Alummmmni: Xandor

What is an example of what you were able to learn from Jason and our lab? How did it apply to “Craving for Your Love”?
First I want to say that Jason is an excellent teacher! Back when I was attending your program, he was one of the substitute teachers, and I am very lucky that he was able to teach our class a few times. I’ve learned a lot from him since then.

At the time I had no idea how to use Ableton or what I was doing. In the beginning, it was all trial and error, and I had to be patient because it was not easy to put my ideas into actual music.

I think an example of what I’ve learned at your lab and the most important was “song arrangement” also understanding everything that Ableton offers you was essential. Eventually, I was able to put my ideas into music and applied all this knowledge into my debut single “Craving for Your Love.”

Who is the singer? Any advice on how to find good vocals?

The singer is Catherine Joy Parke and she actually worked with my brother’s band in one of his songs. I had the original idea which was “Crave for Love,” and at the time I was going through a breakup and I wanted to put together a song that spoke to my feelings. It was a challenge at first because it’s an entirely different genre and different key. I had to work around it. At the end of the production I was amazed by the outcome it was pretty good!

I guess my advice to any producer is if you find a good vocal that works with your initial idea then go ahead and try it out you never know what the outcome will be. I’m currently working on my EP, and I’m in the process of collaborating with a fantastic singer which I’m very excited about!

Also if you want to hear my brother’s song you can find it here you can listen to how different it is:

Working on this song taught me that there is no limit to your creativity because music has no boundaries:

Was there a moment that made you want to throw yourself into production?

I grew up in a household full of musicians, my dad a saxophone player, my mom loved singing, and I have two older brothers, and they both studied music, one plays the guitar and the other the drums.

Me on the other hand, growing up I really liked electronic music and always wanted to know how to make it, but I really didn’t know how and never really did it. I remember going to a Jauz show here in Boston. He was playing at Ascend Nightclub at the time.

I will never forget the feeling when I first heard him I was stunned at every song he played it was very different to what I’ve listened to at the time and I loved it. I remember thinking to myself: “Wow I want to make music like this.” After the show I went home and Googled “how to make electronic music,” and the rest is history.

Any advice on someone looking to work with our courses?
Best advice is to be patient and be willing to learn as much as you can, it takes time to get to the point where you finish a song, and it sounds just like you wanted too, it’s a process and trust me it won’t happen overnight.

Mmmmaven will give you the tools, but it all boils down to how much work and passion you put into this.

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#MakeItNew this September

This October, #MakeItNew, our weekly club night on Thursday at the Middlesex Lounge, turns 11. But before that, we’re happy to be giving you a September to Remember.

We start with a tribute to the resident DJs. Our hard-working openers get the time to shine Thursday September 3rd. Click the pic to get taken to the RSVP page:

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September 10th we’re bringing Recondite Live. This is a man who had played for thousands of people and utterly smashed EDC New York. According to Resident Advisor, Lorenz is the #1 live act in the entire world.

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Gadgets and gizmos, machines and boxes, all lined up and plugged in and routed together to pump out such thumping techno as you’ve never heard.

Then Thursday September 17th, in rolls the Keinemusik clan:

In partnership with Soundscape Boston, this Keinemusik Showcase features &ME, David Mayer and Adam Port.

Yes, all three of them.

The Berlin label has exploded onto the map as of late, with a dashing blast of emotional and lyrical clubbing techno music.

Finally, rounding out September:

If Recondite is the #1 live act in the world, Kink isn’t close behind.

This is in fact true, as Kink was named the #3 live act in the entire world.

He’ll be performing live on September 24th. See him in action in this hour-long set. From Bulgaria to Singapore:

Stay on top of the latest news and information by following us on Twitter, and whenever talking about (or attending) the night, please use the hashtag: #MakeItNew.

And rest up, because if you thought September was fun, October is going to blow you away

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.@MorcheebaMusic in Boston Tonight

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If you don’t know Morcheeba, you should.

Let’s start where life begins, aka “The Sea”:

A pioneer of ambient, downtempo, what people called “electronica” back in the day, Morcheeba created a sound world that set itself apart by being intuitively sexy, subtle and singular. We have the rare opportunity to see them in person tonight at Royale.

Do you know this album cover? You should:

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Big Calm was a landmark of downtempo music. If you’ve spent anytime in a hair salon, you’ve likely heard it. But beyond that, the trio have released album after album of original delicate sounds. It’s just on you to pay attention to their continuing sonic sculptures.

Tonight, they bring it to Boston and you’re almost required to bring a date.

See you there.