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Facebook is my main news hub where I share upcoming releases, gigs, photos, videos, and blogs. Typically, I post 3–5 times a week.

Telegram and Twitter duplicate what I post on Facebook, with occasional extra content.

On Vkontakte, I write in the Russian language for my fans out of from Russia and CIS.

I also upload vlogs and gigs videos on YouTube and share travel photos, selfies, and studio routine on Instagram.

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My websites and blog

Blog update: adding the missing puzzles

This whole time I’ve been using my blog wrong

I started this blog in 2013 to have an intimate place for occasional writing some behind the scenes posts. Then I introduced the advice series, and later on – track of the week series.

However, just recently I realised: this blog didn’t reflect my music career as a whole. Somehow, I didn’t share my releases, gigs, photos, mixes, or pretty much anything that would show I’m an actual music producer and DJ, not just a blogger.

Well, now it’s fixed. Not only I will post more content here in the future, but I’ve made these changes retrospective: I take some time to add those missing puzzles, starting with my very first career steps in 2011.

For example, now you find here all of my releases — with artworks, press quotes, and audio previews. Or you can listen to all Rave Podcast episodes, as well as my guest mixes and live sets — all with detailed tracklistings with timecode. How cool is that?

Same here for gigs, press reviews, and so much more. Just scroll down the page or use tags to find some previous posts I’ve added with backdates.

I want to have a reliable place for all my career efforts, both failures and accomplishments. And most importantly, I want anyone could find and share these posts even years later, something that Facebook and other social media fails to achieve.

Nov 2   My websites and blog

RSS fixed

Some of you who subscribed to my blog by RSS probably noticed that it worked funky lately, with some extra symbols appearing between the letters.

The good news is that it should be fixed by now. If you’ll continue to see some weird blog appearance in your RSS feed, please let me know.

Oct 22   My websites and blog

Welcome to comments

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably noticed that I typically have a comments section closed, with an exception to the advice series. I was thinking about it and decided to keep the comments section open across the entire blog, at least for now.

Feel free to share your thoughts on any post in this blog.

Oct 22   My websites and blog

Blog update

If you’d start reading this blog from the very first page, you’ll notice that it doesn’t reflect my music career as a continues journey because it misses a lot of events, especially in my earlier years. I noticed that too.

In the next few weeks, I’m going to add with backdates some missing posts what I was written on social media. If you’ll see some weird things, just keep in mind I’m doing some housekeeping here.

Oct 9   My websites and blog

Website 4.5

A huge update for mobile users

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I’ve been in the music business for 5 years and know for certain that I will continue pursuing the passion for music production for the rest of my life. For me, this is a journey, not a destination.

People keep asking why I care about my website so much and spend hours tweaking and improving it. Well, it’s quite simple: I want to have a perfect place to log all of my career accomplishments while giving the visitors and the fans the best user experience. And the same as with my music, I’m doing my best in this field.

Website 4.5
Website 4.0
Website 3.0
Website 2.0

Today, I’m excited to introduce the new 4.5 version of the website with huge improvements for mobile users. It’s not just desktop and mobile templates, it so much bigger than that. The whole website adapts and changes its layout to help you focus on the content, whether you’re using a large desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or a smartphone. It almost as if the website is alive and it’s absolutely fantastic.

I would also like to highlight some important changes in the «Advice» section. Every week I answer the questions you send me on various topics, from music production to music industry insights — basically, that’s how the «Advice» works. I sincerely want you to find these blogs useful for years to come. The problem was, each time new posts came out, the older ones would go down, blocking new users from discovering useful articles.

From now on “Advice” section has spotlights — fixed places for the most important articles, grouped by topics: music production, DJ’ing, marketing, music industry, and the special «Getting started spotlight» for newcomers. But no worries, all other posts are still there and available as usual.

It should help you find relevant articles much easier, whether you are a first-time visitor or a follower. I think it’s a nice little feature. Do you?

There are more cool little updates across the whole website, but I’ll leave them for you to discover.

Welcome here: daniellesden.com

2016   Design   My websites and blog

Website 4.0

Introducing a major website update

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It’s easy to make something new, much harder task is to take existed product and precisely improve every aspect of it. This is a huge update that changes pretty much everything, while overall look remains nearly the same. Like iPhone 6s.

Key highlights:

  • More compact, simple, and neat design;
  • Every section got an updated feel and look;
  • Brand new section added, Advice: a new place for the weekly posts;
  • Navigation menu got smooth animation.

Home page:

Brand new advice section:

Updated release page:

Updated press section:

Explore more: www.daniellesden.com

2015   My websites and blog

Musical scale frequencies

During the music production process I look at a musical scale of frequencies pretty often. It helps me to do one of the most important things — equalization — much more precisely.

But the problem is that most websites with frequencies charts look terrible. I’ve tried to print this chart on a piece of paper, but it didn’t look better. So far I’ve used a table in Google Docs, yet still I wasn’t fully satisfied.

So after all such fails I’ve decided to make my own musical scale frequencies online:

The goodies:

  • Nothing extra distracting on the page;
  • Frequencies available in two tunings: 440 and 432 Hz;
  • Numbers are rounded to the decimal for convenience;
  • Table heading highlight on mouse hover;
  • Table row highlight on mouse click.

It’s a very simple tool, and thus super handy. Feel free to use it too. Remember this address or add to your favorites:

http://daniellesden.com/tools/scale

2015   Music production   My websites and blog

Website 3.0

Introducing a major website update

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It is here, as being promised.

It may look pretty the same as before, but there are some nice solutions in design and functionality has been added. Let’s take a look deeper.

Releases

On a release page, all new “Press”, “Feedback” and “Related” tabs has been added:

Now you can see at a glance all connected press reviews, artists’ feedbacks and more releases from this category. Really handy, I love it.

Call-to-action buttons:

Bright and big buttons let you download releases easily.

Photo albums

All-new photo albums with a nice image gallery and shortcuts navigation by pressing ← → keys. Works well on mobile devices too.

There are not much photos at the moment, but will be added over time.

Press

Press section got an updated look and from now have a subcategories for your convenience: “Reviews”, “Interviews” and “Articles”.

Podcast, mixes

Some other pages got an updates too:

Misc

— New elegant menu on top .
— Bigger font size.
— New look of social buttons (thanks to Ilya Birman).
— New “404” page.

Under the hood

— All-new new engine built from scratch to make website works better and faster.

Welcome: www.daniellesden.com

2015   Design   My websites and blog

Major website updates

It took a bit more than I thought, but It finally happened — a few nice updates on the website.

Quick overview:

1) Although my musical career has started just a few years ago, I already have a full-length album, 4 singles/EPs, 5 remixes and numerous compilations. And there will be more and more! To sort all my discography, from now “Releases” section have a nice filter for subsections: you can view either all releases at once, either albums, singles/EPs, remixes & collaborations and compilations:

2) A thin balance of usability, functional and clear design is what I like in the web. Inner pages of each release has been modified to new, fresh and stunning view:

Same layout will be made for “Mixes” section soon.

3) Introducing all-new “Gigs” section. Although I don’t have an upcoming gigs at this moment, there are definitely will be soon! From now it’s a new home for all of my past and future gigs lists:

And of course there are hundreds of small changes under the hood.

In case of bugs, or if you’d like to share your thoughts, please feel free to write in comments below.

2014   Design   My websites and blog