20 Years In The Life Of A Bedroom Producer.

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Ive added an intro to the first post,named 'The Early Years'....im going to try and flesh out the other entries,with more details.

The Early Years

I grew up in the 80's and the house we lived in had an old Wurlitzer jukebox,which had so many different types of music on its 8" vinyls....music all the way from the 1950's....The Beatles,Led Zeppelin,Frank Sinatra - even things like The Ghostbusters Theme and Chubby Checker! I was heavily influenced by what my parents used to listened to,so two huge artists for me early on was Queen and Michael Jackson - i remember i used to listen to the 'Bad' album on my old Sony cassette Walkman as i walked around the house.

My early memories of electronic music would be when my parents used to play Enigma on a new CD player we had bought,around 1990 - i used to think this sound was quite haunting at the time,but now i look back and i think this mustve been a huge influence regarding Ambient,Downtempo,Breakbeat music.

Into the mid 90's and i started to collect the 'Now That What i Call Music' series - first on Cassette and then on CD. I used to love the dance tracks they normally put on at the end - artists like St Etienne and N-Trance. One track that really caught my ears was JX - Theres Nothing I Wont Do...although classed as 'Euro Dance',this had some really Trancy riffs and i would say an important record in the beginning for my love of Trance.

And then in early 1999,i was working at a tumble dryer factory at 16 years old as a part time job - i heard a track that came on the local radio station - it was System F - Out Of The Blue. I had no idea who Ferry Corsten was and what Trance music is but i know i fell in love with that sound and i bought it straight away on release. And as you all know,that was the start of the Trance wave in the UK that year - tracks like Gouryella and Veracocha started hitting the charts.

Shortly after,i also saw a TV advert late at night on my small portable black & white TV - it was for the very first Euphoria CD mixed by PF Project. The only track i recognised on it was Lucid - I Cant Help Myself - i had it on a Now CD from the year before. I bought the Complilation and its the CD that changed my life,i fell in love with every track - and after that i collected pretty much every Trance CD that year in 1999,along with a host of CD singles - and the rest they,is history!
 
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hey, great story 20 years a lot has happened. You write little about downturns, where it is something that affects everyone at every stage of life. Maybe you have a cure for this type of ailments? I am very curious how you managed to establish contacts with such world-famous artists. Did you have to fight for it? However, if your talent was noticed by anyone? I am asking from the perspective of the person who is at the beginning of the road and it is the key knowledge to keep motivation and willingness to develop in this wonderful job (passion)
 
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hey, great story 20 years a lot has happened. You write little about downturns, where it is something that affects everyone at every stage of life. Maybe you have a cure for this type of ailments? I am very curious how you managed to establish contacts with such world-famous artists. Did you have to fight for it? However, if your talent was noticed by anyone? I am asking from the perspective of the person who is at the beginning of the road and it is the key knowledge to keep motivation and willingness to develop in this wonderful job (passion)

My main advice for upcoming producers would be to get to know label owners,send to DJs and enter remix competitions. Of course,times have changed now since the mid 2000's when i started,i dont send to labels anymore - but i can only advise what i did myself back then.

I have had MANY tracks rejected by labels thorughout the years,but youve just got to keep persevering...i'l tell you how some of my 'success' came about :

In 2006 a label owner contacted me as he liked my music that i posted on a forum,so he signed an original track of mine. This was my first ever release - the first two didnt recieve any DJ support after being sent out to all the 'big' DJ promo pools - but the third,a track called 'Second Universe' got played by Aly & Fila on their FSOE radio show - this was 3 years after i had signed that first track with the label.

My first big break however came before, in 2007 - and ironically it involved a producer on here,Jetflag (Aerium)....a label owner asked me if wanted to remix their track that they were planning to release called 'Forever Playing' - i remixed it and Aly & Fila played it on their radio show - that was my first 'big break' in DJ support. So,it took nearly 3 YEARS after id first started on Logic Pro to have some DJ support - some would say thats a long time now.

Ive also just sent to DJs directly thorugh their email - a big example would be Solarstone,i sent him a remix in 2013..he replied saying he loved my style and hes been playing my stuff ever since.

Another great thing to do is enter remix competitions - ive won a MIKE Push,The Thrillseekers & Neptune Project contests,this can get you good exposure and of course be 'noticed' by the big producers.

Is there luck involved in all this? Id say maybe,but most of its hard work and if you have a unique sound,that will eventually breakthrough and people will start noticing it.
 
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Its really tough to help some people out.

my potential cannot be assessed today, I never got satisfaction from creating a song, I always miss something, today I am glad that it sounds like a song. a long way to what I want to achieve ;)


therefore I am here with you. You can find a lot of musical value in this mine of knowledge. I listen to a lot of good music, I try to analyze songs and draw conclusions. I'd rather stay in classic sounds forever. I don't always understand but I try
 
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My main advice for upcoming producers would be to get to know label owners,send to DJs and enter remix competitions. Of course,times have changed now since the mid 2000's when i started,i dont send to labels anymore - but i can only advise what i did myself back then.

I have had MANY tracks rejected by labels thorughout the years,but youve just got to keep persevering...i'l tell you how some of my 'success' came about :

In 2006 a label owner contacted me as he liked my music that i posted on a forum,so he signed an original track of mine. This was my first ever release - the first two didnt recieve any DJ support after being sent out to all the 'big' DJ promo pools - but the third,a track called 'Second Universe' got played by Aly & Fila on their FSOE radio show - this was 3 years after i had signed that first track with the label.

My first big break however came before, in 2007 - and ironically it involved a producer on here,Jetflag (Aerium)....a label owner asked me if wanted to remix their track that they were planning to release called 'Forever Playing' - i remixed it and Aly & Fila played it on their radio show - that was my first 'big break' in DJ support. So,it took nearly 3 YEARS after id first started on Logic Pro to have some DJ support - some would say thats a long time now.

Ive also just sent to DJs directly thorugh their email - a big example would be Solarstone,i sent him a remix in 2013..he replied saying he loved my style and hes been playing my stuff ever since.

Another great thing to do is enter remix competitions - ive won a MIKE Push,The Thrillseekers & Neptune Project contests,this can get you good exposure and of course be 'noticed' by the big producers.

Is there luck involved in all this? Id say maybe,but most of its hard work and if you have a unique sound,that will eventually breakthrough and people will start noticing it.

thank you it means a lot to me. And many other.
good times will come
 
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