Born and raised in the windy North Texas City of Dallas, I have always been a fan (fiend is probably a better term) of all things of music. Composing, editing, remixing distorting, flanging, chopping, screwing…Creating sound. I love sounds. I’ve been a fan for years, but only started seriously composing in 2006 while in college. My parents bought me a copy of Magix Music Maker 10 after hearing me and some college buddies freestyle over Triumph.
This was before I knew a keyboard, MPC, or at least a MIDI keyboard was essential to make good music. I made some pretty horrendous shit in Magix that I’ll post sometime soon. You’ll be amazed at the musical growth attained in 5 years. I shake my head every time I listen to my early stuff compared to the beat I made last week.
I have no formal training in music composition and play everything by ear. My plan is to learn guitar one day soon, but I’m also a firm believer in letting creativity naturally flow. Music, notes, bars…Its language, its formulaic, its math. I never want to box my creativity or put empirical parameters around my creative process and flow. For me if it feels right, it typically sounds right.
That said…I keep people who are formally trained around to make sure I’m not creating musical malarkey. At least none that would turn people off.
The first Rap song I ever memorized and fell in love with was Ice Cube’s: It Was a Good Day…Or was it MC Breed’s: Ain’t No Future in Yo Front’n; Honestly it was probably a Kool Mo Dee song… But I digress, from there it was Tupac, Scarface & the Geto Boys, Cash Money Millionaires, 36 Mafia, No Limit and the list goes on. I was definitely raised heavily on West, South, and Mid West Hip-Hop (Dallas is very much a West Coast-ish city located in South) and didn’t get wind of East Coast flavor until middle school. Pete Rock & CL Smooth, DJ Premier, Busta Rhymes, Biggie, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan and too many more to name. Hip-Hop has always held a special place in me and forever will.
And yes, I was young enough to love Kriss Kross, MC Hammer, and the Vanilla Ice Song…grandma made me the purple sparkly poof pants and all for Christmas. My dad has a VHS of that somewhere…and maybe I’ll get enough courage to convert to digital to post here. Maybe if I get enough Facebook Likes…lol.
Interestingly enough, R&B was my first musical love. Getting fresh haircuts to the sounds of Teddy Riley, The Winans, Prince, Morris Day and The Time, Teena Marie, Shelia E, Ginuwine, Mint Condition, the late great Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, was a common occurrence for me growing up. I often wish I could use my voice to hold a musical note, but alas, cannot. Luckily my interest in music creation has allowed me to hopefully make some things that people with stellar cords can lend their talents to.
I also have a special place for Country, Rock (even the harder shit), Pop (which is still R&B to me…most times) in my music collection. Lenny Kravitz, Terry Reid, hell Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen, Garth Brooks, Rob Zombie, Justin Timberlake, Jimi Hendrix, Credence Clearwater Revival, & Kansas just to name few.
The point is that I love music and anything with a great groove, meaningful message, or both and also music that plays well in my car.
I certainly hope you enjoy the music and words I post to this place and look forward to hearing what you think. Please, enjoy!
Also, when I’m not dabbling in music I spend my time as a Web Consultant. So if you are in need of a website or regular website maintenance head over the client section for a list of my clients, services provided, and online portfolio.