Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Dubkiller Music!!!

So like many people I'm a huge fan of Halloween. What better way to celebrate than releasing a new Halloween inspired Dubstep/Drum and Bass Song. If you're quick you can download it for free. Just click on the link. You can also find me at www.dubkiller.com. Happy Halloween!



Monsatans Zombie Farm

Trent Reznor - Swarmatron (The Social Network bonus DVD)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Inspiration


This pretty much echoes my own sentiments on inspiration. I believe that you have to put in the time and work before inspiration hits. At least that seems to be the case with me. A true artist will bust his ass to get to the good stuff. Its almost like mining for gold. Its there but rarely does it just fall in your lap. You have to work to get it. Which by the way is part of why its so precious. 


Click the link to read the full article.


Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration

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“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.”
I recently stumbled upon a recurring theme articulated by both Jack White and Nick Cave, a concept that flies in the face of our cultural mythology about how creativity works — the idea that just showing up and doing the work, or what Jonah Lehrer calls “grit,” the same quality that Ira Glass says separates mere good taste from great work and Anne Lamott believes is the secret to telling a good story — is just as important as the notion of“inspiration” in the creative process.
All of this reminded me of a fantastic letter legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote to his benefactress, Nadezhda von Meck, dated March 17th, 1878, and found in the 1905 volumeThe Life & Letters of Pete Ilich Tchaikovsky (public domain):
Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when he is stirred by inspiration. There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/07/24/tchaikovsky-on-work-ethic-vs-inspiration/

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Even Squids Love Cypress Hill: Insane in the Chromatophores

Squid: not just delicious, but also musical. Scientists at the Woods Hole, Mass., Marine Biological Laboratory made a trippy video, surfaced on CNET, which came about from wanting to explore how the colors of the Longfin Inshore squid's skin changes.

According to the Backyard Brains website, the Longfin Inshore has "three different chromatophore colors: brown, red, and yellow. Each chromatophore has tiny muscles along the circumference of the cell that can contract to reveal the pigment underneath."
And the best way to demonstrate the changing colors: hip-hop. The researchers attached the cephalopod to an electrode hooked up to an iPod nano, and let rip the Cypress Hill tune "Insane in the Brain."






link to original article

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Yes Please

What you needed before Logic


Knife Party - Centipede (Official Video)

Knife Party is pretty much killing it. The video is kind of random but the track is banging. Download it from iTunes along with the rest of the EP.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Everything is Energy...

I guess there is some debate as to whether Albert Einstein really said this or not. It still rings true to me regardless. 



Friday, August 10, 2012

An unexpected ass kicking

http://joelrunyon.com/two3/an-unexpected-ass-kicking





I sat down at yet-another coffee shop in Portland determined to get some work done, catch up on some emails and write another blog post.
About 30 minutes into my working, an elderly gentleman at least 80 years old sat down next to me with a hot coffee and a pastry. I smiled at him and nodded and looked back at my computer as I continued to work.
“Do you like Apple? As he gestured to the new Macbook Air I had picked up a few days prior.
“Yea, I’ve been using them for a while.” Wondering if I was going to get suckered into a mac vs. pc debate in a portland coffee shop with an elderly stranger.
“Do you program on them?
“Well, I don’t really know how to code, but I write quite a bit and spend a lot of time creating online projects and helping clients run their businesses.”
“I’ve been against Macintosh company lately. They’re trying to get everyone to use iPads and when people use iPads they end up just using technology to consume things instead of making things. With a computer you can make things. You can code, you can make things and create things that have never before existed and do things that have never been done before.”
“That’s the problem with a lot of people”, he continued, “they don’t try to do stuff that’s never been done before, so they never do anything, but if they try to do it, they find out there’s lots of things they can do that have never been done before.”
I nodded my head in agreement and laughed to myself – thinking that would be something that I would say and the coincidence that out of all the people in the coffee shop I ended up talking to, it was this guy. What a way to open a conversation.
The old man turned back at his coffee, took a sip, and then looked back at me.
“In fact, I’ve done lots of things that haven’t been done before”, he said half-smiling.
Not sure if he was simply toying with me or not, my curiousity got the better of me.
Oh really? Like what types of things?, All the while, half-thinking he was going to make up something fairly non-impressive.
I invented the first computer.
Um, Excuse me?
I created the world’s first internally programmable computer. It used to take up a space about as big as this whole room and my wife and I used to walk into it to program it.
What’s your name?”. I asked, thinking that this guy is either another crazy homeless person in Portland or legitimately who he said he was.
“Russell Kirsch”
Sure enough, after .29 seconds, I found out he wasn’t lying to my face. Russell Kirsch indeed invented the world’s first internally programmable computer and as well as a bunch of other things and definitely lives in Portland. As he talked, I began googling him, he read my mind and volunteered:
Here, I’ll show you
He stood up and directed me to a variety of websites and showed me through the archives of what he’d created while every once in a while dropping some minor detail like:
I also created the first digital image. It was a photo of my son.
At this point, I learned better than to call Russell’s bluff, but sure enough, a few more google searches showed that he did just that.
 Russell Kirsch Impossible
(Photo by Joel Runyon, licensed CC-BY-3.0)
Want to mess with your mind? Without the man in the photo, the photo of this man wouldn’t exist. *mind blown*
As he started showing me through the old history archives of what he did while any hope of productivity vacated my mind as I listened to his stories and picked his brain about what he had done.
At some point in the conversation, I mentioned to him:
“You know Russell, that’s really impressive.”
“I guess, I’ve always believed that nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do. Most people think the opposite – that all things are withheld from them which they have conceived to do and they end up doing nothing.”
“Wait”, I said, pausing at his last sentence ”What was that quote again?” 
“Nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.”
That’s good, who said that? 
God did.
What?
God said it and there were only two people who believed it, you know who? 
Nope, who?
God and me, so I went out and did it.
Well then, I thought – as he finished showing me through the archives – I’m not going to argue with the guy who invented the computer. After about 20 minutes of walking me through his contributions to technology, he sat down, finished his coffee,  glanced at his half-eaten pastry now-cold, checked his watch and announced:
Well, I have to go now.
With that, we shook hands, he got up, walked to his car and drove off as I just sat there trying to figure out what exactly had just happened. As I sat there thinking: two things he said reverberated in the back of my mind:
  • Nothing is withheld from us which we have conceived to do.
  • Do things that have never been done.
The first meaning: if you’ve conceived something in your mind, decide to do it, and are willing to put in the work – nothing can stop you.
The second is fairly self-explanatory but carries the extra weight of it coming from the guy who invented the very thing that’s letting me type these words out on the internet.
“Do things that have never been done before” - The guy who invented the computer
[click to tweet]
Yessir.
Time to step it up.

madonna plays "a new level "Pantera cover

For the record I'm not really a Madonna fan. I appreciate what she's done with her career and
she's had definitely had some songs that I've liked over the years. However I wish she would
stop putting out new albums. She should have stopped after she put out "Music" in 2000. Anyway.....
She definitely earned some points for throwing a little Pantera into her live show.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Upcoming Producers... Win a $9000 scholarship to Icon Collective

So you want to be a music producer..... Win a $9000 scholarship to music production school Icon Collective. I attended Icon Collective a number of years ago and feel that it definitely helped me become a better producer. Follow the link for all the details.....

http://www.learn2produce.com/contest/

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Joel Zimmerman a.k.a. deadmau5 in Studio Q

Heres a pretty cool interview with Deadmau5 aka Joel Zimmerman. He seems pretty up front and honest with his answers.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Musicians need to be paid too


The Truly Creative Mind

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off... They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating." Pearl Buck

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ellie Goulding - Hanging On feat. Tinie Tempah

Really digging Ellie Gouldings new song. Its a cover of Active Child. Such a cool vibe. Not sure about Tinie Tempahs verse though. He's dope but in my opinion it feels a little forced. All in all a great song though.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Interview with Ross Hogarth

I've gotten to know Ross Hogarth a little over the past year. I've seen him engineer and produce in person. This man is the real deal. He is an incredibly knowledgeable, skilled and talented producer and engineer. Click on the link to read a great interview that the Examiner did with him. Looking forward to the next session Ross! Oh yea...Thanks for getting us into that Van Halen show!!!


 http://www.examiner.com/article/ross-hogarth-on-the-art-of-the-mix-and-recording-van-halen

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Rock Mafia Mixtape! Free download!

Download the free Rock Mafia mix tape featuring Rock Mafia, Perfect Dillema, Miley Cyrus, Mark Victor, Timbaland and of course myself Dubkiller!!! Get Some!!!


http://rockmafiamixtape.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Frank Ocean - Swim Good

Swim Good by Frank Ocean actually came out last year so I'm definitely late on it. But its pretty much amazing. So moody.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

AZEALIA BANKS - 212 FT. LAZY JAY

Azaealia Banks!!!! I'm blown by this song. She's so good. I'm going to have to work with her. Thats that.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Zedd - Spectrum (feat. Matthew Koma) [Extended Mix]

This is my current musical obsession. The track is great but its mostly about the vibe and the dudes vocal melody. So Good!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Usher - Pumped Up Kicks in the Radio 1 Live Lounge

Its always refreshing to see artists play music for the sheer joy of playing. A great artist covering Foster The Peoples great song. Just for the fun of it. And who knew Usher played a little bass?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mark Victor-Cannonball

Heres Cannonball, the first song from Mark Victor after signing his deal. Produced by yours truly. Enjoy.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Tinie Tempah - 'Simply Unstoppable - YES REMIX' - Travis Barker recordin...

Travis Barker is bad ass. All you drummers out there watch and learn. Not saying he's the best just saying he puts his all into his playing. Kills it! Oh yeah, the songs cool too.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A New Soundcloud is on the way!

If you make music you most likely have a soundcloud page to share it. If you don't.... you should. Its free. Anyway theres a new and improved version thats in beta right now. 


The new version of SoundCloud, which the company called “The Next SoundCloud” and launched in private beta Wednesday, offers four new or improved features to the online music platform. Those include a sleeker player (improving on SoundCloud’s signature waveform design), the ability to play sounds continuously and navigate away from a particular track to continue searching the site without the audio stopping, improved search algorithms and tools, and the ability to repost audio in a way very similar to the “reblog” feature on Tumblr.


www.soundcloud.com

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up (feat. Eminem)

Wow shout out to Hugh Atkin who must have spent an unbelievable amount of time editing this together. Well done my friend.



Friday, March 9, 2012

Deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember [Richard 'Metzo' Price's Piano Cover]

I just came across a great piano only interpretation of Kaskades and Deadmau5 "I Remember". The original is so vibe and has the coolest chords.... If you haven't check it out too.

Deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember [Richard 'Metzo' Price's Piano Cover]

http://youtu.be/LGbRpdCRwt0

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Foxy Shazam - I Like It

Sick Puppies are in the studio starting the writing and recording of their next album. Shim the singer/guitarist for the band asked me if I wanted to check out his new favorite song.... He proceeded to show me the music video for Foxy Shazams "I like it". Its a pretty epic song and video. Straight up rock n roll. One part Led Zeppelin, one part Queen, one part Aerosmith and all parts fun! Enjoy.



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lost Without You (SH remix)

This is a remix of Robin Thickes "Lost Without You" my friend and colleague Steve H. did. He totally merced it. So Dope! By the way Steve is the head engineer at Rock Mafia. He is a straight Jedi Ninja Gangster at it. He probably engineered one of your favorite songs.







Lost Without You (SH remix)

Mark Victor Rack City Freestyle

So my friend and musical collaborator came to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago for some meetings with
record labels, industry types, etc. While he was here we decided to shoot a video for a couple of verses he wrote to the instrumental of Tygas "Rack City". Enter videographer/film maker and friend Sam. He was down to collaborate and film it. We spent half a day on a Friday and half a day on a Sunday going around to a few different Los Angeles locations and filming Mark do his thing. Sam shot with a Canon 7d and a Go Pro. The car in the video is a 1964 Oldsmobile Dynamic. It was a blast shooting this. Not too bad for a freestyle/remix video.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Midi Fighter 3D Controller from DJ TechTools

Imagine the fun you can have djing your next show with this! You've got to love technology.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Dubstep Violin- Lindsey Stirling- Crystallize

I came across this video on youtube..... Great idea. I always love when people attempt to mash up genres... even if it doesn't always work. I think this is pretty good though. The dub step could have been a little better and the dancing os a little odd but what ever.... She's in to it. Nice location and well shot. Be sure to check her other videos too.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dubboro So What Official Music Video

Heres the music video for Dubboro "So What" the dub step hip hop group I'm part of. Check it out.....


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

OK Go - Needing/Getting - Official Video

This is awesome! I love how creative people can be. OK GO has certainly found themselves a niche. If you haven't yet be sure to check out there other videos.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Downtown Spokane Street Musician Bryson Andres

I love the idea of Busking. Creating music or art in the street for money. A lot of the time the talent level of the Busker isn't that great. But when you come across the good ones its kind of magical. I wouldn't say that this guy is the best Violinist in the world but he's pretty darn good. Watching him create right there on a windy street and seeing how the music he creates moves him is why its special. Watching a good Busker can be some of the most fun you can have for a couple of Dollars.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

LOL pretty spot on.....

I'm not sure who did this but its pretty funny.

For Logic Users

I work and compose mostly in Logic Pro 9. I'm not saying its the best. Its just what I happened to hone my skills in and its the Daw I'm most comfortable with. Frankly I'm not even that proficient with all the amazing things it can do. I do make it work for me though.

For anyone else that uses Logic. There are a number of Logic forums/websites that may be helpful to you. One of the cool Logic sites I visit is http://logic-cafe.com. Pretty cool and they always have free sound downloads for the exs24 and other logic instruments. Enjoy!

http://logic-cafe.com

Thursday, January 26, 2012

So you suck at making music.....

 I ran across this interesting article thanks to my friend DJ Drue. Its found on www.musicsoftwaretraining.com. If your frustrated with where you are musically.... Don't worry, everyone starts somewhere. Granted some people are born with more musical talent than others, but that doesn't play as big a role in success as you would think. Practice and work! Put in those hours! Push yourself to be as skilled and creative as possible. Become obsessed! Anyway I'm not preaching I'm just saying....


The Suck Factor
I was talking to an artist I met the other day & was intrigued that he was not only getting by with his art, but that he was living a pretty good life from it. Most of what he makes sells out pretty fast, and it’s not like he lives in a big city, so I was impressed. Naturally, I had to investigate what made him tick & what separated him from all the starving artists.
I already had learned that he was very good at what he did so I figured that he obviously was born with quite a gift.
well… yes & no…
He definitely had a gift, but it wasn’t as an artist. A least not from the start. His gift had more to do with his ability to plan for what most artists would consider red flags for any artistic pursuit. Sucking.
Where most people would try something once & fail, try again maybe a year or 2 later, failed again, then give up, he didn’t look at things the same way. His art of choice was ceramics, something I tried once or twice and gave up (anyone need an ashtray?). What really surprised me is the story he told me & how he viewed his experience.  It’s not the way most of us approach things or define the experience at all.


 Click on the link to read the rest of Jasons interesting article.

http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/blog/2011/10/02/the-suck-factor/

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

THE BULLITTS starring ROSARIO DAWSON - SUPERCOOL (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

This video outs a smile on my face! I thing the songs just okay but the video is kind of awesome. How sexy is Rosario Dawson!


Friday, January 20, 2012

You're Never Too Old...

DJ Wika Szmyt plays music at a club in Warsaw Jan. 4th, 2012. Szmyt, 73, spends her retirement days behind a dj console watching people dance to her rhythms. She plays Disco for a mostly older audience. But on occasion plays for younger crowds. Now this is Old School!

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Look at the Minitaur

Just like all the Moog synths, This looks awesome! If you need some really phat bass!!!