So March already, this year has flown by so far (yeah I know only a couple of months) but the weeks around Christmas and New Year feel like they were only a short while ago. We’ve been busy with other things outside the normal realm of DivKid and Lung Filler Records but we’re proud to say the first Lung Filler release of 2014 will be a remixed version of Nostalgia by Dec3mber. Featuring both electro house (Jack The Funk remix) and dubstep (QUEST! remix) the two track release will be out Thursday 20th of March. So watch out for that one.
The latest in the DivKid camp is our new original Hacker (which you can listen to a preview of below), this was produced in collaboration with T2 from Denver, USA and we’ll be giving away the track for FREE, yes FREE RELEASE to our mailing list later this month. It won’t be available anywhere else (even to listen to) to anyone else for quite some time. So make sure you join our mailing list by emailing us at – mailinglist (at) divkidmusic (dot) com.
Onto our gear lust and we’ve just completed our first eurorack modular synth video (on YouTube below) which is a module overview for the Strakal Brulu Fuzz unit. We’ll have more module overviews coming soon, then we’ll also have patch ideas, a beginners modular guide and all sorts. Feel free to tweet @DivKid or catch us Facebook to chat about any of this stuff, we’d appreciate your input … onto the last blog post we did – still in two minds about that Roland TR-8.
For anyone that has spent much time talking music gear with us you’ll know drum machines have never really floated my boat. We loved making drum hits (hence Drum Construction) and drum loops but (possibly from not using typical drum sounds in our own productions) actually owning drum machine hasn’t interested us much.
Fast forward into our latest venture … modular synths (eurorack format for anyone curious, follow “DivKid” on Vine to see loads of videos by the way) and I’ve been considering getting a Korg Volca beats as a simple but great sounding little drum machine that will sync with our modular equipment and be good for jamming out ideas and create patches. We haven’t made the jump and just bought a Volca Beats as even though they’re dirt cheap for all the features and sounds we know they won’t end up in our productions.
Another tangent leading us closer to drum machines is our recent ventures into Deep House and UK Garage. We’ve just completed three new originals in those styles for Universal’s publishing library (these won’t be DivKid releases, don’t worry we’re not jumping dance genre ships) and the sounds we’ve been creating have lent heavily towards classic drum machines and earlier house and techno. At around the same time these videos come out (see below) of the new Roland TR-8 drum machine, it’s priced extremely well, is featured packed, offers both 808 and 909 recreations and also goes much further with scatter/stutter FX, midi, and per step FX editing.
All of this leads us to a final point … should we get the new Roland TR-8? Do you want one? Will you buy one? We’re curious to hear peoples thoughts, as the sounds even with all the extra on board compression aren’t quite our style, the hands on approach to both sequencing and sound editing plays directly into all the fun we’ve had with our modular synth.
Decisions, decisions … check out the TR-8 in action below and let us know what you think @DivKid on twitter and on our Facebook page.
With NAMM around the corner rumours are rife as always. We’ve been keeping tabs on a lot of modular synth rumours (as we’re addicted to it!) but lots of other cool equipment that’s going to have us all lusting through 2014. Check the video below for one of widest spreading rumours … a new roland drum machine, will this be the new 808?
As a thank you for all the support this year we want to share a load of free download over Christmas and into the new year. So from Monday the 23rd of December until Thursday the 2nd of January everything on our soundcloud page will be free download. Everything, bootlegs, originals, remixes, Lung Filler Records releases the works. So head over to our soundcloud page at the link below and get the page bookmarked so you can grab everything over the holiday period.
Here’s an interesting article that plays really nicely into how we work (or at least started out, and still do when trying new things). When asked how to approach things by people (not that we’re the all seeing all encompassing guru as that may read) we always say to just make loads what you’re aiming for. If it’s music production, makes lots of beats, finish them – however bad the outcome at the time. Actually DOING IT is an important part of learning and improving, because actually doing what you’re aiming to do improves quality. We’re also really into not posting everything you do publicly. Make 10 new beats in a different style … all may be terrible … and just show some friends. That way no-one sees the development and you can hit them with your strongest work once you’ve produce a large quantity of it, which (again) leads to quality. So here’s a little quote from this site - https://medium.com/better-humans/3bc2b16fe3f5 – click the link and have a quick read. It’s well worth it.