What I’m Listening To #1

What I’m Listening To, the blog series in which I reflect on the musical territories I’ve been exploring during the last few months. Join me on this inspirational journey and listen along with the Spotify playlist below!

Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 2
This rapper has been on my to-listen-to-list for too long, so I decided to check out his work. And it didn’t disappoint. Tech’s unapologetic in-your-face verses are unlike any other rapper’s. With every track he sounds like he’s ready to start a revolution and by the end of this album I was ready too.

Sum 41 – Order In Decline
By now I’ve listened to the majority of Sum 41’s discography, but the one album I keep coming back to is “Order In Decline”. What stands out for me is the heavy and thrashy sound and the more serious tone compared to their earlier work. My only gripe is that the two slower songs don’t fit the overall flow, despite them being great on their own.

Jedi Mind Tricks – A History of Violence
Two things I particularly loved about this underground hip hop project were the well integrated samples and the unique timbre of Vinnie Paz’ voice. Together with the DJ scratching and old school sounding beats, these qualities really add to the underground sound that I like so much.

Stone Temple Pilots – Perdida
The previous album with new singer Jeff Gutt was great, so I was naturally looking forward to “Perdida”. Its acoustic style is surprising, but the Stone Temple Pilots DNA is definitely still present. Unfortunately, some songs aren’t as gripping as I wished they’d be, making them fall flat at times. Overall a nice album, but not their best.

Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero
Never have I ever heard such a consistently noisy produced album before. And never did I ever think I’d like it this much. In typical Nine Inch Nails fashion, this album takes you through noisy and industrial soundscapes, yet maintaining a visceral and organic character. A one of a kind listening experience for me.

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
One of the most accessible albums I’ve heard in a while. The classic rock anthems on here are so easy and fun to listen to. By the time closing track Wild in the Streets came along, this album had me feeling nostalgic about a time I wasn’t even born yet.

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‘’Millions of Simple Lights” (Deluxe Edition) out now!

The deluxe edition of ‘’Millions of Simple Lights’’ is here! Меня Нет and I have been working on this EP for over a year and we’re both super excited to finally share all tracks with you today.

Enjoy the deluxe edition of ‘’Millions of Simple Lights’’, including Empty Silence of Our Hearts and Final Awakening, now on your favorite streaming platforms:

Be sure to let us know what you think of the new tracks in the comments below, we’d love to hear your opinion! 😉

‘’Millions of Simple Lights’’ (Deluxe Edition) out January 13

Next week on January 13 me and my friend Меня Нет will release new music again: the deluxe edition of our 2019 EP ‘’Millions of Simple Lights’’! It includes two brand new tracks that evolved from leftover pieces from our original recording sessions: Empty Silence of Our Hearts, a solo track by Меня Нет, and Final Awakening, created (almost entirely) by me.

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Preview Empty Silence of Our Hearts and Final Awakening with the sampler below.

We can’t wait for you to hear these tracks! ”Millions of Simple Lights” (Deluxe Edition) will be available on all streaming platforms but in the meantime, you can pre-order the EP on Bandcamp.

 

Celebrating 2019: SoundCloud Favorites

Another year gone by. 2019 was full of great music and lots of releases by me as well. From “Higher Frequencies” to collaborative projects “Millions of Simple Lights” and “Let It Go”, I’ve never even put out so much music in one year.

Looking ahead, I have a couple plans for 2020. As usual, lots of demos are just waiting to be finished, so definitely expect new stuff. I also want to put my work on more streaming services and I’m planning to explore other music producing software to up my game. And above all, I’m gonna keep working on my guitar playing skills.

To celebrate 2019, I’ve made a new playlist. The difference with my 2018 playlist is that I’ve collected all my favorite tracks from upcoming SoundCloud artists and friends whom I think you should check out. Enjoy!

Wishing all my listeners and supporters happy holidays and a wonderful and musical 2020 🙂

Single ‘’Let It Go’’ available now

‘’It’s come to my attention that what’s needed is an intervention.
Just a cryptic invention of the mind that needs direction.‘’

‘’Let It Go’’ is my new single with New York based artist Willis the Illest! Will is a conscious rapper whose music I first encountered on SoundCloud and later on Linkin Park Underground. Somehow we kept running into each other so we finally decided to work together. Will took care of the words and vocals while I produced the instrumental. With ‘’Let It Go’’ we hope to spread an inspiring message of positivity and awareness.

Free download of ‘’Let It Go’’ is available on Bandcamp and includes the instrumental, acapella and demo versions of the song.

Also don’t forget to check out Will’s mixtapes on his website and let us know what you think of ‘’Let It Go’’! 🙂

Feeling inspired

I’ve been feeling inspired lately. For the first time I’m writing music on guitar and also for the first time I’m starting with riffs instead of chord progressions or melody parts. Making a riff sound interesting and catchy is pretty challenging but it’s proven to be a fun way to change up my creative process. Admittedly I’m still a beginner guitar player, but by taking lessons and doing these jam sessions I’m slowly making progress!

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