Guest Blog: Way To The Top (Amos & Riot Night)

Hi all. Well, that’s probably the best way to start things but I’ll introduce myself a little bit better now. I’m David, probably best known for making Trance music alongside my partner-in-crime Paul together as Amos & Riot Night. We’ve had releases on some rather ‘high profile’ labels including Aerys (a sublabel of Armada), GO Music, Degenerate, Afterdark, AVA, Monster, to name but a few, with support from pretty much the cream of the crop in Trance including Armin van Buuren, Aly & Fila, Paul van Dyk, Sean Tyas, Simon Patterson, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Sneijder, Will Atkinson (who’d played a track on BBC Radio 1), John Askew.

 

Armin van Buuren playing Vlind vs Amos & Riot Night – Betrayed at A State of Trance 855

 

But enough of that; I could sit here forever boasting about all that we’ve achieved thus far. This blog isn’t all about that and that shit is only a mere fraction of my ‘career’ within music. It’s taken 7 long ass years to get to this point here so probably best if I took it right back to the beginning.

 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with music and sound. As a kid, and I’m sure anyone else can say the same too, you would go through those stages of saying ‘I wanna do this’ or ‘I’d like to that in a few years’ and you never can be sure of which way things can go. Even when I was going through that phase, music was the one thing that really kept me going. I was always involved in it in some way or another, whether it be playing in an orchestra in a big concert hall, or playing as part of a rock band. I’ve been playing piano since I was 3 and drums since I was 10. As I’d entered into my teens, I realised that music was what I’d really wanted to do, but what or where exactly, I never knew.

 

Now back to this fascination of sounds that I’d previously mentioned. I remember when I’d first got a taste for Trance music as a young kid and would hear these amazing tracks in the background to programmes on TV. Those epic synth sounds really grabbed my ears and was pretty much hooked since. It came in waves though. Trance in the UK went back underground and I didn’t discover those epic tracks again until 2009 when I finally, FINALLY found out their names.

 

The ones that I vividly remember from way back then:

 

Mauro Picotto – Komodo

Paul van Dyk – Another Way

William Orbit – Barber’s Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix)

Des Mitchell – Welcome To The Dance

Moby – We Are All Made Of Stars (Tiesto Remix)

 

When I’d rediscovered the newer Trance sounds, it was an awakening. What had I missed? Where has it been all this time? Only for me to find that it never really went anywhere, just underground. I had just started producing electronic music and remember hearing the newer tracks from the likes of Sean Tyas, Simon Patterson, Gareth Emery, Daniel Kandi, Will Atkinson, Aly & Fila, John O’Callaghan, Activa and thought, ‘well if these can do it, so can I’ and I’ve always had that mind-set for as long as I’ve been producing music. You’re always learning in this game and even though Paul & me have been working together for nearly 5 years now, that has never gone away. Hell, I’ve listened back to some of our earlier works and still remember making those tracks to this day. I mean without trying to blow our own trumpet, we’ve improved massively, but are we truly satisfied? Of course not! Sometimes those thoughts can come and go, like ‘am I really making these tracks?’ or ‘are we even good enough to be at this level’.

 

29572311_10156365674198593_7214399031156408320_oAmos & Riot Night entered Beatport Top 10 on Place 8 with their track “Betrayed” together with Vlind

 

Has this been plain sailing? No. Have we given up? No. Why should we give up? There is no reason to give up! I’ll be frank; I’ve seen folks drop out of this industry simply because they’ve given up far too soon and, to be completely honest, not put enough effort in as they should. Yeah, we did hit a low point at the tail end of last summer and there was too much negative shit at the time. Then again, it’s funny how things work out though? Radio 1 play, new signing with Armada, GO Music release.

 

Can speak for myself that one small negative blip can really throw things off course and it’s pretty shitty when it does. You gotta just pick yourself back up, keep going.

 

Hopefully you’ll be seeing a lot more of us doing these blogs and hope you enjoyed this first one J

 

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Focus On The Moment

The past weeks I focused on writing about philosophical topics. However, I thought it would be more than appropriate for this week’s blog to write something personal. In the very beginning of my so-called “blogging” career I talked about what inspires me to produce music, my journey and what I’m looking forward to in the future.

Nonetheless, the most important is to enjoy the moment. So I’d love to talk about what my life currently looks like, the problems I’m facing and, of course, the small successes I’m having.

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I wonder what the maximum amount of time, yes, I’m talking about time, is you can put into working until your body and mind stagnates. Currently, I work about 70-80 hours a week excluding the time I spend for travelling. It seems to work out fine for me, I still got lots of energy and I can accomplish most of my work in time without losing quality. Until it’s sunday. Sunday’s the day I get nothing done even if I try hard.
So I rather spend my sundays with reading a book, sleeping or doing nothing. I cannot work 7 days a week without any breaks and little amount of sleep. I doubt anybody can do so.

What still keeps me up to do my work are the little achievements. The ones I know I got better, even if it’s just a bit. There’s nothing greater than seeing someone’s checking your work and they see you put effort in it. And they like it.
I did some artwork for a friend last week, finished the mastering for others and a new song whilst I coped with school. What excites me the most is that I got deeper into video animation. Video animation is like a super professional topic for me. I didn’t know it’s that hard. But I can do it if I really want to.

So finally, what keeps me going to do all this stuff? It’s just the little things in life that I enjoy and appreciate!

Where is the line between art and not art?

I decided to do things a little differently this week…
Instead of posting a quote for the beginning I’d like to start with the definition of a term:

Art: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/art

 

In my opinion, they absolutely nailed it. “producing work[s] to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”
We know that art is created not only to invoke interested, wonder and emotion in the beholder, but also to allow the artist to express themselves.

The definition states “beauty”. Beauty. What is beauty? There’s an old saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Therefore, what appears to be beautiful in my eyes may not look so appealing to you.

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Is art only about beauty? Can something be beautiful without being art, or be art without being beautiful? What about maths? Is maths beautiful in some way?
An architect designs buildings, a musician composes songs and a carpenter builds a workpiece. All of these forms are classed by many as art, proving that artistic practice is not limited to just paintings.
I see many people complaining about modern art.
They say: “Even my child could do this”, “Those are just random lines without any meaning”, ….

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Why is modern art so popular then? Because of its beauty? Because of its emotional power? Is it about its uncertainty? Art can be very philosophical. It can be interpreted differently by everybody. For me, that’s the big difference between modern art and ancient art.

So is Albrecht Dürer’s Young Hare art? The answer lies in the eyes of the beholder: it’s for you to decide…

 

What Is Consciousness?

The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. ~Eckhart Tolle

I’ve been reading through my newsfeed on facebook and i stumbled upon an intriguing question:

Is consciousness internal or external?

Being conscious means to be aware of the moment you are living in and being aware of what is happening right now. It means enjoying each moment to its fullest. But how does one attain consciousness? When do you reach the state of mind of being aware of yourself?

I highly recommend finding this out for yourself. Unfortunately, there is no self-help 12 steps guide or anything like that. It’s all about discovering your passion, learning to live in the moment and clearing your mind of useless worries. Teaching yourself how to be calm will help you clear your mind.

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Being self aware is something you can teach yourself. For me, it’s not an awakening. An awakening happens suddenly but consciousness requires time to be found. Consciousness evolves over time and will continue to grow as long as you’re willing to let it.

So if consciousness can be learned, is it internal or external?
In my opinion, it’s both. Consciousness develops gradually via external influences, whilst evolution occurs from within. To me this means it cannot be solely classified as external or internal.

With philosophy, there are no right or wrong answers, so I would love to hear your views on this topic. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.