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

It’s Friday and you guys know nothing makes me happier than that! This time I have to give this girl a shout out. I’ve been following her on twitter when she was getting about 20-40 likes on her tweets and now she’s getting like 500 likes per post! It’s awesome to see her get noticed and play all sorts of big shows like Tomorrowland this year. So here is to another rising star in the Techno scene. Hut ab meine Gute!

cheers RDMN

 

Happy Friday people!

Let’s celebrate with a personal idol, Stephan Bodzin! This dude makes the kind of dirty techno electro sounds I strive for when I happen to feel dirty, techno and electro. He has the most iconic “bass face” in the scene and is a constant reminder of how dope it is to be able to make music yourself… and in this case play it completely live.

He even plays my absolute Bodzin-favorite “Tron” at around 51:38… so much filth in those basslines πŸ™‚

Check out the tracklist below, cheers!

0:00 – Stephan Bodzin – Zulu
6:00 – Rekorder – Rekorder 7.1 (Bodzin / Huntemann / Schumacher project)
10:00 – Stephan Bodzin – Blue Giant
14:00 – Stephan Bodzin – Lila
18:30 – Stephan Bodzin – Birth
23:20 – Stephan Bodzin – Odyssee
27:50 – Stephan Bodzin – Sungam
31:10 – Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy – Kerberos
36:10 – Stephan Bodzin – Sputnik
40:30 – Super Flu – Jo Gurt (Stephan Bodzin Remix)
45:10 – Pan Pot – Seepless (Stephan Bodzin remix)
51:38 – Stephan Bodzin – Tron
55:00 – Stephan Bodzin – Powers of Ten
59:52 – Stephan Bodzin – Singularity
1:05:40 – Stephan Bodzin – Ix
1:10:27 – Stephan Bodzin – Wir
If you want to recommend a kick ass set for me to feature just get in touch. I’m always looking for new sets!

 

This has got to be one of my all time favorite tech house sets and not only because it seems like a cast member of the Big Bang Theory is having the time of his life right behind Steve Bug πŸ™‚
The first track got me hooked right from the start. It’s a perfect opener. These are the kinds of sets you hope to end up at when you go out to party.

Check out the entire tracklist (thanks to YouTube user spiscHiPs):

01 Detroit Swindle Feat. Mayer Hawthorne – 64 Ways (Detroit Swindle’s 65th Way Dub)
02 Oxia – Earth Sound
03 SHOW-B – Dem Atmos
04 Genius Of Time – Juno Jam
05 Manuel Tur – Ara Anam
06 DJ Pierre & Supernova – The Beat 27min
07 Affie Yusuf – Rinse & Dry 33min
08 Anaxander – Song For S (Saturday Love) 36min
09 Norm Talley – The Reworks (Part 1) 40min
10 Mihai Popoviciu – Time 44min
11 LTJ X-Perience – Cry (LTJ Rework Edit) 48min
12 Wil Maddams – Handle The Change 53min
13 Dungeont Meat – The Hairy Axe Wound
14 Anthony Acid – Gimme Da Music 62min

If this doesn’t motivate you as a DJ then I can’t help you any further πŸ˜‰

Cheers
RDMN