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The Guest Mix @ Artelized Visions

Last night my guest mix has been aired on Digitally Imported on Artelized Visions radio show hosted by Cj Art, and today I’d like to share it with everyone who wasn’t able to join in. Artur aka Cj Art is awesome, I’ve been listening to his music for years so it was a pleasure to make a mix for his show.

This guest mix has a quite unusual selection of tracks with a reminiscent of old-school vibe and even includes a couple of all-time favourite classics which I like a lot. Let me know what do you about it?

Tracklistings

00:00 ON3 – Step One (Original Mix)
04:13 Modus – Strange Modulation (Original Mix)
08:26 Ticon – Chicken Shaker (Sub6 & ON3 Remix)
10:31 Freedom Fighters & Rocky – Stranger Things (Original Mix)
14:49 Off Limits – Artattack (Original Mix)
19:54 Ticon – Bird Of Paradise (Original Mix)
23:17 Astral Projection – One (Original Mix)
28:48 Astrix & Avalon – Moonshine (Original Mix)
32:55 GeneTrick – Being Human (Original Mix)
35:46 Asteria & Harmonic Rush – Joanne In Wonderland (Original Mix)
38:17 Static Movement & Mindwave – Sources (Original Mix)
43:39 Modus – Inner Experience (Original Mix)
47:36 Union Jack – Two Full Moons and a Trout (Domestic & Pixel & Freedom Fighters Remix)
52:48 Daniel Lesden – The Last Of Our Kind (Original Mix)
Feb 22   Guest mixes   Psytrance

Rave Podcast February 2018

Special guest of the month: Jakaan

This month’s show is full of the finest Progressive and Psytrance music from the artists like Symbolic, Carina, Zyce, Astrix & Freedom Fighters, Audiofire, and more.

And for the second hour to have an up-and-coming producer from the Netherlands, Jakaan. He is a new artist at Digital Om Production, and I’m sure we’ll hear from him in the coming future.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Symbolic – Evolution (Original Mix)
0:07:43 Cosmic Tone – Spirit Technology (Original Mix)
0:12:50 Carina – Time Light (Original Mix)
0:17:57 Zyce – Messier 83 (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:21:53 Astrix & Freedom Fighters – Burning Stones (Original Mix)
0:26:47 Outlaw – Noise Control (Original Mix)
0:29:54 Sonic Species – Zero (AudioFire Remix)
0:34:03 Tresde – Theia (Original Mix)
0:35:53 Pro-Gram – Angel In The Desert (Original Mix)
0:40:15 Space Cat, X-NoiZe, Vertical Mode – The Sorcery (Original Mix)
0:45:04 Nerso – Spectral Waves (Original Mix)
0:48:50 Daniel Lesden – The Last Of Our Kind (Original Mix)

Jakaan guest mix

0:56:05 Egorythmia & Yestermorrow – Midnight Ritual (Original Mix)
1:04:31 Faders – Altered Minds (Original Mix)
1:10:21 Faders – Optical Illusion (Original Mix)
1:16:10 Jakaan – Inspiration (Original Mix)
1:21:40 One Function & Yestermorrow – Microdose (Original Mix)
1:29:22 Outsiders – Floating Point (Redrosid Remix)
1:35:09 StarLab – The Sage (Original Mix)
1:41:05 Symbolic & Sonic Species – Horizon (Original Mix)
1:48:38 Sideform – Advanced Civilization (Original Mix)
1:54:07 Maitika – Cross the Border (Original Mix) Unreleased
Feb 7   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

The Last Of Our Kind is out now

A new single · Iono Music

“Iono Music is proud to present a new Space-themed single by Daniel Lesden. With a slow build-up and atmospheric breakdown, this track tells a story of human terraforming the planets so we will never be the last of our kind.”

Written and producers by Daniel Sokolovskiy
Mastering by Michael Gkekas @ Plus Six Mastering
Artwork by Kamila Dj Sati

Laidback Luke on music sales

Laidback Luke

This is brilliant. Today, Laidback Luke uploaded a new vlog episode where he is telling about ripping of tracks on SoundCloud. And by the end of the video, here is what he said about the music sales (watch at 11:55):

“So I started this vlog by telling you that I run my own record label, I even run my publishing company, so why would I promote this type of stuff [ripping off tracks on SoundCloud]? I need you to realise right now is that music is mainly promotion. The amount of money that is earned by selling your tracks is way less than back in the days. The most important thing is that your name gets spread, and because the money is in performing mostly, it’s always good to get your name out there.”

Music is mainly promotion. The most important thing is that your name gets spread.

This is exactly what I was written about in my The truth about music sales advice, and I’m happy that such a credible artist like Laidback Luke confirms it from his experience as well. By the way, all of his vlogs are amazing, make sure to check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

Read also: Ace Ventura on social media

Feedback for Chemical Sunday by Aranyo & Edessey

We just finished our track and I will be very appreciated if you can give a slight feedback.

Edgar Zbucinsky

Edgar, technically speaking, this track is great: it has a decent sound design and quality production. Mixdown is fine too. Mastering is probably a bit overcompressed, but it’s a matter of taste.

I’m going to comment the content part only, and I have to warn you that it’s very subjective.

The first thing I’ve noticed is the too repetitive pattern. You can especially hear it if you navigate through the track by a 8-bars long intervals. Here’s a short screen capture to just to demostrate this:

Notice that sound on a strong beat that comes along with the crash cymbal. The repetitions are too obvious, it gives a feel of a draft: it seems that either this is a ground for something more or the author was simply too lazy. Try to make variations, somehow catch the attention of the listener.

Because of such monotonous sound and smooth build-up, the track seems old-school: such a Psychedelic Trance that was done in 2005’ish. It’s not bad itself, it’s not good either. For example, in Progressive, such monotony and smooth development is a feature of the genre, so it’s rather good. I do not know here, but maybe it makes sense to ask yourself whether there was such an idea here.

I also think that there is not enough drive in the track. This is Psytrance, after all, it should make you wanna dance! Perhaps it’s a rhythmic picture, perhaps an emotional fullness. There must be a contrast between “dry” and “wet” parts, but here it is not.

Here are a few tracks from other cool guys, listen for comparison (also with the same tempo and key, 145 F #m):

I repeat that all of the above is my subjective opinion, not mistakes that must be corrected. Keep making music!

SMM assistance internship

Hi. I’m looking for a person to help me manage my social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This isn’t quite a job, but rather an internship: you have an opportunity to gain experience in the music industry and get some exclusive content first.

Please send me an email to mail@daniellesden.com with the following:

  1. A brief introduction of yourself and why you are interested in this internship.
  2. Links to your social profiles.

Alternatively, you can apply on Facebook.

Jan 13   Marketing   Social media

Track of the week: Flow

Today in the track of the week series we have a Chile-based 3 Access & You, and I’m sure Psytrance people know one of its members very well as Ovnimoon. I love the flow on this track.

Artist 3 Access & You
Title Flow (Original Mix)
Release Back To Trance
Label Ovnimoon Records
Year 2014
BPM 128
Key Am

Rave Podcast January 2018

Special guest of the month: One Function

Rave Podcast episode 92 — the first one in 2018 — is available on SoundCloud and iTunes. I hope you guys had a good year too and had great Winter holidays.

Now it’s time to shake things up and listen to some good music. And oh boys and girls, this episode we some awesome music indeed, including Shadow Chronicles which is a new project of Protoculture, Egorythmia, Symphonix, Side Effects, Magnus, James West, and more. A special shout out to Cosmithex, I’m so glad to hear he is coming back after a long break.

And to make things even better, we have a fantastic producer’s guest mix from One Function at the second hour. Enjoy!

Tracklistings

0:00:00 You Are My Salvation — Tired Giant (Cosmithex Remix)
0:05:52 Jaia — Out Of Orbit (Vibrasphere Remix)
0:10:29 Carina — Artemis (Original Mix)
0:14:18 Shadow Chronicles — The Matrix (Original Mix)
0:19:02 Egorythmia — Haunter Of The Dark (Original Mix)
0:22:19 Atomizers & Yestermorrow — Amusement Park (Original Mix)
0:27:00 Side Effects — Deep Dive (Atacama Remix)
0:32:04 Liftshift — Wanderlust (Original Mix)
0:35:17 Phaxe & Morten Granau — Four3two (Symphonix Remix)
0:39:23 Cosmic Tone — Human Life (Original Mix)
0:44:09 Aioaska — Big Ball Of Fire (Gipsy Soul Remix)
0:49:39 Magnus — Forward Command (Magnus 2017 Rework)
0:54:37 Spinal Fusion & James West — Dream Into Reality (Original Mix)

One Function guest mix

1:01:18 One Function – Young Man On Acid (Live Edit)
1:07:05 One Function & Genetrick — Dramatic (Live Edit)
1:12:13 One Function – Engines of Creation (Original Mix)
1:15:53 One Function – Breaking The Silence (Original Mix)
1:19:59 One Function – Deeper Awareness (Original Mix)
1:24:20 One Function – Oneness (Original Mix)
1:29:49 One Function – Ajna (Original Mix)
1:34:23 Ritmo – De Festa (One Function Remix)
1:37:35 Protonica – Reactor (One Function Remix)
1:41:08 One Function – Yantra (Original Mix)
1:46:10 One Function & Replay – Turbulence (Original Mix)
1:49:15 One Function & Artex – Rabbata (Live Edit)
1:53:37 One Function – Back To My Roots (Cholo Remix)

An incident at the hotel

I remembered an amusing incident. Gig, Greece, PLUR Festival. The hotel nearby was entirely rented for the artists of the festival, so everyone used their artists name for check-ins, not passports as usual. I return from the gig and want to get a key from the number. A dialogue with the girl at the reception:

— A key from room 105, please.
— Sure. Your artist name?
— It’s Daniel...
— No, I mean, your stage name?
— Yes, my artist name is Daniel L...
— No-no, — the girl interrupts me again — you are an artist, right?
— Yes, I am, and my stage name is Daniel Lesden. I make music and perform under this alias.

The girl thought for a moment, a few awkward seconds of silence. I turn my back pointing at my logo on the back of the T-shirt. The girl looks around, holds out the key and hastily apologizes:

— Oh, sorry, I heard many weird artists names this week, but it’s the first time I hear someone with such music using a real name as the alias! That’s so nice!

Yeah, it happens.

Read also: Bad stage name?

Jan 1   Fun   Gigs   I am

Канал в Телеграме

Начал вести канал в Телеграме на русском языке. Пишу там живее и вообще всё, включая советы целиком, а не просто ссылки на блог.

Возможно, этот пост увидят другие пользователи Эгеи со страницы трансляции блогов, поэтому расскажу подробней о себе словами нашего общего знакомого. Вот что Илья Бирман писал о моём блоге:

«Отдельно хочу рассказать вам про блог Даниила Соколовского (Daniel Lesden). Даниил пишет что-то вроде бюрошных советов, но про дело электронного музыканта. В отличие от дизайна, эта тема вообще очень плохо освещена. Он рассказывает про всё, от нюансов настройки конкретных фильтров до отношений между музыкантами и лейблами. У нас к вопросам прикладывают макеты, а у Даниила — кусочки треков.»

Всё так. Еще заметил, что писать в канал по-русски оказалось довольно приятно, и как-то человечней получается.

Подписывайтесь: @daniellesden

To my English-speaking readers: the post below is written in the Russian language as it’s addressed to my Russian followers. No worries if you don’t understand a thing :-)

Jan 1   In Russian   Telegram
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