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Beats Antique

Beats Antique

Recently I went to the Sea of Dreams new years concert to see Pretty Lights. I had a choice of going on the 30th, or the 31st. On the 30th, tickets were cheaper, and Glitch Mobb opened – bad ass. … Continue reading

Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

I am currently obsessed with Pretty Lights… I play them almost daily. The good thing is that PL has a wide discography to pick from, that goes through a handful of different styles while remaining soulful and fresh. Via Wikipedia: Derek … Continue reading

Gramatik

Gramatik

Gramatik is a musician my friend and I discovered through the Pretty Lights label. Pretty Lights, is also another of one favorite musicians. His style is typically hip-hop instrumentals, but more recently he’s gotten into dub-step. Via Facebook: Hi. I’m … Continue reading

Blockhead

Blockhead

I discovered Blockhead when his music video for “The Music Scene,” went viral a couple years ago. The music video (see below), is a MUST WATCH in full screen high-def. After grooving to the video, I decided to check out what … Continue reading

Thunderball

Thunderball

Ever since I was a child, I was a fan of the Sitar. Originally the song “Thunderball vs. Liftoff – Welcome Back Cooper” introduced me to Thunderball, and like many other artists I found that through the Buddha Bar series. … Continue reading

mo'horizons

mo’horizons

Like the Wikipedia description says, I too discovered them through the Buddha Bar compilation series. Via Wikipedia: Mo’ Horizons is a duo of DJs from Hannover, Germany. Their music can be described as a mixture of downtempo, acid-jazz, nu jazz, … Continue reading

Xploding Plastix

Xploding Plastix

A friend of my from UCSC introduced me to this group. The particular song was “Dizzy Blonde” (see below). I joked it sounded like a Nintendo Entertainment System (8-bit NES), that had a uncannily good guitar synth. Not all their … Continue reading

St Germain

St. Germain

St. Germain has a real soulful groove, that can be hard to shake. Via. Wikipedia: St. Germain is the stage name of Ludovic Navarre, a French musician. His style has been described as being a combination of house and nu … Continue reading

The Herbaliser

The Herbaliser

The Herbaliser originally hooked me with their instrumental beats I heard jammin’ on monkeyradio.org. Via Wikipedia: The Herbaliser is a jazz rap band formed by Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba (Born Oliver Lawrence Trattles) in London, England during the early … Continue reading

Karsh Kale

Karsh Kale

Karsh Kale was introduced to me many years ago by some of my High School friends. Been a fan ever since. Via Wikipedia: Karsh Kale (pronounced Kursh Kah-lay) is an Indian American musician, producer and composer, and is considered one … Continue reading

Quantic

Quantic

I discovered Quantic 4 or 5 years ago, when my musical taste first started shifting into down-tempo / trip-hop / lounge / esoteric electronica / whatever you want to call it. One of my all-time favorite musicians, Bonobo has been … Continue reading

Bonobo

Bonobo

I can’t say enough good things about Bonobo. Like many, many, many of my favorite musicians I first heard him through monkeyradio.org. Though the stuff on monkey radio, at the time, was his older stuff. At that time his newest … Continue reading

Zero 7

Zero 7

Zero 7 has some amazing sounds… give them a listen! Via Wikipedia: Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. The group members began their musical careers as studio engineers and in 1997 formed … Continue reading

Thievery Corporation

Thievory Corporation

I discovered the Thievery Corporation many years ago, and they definitely left an impact.  There was a time when they were all I played. Each of their albums has it’s own style, all in the down-tempo, chill out, dub and … Continue reading

Sounds from the Ground

Sounds from the Ground

Another chill artist found at monkeyradio.org. Via Wikipedia: Sounds From The Ground (SFTG) is an English electronic music duo formed in 1995. Both members Nick Woolfson and Elliot Jones met through their involvement with the underground music scene in London. … Continue reading

Ronald Jenkees

Ronald Jenkees

Ronald Jenkees became a YouTube sensation about 5 years ago. He has a quirky yet lovable & humble personality, which shines through his videos. He claims to be a self-taught musician, which isn’t to surprising if you watch him play. … Continue reading

Ratatat

Ratatat

It’s hard to pick just a few favorite songs from Ratatat. I was introduced to them from a friend, and been listening since. Via Wikipedia: Ratatat (pronounced rat-ə-tat) is a New York City experimental electronic rock duo consisting of Mike … Continue reading

gROUSe

Grouse

Grouse is a very ambient, down tempo chillout artists I also discovered through monkeyradio.org. We Want To Be Loved  

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow has been a favorite local musician of mine since I first heard his work many years ago. He’s from San Francisco, and proud of it. He once scored a film called Dary Days, which told the story of … Continue reading

DJ Krush

DJ Krush

I discovered DJ Krush on monkeyradio.org, which is where I discovered a bunch of my favorite artists. Via Wikipedia: Hideaki Ishi (石 英明 Ishi Hideaki?, born 1962 in Tokyo, Japan), better known by his stage nameDJ Krush, is an alternative hip hop producer andDJ. He is … Continue reading

Boards of Canada

Boards of Canada

BOC has been around for quite a while, yet their music still sounds fresh. If you’ve never heard them before, perhaps you’ll recognize some of their sounds from Salad Fingers? Via Wikipedia: Boards of Canada (commonly abbreviated BoC) are a Scottishelectronic music duo consisting … Continue reading

Bluetech

Bluetech

Bluetech is an amazing electronic artist. Typically when I think of “ambient” I think of some lame, slow, airy music. Bluetech’s music is often ambient, but still retains a crispy edge, you just got to love. Via Wikipedia: Bluetech is Evan … Continue reading

Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin is one of those artists that’s hit-or-miss for me. However, when it’s a ‘hit’ it’s pretty dope, so I have him as one of my favorite artists. Via Wikipedia: Amon Adonai Santos de Araújo Tobin (born February 7, 1972), … Continue reading

Gotan Project

Gotan Project

At some point in my adventures though “World Music,” and “Chillout Lounge,” music I discovered the Gotan Project. They have a great tango atmosphere. Via Wikipedia: Gotan Project is a musical group based in Paris, consisting of musicians Eduardo Makaroff … Continue reading

Jon Kennedy

Jon Kennedy

Not to be confused with the President John Kennedy, Jon Kennedy drops the H and also dope beats. He’s style is sometimes similar to classic Bonobo and he has even remixed/collabed with Bonobo before. Via Wikipedia: Jon Kennedy is a … Continue reading

 

Since music is very important to me, I decided to try my hand at creating music as well.
I realize I have a long way to go where I want to be musically, but practise makes perferct, so I'll stick to it.
Below are some of the few songs I'm somewhat proud of. Enjoy!

Techa Nina

Techa Nina


When I made this beat, I felt like it would be something that Tech N9ne from Strange Music would rap on / produce. I like it, it’s catchy.

Pirate Beat

Pirate Beat [Loop Only]


This was a beat I made with an experiment music program I’m writing. I need to finish up this one and extrapolate it into a more complex song, so for now it’s just a loop that I’m proud of.  

Bombin' Graff

Bombin’ Graff


My most recent song. This one came out of nowhere. I was opening old unfinished projects, and found this one I had completely forgotten about. I tweaked it and polished it a little, and it was done. Since I had … Continue reading

Push Thru

Push Thru


This beat has a pretty dark, gloomy, malevolent feeling to it. Hopefully it can inspire one to push-thru.

Enthum

Enthum


Enthum.. anthem… idk.

Ridin In Glory

Ridin’ In Glory


For lack of a better name, this upbeat song sounds good for riding down the street in glory.

Turn Cold

Turn Cold


This has a very gangsta-pad in the background, so I called it turn-cold after “Warren G’s about to make some bodies turn cold.”

Sideways One

Sideways One


One of my friends wanted to start up a clothing brand, called Sideways 1. With the idea that is for anyone who ride’s sideways, such as Skateboards, Surfers, Snowboarders, Wakeb-oarders and Mountain Boarders – all the things you ride sideways. … Continue reading

Da Fuq

Da Fuq


This was an experimental beat that I think came out well enough to be worth a listen. For lack of a better name and to reference the fact that I was just messing around, it’s named Da Fuq.

Digital Cereal

Digital Cereal


This has a very warm-n-cozy electronic feeling.

Rockish

“Rockish”


Never came up with a good name for this one. This is a favorite of many, as it has a pretty catchy hook.

Intl' Hustla

International Hustla


I made this beat many years ago. I wish it was mixed and mastered better to sound a little less “cartoony.” I still have the original files, maybe I’ll update it someday. My friend gave it a name, when he … Continue reading

Dream

Dream


I woke up from a particularly visual dream, with this song in my head. Having nothing better to do, I decided to recreate something similar to what I head in my dream. It’s hard, because dreams fade quickly, but at … Continue reading

Face Punch

Face Punch


This beat packs a punch. Kickin-ass with a southern rap twist.

Creepin' in the Garden

Creepin’ in the Garden


This is a pretty old beat of mine, so it’s not as polished as I’d like it to be. Never the less, the bassline on this one makes me thinking of the cliche creeping music, thus the name.

A Few bits shy of a Byte

A Few bits shy of a Byte


A Few bits shy of a Byte was named after electronic 8-bitish style synth lead, and the fact that I wish I could take the song to the next level.

Global Entropy

Global Entropy


I named this song after my friends old website. It’s a good beat for ‘entropy.’

Half Dolla

Half Dolla


Someone told me the horns in this song make them think it’s a 50 Cent beat. Thus, I named it Half Dolla.

 

Music Articles

Pretty Lights - Sea of Dreams

Sea of Dreams 12/30/2014

Once again I visited Pretty Lights, this time at the Sea of Dreams new years show. Though, it was a two day festival I went the day before new years eve, as tickets were cheaper, plus Glitch Mob opened! Speaking … Continue reading

G-Board 24

G-Board 24

I’ve always loved music, and being a creator I’ve always tried to create music. While I tend to be good at art and engineering, I’ve never felt confident in my ability to make music. A few years back I decided … Continue reading

MIDI Theremin

MIDI Theremin

Even though I’m not the best musician, I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with music. Since I’ve been learning electronics recently I got excited when I realized that it would now be easy to build MIDI capable hardware! I bought a MIDI … Continue reading

Music Kiosk Hack

Music Kiosk Hack

The Story I love going to the flea market – over the years I’ve found many items money can’t buy. On a recent trip my friend and I discovered a music kiosk store display for only $10. I was intrigued, … Continue reading

Brain Candy Mix 1

Brain Candy Mix 1

I love to share music. I’ve always thought about make a radio-DJ style mix of some of my favorite tracks. When I recently met someone who was looking for music, I decided to put something together. Overall it came out … Continue reading

Pretty Lights Live

Pretty Lights live at Bill Graham Civic Center (11/30/13)

I’m the type of person who can listen to the same song a million times and never get tired of it. Maybe that’s because I have shit memory, or just a high tolerance for the tedious built up from years … Continue reading

Bonobo Live

Bonobo Live at the Warfield (10/26/13)

After many years enjoying Bonobo’s music, I finally got the privilege to see him live. My favorite album from Bonobo by far is Black Sands, though he does have a newer album out now: The Northern Borders. I was worried … Continue reading

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