Numbers that drive you crazy

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”

 

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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.

 

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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?

 

 

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.

 

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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!

Dance with the sun!

People are taking care of their nutrition, doing lots of sports, spending less time in front of their TV. All of that just to become happy.

Most of them miss the most important source of happiness. Light. Sunlight.

When I woke up this morning it was dark outside. I went to the gym and did my morning workout. I realized (yep, actually realized!!) that the sun was rising while i was training.  It filled me with joy. It was a great day. I could barely see any clouds on the sky. So I decided to spend more time on the outside today.

It is winter over here in Austria and we got only 8 hours of sunlight a day. I spend lots of my time at school, actually almost all of my available time, so I hardly see what is going on outside of these four walls.

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I was wondering what is important to become happy. And sunlight is definitely one of the major factors. Spend at least an hour a day on the outside. Take your time and fill your body with Vitamine D. Take an hour off of your work.

Sunlight will do the rest for you!

 

Have you ever experienced a lack of sunlight? How did you feel? Did you find out that you were missing sunlight?

The Green Pepper

This week I will come up with something completely different. A story I love to tell others when I feel the atmosphere is broken. A story that makes no sense. A story without a moral. (Okay, maybe there is one in there but I have not been able to identify it yet)

The Green Pepper

Nutrition is really important for me. It gives me the power I need to accomplish my goals, it motivates me and fills me with joy.  For a balanced nutrition vegetables are really important. I usually tended to neglect vegetables as I did not like them. Neither cucumbers nor courgette. To be honest, I always liked pepper but I never enjoyed them raw. Therefor I decided:

Let’s eat one pepper every day!

On the first day I told myself: Pepper tastes great. You will love it.

It really worked out for me. I was excited all day long to eat vegetables.
Until I needed to eat the pepper. It was a green pepper. The only one we have had at home. Our garden is filled with green pepper.

Without making it worse, it tasted like I do not know what. But everything else than great. Some kind of detergent (Okay well, I do not know what detergent tastes like but that’s what I imagine. Maybe detergent tastes even greater) or whatsoever.

As promised I ate the whole pepper and told myself:

“Your body is just not used to eat it. But it will taste great after you have eaten it a couple of times”

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Do not be scared I will make the story a bit faster.
The same happened for me the next weeks. Green pepper. It tasted nightmarish. I told myself: “You will start liking it soon”

One day a classmate brought some red pepper. I told him that I actually hate pepper and that I just eat those for health reasons so he offered me some red pepper.
It tasted gorgeous, ambrosial, delicious, …. (there are no words to describe what I felt like. It was unbelieveable for me that I have just eaten a pepper and i enjoyed it!)

I came home and told my parents immediatly:
I need red pepper instead of green ones!!!!

Okay, so they got me some and it tasted exactly the same. It is unlikely to be true that this is pepper.
I kept going eating red and yellow pepper only. I was overwhelmed because I thought I just told my brain to like pepper and it did so.

Well, nonetheless I tried green pepper once again after a few months. I expected to like it.
I did not.

 
If you have any questions concerning green pepper or vegetables in general do not hesitate to contact me! I would also be more than glad to hear your opinion on green pepper! Do you like it?

If you have not tried out green pepper yet you can share your experiences following these “instructions” and tell me your output!

 

Have a blessful day!