Making beats for Home is where the heart is.

So I’ve had a lot of emails asking me about the software I’m using to create the beats and songs. When I say quite a few I mean loads. Couldn’t work out why until I looked at what I posted on Youtube and discovered it’s had a shed load of views, so a fat thanks to all those who liked it!
Anyway – as it goes I’ve been trying out new software this past few weeks (why I’ve quiet) and played around with a load of different beatmakers. That track was using mostly BTVSOLO Beatmaker to create beats, I’ll give you the download sites to those in a bit, but the main point was doing a remix without the whole vocal line. I spoke to a dude I know who wanted me to explain how it’s done, not gonna do that here, too busy mixing up more, but invited him into the studio next week so he can see. I’ll write a full description for him & you then.
The basic thing to do is make sure you work with an acapella line to start with and get the bpm sorted. After that it’s plain sailing if you got da music in you. :)

1. Download BTV Solo Beat Maker
Start with a basic beat at the right bpm to the track.
2. Run the vocals with it together in Audacity
3. While it’s looping away play around with other drums and basses in BTV Solo.
4. Put your phat sounds back into Audicity and mix down.
My main professional stuff is on Cubase 7 in the studio, but I used to be a Pro Tools guy until the PC was able to do the stuff Mac’s could. I mostly work as the beat creator, beat maker, beat master whatever you wanna call it, but I’m a groove and rhythm guy – Ash does the main musical stuff.

I found BTV only recently at The Music Software Download Net, which has listed loads of free downloads and paid-for software. Worth a look:

And that’s about it for now. I will do a full version of this when I’ve got more time.

For now – enjoy something else (not mine)  This is amazing – Drophere by dZihan & Kamien featuring Madita – Enjoy:

Fitz and the Tantrums – Out of my league

Fitz and the tantrums – great new single out “Out of my league” with a rather quirky backing vocal part, an uptempo beat and classically catchy chorus – this makes the summer list in that genre for me:

Find out more about it on their very own blog:

The neglected regionalism of these United States

Interesting article I read over at discovermagazine about the regionalism of the various US states, which has some educated comments on it:

Non-Hispanic White vote for John McCain 2008 according to National Exit Polls Red = 100% for McCain Blue = 100% for Obama

Non-Hispanic White vote for John McCain 2008 according to National Exit Polls
Red = 100% for McCain
Blue = 100% for Obama

It definitely makes an interesting read, and while I know this isn’t music shizzle, it’s definitely worth a read, as it has some excellent and educated comments on it, something rare for blogs or magazines.

Cafe Del Mar – Sun Is Shining – Reunited

An interesting take on an absolute classic – Sun is Shining, this time with a Balearic twist to it…

Sun is Shining – atolubaeva

I’m back playing in Ibiza this August – I’ll be at Cafe Mambo at some point, but watch this space for dates & times!

Joris Voorn Live at Awakenings Easter 28.03.2013

Here’s a set from earlier this year by the remarkable Joris Voorn.

Recorded live at Awakenings, Amsterdam 28.03.2013 at 5am in the morning.
Not for the faint hearted, especially the last bits..

22:00 – 23:00:  Homework
23:00 – 00:00:  Live: Stimming
00:00 – 01:15:  Noir
01:15 – 02:45:  Live: Henrik Schwarz
02:45 – 04:30:  Marco Carola
04:30 – 06:15:  Joris Voorn
06:15 – 08:00:  Joseph Capriati