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! 😉

Life Is A Journey

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~Lao Tzu

The day I started producing music I never thought I would come so far. I am releasing my first track. It has been a long journey until this day. Neither rocky roads nor bad weather has stopped me from walking my path. But I have still not reached my destination. Will there ever be a destination?
My life is a journey.

 

Journey Through India
Why have I chosen this title? I already revealed my journey but what has India to do with it? To be honest I have never been there in my life. Just seen some photos and heard a handful of stories.
Anyways, every destination releases emotions just by thinking of them. It does not matter if you have ever visited it.

For me, India’s instruments have always been interesting. I already told you in my first blog that I barely liked any instrument when I was younger except the one I am playing. The Harmonium has always excited me. Maybe because it sounds similar to the Austrian Accordion. So I have chosen it for the Intro and Breaks and implemented it also in the Drop Section.

I tried to recreate the mystical impact India stands for me. A power that lays beyond those supernatural country nobody would ever expect.

The Artwork

While writing a piece of music I get a picture of it. Every sound I design creates a line in my head. As soon as the song is finished my drawing is also done. That is the reason I do the cover by myself. I do not want anybody else to touch my piece of art. Of course, it takes me lots of time which I could invest into music production. I just feel like the song is not finished if I have not done the artwork.

Journey Through India CD Cover

Journey Through India will be released this Friday (02.02.2018)! Buy here! 

For me the mandala represents the possibilities of ways. Their similarity. Sometimes I feel it does not matter which way you chose. You can never be sure if it had been the right path. Do you know what would have happened if you would have taken the other way?
The mandala is an old and important symbol in the Indian culture. It represents the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism.

 

My journey has not ended yet. In the forthcoming time my songs will be inspired by many countries and one day I might come back to India. Hopefully I have then been there and can forward you the emotions it settles to me.

Come with me! Walk the path together with me.
My Journey Through India
My Journey Through Life.

 

 

 

Setting Goals – Planning for the future

A goal without a plan is just a wish!

Last week I have been talking about my past and what inspires me. I got lots of great feedback and I also got asked to write about the present and the future. Where do I see myself in five years time and how can I set my goals properly?

 

I see many people struggle with achieving their goals. Actually, I hate seeing people fail in their life. Failure might be the biggest danger for happiness.

This week I got a little workshop for you. The next time you enter any public transport (i.e bus, train or whatsoever) you briefly inspect your fellow passengers. Do they look happy? What could they feel like? It is lots of fun inspecting strangers and guessing how they feel and what causes their mood. There are plenty of possibilities.

There is one thing I’ve recognized: Most of them seem to be unhappy. Whether they are dissatisfied with their work, their relationship or whatsoever, their face is filled with disappointment.

It is your choice to make the best out of your living. You only live once, so why should not you take a risk? If you have got nothing, you cannot lose anything.

 

Setting your goals.

What helped me the most to become happy is achieving goals. Having success. I got something to celebrate, something to be happy about because I achieved it. Split your goals into milestones and celebrate every milestones. Bigger milestones can be every month, small ones every week or even every day! I tend to pin my tasks and goals onto my door. Seeing them every time I enter my room, I can be happy about what I have accomplished. What I have achieved. And it makes me smile looking at these pins!

Just a year ago I started to read books about communication psychology and goal setting. It helped my personal development and I got to know myself a lot better. Knowing yourself is the key to success. Being aware of your own values makes it a lot easier to choose the right tasks and fulfill them. Always take care of the effects those tasks might have on your personality.

Values can be:
– Adventure
– Love
– Friends
– Respect
– Traveling
– Religion
– and many, many more…

Focusing on tasks will develop certain values while other values get neglected.

Where do I see myself in 5 years time?

Next year I will graduate from my Higher Technical College for Construction Engineering in Linz. I plan to work in Sweden for 3 months before doing alternative service. In Austria you have a compulsory military service. Every citizen needs to go to the army for at least six months after turning 18 years old or graduating from school. If you refuse using weapons you have the ability to do alternative service. I tend to help other people instead of using weapons.

Having the A-Level, I will go to university in a foreign country. Audio engineering would be my go-to and I will see if I can make it in the industry.

I hope that I can make a living of music and influence our society in a positive way.

If you have got any questions to me about setting goals, personal development or any other questions do not hesitate to contact me!

 

 

Photo: Roses & Lavender Photography Sylvia Felbermayr

What inspired me to produce music?

When words fail, music speaks ~ Shakespeare

When I started writing my first blog i asked myself a few questions:
– Do others feel the same emotions as I do while writing a new piece of music?
– Do others see the connection of every note? Is it just a randomn selection of
sounds? Does my music make sense?
– Do others listen to music as I do?

What is the best way to find out the answer? Exactly, composing your own productions and sharing them with the world. You can see the reactions in their eyes. Whether they like it or not. Whether the song touches their heart or not. Music never lies.

When I was 6 years old I wanted to play an instrument. Honestly, I have been really selfish so I did not like any other instrument than the one I was playing. And the only instrument I liked was the accordion. Although, an accordion is quite heavy and my legs hurt, I continued playing. I continued playing because I liked it.

In the beginning I only played for myself. I actually did not like to play in front of people because I feared they would judge my mistakes.

I do not know when I tried to compose my first song. But I was young, maybe nine or ten years old. Having no clue about music theory makes it really hard to write a song. It sounded terrible, I knew that and kept it for myself.

With 10 years you definitely lack of self-confidence. You do things because you do them. You do not ask why you are doing this. So I composed songs.

At the age of 12 years I did my first music theory course. With 14 Years I did another one. To be honest, I thought I would never need this again. And i complained about learning it.

Looking back to my childhood I see music composition always played a big role in my life. A bigger role than I actually imagined. I struggled coping with my emotions and music is the best way to get rid of it. Every song tells an adventure of my life and what I currently feel like. Composing is more than just putting samples together. Composing is reflecting your feelings, your emotions.

So coming back to the questions from the top:
I do not know the answers so I appreciate everyone who shares what they feel like when listening to my songs. Just comment below or on any of my posts!
There is nothing more beautiful for me than moving people, touching people and making them feel better.
Because music is my way of communication.