What would you do if you had the desire for two life-changing experiences, yet one would traditionally get in the way of the other? In the case of FCKDSKO, a new producer out of Colorado, it was between traveling to Latin America on his own for the first time and finished releasing a track. To frolic around in the jungles and beaches during the frigid Colorado winter, while experiencing a completely different culture, or to build a music career that would hopefully pay him to frolic around on the beaches, and create culture?
To debut anything, the conventional wisdom is that you want to be in your local market in order to best harness the momentum that comes from the release. You want to harness your local fan base and create a groundswell of influence around your track playing shows, doing events, etc. You also want to have a full studio with solid acoustics and an easy to access setup for when creative inspiration strikes. Also, being in the dead cold of winter is a hell of a motivator, as there aren’t beautiful rainforests and crystal clear, warm beaches to distract you. However, as FCKDSKO puts it, “I’m a stubborn mother fucker. I didn’t want to just settle for one, so I decided to improvise. I made a setup that was portable for both DJing and producing, and fit it inside a 55L backpack that fits on the carryon of the plane, along with all of my clothes. I also figured that I’d find a studio down here to mix it in without doing much planning. I just really wanted to travel.”
Currently, he is residing in Medellin, Colombia, where he has finally finished what he set out to do, and that was to release a track. The other week he premiered the track “Totality” — a woozy, jazzy, wall of sound crescendo that he says reminds him of if early Amon Tobin listened to a lot of post-rock and shoegaze, along with a set that he made while on the beach in Las Lajas, Panama. While the song is experimental in nature, and probably equally as close to psychedelic rock as it is to electronica, this mix takes a more traditional club approach, mainly consisting of house, techno, disco, and breakbeats, but still with that psych-rock edge that comes from “Totality”. Artists featured on this mix include Underworld, Avalon Emerson, Ripperton, and Prins Thomas, among others.
“This was quite the experience,” FCKDSKO says. “I didn’t end up finding a studio, as I was in the middle of nowhere when I was most inspired. Whether that was on a dormant volcano in Panama, or on the beach with barely a WiFi signal, the opportunity to get to a studio just didn’t happen, so I had to improvise. I committed a cardinal sin, I mixed in headphones. Then I played the track through a 20 dollar portable speaker that sounds surprisingly good, got a more accurate mix, and used LANDR to master it. I emailed it to some friends whose opinion I trust and asked them to play it on good speaker systems, and they laughed at how well it turned out. If anything the makeshift, ghetto way of doing this gave it this lofi quality I didn’t expect that really adds to it.”
You can read more about FCKDSKO’s experience and methodology at www.fckdsko.net/blog-1/sonic-nomadism-pt-1. and listen to “Totality” either on SoundCloud or Spotify:
Sonic Radiation’s Electronic Jam “Roentgen” Is An Ode To Star Wars
Sonic Radiation shares his electronic jam, “Roentgen” for your listening pleasure. The inspiration behind this energetic track comes from Sci-Fi films. Within seconds, its progressive nature reveals a futuristic-like atmosphere. To deliver such forward-thinking rhythms he lays out authenticity above all else. Not to mention, you can tell he has a strong vision of tomorrow’s music.
Modern and experimental are probably the best words to describe the style of this rising Dallas-based producer. Likewise, his groovy outer-space synths are integrated with almost all of his releases. According to the artist himself, the illusion of creating beats helped him to get through hard times while recovering from a severe spinal cord injury. At present, Todd Last (given name) is here to represent the next frontier of Electronica.
If “Roentgen” isn’t an ode to Star Wars, then I don’t know what it is. For sure, his work never fails to hold interest. Just close your eyes and imagine exploring an infinite number of galaxies via these innovative soundscapes down here.
“I think all my songs try to grab you by the ear. I hope each one takes you on a different journey through time and space. This track really reflects my skill level and life at the time.” – Sonic Radiation
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Donna O. Raphael Unleashes EDM Instrumental Beats, “Tainted Dreams”
Donna O. Raphael brings you effervescent EDM instrumental beats on “Tainted Dreams”. There’s no need to hear vocals when dynamic synthesizers take listeners on a sonic journey. Besides, you can feel invigorating sounds provoking a smile on your face. Despite the vibrant melodies, the three-minute eight seconds song is also beautified with delicate piano touch. Without fail, this demonstrates the essence of her new song, which is aligned with positive feelings thanks to the passion behind it.
The independent composer based in Florida tells us that this tune was stuck in her head for quite some time. Subsequently, she developed the artful workflow right at the moment. Years of experience in playing her Yamaha keyboards lead Donna to dominate this spontaneous technique at her studio. Do yourself the favor and stream in full “Tainted Dreams” right here.
If interested you can check out her valuable work at World Instrumentals, where she offers quality arrangements for your video projects in a wide range of music genres.
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“Chill Mood” By Donna O. Raphael Is Relaxing Music To Listen To
Florida-based composer Donna O. Raphael releases “Chill Mood”. In brief, this is relaxing music to listen to. What’s more, her creative process revolves around musical improvisation. She started playing around with drum patterns, and a mix of Hip-Hop/Electronica elements. Subsequently, she obtained something more chilled out than usual.
Of course, this piece is still recognizable by her signature instrumental style. The interesting thing is that the laidback feel to it and the spacey atmospherics complement each other perfectly. According to the artist herself, these soothing sounds came out spontaneously. Plus, the whole tune will literally lift your spirit, as she uses her keyboard really nicely too. Trust me, this is the kind of music that makes you feel better straight away. I wish it was a bit longer though. Anyway, close your eyes as you listen to this and picture a peaceful place you want to be in.
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Crossover Pianist Jolynn J Chin Releases “7 Rings Sonata”
Jolynn J Chin never fails to impress every time she plays the keys. Listen to her latest single “7 Rings Sonata” which is a piano cover of Ariana Grande’s recent Pop hit. It consists of a crossover paired with Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, featuring the famous broken chords theme in the third movement and the main theme from the first movement. As a matter of fact, this contemporary cut is also a reinterpretation of “My Favorite Things” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The classic track was part of a Broadway production from 1959.
On this occasion, Jolynn will dazzle you with this beautiful piece of Sonata art. Sincerely, I can’t figure out how fast she moves her fingers in order to obtain such stunning quality. Add to this, mellow electronic beats, which evoke an air of modernity to the whole composition. Definitely, her music transcends genres, while anchoring to creativeness.
On a side note, the award-winning pianist has announced the release of a debut full-length album for 2021. With regard to details, her forthcoming project has an experimental and personal approach. In short, this means fewer covers and more original arrangements. As it was expected, her recent work has been written during lockdown and will feature exclusive collaborations as well. Stay tuned for more info.
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Enjoy The Magic Behind Donna O. Raphael’s Instrumental Music
Who said instrumental music had to be boring? Composer Donna O. Raphael shows the opposite with her fresh upbeat and fun track “Light Show”. Over the years, the multi-instrumentalist female artist has garnered several distinctions. With a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts, Donna has won mix competitions and has been awarded for her audio file management skills. Moreover, she entered the Top 25 list of the highest-scoring indie artists in 2018 via Music Connection.
The former GRAMMY U member based in Florida is proud of her Caribbean heritage. Indeed, you can tell she has worked her magic with tropical-esque elements on the sound design of “Light Show”. As a result, originality is her stamp of excellence. At the end of the day, this is what really counts, being creative at all costs. Seamlessly blending steel drums, marimba, piano keys, and modern electronic beats, Donna showcases an eclectic variety of rhythms hard to imitate.
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