It has been a few weeks since I have made any updates and so I feel it’s time to explain where I have been. It turns out that on Feb. 15 my family added a new member, our newborn baby boy. Since those days, my life has revolved around this child and keeping the bill money coming in and I have had little time to work on production. This is likely the way that things will be for at least another month or two because I normally work on my music at night when the rest of my family is asleep but for any of you that have a newborn, you know that there is no such thing as sleep for a while.
On the other side of this coin, I am trying to get more practice in on my musical instruments. I have been teaching myself more things on the guitar since it was my first love and I am teaching myself more musical styles on the piano so that I can produce even more great melodies. The down side is that these things take a lot of time and while I have my newborn still not sleeping through the night and the need to watch him for a few hours so my lovely wife can actually get some uninterrupted sleep… time is not exactly something I have a whole lot of currently.
But while you wait, there are a few things you guys can look forward to when I fully resume operations. First of all, I am almost done re-recording AngelSpun in Logic. If you have been following my production line, you will see that I created AngelSpun in LMMS and although it is a quality recording, it lacks the polished mixing that I only learned in Logic Pro. At the time I paused production, I was about 90% through the remastering. You can look forward to hearing AngelSpun like you have never heard it before.
Also, after a long amount of consideration, I have decided to drop DarkMind from my current song list. The song is certainly interesting but the quality of the production was very low and although I have tried to clean it up I simply can’t get it to sound as clean as I would like. Because of this, I am going to completely re-write the song in Logic and see if I can capture the same heavy sound without sacrificing quality. That being said, if you decide to download my EP when it comes out on iTunes or Amazon, you will not find that particular song on there. It will still be available on SoundCloud but only for listening, not for downloading.
It’s been an interesting few weeks! As of one week ago, I now have a newborn baby boy in my family and have been focusing my attention on family related matters while occasionally trying out a few things in the studio but have yet to be inspired for a new work… or perhaps I am simply too tired. 🙂
Either way, this is some exciting news! Thanks to my partnership with CDBaby you will soon be able to download DJ6i songs through iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody and more! Unlike the majority of artists selling their songs for approx. 99 cents, I am actually selling mine for less than that. I am not producing music just to make money, I want my music to reach people and inspire people. The only reason I am even asking for money in the first place is so that I can help buffer the costs associated with making my music available via these retailers.
I promise that I will make an official post when I receive word that the files are available in those sources. As for new music? Well, that’s basically a matter of time and inspiration. I won’t write something unless I want it to be good and inspired. If you would like, you can make suggestions for a type of song and I will see what I can do, I always like a challenge!
I have been jamming with my friend Jim in our project, “No Money Down” this past weekend. We laid down two good jam tracks that you can now listen to on the “Associated Acts” page. It might actually be fun for some folks to hear some good ol’ electric guitar now and then on a site where I mostly display Electronica music. There is more to 6i Productions than just DJ6i after all!
It’s amazing how far I have come in the past few months both with production ability and general popularity in my small corner of the world. I want to thank you for visiting my site and for your interest in my music. At this point, I am focusing my attention on promotion so that I can reach a larger user base. If you are one of my friends or listeners, then please check out the following ways you can help promote me!
1.) YouTube – I have a YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/6iprod where I am slowly posting my music as videos with basically my logo as the background and the song that is being played listed on the screen. Subscribe to my channel, add your favorite DJ6i song as a Favorite on your YouTube, etc.
2.) Facebook – Along the far left side of this website there is a FaceBook “badge” which connects to my 6i Productions FB page. Like me!
3.) SoundCloud – Visit the online streaming website SoundCloud and find my SoundCloud channel: http://www.soundcloud.com/6iprod and connect with me there!
I even have an LP that I will gladly send you if you would be interested! Contact Me and we’ll talk!
Thanks for following me and keep visiting my site for more updates as they arise.
The ending of Roots is officially completed and I have also gone through and finished the mastering on both versions. I do hope that this gives you all a taste of where I come from! I also invite you guys to share your opinoins on which version of the song you liked better. So without further ado:
DJ6i – Roots (Original) – The original, synthed version of the song as I originally wrote it.
DJ6i – Roots (Unplugged) – The non synthed version of Roots that was created as a reminder of where I came from and as a semi-gift for my sister in law.
Well friends, it seems as though I have officially named the new song that I offered a sample of “Roots”. I did this because I grew up in rural SE Oklahoma and still visit it frequently. Oklahoma City, where I live currently, is much more of a Midwestern (think St. Louis, Kansas City) mentality than Southern. However, when I go to SE Oklahoma, I am reminded of a land where bluegrass and Southern rock are planted deep in the ground and still know people who have lived on the farm since they were born and many have and will die at the same farm. Roots takes me back to the kind of music that isn’t country but isn’t much like anything else.
Also, this song will be released in TWO versions. The first is the original version which features a few nice synths mixed with a variety of other instruments and finds a happy medium between the pretty sound of AngelSpun and the more synthesized SpaceCase. However, while working on it, I was seeking advice from my sister in law who is decidedly Southern. She couldn’t hear the Southern sound of the music when it was synthed so I made another version of the main line featuring a southern piano and she was hooked. I liked the sound so much that I decided to go ahead and copy the entire song into a version that is more like a Southern Rock song than an Electronica song and my sis in law loves it! I will release both versions at the same time.
As it stands, I only need to complete the ending of the song and the full set will be complete. But the problem I have (as I often do) is how to end one of my creations since they all take on such a life and energy of their own. I don’t want to end the songs but I also know that all good things must come to an end. At least in music you can simply hit the ‘repeat’ button.
Keep your eyes peeled!
DJ 6i Out!