After last weeks thump and grime and distortion I want to share one of my favorite mixes from my early mentor, and one of the best producers I’ve ever met, J. Scott G. He manages to bring sophistication into that “Rock Out” feeling! I coined the genre “Electronica” because it’s not all house and electro but includes breaks as well. We met through John Beaver back in the day when Scott was still part of Deepsky, an electronic live band with lots of live percussion resulting in a tendency towards breakbeat arrangements. They’re shows varied with the setup. Sometimes it was just Jason and him and at other shows an entire band would show up… including a live flute as I’ve experienced back at a Hollywood party.

Scott immediately opened up to a young me, an aspiring producer looking for any and all the help he could get. I will never forget how he busted out two empty CDs after their show (Yes CDs, it was 2004-ish) and filled them with DAWs, VSTs and Samples and told me:

“If you can’t make music with this, you can’t make music.”

That same night he also told me the following piece of advice that’s still holy to me:

“If you start a new project and it’s not kickin after 8 tracks, scrap it and start over.”

This happened the very first time we met after a Deepsky show in San Francisco.

We’ve managed to stay in touch, had lots of exciting moments since and even met up in 2012 in Berlin to explore the night life. Unfortunately, I was unable to meet up with him on his last Eurotrip but I’m sure there will be a next one and I’m making it a point to organize a little reunion.

Scott is currently involved in the projects Summer Channel and the thousand-voice-choir-project Qisvara.

Anyways, enough about all that. Like I mentioned this mix can be blasted in the car or listened to while cooking dinner. I did both this Friday. I feel it’s important for me to musically educate my neighbors with the help of the volume knob and these mixes I post. Now check out the last mix you’ll ever need.

Cheers, RDMN

Track Listing:

1. Intro [0:00]
2. Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange (feat. Kerry Leva) – In And Out Of Phase [1:39]
3. Hybrid – Numb (Hybrid Kill City Sounds Remix) [11:09]
4. Meat Katie & Chevy One – When You’re Dead [14:24]
5. Seb Dhaje – Go Down [20:15]
6. Soundprank/Proff/Frank Sinatra – Lady Rotation (J. Scott G. Mashup) [26:57]
7. Pryda – Allein [32:04]
8. Sergey Tkachev & Alexy Sonar/Blake Lewis/John O’Callaghan/Charlie Chaplin – Find The Great Spiral Touch (J. Scott G. Mashup) [35:54]
9. Au5 – Tendril [43:04]
10. Andy Page & Phil K./Neelix/Guy J – Get To Fly Your Galaxy (J. Scott G. Mashup) [46:56]
11. Deenk/Adam Freeland/J. Scott G. vs. Imprintz & Kloe/Meat Katie – Only You Can Battlefunk In Your Mind & Soul (J. Scott G. Mashup) [56:09]
12. Au5 & Fractal/Queen/Kaskade – Turn Down The Secret Radio (J. Scott G. Mashup) [60:41]
13. Bluescreen/Dilemn/POD/Loadstar – Past The Undercover Boom (J. Scott G. Mashup) [63:05]
14. Asking Alexandria/Celldweller/Chase & Status/Hybrid/August Rush – Break The Lesson In Time (J. Scott G. Mashup) [70:18]
15. Outro [74:13]

“Samples from August Rush, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Here Comes The Boom, The Great Dictator, Perfume, V For Vendetta and anywhere else I could find something inspiring.” – J. Scott G.

I’m a little bit late posting this today, but it’s still Friday in at least Hawaii, right? πŸ˜€
Also I’ve been jamming to this mix by Dariio, one of my old school friends and musical partners. It’s his live recording of the Pancakes and Booze Art Show in.. I assume Washington State. Either way it sounds like a finger licking good time. This mix is dope to chill to or to dance to or even to rage to, which makes it perfect for so many situations, for example, doing my weekly cruise home from work on Friday’s through that Bavarian town on the way home, blasting house music for all my geezer, lederhosen-wearing, buddies… Sorry for the disturbance every Friday around 2pm ya’ll πŸ˜€

Now go ahead and chill, dance or rage to this:

There are a bunch of people that I really miss since my exile 6 years ago. This dude is definitely one of them. I’m glad we were able to mix it up, produce it up and party it up back in the day and I know we’ll be chillin here in Germany at some point! But this is also another reason why I like to cover “locals” and friends of the scene instead of just some big name boiler room mixes, as cool as they may be… the personal touch is just a bit cooler to me.

Here is a brief clip of us playing at Pinky’s which since has burnt down. Miss those times, buddy… πŸ™‚

You can also check out Dariio on:
Facebook
Soundcloud
Choon

Please feel free to send me your mixes to be featured. If possible a whole video of your set but streaming links will also work. I’d love to check it out. Hit me up here or on facebook.

This Friday I’m going to celebrate the weekend remotely with my good friend, old DJ Partner, High School buddy, Shenanigan Champ.. John Beaver. He’s cruisin the Groove Cruise at the moment so I’m going to share a taste of that with you. He created a Groove Cruise themed brand new mix including our new track Let Me See. Check out both below!

And now to John Beaver and his Groove Cruise mix.

Happy Sailing, buddy!

 

Tracklist:

1. Grube & Hovsepian Feat. Captain Jason Beukema – Groove Cruise 2018 Palermo Artist Intro (John Beaver’s Set To Sail Smashup)
2. Duke Dumont Feat. Jax Jones – I Got U (Orig. Vs MK John Beaver Edit)
3. Thomas Radman & John Beaver – Let Me See
4. Shiba San & Green Velvet – Chance
5. Sheppard Feat. Benny Benassi Vs. Shiba San – Edge Of The Okay NIght (John Beaver Mashup)
6. Laidback Luke Feat. Bright Lights Vs. Shelco Garcia & Teenwolf – XXX Paradise (John Beaver Mashup)
7. Felix Cartal & Kaskade – Fakin It (Hook N Sling Rmx)
8. Shelco Garcia & Teenwolf X Wanden – ALways Love
9. Benny Benassi Feat. Gary Go & Laidback Luke Vs. Cazztek Feat. Goshfather – Cinema Came To Get Funky (John Beaver Mashup)
10. Offaiah – Trouble
11. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive Won’t Look Back (Orig. Vs. Dub John Beaver Mashup)
12. Cosmic Gate – Body Of COnfict (Cosmic Gate Club Rmx)
13. Adam Beyer, Layton Giordani & Green Velvet – Space Date
14. Sofi Tukker – Drinkee (Secondcity Rmx)
15. MK & Becky Hill – Piece Of Me
16. Loud Luxury Feat. Chus Ceballos Vs. Benassi Bros Feat Sandy – Body Illusion (John Beaver Mashup)
17. Felix Cartal – Get What You Give
18. Cosmic Gate Vs. Axwell Vs. Benny Benassi Feat. Chris Brown – Beautiful People Get Up In The AIr (John Beaver Mashup)
19. Duke Dumont Vs. MK – Real Love At 17 (John Beaver Mashup)
20. Laidback Luke & Tujamo Vs. Martin Solveig & GTA Vs. Eric Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Feat. Shawnee Taylor – Live Your Life On The Groove Cruise (John Beaver Groove Cruise 2016 Anthem)
21. Scotty Boy – This Girl Is Back & Forth
22. Shiba San Vs. Benny Benassi Vs. Duke Dumont – 100% Satisfied With Your Booty (John Beaver Mashup)
23. Cosmic Gate Feat. J’Something – Over The Rainbow
24. Dean Mason Vs. Grenn Velvet – Jaguar La La Land (John Beaver Mashup)
25. Benny Benassi Feat. Kelis & APL & Jean-Baptiste Vs. Offaiah – Private Spaceship Show (John Beaver Mashup)
26. Cosmic Gate Feat. Eric Lumiere – Falling Back
27. Cazztek Vs. Offaiah – Private Launch Show (John Beaver Mashup)
28. Outkast – Ms. Jackson (Goshfather & Jinco Twerk Weapon)
29. Two Friends – Bandaid
30. John Beaver & Durty – Youth Of A Nation

 

Photo Credit: Johnny Edge

I’ve produced many tracks in the past and usually they’re solo projects, which rely only on me and the time I invest in them. Let Me See on the other hand involved so many variables that I simply wanted to write about it to at the very least have it documented for myself.

The initial Idea

John Beaver, my Coachella Mix partner, DJ colleague and high school buddy, decided to cross off one of his dreams and booked a Europe trip. He let me know that although he’ll be traveling from shows to parties to events, etc. he wants to meet up for a few days and see if we can produce some music together.
Although I live in southern Germany, I told him it would be a good idea to meet in Berlin, being the German capital of electronic music as well as the city I was born in. He booked his flights accordingly and I started the project of bringing a “music studio” to Berlin.

The mobile Studio

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With a few additions to some equipment I already owned I managed to piece together a little setup that would provide us with creative flexibility in any hotel, hostel or AirBNB.

Just to list it all:

  1. Macbook Pro with Ableton Live, Reaktor, Maschine (software only), Lethal, Massive and Traktor
  2. Traktor S2 controller
  3. Oxygen8 midi keyboard
  4. Good ol’ trusted Sony headphones
  5. Behringer usb soundcard
  6. Bose Soundlink
  7. Every cable variation imaginable so everything was able to connect to everything else

John and I briefly went through some style and genre examples of what sort of track we’d want to work on and I went ahead and pre-produced three different ideas, each only about 30 seconds long to see what we would end up grooving to.

The Reunion

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John and I hadn’t seen each other in about six years. We’ve continued to work on music over Skype and facebook and dropbox during this whole time. It was gonna be a slightly hectic two Days. I drove for about nine hours, because I wasn’t gonna take all that equipment on an airplane. I had time to setup in the hotel room before John’s plane landed. The first night was about celebrating, having fun and inspiration. He landed at around midnight and we went straight to a club with some friends of mine. The weather was super warm so the outdoor wonderland of Ipse was a really nice location to catch up, have a drink, dance around and see the sun rise over the trees and the canal. Not to mention all the techno and tech house we were exposed to that night.

First day of production

After we slept in the next day and got the sight seeing out of the way we settled in and went through the ideas I started on. We quickly decided on one style. We worked on the initial project until we had about a two minute raw clip of the main idea… and time flew by. John’s flight was leaving at 7 am and it was almost 2 in the morning when we finished up. I saved the project, went to sleep for a couple of hours, drove John to the airport and kept driving until I was home about 8 hours later… and crashed.. (Enter Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silence)

Producing at a distance

The rest happened in the same way our Coachella Mixes happen. We shoot ideas back and forth over various channels. I produce a bit, he adds ideas, I implement, repeat. Meanwhile John tested out what we had so far at every single on of his shows and returned with priceless feedback until we finished. Yes, we actually finished it and it was such a great feeling. Off to mastering!

Mastering by the master

Hugo Allen, my long time label partner and friend, was my first and obvious choice for mastering this track. He did an awesome job making the entire thing pop and even hooked it up with a re-master after John played one last show, which prompted some important finalΒ edits within the tracks arrangement. I’m so glad to have Hugo in my network and my circle of friends. Hit him up if you need some quality work done: Hugo Allen Music

The final product and the next steps

I am currently testing a demo version of the track on SoundCloud and Choon:

The plan is to get this track on a label at some point… maybe even cut a music video together of the different shows John played this track at… these things are still up ahead and will trigger their own posts when they happen.

For now I’m just super excited that this project is a wrap and I can start working on the next mission.

cheers, RDMN

I’ve mentioned the new streaming platform Choon before. It has potential to be a game changer, but even if not, it’s interesting to see how this whole thing develops. They’re basing the payment system on their own currency or voucher called “Notes” which then can be exchanged for Etherium. When and how well all this is going to work is a question I’m not currently worrying about. I’m more interested in the mechanics of the website and I try to be a good beta user by commenting on issues I encounter. Check out Choon.co for more info on all that.

I’m currently uploading my entire back catalog of tracks and I decided to dress up each one in new cover art exclusively for Choon. Here are the first 4 tracks:

Check out My Choon Profile and listen to some of the Radman Classics. I’m going to continue uploading until I feel like I’m fully represented on that streaming portal.

I’m hoping to see some way to bring a choon community together at some point. A Facebook group could be a solution but I think it would be way cooler to be able to collaborate on the Choon website itself. Maybe someone from Choon is listening πŸ˜‰

Cheers, RDMN

It’s been a few weeks since we finished the mixes for this year. Coachella itself seemed to have been a success and the mixes we made were well received. After 14 years I’m glad to see that each year these mixes increase in quality. What started out as me recording John’s records back in 2004 has now become a full production mashup mix.. and it’s dope as hell!

Check out the following links:
The Mixes
The Story
The Tracklist

In those final weeks of rushing to meet our deadline (usually a CD-release party John is playing) I used every single free minute to polish the mashups, mixes, transitions and remixes of the project. In the last two years it even exhausted me to a point of getting sick for a week once my stress chemistry in my body shuts down. It’s no big deal.. it kinda proves to me how much energy I put into the whole thing and in the overall picture it’s satisfying to be part of this and add so much to the creation of these mixes.

John and I have become a really good team considering we’ve been working at a distance of about 10,000 miles for the last six years (The reason for this is an entire story in itself, which I’m not quite ready to share so publicly, yet). We still make it work and the results speak for themselves.

Check the intro of the first of two mixes this year:

Next year will be our 15th anniversary and I’m sure we’ll be doing the regular mixes plus a special anniversary mix… I just hope we start way earlier next time.. I’m trying to get through one of these without a complete crash afterwards πŸ˜€

Now go check out our mixes, drenched in blood, sweat and tears!
www.thomasradman.com/coachella

cheers RDMN

I’m declaring this week my personal drum and bass week.

I realized that the more people I talk to about music on a regular basis, the more inspired I get. Everyone has tastes that they’ve become experts in over the years and I can only advise absorbing the experiences they share with you!

Last week “drum n bass” came up briefly during a conversation and it got me to dive back into the genre after a while ofΒ having been absent. Many people who may only know me for house music and its variations may not know that I actually used to produce a little drum and bass back in the day. Here is one of the two tracks that got released and are still available today πŸ˜‰

Anyways, I started digging around a bit in the last couple of days and immediately found some new favorites. Favorites I wouldn’t have ever found if it wasn’t for that one conversation… let that marinate πŸ™‚

Ok here they are:

Netsky – Pirate Bay – My loud music while driving on loop havin favorite.

 

Rudimental – Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre – The “How have I never heard of Rudimental before” Track surprise.

 

Netsky – High Alert – The dopest hook/chorus vocal edit of the month for me.

 

Keeno – Faithless – So sophisticated and adulting.

There were a bunch more, but I caught myself giving the tracks above the most rewinds.

And I just have to end this post with the most epic improvised, on the spot, top of the dome joke about drum and bass ever, thanks to Jimmy Carr. πŸ˜€

cheers
RDMN

Feature Image Credit:
By Djurica94 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

It’s that time of year again. Coachella is approaching and my dropbox is downloading over a hundred tracks, all potential candidates for our 14th annual Coachella mix.

This year I am trying to capture the work on video but it has already proven harder than I expected. Recording isn’t the issue but all the upload, editing, processing, etc. is taking really long. It’s certainly taking longer than I take producing these mixes and I have to stay on top of it to meet our deadline. So because of this I am going to try to post a few short clips here and there but my number one priority is the mix itself.

If you don’t know these mixes or need a refresher, you can check out and download the last three years right here. I will eventually add earlier years as well:

www.thomasradman.com/coachella

John Beaver and I actually started a branded website dedicated to these Coachella mixes, but I guess that was a bit too much for our friends at Golden Voice. Since they’ve supported what we’ve been doing for almost a decade and a half, we didn’t put up a fight when they kindly requested that we take that website down… I can’t blame them.. it looked legit AF πŸ˜€ lol. Either way, I consolidated the content into a couple of pages and added them to this website. I’m planning on keeping it here so feel free to remember it, write it down or take a picture πŸ™‚

I may not be setup yet to give regular video updates but I will certainly keep posting about the progress here for the next couple of weeks.

And now it’s time to beat warp about 50 tracks in Ableton. It’s zombie-work but an important step in setting up the mashup sessions down the line.

Cheers

RDMN

Social media has opened so many doors for people of all walks of life.

I can only speak for musicians but everyone can agree that social media has created opportunities for anyone trying to spread the word about anything. And it’s this expectation to seize those opportunities that will make you go crazy.

I have so many social media channels going and I won’t mention all of them as I write this. The mother of all social media for me personally was MySpace. Boy, was it important to have a shit load of “friends” on there for promoters to consider booking you. But it was only a single account to take care of.. it was easy to push it. There is probably still a YoursTruly-MySpace account out there floating around the net somewhere.
Either way, here is a list of channels I tend to nowadays and what I use them for, followed by a personal strategy that I hope will help me stay sane:

Facebook – A mix of real friends and followers. It’s a main communication tool for my extra curricular activities: Sports, Family, Friends and Music.

WordPress – Let’s me write down rants like this one and also hosts my Website for music related content.

Twitter – Used for talking shit about Trump. Nothing helps me wake up in the morning like one of Trump’s dumb ass tweets. Thank you Mr. President πŸ™‚

Instagram – A Collage of everyday life and music scenes captured in pictures and video clips. I even have a small business creating English language Instagram posts for German companies… Fun fact: my cats have their own account.. don’t hate, they’re fabulous.

YouTube – Creating video content for my music. I’m starting to video record things I do in music. This is one channel I’d really like to grow in the future.

Soundcloud – Keeping my music updated here.

DemoDrop – I uploaded my mashups here because SoundCloud was being a dick about it

MixCloud – I uploaded my DJ mixes here because SoundCloud was, again, being a dick about it.

Vero – Yet another player in the field. I do like the idea of it. It’s like Instagram and Foursquare meet IMDB, plus you can add books you’re reading and it gives you the option to recommend or not recommend something.

 

Keeping my head above water.

There are a few channels that I don’t frequently use at the moment. Frequently for me means at least once a week. The channels above however started to overwhelm me as I used them more frequently.
In January I decided to push my music again and that meant sound the horn in all directions..right? Well, not quite. There is no need to be absolutely everywhere. I want to be where my potential audience is so I chose these outlets because I felt that I could provide regular content for them. Being consistent is important if you want a follower base to stay loyal or, better yet, grow.

I soon realized, though, that it was chaotic work so I made a weekly plan which helped organize some of the content creation. Twitter and Facebook communication is still a daily thing, but blog posts are planned and set to post once or twice a week.

Sunday is my day to organize my thoughts about what’s going to happen in the following week. If I have enough time I will even write the blog posts on this day for future publishing.

Monday is my music day. That means I either produce and work on tracks or record a mix and get it all on video if I have the time. Don’t get me wrong, I will work on music any time I feel inspired to do so, but it helps to have a schedule guide what happens when.

Wednesday is networking day, so if I need to do more than just like funny cat videos on Facebook I’m doing it on this day. Being active in music groups, comment on YouTube, share SoundCloud tracks, etc. It’s an important part of staying visible.

By focusing my content creation and networking on these days I end up having less stress and more time to do other things. This also leaves me with enough stuff to post towards the weekend. Essentially I’ve moved from “Spray N Pray” to “Fire and Forget”, which is a much more efficient way of existing in this Soup of Social Media.

Cheers and thanks for letting me get this off my chest πŸ™‚

RDMN

 

Hey freaks and geeks,

this is not a how-to or a Top10 post. I actually would love some help with this. I want to start posting videos of me DJing and producing as well as other music related content in video format. As I’m currently only working with my iPhone, Premiere Elements and nothing else, you could consider me sort of a blank slate, a sponge ready to soak up your info. πŸ™‚

You can check out the content on my channel so far:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSXvSUZKzHDiPwnUWhXIBvA

Also here are a few examples of the kind of lighting and audio recording I’m dealing with. In the first video I just recorded myself using the phone and its mic, obviously it’s shit. In the second video I recorded the audio of the mix separately and mixed it into the video during editing. But I’d like to have a nice full sound if I’m talking as well:

I definitely would be interested in some tips concerning lighting, cameras, mic options if necessary and maybe some techniques that you video enthusiasts are using, like utilizing angles and shadows, etc. Also screen caption software suggestions are welcome, as I may want to use a direct video clip of me doing something on screen in audio software instead of filming it off of the monitor.

I would like to use a camera that can focus on an object up close like my face or a controller, and have the background be out of focus and blurred. Any suggestions on this subject is much appreciated.

Hit me up here or on social media. Thanks for taking the time.

Cheers. Thomas.

Photo Credit:Β Photo byΒ James PondΒ onΒ Unsplash