Hello fans! I told you that I was still working on stuff but hadn’t released it yet! Well guess what? You are in luck! I have just released my Christmas 2014 song. I made a decision when I was just starting out as a musician that I would attempt to release one Christmas song each year and with the exception of one or two years, I have kept that promise.
This year I was trying to think of all of the different Christmas carols I wanted to do and which one I felt like doing the most. I finally decided to go with one of the most well known carols in the world – Jingle Bells. However, the song (even with verses) can sound very repetitive and would have bored people to tears pretty soon so I wanted to try and think of a way that I could easily liven it up so it wouldn’t be too simple and repetitive without taking away the simple charm. I finally decided I would do it in space! What would Jingle Bells sound like in space?
Without missing a moment I dug into the public domain bin and found the public domain version of the song and off I went. I even came up with a pretty silly story behind it involving a robot hearing the melody, downloading it, playing it for his crew and then sending it back out to space after they all join in. I guess that is what happens when you watch a lot of Doctor Who!
So far my kiddos sure do love singing this song and I have been told by my other fans that their kids started dancing and singing to it as soon as it came on. I guess that means I am doing it right. With that being the case, please enjoy “Space Jingle”:
Hey everybody! I mentioned this in a previous post but now I have an official URL. Thanks to my friends at OliverDomain.com, the DJ6i YouTube channel now has two more videos. One for the title track on the Currents EP and for Windrider. The staff there were kind enough to take a break from their Kinder Playtime channel to create these two great videos! I encourage you all to go check these out and don’t forget that you can pick up your copy of the Currents EP at most major music sites!
I have terrific news! The Currents EP is finally complete! It’s only been 6 months of work but it feels like years. I hope that you all will enjoy listening to it as much as I have enjoyed making this album. I would have to say that the title track, “Currents”, is one of the most crowdsourced tracks I have ever made. I sought the feedback from many friends with a wide variety of tastes and even had help from my beloved wife while it was being made. It may be my second EP but I am certain it is the first one that will get the attention of the general public.
At this time, the tracks have been submitted to my distributor and will be released to the various musical outlets starting as early as June 30th. It may take a few more weeks depending on the vendor (iTunes, for instance, takes a few weeks). Whatever the case may be, I will make sure that you guys get word as soon as that happens. I appreciate everyone’s support in this time.
As I was finishing this album and pondering over the process, I realized how deeply personal this album is to me. This is the first album I have created since I lost my father in 2013. This is the first album I have created since my family grew to three and soon five children. I could go on and on about this. But as I pondered it, I came up with a quote that summarizes what this album means to me. “Life is full of currents, what is important is where you let them take you.”
Take Care and God Bless!
Thanks to an amazing hint from my original mentor, David Campos, I was able to figure out how to give my songs more volume kick without killing the dBs. It’s amazing what a few minor changes to the studio config can do to make songs really stand out! I am in the process of remastering my Currents EP to give them the extra kick. I will post the updated songs to SoundCloud later on. DJ6i out!
After some downtime and DJ6i finishing his Master’s classes, he finally got around to finishing the 4th track from the Currents EP. The fourth track is called “Frostfall” and is a song mixing dubstep elements with drum ‘n’ bass and tied together with DJ6i’s signature sound. The story behind this song is actually twofold. When DJ6i started creating this song, Oklahoma (and the entire Midwest for that matter) was facing a record low temperature for the winter and record amounts of ice and snow. This freezing weather inspired the creation of a new song and inspired the creation of a new story character who generated ice from within his body. These two elements together brought about the creation of Frostfall. Enjoy this track and let the DJ know what you think!