Archive for the Inspiration Category
As I’m typing this at 3:49 am, my birthday has officially passed. After doing an evaluation of my last 27 years of life, I’ve realized that 28 isn’t so bad. I have a good life, and there is no doubt about that. I’m not even gonna sweat myself about being older, as long as I’m healthy, living decently, and others that I love have the same. Whatever 28 brings, I’ll take it on, as I have previous years. As I looked back, a lot of fucked up shit already happened. It’s been pretty daym stressful some years. I’m still here able to take what life brings, so that means something. I ain’t no sucker, or chump, son! lol
The evening before my birthday, Tammy and I got some Hat. I could of ate anything that night, but this is honestly all I wanted. I was highly pleased with my choice.
Right when it hit 12 am that night, Tammy gave me another present smh. I was surprised, but honestly pissed. I told her to not buy me anything for my birthday in the first place. She gave me presents that saturday, and I went along with it, and was already grateful and happy as fuck. But now there was another present, meaning more money she spent when she didn’t have to. I would of just been happy with a big mac or some shit that night lol. I didn’t need another gift. She brought out a big ass blank box that has been sitting in the kitchen floor that whole day. She told me it was just trash earlier, so I didn’t give it much attention. My gift was in there the whole time. When I finally gave in and opened the box, it was a white Maschine 2. I was already planning on buying one this month for myself to take along with me on a trip overseas with my bro (that will be explained more in it’s own entry, since it’s so daym epic). Tammy read my mind or some shit! I was looking at buying the maschine 1 mikro, she got me the maschine 2 full size. This shit was just released last week. Turns out she pre ordered it at guitar center across the street from us, and it got shipped in from alanta 2 weeks ago. It was probably one of the first maschine 2′s that the guitar center here got in. Tammy is crazy, she goes hard as hell in the paint lol. I got her to tell me what she paid for it, cause I don’t like getting ripped off. She got it during a sale week, and what she paid including tax was actually cheaper than what I saw it for on amazon. I was so proud at that for some reason.
The next day I took the day off for my bday, and spent it with Tammy. We got lunch at kim kee, basically for the nostalgia. Afterwards we drove around and did random shit, we probably hit up 5 different cities.
Before heading home, we visited my grandparents to drop off some things we bought them that day. We chilled there for a while watching the BET awards with my bro Ken. Commerical Hip Hop isn’t that bad these days. Not sure if it’s getting better, or I’m just tolerating it more…I also got a package there that day that I picked up. It was a black faceplate for the sh-dj1200 dmc mixer I got weeks back. I got this shit for dirt cheap after negotiating with some dude selling it on ebay. I convinced him to just sell me the faceplate for 20 bucks shipped. That was a epic deal. Sometimes I surprise myself, all you really got to do is just ask sometimes. The faceplate came in better condition than I expected. Only thing wrong was a couple scratches that could be solved with a sharpie, and some peeling clear coat. If I was really compulsive I would get this thing re sanded with a new clear coat sprayed, but there is no point in that. I swapped the faceplate into the mixer right when I got home. Looks way nicer than silver! Gloss black on gold is classy as fuck lol. Now I really have the mixer I always wanted back in the day.
I also fucked around with the Maschine that night. This thing is pretty as fuck lol. It took me a while of getting used to, but I’ve learned enough to get me around for now. I’m glad youtube has a shitload of tutorials, cause this things is way different from the mpd and logic im used to. Im planning on learning everything I can with the Maschine as a standalone, and then using it along with logic. Hopefully I can grind out some decent sounding music. I’m giving my mpd 26 to my bro Ken, so there is no going back. I have to learn this thing.
I decided to work on a new mixtape entitled “3am drive”. Im not sure if it’s been done before, if it doesn’t catch on, at least I got some shit I can play in my own car. For anyone that ever goes out late at night just for a drive to clear thoughts, this will be for you. I find myself doing that shit at least once a month. I think on my old sc 300, the majority of the miles I did with it, was just cruising at night between 12am-4am. I miss that.
This made in heights track will be on the mix, since it sparked my epiphany, that lead to this upcoming mix.
I came across this fellows youtube page sometime last year while looking for akai apc40 reviews and demos. His shit was good, and I’ve kept track of his work ever since. Dude doesn’t get millions of views, but he got a nice sound imo. I haven’t heard any new shit from him in a while. Been out of the loop for the last 3-5 months in terms of beat making. I logged on just right now and peeped his new shit. His european beatdown series is bananas. Makes me want to get a maschine for some reason, even though I know that gear won’t really make my music any better. Spending more time actually creating shit, would.