Hello fans! I have some very exciting news for you all! For several years, I have wanted to release a Christmas album as a standalone EP. It’s no mistake that I include a Christmas song with every EP I release and so I have a few. I have also enjoyed taking a classic song and re-imagining it in electronic music as I feel it is both artistic and historic at the same time. Finally, after years of talking about it, it’s finally going to happen!
The album is as yet untitled but the working title is “TechXmas” since it is a Techno/EDM approach to Christmas but I felt that EDMXmas was somewhat clunky and also limiting. The final title will hopefully be decided soon. However, I do have a working set list. for you to look at!
- Carol of the Bells
- Joyous World (Joy to the World)
- Space Jingle (Jingle Bells)
- Tacet Nox (Silent Night)
- Angelus Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High)
- Hark Angelus (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)
- Decorum Nativitatis (Deck the Halls)
I hope to pull the original masters from Carol of the Bells, Joyous World, and Space Jingle and do some remastering so they are even more clear and natural, we’ll see how that goes.
In the meantime, feel free to check out the Soundcloud links below to hear what I have already created!
I have some great news! I have officially dropped “DJ6i – Solar Wind”, the fifth track from my upcoming Expanse EP.
I was working on a song in a similar vein to Street Fire but realized that I was ‘forcing’ a track rather than letting it come naturally. This has never been my style and has never worked well. Luckily I changed my own mind and allowed myself some creative liberty. I took the rather common speed for this album – 145bpm and started to play with some melodies that I had brought up in my mind. I wanted something that would run smoothly on top of arpeggios but carry a rolling bass line.
Over the next few days, the track began to take shape and I liked the energy. However, in a very different path than I normally take, I made a decision to do something altogether different – use voices! I know! I have had a longstanding rule to never use voice effects or anything like singing in my music. However, when I was layering the first cut of the melody, I decided that a cut-up-vox like I hear in many VIP mixes and such added a nice layer of ethereal presence that the track needed. I once again played with the Logic Pro X “drummer” tracks but used a considerable number of tweaks to give the drummer more ‘swing’ and uniqueness. In the end, it turned out quite well.
So what is the meaning of this track? Well, as you know, this EP has been my attempts to stretch myself more as an artist rather than lock myself into a pattern of styles. Hence, this album covers an Expanse of styles and influences drawn from many places. Well, I have been drawn out of my home in Oklahoma and starting my family’s life anew in Kansas City. The more time I spend here, the more I realize that this is where I was meant to be despite my constant opposition to change. Well, the solar winds are the force from the sun that ejects positively charged particles into the galaxy that will strike all planets in the galaxy, charging them with the particles that sustain life. So life is throwing me into new places and new situations but with a positive charge that sometimes only makes sense after the change occurred.
I hope you enjoy this! Since I have decided to remove Boom Room from my tracks, this will be the fifth track. That means that I only need two more tracks to finish off this EP. Who knows what this new world I live in will send my way. Stay tuned!
Hello fans! I am excited to announce the release of the fifth song from my upcoming EP, Expanse. I call this new song “Street Fire” and it’s dedicated to the people in my new city (see the post about Relocation if you aren’t sure what I mean). But the true motivation is something very cool and deserves to be told.
If you do not know, I am a Christian and I am not afraid to admit it. One of the things I have always enjoyed is seeing the different ways that God can use my skills. I’ve never written a song for God, nothing could speak to him. But, this is close. You see, my family and I agreed to work with a great mission called “Freedom Fire” and they do some great outreach things in the Kansas City area. One of them is a Friday Night celebration where they invite almost 100 kids from an impoverished, inner-city apartment complex to a night of fun with face painting, sports, food, etc. I had the honor of volunteering at this event with my wife and kids. I was amazed at the positivity of the kids even though I saw the very dangerous and scary world they lived in. It reminded me that you can find a fire in people off the streets that burns brighter than many churches.
As a result, I combined hip hop elements, beats, trap and techno elements to this track. I actually wrote the beat the day after I saw the kids and I could just imagine them dancing to it. This is a track unlike any other track that I have made and it has a great mission! Check it out!
I think it’s safe to say that my decision to modify my style has paid off in massive dividends. I am happy to release my second track on my techno themed album. This is a sweet and calming track with some amazing melodies. I think the chorus of this song is probably the most amazing one I have ever made. It brought me to tears and I am not even lying.
I hope you enjoy… Take Flight.
Have I got a surprise for you! Check out a new song that I just dropped tonight! Wow… I can’t tell you how proud I am of this song!
This is celebrating a different sound… I am going straight up techno with this one and I am not apologizing for it. I also broke my normal tradition of using single word song names…
DJ6i – Distant Voice ©2017
I just recently reviewed my accounting data for sales through my distributor. Honestly, it was sometimes painful to look at it because so little changed but I finally decided to go look at it. My look revealed some interesting facts.
- Even after being a published artist for over 6 years, I still haven’t even made more than $50 total for my music. Clearly I am not a rock star! Good thing I had the brains to realize that.
- My most popular song, bar none, appears to be “Cannonball” which is interesting but somewhat expected. It has over 200 unique plays.
- Of the big players, my music appears to be most popular on Spotify since that is where a majority of my plays appear to be from. Unfortunately, it also offers the least amount of money per stream.
- Most of my listeners appear to be from North America as most of my plays are from the USA and Canada. However, I actually have about 10 different plays from Indonesia. I have no idea how I became popular out there but that works for me. Another distant listener appears to be from Thailand (which may or may not be the Thai exchange student we’ll be hosting in a few months).
- Most of all… my music simply does not interest the majority of the world. I was somewhat aware of this fact but it hurts to see it in print.
That’s all for now! I promise that although I am somewhat sad that my music is not getting much attention, I am not depressed about it, I just wish things were different.