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How do you use Reason in your music making?
Reason is a wonderful sound tool. Its like having multiple racks of gear at your finger tips. Easy sound manipulation and ways to create layers and synth sounds on the fly. These are all things that are key in my song writing process.
What’s the best music making tip you ever got?
Write what pops into your head. Don’t ever try to recreate something you heard somewhere else. When you try to create songs/sounds that fit a certain artist/genre, then you’re limiting yourself and it will never allow your true musical self to show.
Do you have any favorite sound or patch?
Our bassist Dan just introduced me to the creative efx called pulverizer demolition. I love noise and sound manipulation, so I’ve had a very good time messing with it.
What do you do when writer’s block strikes?
It’s only happened a few times, and you just have to stop writing. Don’t try and force it. You will know when the time is right to start again. I never write unless I’m truly inspired mentally to work. I have this philosophy towards song writing and lyrics.
What has been the best moment in your music making career thus far?
One of the most mind blowing experiences for me was when the band I’m in played Radio City Music Hall last year. Its just one of those venues I never expected a band of our genre to ever play. My lady, son, and family were there as well, so it was a very special moment. The crowd wasn’t amazing, but you can’t ask for everything.
Other than that I still enjoy the moment a record is released and all the hard work pays off. I love the final product. The songs will be here longer than us, so it’s an honor to be able to create something that surpasses my human existence.
Any Words of Wisdom for aspiring producers and musicians?
Be productive and original. Take our minds to places we didn’t know it could go. Write what you want. Fuck it all.
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