! We have the love step or sexy step (as I prefer) album.Its untitled, and all I can tell you is its at moombah tempo (112), full of acapella soul samples, rnb chords, and is sexy as hell. It's somewhat Kill Paris-y, but thats just because he's the main dude (in my mind) that fks with this sound. This should be out in november-December under a different artist name.Last but not least, we have the Dubstep/Trap/Hip Hop stuff. I am grouping all of these together for this project, because while they are different, they stick to the same bpm (140, besides hip hop) and I really dont want to be more then three artists at one time.So! This is confusing, I am sure, but it won't be when its released. Everything I do will be posted through tmcroyce.com, as well as sites for the individual sounds. I will only have one twitter, one main website, one main Facebook, and then everything else flows from that.On another quick side note, music school has been awesome. Wanna be a producer? Got the dough to spend on a crapshoot career in music? You should go.Im kidding, somewhat.It is a crapshoot, but there's nothing I would rather be doing.Are you really still reading this?Fuck. Good for you!
Wed, 2013-07-03 13:04
Conan And Robert Smigel made a pilot starring Adam West in 1991.It is fucking hilarious.Check it out.
Mon, 2013-07-01 07:57
Check this out... worth taking the time.
Sat, 2013-06-22 13:19
Sat, 2013-06-22 10:04
Wed, 2013-06-19 12:14
Tue, 2013-06-18 11:54
Alright, so let me say, going into this, I wasn't going to like this album.I'm tired of Kanye. So tired of his shit.Last week's egomaniacal interview with rolling stone just helped push me closer towards giving up on Kanye forever.And then I listened to the album.Lets do this thing.With ratings.On Sight:Im not a big fan of switching from that industrial type minimalist sound to the classic Kanye Motown sample without maintaining any cohesion between the two. Really cool, well produced sounds, but can we mix the two up a bit, show us something a bit more creative? (Not to say Kanye isn't creative... that would be rediculous. Just saying, I need some cohesion.) Thats just my personal take, I prefer a complex mash (My Dark Twisted Fantasy- Like) as opposed to the minimalistic way Kanye took it, which was basically as a break. That being said, this was produced by Daft Punk, so it sounds to me like Kanye just took daft punks beat and threw an old kanye beat of the same key in the middle of it, but... That being said, song sounds cool, which is all most people care about anyway.7/10Black Skinhead:Ahhh... this song is great. Creative, and production is nuts. Leaving it at that.9/10I Am A God:Another huge 808 track... And another huge track. Production making me jealous.8.5/10New Slaves: One of the best songs on the album. Kanye lyrically does his best writing here, with an awesome beat. The artifacts in this album are what make it... the random screams, guitar licks, and sputters panning in the background around the main beat. Also the break at the end of this song is rediculously soulful.9.5/10Hold My Liquor:WHAT THE HELL.At this point im angry at how good this shit is, and how much I missed Kanye without knowing it. Coulda had chief keef do a couple retakes on that chorus... but the imperfection is what they were going for, im sure. It definitely adds to the song when you take it as him just being really fucked up. Once again the exit of this song is amazing... ahhhhh. DAMMIT I HATE TO LOVE YOU.9.5/10Im In It:Oh shit. We've gone trap, guys.Like, industrial, awesome trap.I be speakin swag-heli.8.5/10Blood On The Leaves:Ahhh... hes gone back to the auto-tune. Dammit.Then it goes into the song... and I dont understand what its about. Or anything.I dont understand this one. Sounds cool but I think too many ideas for one song.7/10Guilt Trip:Still autotune, but a really tight beat. A tight enough beat to warrant some. Ahhhh I just wish he got rid of the auto tune. Honestly, its just for effect, and it just annoys me at this point and reminds me of bad kanye. And being in college.8/10Send Up:Cool ass beat.8/10Bound 2:Once again does the switch up style-without warning thing. Sometimes it can be awesome, but like I said at the beginning, its just not my cup of tea. MIX THESE SHITS TOGETHER! Okay thats the last time I say that. Honestly, a cool ending, but not what I was expecting from Kanye (Read: 7 Minute epic)8/10Overall:This album is crazy good. It really is. Production-wise, its amazing. All of the credit can't go to Kanye, he had a plethora of amazing producers working on it. Lyrically, it sounds like Kanye, not really a departure from what we've seen in the past, and there are parts of the album where his lyrics really shine. The overall sound, though, is what we most take out of it. The huge 808s, some obvious trap influence, mixed with big distorted minimalistic industrial sounds.Is Kanye West the Music's Michael Jordan? No.Is he Steve Jobs? No.Is he a creative, talented dude that (usually) knows how to put together a great album?You betcha. (Sarah Palin voice)Kanye's socially an idiot, to say the least, but he produces great music.If anyone can find me a list of the other producers (I know there were many) that would be great, I haven't been able to find it yet.Yuh8.5/10Good ass album.
Mon, 2013-06-17 22:47
I got an email last week, saying that Megan Elizabeth and her production company had made a music video to my remix of Daft Punk's Get Lucky. Well, its awesome, i'm hoping for a part two, and its got 36,000 views in its first week! Check it out if you haven't.
Sun, 2013-06-16 18:17
Wed, 2013-06-12 12:00
Kanye did an interview with the New York Times to promote his upcoming album, and it continued a long line of the most narcissistic crazy shit we've collectively heard from someone we all (supposedly) look up to for a while. Here are a few choice selections...1. On basketball…
The next year — I was on the junior team when I was a freshman, that’s how good I was. But I wasn’t on my eighth-grade team, because some coach — some Grammy, some reviewer, some fashion person, some blah blah blah — they’re all the same as that coach.
2. On being like Mike…
You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, “This is wrong.”
3. On the Grammys…
[My Beautiful] Dark [Twisted] Fantasy and Watch the Throne: neither was nominated for Album of the Year, and I made both of those in one year. I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person.
4. On his cultural impact…
I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.
5. On being awesome…
It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.
6. On being a great artist…
I’m going to be cliché for a minute and say that great art comes from pain. But also I’d say a bigger statement than that is: Great art comes from great artists. There’s a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn’t have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio.
7. On setting trends…
Yeah, respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins. The world wins; fresh kids win; creatives win; the company wins.
8. On Steve Jobs…
I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.
Honestly, my biggest problem with it?"The Michael Jordan of music".Of MUSIC?ALL MUSIC?You have to know that your crazy to believe that. You have to. You (yup, now im speaking directly to Kanye. Cause im sure he reads this) have literally NEVER, EVER produced a great song without a sample BY YOURSELF. Your one attempt to stray from samples ( 808s and heartbreak) was, lets be honest, shit. Now its not complete shit as a no-name's album, but for the Michael Jordan of music? I don't remember Michael coming in with a 10 ppg season midway through his career, but what do I know, I was still but a young pup.And the songs on your albums that don't contain samples? All done with at least two other producers, if not completely taken from existing works of other producers (see: I Cant Stop, Flux pavillion... how does he not even get a credit on wiki for that?)Point being, Kanye, I lie to myself and tell myself that you don't believe it. Your just saying shit to be controversial. But at this point, even my self lies are starting to fade. The Hype Machine creates what it creates if you don't see it coming. And somehow you didn't see it coming, or never wanted to.You know, somewhere deep down, that in any other genre you couldn't keep up. Sure, you'd sell records. Your kanye! Hype, motherfucker! But you don't actually have the musical chops to say, make a great classical piece, or even a good one. I'd love it if you would prove me wrong. I really would. It would make me so happy to have you produce something, all on your own, all without samples, that made me think you were really the "Michael Jordan of Music".But you are more like "The Kobe Bryant of Hip Hop".A champion, for sure! And an asshole. Someone who's ego will always get in the way of not being a total prick. And when you think of him, what do you think of first? Champion or dickbag?And if you're the Kobe of Hip Hop, what would that make you for all of music? Of all time?Jarrett Jack?Ill let you decide.Just a thought.Disclaimer: No offense to Jarrett Jack. Well... some. Jarrett Jack on the Blazers fucked up more times then I have ever seen. And in the worst situations. I dont have the stats, but he has to have the most turnovers per minutes played in the last 6 minutes of games. AKA, fucks up in crunch time. I know he's doing much better now with the Warriors, but fuck. Portland Jarrett sucked.
Sat, 2013-06-08 21:27
Sat, 2013-06-08 17:34
Respek. Greatest show ever.
Sat, 2013-06-08 04:23
Thu, 2013-06-06 11:21
I was thinking about this last week while high in a dog park...