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    A message for the Airbase fans out there

    A message to Airbase fans

    Hello all, Jezper here. It’s been a while. If you keep track of my work, you’ve surely noticed that I’ve slowed down my output considerably over the past couple of years. I thought I’d let you in on why, my way of thinking and what the future holds.
    Background
    First some background. After signing Emotion to Alphabet City in 2001, things happened quickly. Within the next couple of years I had released more singles and made more remixes than I can keep track of. The trance scene was booming and I was churning out music like a machine. The momentum kept me going for many years, and only momentarily was writers block an issue. The scene exploded, so many great new artists popped up, seemingly amazing producers from day one. I know intellectually that I should’ve focused on my own work and not care so much about others, but I failed. I started comparing myself and my work to those of others. Combined with the high expectations I have on myself I almost always ended up unhappy with my own performance. This spiraled into a long period of writers block that I’ve now realized I've never really fully come out of.
    For the last five years, I’ve released about one single per year. Compare that to 2004, when I churned out 10 singles and 9 remixes in one year. In my opinion, the releases of the last couple of years are some of my best work. The fight with writers block combined with comparisons to the competition has made me throw away a hundred ideas before I push through with one idea good enough to make it to the finish line. It’s a heavy burden, but I still love it when I finish something I’m truly proud of. Where I’ve actually fought my own creative demons and won.
    I’ve come to realize I put a lot less pressure on myself when experimenting with anything that is not trance (like with Togarashi and Ufony). Perhaps because I’m doing something where I don’t know what I’m competing against or even where I’m going with it. You can never go wrong or be late when you don’t have a defined destination. It’s like hobby stuff as a side hobby to my usual hobby. Music to me has always been a hobby, I've made it because it's been fun. And it has taken me around the world to amazing events and I’ve met a lot of wonderful people that appreciate my work. It’s the best feeling ever when people like what you do. But as soon as the labels, the fans and my own expectations demand from me to deliver more and better (or sometimes more of the same), I kind of creatively lock up.
    Coming back
    Since being a little dormant in this business for a while, I’ve also realized that even though times in the studio can be really tough when you’re creatively blocked, I still miss DJ-ing. A very strange thing to say for someone like me, an introvert nerd with stage fright. But performing is addictive. So to not lose my DJ-ing skills, I’ve kitted my home with a brand new Pioneer DJ setup for casual mixing for the fun of it and to keeping my skills up to snuff and also learn new tricks and opportunities of truly digital DJ-ing.
    A funny thing happened when I started DJ-ing again. I stumbled across the weird EDM/reggaeton hybrid genre Moombahton. Just about the last genre I’d expect to find interest in. It’s slow paced, latin infused and annoyingly chaotic, but also tremendously full of energy and bass. And it's fun! I played around with it for a while, and slowly slipped into digging deeper in the current state of EDM. There’s a lot of nonsense in this genre, but there’s also huge talent and a lot of creativity. Creativity I’ve been missing from the trance scene for a very long time.
    The trance scene has never been very open to change, it’s one of the more conservative electronic dance music genres I can think of. I remember the days when the big name trance DJs had reached all possible goals and dreams in this scene and needed somewhere else to go, and EDM was an option. How angry some fans were. Some are still angry. I never fully understood it, but perhaps it’s because I’m a producer and that’s my perspective. To constantly evolve, you need to follow your heart where it takes you. And if it tells you to do something else, that’s what you got to do. No one will be happy if you stick to a genre or sound because you feel obliged to do so. Fans will not like dull attempts to emulate the passion of your previous work when your heart is no longer in it. And you will grow to hate yourself doing something you don’t love. That is pointless.
    The future
    And that brings me to my future. As an outlet for my casual DJ-ing, I ended up creating an EDM podcast called Friday Mix (check it out!). I do this under a new alias: Ufony (as in euphony, the opposite of cacophony). It’s not a bad alias, but it’s not great. I never was good with naming things (see: most of my track names and aliases). But I’ve now decided to phase out the short existence of Ufony and simply merge this all into Airbase. Why, you might ask? Why not. I shouldn’t have to create another version of myself to be able to be myself. Airbase is what kicked it all off from the beginning, and I see no reason not to see it through til the end, no matter where it takes me musically. Whatever happens with Airbase in the future will not neglect what it has been in the past. The road of life is a crooked road, but I will always be me. And for that reason, I’ll stick to Airbase, no matter what musical direction I take. Some will hate it, but I will love making it.
    Airbase is no longer only about trance music. It will be my one and only creative outlet for electronic dance music. I’ll be Airbase, nothing else. This opens up the possibilities to mix and match from whatever I find mix-n-match-able. Airbase might never sound the same as it did ten or fifteen years ago (or it might!), and that’s fine. To me that is liberating. I’ve never been about repeating past successes. I just want to have fun in the studio. And from now on, you can always be sure to find the result of my fun time in the studio being released as Airbase productions. Hopefully, some of you’ll enjoy it.
    Free music
    Lastly–and perhaps most importantly for you–from now on (and for the foreseeable future) I will release all my music for free. It will be available on all the usual streaming services. High quality downloads will also be available on this site. You’ll be free to copy/share/remix/remake/do whatever you want with the music, as long as you’re not selling it. Making trance has never been big bucks. The money was always in performances. So I see no reason to keep trying to charge for music. I much rather prefer to have it freely available to anyone, and as a great side benefit: I keep control over what, how and when things are released. For now, I’m choosing to skip labels for the benefit of me and my fans.
    First out will be Airbase – Ejecta, a banging electro track. It will be available on all streaming services and as download here on Airbasemusic.com in on the 15 th of February.
    For those who really want to contribute, I've opened up Paypal tip jar below. It's completely optional, but truly appreciated.


    That's all for now. I'm psyched for the future. Now I got to head back to the studio.
    Oh, and new site launching soon!
    All the best,


    Jezper

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    Hmm. Thats disappointing...
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    Respect for him at least giving some context as to why he's changing his style and focus, instead of churning out releases that get progressively worse without a care for anything else.

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    At least he can sit back and know 'Escape' will always be one of the Trance classics. Made so many good tracks....Denial was also a great vocal track. Good luck to him in whichever style he chooses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voci View Post
    Hmm. Thats disappointing...
    Quote Originally Posted by Spider-Vice View Post
    Respect for him at least giving some context as to why he's changing his style and focus, instead of churning out releases that get progressively worse without a care for anything else.
    Quote Originally Posted by Magdelayna View Post
    At least he can sit back and know 'Escape' will always be one of the Trance classics. Made so many good tracks....Denial was also a great vocal track. Good luck to him in whichever style he chooses.
    I wouldn't call Trance a conservative genre. The only reason why creativity died in Trance was because of cultural reasons and we hit full throttle when capitalism drove this thing to the ground. Trance grew too quickly too soon and the faster they rise the harder they fall. Right now you are seeing a really fucked up scene that is so disjointed, that no one reach a common ground. Captalism which looks good for the short term for all, but no winners for the long term. This is why a lot of people are depressed. We hit euphoria too soon too quickly and this maybe a period of what the great depression felt like. That euphoria is wearing off. Everything was on steroids. I try my best to find creative Trance out there but there is only Dark Trance out there. That is not something the average listener wants. The average listener wants nice driving music but a Trance fan wants deep/meaningful/spiritual music that he or she can have a deep connection with.

    Right now you are seeing the result of pure greed eating itself to the ground. It's gross, but that's a fact. That is going to result in two extremes fighting each other out and win over the other. We are all guilty of greed from capitalism, but that's because our brain isn't hard wired to think for the long term.

    The stock market gives a clear indication of where things are heading. We are heading towards uncharted territory because we have never ever done this. There is going to be a lot of pain before things get any better but I'll do my bit to keep the engines running.

    It's like a relationship. It's more joyful when it's slow and steady and on some occasions, you hit full throttle. It should be like a journey.
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    I have to say I'm not incredibly disappointed. As he said himself, he wasn't very prolific lately anyways, and even though his latest releases were very good and of great quality, I don't remember them really well as they just didn't connect with me (in the way, for instance, Escape did).

    That said, I am happy he found something he'll be happy doing, so I do wish he finds that happiness. It's tough making a choice like this, especially when you have a fanbase which largely consists of people whose taste is fairly limited and who have expectations. But if that results in a) his satisfaction, and b) brilliant tracks, no one should have the right to be mad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voci View Post
    Hmm. Thats disappointing...
    Lol, because he likes Moombahton and is about to release an electro track?
    He is not wrong about the lack of creativity in Trance. The genre is too constrained. If you're a talented, upcoming music producer you're probably not doing Trance; you're either inventing your new genre, creating ambient/glitch, or making bank producing trap/reggaeton beats for actual big names in the music industry.

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    I think most Electronic dance music sub-genre is hard to get creative also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gagi View Post
    I have to say I'm not incredibly disappointed. As he said himself, he wasn't very prolific lately anyways, and even though his latest releases were very good and of great quality, I don't remember them really well as they just didn't connect with me (in the way, for instance, Escape did).

    That said, I am happy he found something he'll be happy doing, so I do wish he finds that happiness. It's tough making a choice like this, especially when you have a fanbase which largely consists of people whose taste is fairly limited and who have expectations. But if that results in a) his satisfaction, and b) brilliant tracks, no one should have the right to be mad.
    He's targeting the wrong crowd then. Even back in the renaissance era, Classical music wasn't commercial but was enjoyed by a few music enthusiasts that made those gorgeous masterpieces and that are part of the human spirit. You know, the arts, philosophy, literature, music and science. The stuff no one really gives a shit about these days but wants a stupid iphone so he needs to stop blaming trance. If it lacks creativity what's preventing him making a creative trance track himself? If it lacks creativity show us your stuff.Oh... To me, It's just an excuse from him not making trance because it's not profitable or popular enough for him to really give a shit. That's what it looks like to me.

    Oh and the writer block is down to capitalism driving people's creativity to the ground. There is a sickness in the air. I tell you but no one believes me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contact View Post
    If it lacks creativity what's preventing him making a creative trance track himself?
    If it lacks creativity show us your stuff.Oh... To me, It's just an excuse from him not making trance because it's not profitable or popular enough for him to really give a shit. That's what it looks like to me.
    Yes, it sucks that he's not willing to spend 40-50 hours on a project that nobody will ever give a shit about. Shame on him!

    Quote Originally Posted by Contact View Post
    Oh and the writer block is down to capitalism driving people's creativity to the ground. There is a sickness in the air. I tell you but no one believes me.
    Ever considered that maybe Trance has too many constraints driving creativity to the ground?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lanto.Trance View Post
    I think most Electronic dance music sub-genre is hard to get creative also.
    Yup, it's hard to get genuinely creative when those genres have well-defined boundaries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredjan View Post

    Yup, it's hard to get genuinely creative when those genres have well-defined boundaries.
    Cause its loop.

    Btw, man. I think you need to spend time on this article also. Its very worth to read

    http://blog.armadamusic.com/interviews/roddy-reynaert/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanto.Trance View Post
    Cause its loop.

    Btw, man. I think you need to spend time on this article also. Its very worth to read

    http://blog.armadamusic.com/interviews/roddy-reynaert/
    Loved it. Some of his tracks remind me of mid-2000s Airwave, which was a great sound.
    I had never heard of Armada Trice, either. It sounds like a great idea. I'll be checking out their tracks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredjan View Post
    Loved it. Some of his tracks remind me of mid-2000s Airwave, which was a great sound.
    I had never heard of Armada Trice, either. It sounds like a great idea. I'll be checking out their tracks!
    The point I love in his interview :

    "In reality, I am not an isolated case; it occurs everywhere in this world. Before the digital era invaded the music scene, there were few musicians able to make it into the record stores. To build your own studio cost a lot of money, so it was the preserve of just a handful of artists to own or build one. But when the digital era arrived at both the marketing and technical aspect of music, it permitted young artists to start with a lower budget, because buying plugins was much more affordable. And suddenly, just about anyone was able to create music.However, the downside to this development was that a tidal wave of music hit the scene. In itself, that’s not really a bad thing. But considering that it involved a lot of productions so horrible that they should be prohibited, it was the good music that got buried under and had a hard time to surface. So when taking into consideration how much good music is still out there waiting to be dug up, I consider myself lucky that it even happened to me at all."

    That is why I believe in "less is more". Since so many producers release music, the scene will become messy quickly.

    About Roddy, my favorite track of all time from him :


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanto.Trance View Post
    That is why I believe in "less is more". Since so many producers release music, the scene will become messy quickly.
    Entropy.

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    One Tear Away is my favorite Airbase tune, I still listen to it quite often

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