Radio Interview with The Music Zoo now on Mixcloud

Earlier this week, I did an interview with Dub Pete, host of the The Music Zoo on the Incapable Staircase online radio station, where I talked about my music, composing, production, and much more.

Mixcloud player for The Music Zoo – Mistrust Interview – iNCAPABLE STAiRCASE – 27 September 2022

The show went out live at 9.30pm on Tuesday September 27th, 2022, on the Incapable Staircase online radio station and Pete played a few of my songs and remixes. He asked me all about how and when I started out making music (in the 1980s!) and my first synth (Jen SX1000), how I started doing the official remixes for bands like Pitch Black (thanks to The Only Michael), and my go-to VST plugin (TAL Dub Delay). We talked about some of the things I’ve done music-wise over the years, and some of the highlights of my musical “career”. We also talked about how I compose my songs and the production techniques I use.

I was a little bit nervous and apprehensive about doing a radio interview, especially as the last one I did was full of ums and errs!

I thought that there wouldn’t be much to talk about for 90 minutes, minus time for a few of my songs and remixes, but the time went really quickly and we could have talked for longer!

You can listen to the interview on Mixcloud, if you missed it live or use the player on this page. Don’t forget to leave a comment, and share the link to the player with your friends and followers. Share it on socials too!

I’d like to thank Dub Pete for inviting me onto his show and for being a great host.

Loopcloud 6 has now arrived!

I’ve just read that Loopcloud version 6 has now been released! It has a number of new features including AI harmonic and rhythmic file-matching, improved search, better workflow, new FX, and much more.

What is Loopcloud?

Loopcloud is a cloud-based music sample store, made by Loopmasters who have been selling sample packs for years. The idea is that instead of buying a whole pack of samples that you won’t use everything in, you can buy individual files with credits, when you need them. Loopcloud has a desktop app which connects directly to the store, and also integrates with your DAW. This allows you to play samples in time with your own projects and use the app audition new sounds on the fly.

I’ve been using Loopcloud on and off for a few years and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cloud-based sample store. I can’t wait to try out the new features!

Read more about Loopcloud 6 at Loopcloud.com

Look out for my forthcoming post about Loopcloud and how I use it in my music production.

You should watch this video

I know that I said that I was moving my blog over to my main website, http://www.mistrustmusic.co.uk but seeing as though some people are still reading my posts on here and have maybe subscribed via newsfeeds etc., I’m going to carry on posting here  for a while. However, I’m probably only going to post small excerpts on here and the full version on my main blog. Hopefully, then you’ll get used to my new blog and start following me there! So here goes…

You should watch this video….

Without repeating exactly what Ian Shepherd wrote on his production advice website, you should really watch this video. I can’t really write much about it that will really do it justice, so it’s probably a good idea if you just watch it first – like I did – and then see what you think about it. As Ian says on his own blog, there’s more to it than first appears. The real message will “shock, surprise and move you.”

Click here to read the rest of this post and more on mistrustmusic.co.uk

Reality check for a bedroom musician

Well, I’ve certainly had it coming to me!At last someone in the music industry telling me how it really is. Giving me an honest opinion about my music and production skills. Or actually, limited production skills. Nice tune, shame about the production.  I finally got to meet someone from the record company that let me do a few remixes for their bands. The remixes massively raised my profile and gave me a big confidence booster, and really made me think about my own tunes and how I can improve them. However, the opinion is that I really need to get some feedback and a second opinion when I’m making some tracks. Someone to bounce ideas off in terms of mixing and production, either alongside me or on the web, before I send in a remix or put any more tracks on the web if I’m doing anything more than saying “I’m just doing this for fun. Get back on the forums and read up on “production”. I could release stuff on the web, free of course, and say “Hope you like the tune, but don’t mind the production.” I guess if I’m honest with myself, it’s ok putting out tracks on Myspace but when I’m making them for someone else to release or who has a reputation to keep, I really need to get the production-side of things sorted.

Probably needed the advice and the objective comments, as I’ve probably been living in cloud cuckoo land or splendid isolation for a while.  After doing a couple of remixes I’ve done that had commercial releases, one of which made it onto a proper remix cd, I’d probably started to believe the hype. I guess that when a musician or a band starts to sell a few CDs or gets some radio airplay, they just carry on thinking that everything’s coming up roses.

So, the advice is that I should pick out a few of the many unfinished tracks I have sitting on the laptop, and really work hard of getting them to sound right. I’m not looking to get signed by a label. Just doing it as a hobby, for fun, but I have an incentive to get it right and to stop messing around, coming with millions of ideas and not finishing anything. An incentive. A very good incentive.

I was a bit downhearted when I got the comments and feedback, but I did ask for an honest opinion! So, if there are any bands and musicians out there and you get some honest opinions about your tunes or production techniques that knock you back, take it on the chin, pick yourself up, getting working to improve what you’re doing!