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

I’m really curious about something I’m about to test out. It’s this new streaming portal for musicians called choon. Designed to have its own payment ecosystem the entire thing is powered by the Etherium blockchain. Check out their website if you haven’t googles it already:

https://www.choon.co/

Some familiar faces are involved: Gareth Emery, Ashley Wallbridge and Bjorn Niklas, who I still remember from the Torque days at Ruby Skye in San Francisco.

This is one of the most interesting things in digital music distribution and streaming I’ve heard of in a long time and I can’t wait to see its mechanics work in a live environment.

So when I received a beta invite I just had to upload a couple of tracks to try it out. They had to be brand new, since nothing published or under contract is eligible. So I hurried and polished up my two latest projects.
The first one called “Stranger” is sort of a downtempo breaks track that I made recently. I like to make all kinds of music and enjoy each break away from house music πŸ™‚

 

The second track called “Neon Dark” sounds more like something people may be used to hearing from me. It’s been in the works for a while and after adding a punch of different things I decided to strip it back down to the current version. It’s my personal underground party soundtrack πŸ™‚

For now I have to say that choon came along at a very convenient time, because I was looking for a solid outlet and got a bit tired of the entire label scene. I have high hopes for this platform and I’m keeping a close eye on its development. It could possibly become the kind of outlet for my music I’ve been looking for lately!

I’m stayin tuned πŸ™‚

cheers