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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Tired of being tired?

“Your future depends on your DREAMS so go to SLEEP.” – Mesut Barazany

Every day that I go to school, I see many of my friends are tired. Do they need to be so tired, and would they benefit from sleeping more?

For me, sleeping isn’t a waste of time. I actually feel like I’m gaining time. Time that can be used more efficiently. Time to be used to grow myself. My workflow is a lot better when I’ve had enough sleep.

Sleeping a lot isn’t the only key to success. Sleeping efficiently is the way to go. Nine hours of sleep is nine hours of sleep, surely? In my opinion, nine hours in bed isn’t equal to 9 hours sleep.
Ever woken up during night to go to the toilet or for a drink of water? Or maybe because your brain is smashed with questions? Do you remember when you fell asleep?
If you go to bed at nine o’clock will you actually fall asleep at nine o’clock?

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Sleeping is a state of mind. A way of clearing your thoughts, of reexperiencing your life. Letting your brain process the information it received throughout the day.

So I’ve got a question to you:
Before you go to bed, do you shut down your PC without saving data and closing all applications?

No?

Why are you doing this to your body? Don’t you think your body needs to shut down and save everything that happened? Using your mobile phone before sleeping activates your mind, which is not what you want when you are supposed to be trying to sleep!
You can take out the USB stick plenty times without losing any data, but in the end you will eventually harm the stick.

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How can you relax your body before falling asleep?
I prepared a list for you what helped me the most:

  • Getting fresh air to your sleeping room before going to bed
  • Shutting down all electronical devices at least 30 minutes before falling asleep. Try to power them off and remove all plugs from the socket.
  • Read a book, write a poem, remember what has happened today or do any other kind of intellectual art
  • Calm down and try not to get interrupted by anything or anybody. Do it like your mother has told you if you can’t sleep 😀 one sheep, two sheeps, three sheeps,….
  • Keep a dream diary to sum up all your dreams. You think you do not dream very often? Well, just try to find yourself in the morning instead of rushing out of bed and try to remember what you have been dreaming. With some practice you may remember some of them.
  • Get a regular sleeping habbit. There is nothing worse than sleeping at different times a day. The night is meant for sleeping, whilst the day is used for working.

If you have any other tips on how to get your body ready for sleeping, please let me know in the comments down below!

So don’t be tired of being tired anymore! 😉