My friend Steven Hall (SML Del.icio.us: Steven Hall) once said to me that it was very hard to make instrumental music sound good. I used to take vocal lessons when I was a teenager, but I am a counter-tenor. Do you really want to hear me sing? I can't sing these days anyway—my voice has been severely damaged after my prolonged nicotine intake.
In 2006, on my path to writing better dance tracks, I discovered that you can get pristine vocal tracks from DJ contests. I signed up for my an ACIDplanet account and was on my first path of remixing.
A few things that I discovered along the way:
- It is much easier to get your tracks listened to—and thus discovered—when you're in a remix contest.
- You learn a whole lot by being inside a universe of producers all working from the same materials.
- You get a whole lot better from the constructive criticisms you received from musicians across the globe.
- By listening to other people's tracks, you also discover new ways of turning your samples into all the crazy machines
- You don't have to take my word for it. Go listen to the other contest entries as well as the original track and you shall see that creativity is oozing everywhere, waiting to be discovered.
I have mixed about 10+ tracks since then. Until I have time to convert them all to MP3 and unload onto IMEEM, you can hear my music hosted on ACIDplanet. I have two identities: SML and Symphonic Electronica.
Cheers / SML