DIY Music Blog – Challenges

Heya! Just taking a little time out to write another blog entry for anyone interested in what I’m getting up to these days. As mentioned in my last blog post there’s a few things that I’m trying to achieve… so how am I getting on?! I’ll tell you. 

Website Stuff

First up. I’ve actually found time to create some new content for the website. Wow!

There’s an article for budding DnB producers with some Tips on How to Make Drum ‘n’ Bass DrumsThis has had a good response from the right kind of people so I’m happy that it’s valuable and was worth researching and writing. Check that out if you’re making that kind of music.

I’ve also published the first of (hopefully) many DIY Muso Spotlight articles. In this one I ask my buddy Steven Broadbent to tell me about his music and gear, among other things. I really thought it would be interesting for us to get an insight into how others work on their DIY music and I found it interesting, so hopefully you will to.

If you’d like to be one of the musos I turn the spotlight on then please let me know and I’ll get right on it.

I’m a Failure!

Alright… let’s not be too dramatic. I did challenge myself to finish ten whole tracks for a Humjunkie album by the 1st of October. It’s the 8th of October as I write this and I’ve only just uploaded number seven. So I’m three tracks short and eight days past my deadline.

However. There is a great thing about these kind of challenges. Despite not hitting the target I have still managed to produce seven completely new tracks in just over two months. As part of the challenge was to try at least one new thing for each track I have also gained experience in at least seven new things too. Those are all things I can take into future productions, so there’s another bonus.

I’d say there’s three or four tracks that stand out for me as ‘gooduns’ though they’re all to a standard I’m happy with. Now I just need to decide whether to call it quits and move on to the next project or extend my deadline and finish the ten track album.

At the moment I’m thinking I should finish it. I already have ideas for the next one, so why not.

You can listen to the album so far here. If you do decide to buy it for some mad reason, you should still get any more tracks when they’re added.

On a Different Track

The other main musical thing I’m working on is quite different to the electronic experimentalism of Humjunkie. Though it’s all still a bit alternative, I’m writing and starting to record a whole album as Frank Insomnia. This is an alt-metal type thing in the vein of Faith No More and similar artists. So far I’ve made a lot of progress on one song with others waiting in the wings.

Something that’s going to make quite a significant difference to my recordings for this project is the new interface I’ve bought. Having used a second-hand Zoom R16 for a couple of years now I finally decided to upgrade to the Focusrite interface I’d been eying up all along.

I picked up a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 last week and I’m already wishing I’d invested in one sooner. The old R16 wasn’t terrible at all but I did find myself doing quite a bit of work to boost and keep the signal clean for DI guitars and microphones. The Scarlett, however, is coming in loud and clear right out the box and I’m just loving it. I’ve had to convince myself not to go back and re-record everything I did with the old interface and instead focus (pun intended) on new material.

Fortunately I’m just beginning recording this new project so I’ve got this at just the right time.

That’ll Do, Pig

Not that I’m calling you a pig! It’s just a quote from a film… I’ve never even seen it but I’ve heard people say it and it’s late and I needed a sign-off header.

To be clear. I’m not calling you a pig. 🙂

But I am finishing this blog post. It is what it is. I hope you enjoy reading about my DIY music antics. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next time!

If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can use the contact form on this site or, even better, join the DIY Music Group on Facebook and be part of the awesome community there.

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