"Razormane" was originally meant to capture Tech Trance/energetic music at higher tempos (136-148): raw basslines, fast beats and crazy riffs. For a time I maintained an "Ildefonso" alias which was supposed to be my Progressive/Trance counterpart to Razormane. At one point, I ditched the Ildefonso alias and stuck with Razormane for all my productions, especially since I was gradually moving towards more Oldskool House-driven tracks and eventually Trancey tunes. Now I didn't start producing because I was musically talented, I did it because I was bored to death at the time, having read every book we had, having played every game we had, etc. So in December 2005, my brother gave me a tutorial on how to produce. Who would have thought this boredom-cure would turn out to be my favorite hobby of all time in the next 9 years!
I might have created a load of shit-sounding tunes throughout the years but if there wasn't any progress, I would have given up altogether. In 2010 I decided it was time to share my sounds so I made my "Soundcloud debut" with a track called "Celebrate Life".
One year later I started working on an album, as I wanted to see if I was capable of presenting several tracks at the same time. The most important motivation for me was to test myself if I could get everything out of FL7. We are now in 2014 and there is probably still a lot I could learn. I am eager to buy some serious speakers and a midi keyboard in the foreseeable future though. As for the album: "The BPM Spectrum" was a tribute to the richness of Dance music by incorporating tracks ranging from 122 to 146 BPM, regardless of a specific style. It was my statement against BPM determinists that will only listen to EDM if it's 140 BPM or 128 BPM. A track's original BPM can never be wrong!
I put out a teaser in early 2012 but as time progressed I kept adding more tracks and losing focus of a realistic deadline. By 2013 I had lost interest, moreover since I had made some vast improvements through "Mane Festival Theme I": the first track in which I started using EQ. Near the end of 2013 I decided to give album crafting another shot, this time by compiling new tracks with EQ that were created from a "desire to create" rather than fulfilling some filler spot to say "Hey look at me! I made 20 tracks!". This project is about 60% finished at the time of writing. This "24-7" project is a celebration of my life with tunes that come from the heart. My good friend Blachshma will mix everything into a 1,5/2hr mix once the tracks are finished.
So what inspires me on a regular basis? Whenever I listen/review a fellow forum buddy's tracks/mixes, or I listen to a track I like a lot I can either be triggered to just produce with no specific goal (just jammin'), or I can be triggered to create something specific (specific genre, mood, sound).
Artist-wise: Piet Bervoets and Benno de Goeij of Rank 1, obviously I've always enjoyed their versatile and captivating sounds: furthermore I've often peeked at the masters' tracks when I got stuck with my own productions. Since 2010 I've grown very passionate about Jody Wisternoff's Intensified podcast and the styles of House he represents in them. He is also an ace producer himself! Other producers that have inspired me musically over the years are Marcel Woods, Leon Bolier, Jochen Miller, M.I.K.E., Joris Voorn, Eelke Kleijn and more recently The Digital Blonde, Relaunch and Terra Ferma/Union Jack are giving me itches to try and make cleaner productions with such distinct dark grooves. But that might take a while to achieve...
Regarding Wisternoff, I hope to spend time creating some super funky Housey tunes in the near future. I used to think 120 BPM was groovalicious but touching upon the 110 realm is even tastier! Stay tuned for that!
Once my tracks sound "professional" enough, I will opt to make them available for download. Until then I merely take personal requests to have them featured in people's mixes. Hey, I might be an amateur but I still want my music to be heard out there, you know. Sharing is caring!
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