After quite a long pause, here’s the new blog post. The past weeks or even months have been quite tough, so I decided to write today’s blog post about what keeps me doing.
Doing sports is one of the most important aspects of our life. Our body is made to be moving, to be running. Taking the bus to work and sitting all day long in front of the computer isn’t doing any good at all.
That’s the reason why most of us are getting sick. Having no perspective on life. Having no motivation. And of course, pain in the back or wherever.
I don’t expect you to do sports ten times a week. Even the small things can make a major difference. Going to the supermarket next door on foot, taking the bicycle to meet friends or swimming in the lake. Once you apply sports to your life you will see huge improvements in your quality of life.
So, how often do you do sports a week? Do you still use the bicycle despite you can go by car? Do you see the difference whether you do sports or not in your daily life?
A good decision is placed on knowledge not on numbers – Plato
The best way to start things off is to give you an example. Guess what? It’s based on my everyday life – school. To be honest, there isn’t much else I’m doing right now, working and going to school. Oh, and doing sports, reading a book, …
Ok, that’s quite a lot! But I do spend most of my time at school unfortunately / luckily…
At school everyone cares about numbers: “You need to reach at least 50 points out of 100 to pass the class.” “You need to write at least 3000 words.” ….
“I want to earn a lot more money” is a common sentence by my friends and acquaintances.
I doubt those numbers are doing anything good to us. You can measure the numbers so they drive us crazy, they create competition. And whereever we face competition, there are people faking it. A wise man said once: “Only believe the statistics you have faked by yourself”
Doesn’t matter if it’s politics or the music industry, the higher the numbers are, the better you are. Or at least the better you look like. I don’t want to name any artist but there are artists having their music in the charts even if it’s been released 2 years ago (especially in Psy-Trance)
Of course, you don’t need to sell many copies to get into Top 100, but there are also less people buying music. It’s kind of weird if a song stays in the charts permament for a year or two.
So, if a song is on place one at the charts, it doesn’t neccessarily mean it is the best song. I discovered many songs that are a lot better but underrated. So getting into the charts is more a point of having lots of nice friends or companies to buy you in?
You cannot generalize it, but there’s lots of faking when it comes to numbers. And what’s the result if everybody is faking? Faking, faking and faking. It’s a vicious circle. It’s a never ending story…
So, if you don’t get into faking the numbers are driving you crazy. You start to wonder where people are getting their plays from.
If we could turn off all the statistics, it would make life a lot easier. Whose music gets listen will be recognized. Event promoters would stop comparing artists by their plays (this actually happens, an artist who has more plays than another gets easier booked). So an artist who has lots of plays (fake plays) gets booked, but maybe only once. People actually don’t know him so they won’t go there to see him. Faking statistics isn’t good in any way.
What do you think about statistics? Do you like having statistics to see your progression? Or are they driving you crazy?
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’.
Amos & 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
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.
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!