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Haze EP Releases 9/1/17

The Haze EP

Haze EP is a group of some of the most unique electronic music tracks that I have ever listened to. Sometimes, I can’t believe that I created a few of the tracks.

Each song is kind of a world of sounds because I do all of my own sound design. Then I take the highest quality analogue samples and mixing the hell of of the track. The sound is nothing short of galactic adventurous. My journey through music continues to evolve and these latest tracks take the quality to a new echelon.

Haze has some of my favorite music ever on it. I’ve always had a certain taste in electronic music and I am very excited to share how I like it with the world!

Diving into Sound Design

Of course, the kind of music that I enjoy is an ever evolving taste and honestly, I hope to be able to follow this path forever.

My handle on the technology involved continues to grow firmer and my sound design skills improve as I continue to experiment with my different synthesizers, Serum and Zebra2. Operator is and always has been my go to. My ability to create unique bass sounds grows more and more potent as I also hone my mixing, the two go together really nicely.

I have begun to split frequencies far more often to great effect. I feel highlighting certain frequencies in the bass spectrum becomes really important as I get more detail oriented with my bass music.

The Tracks

I finished composing nearly all of the tracks for the album and will release a few of them early. I might release one tonight, actually. This time, I am giving myself plenty of time to finish all the tracks.

So I will tell you my favorite tracks and why before I give you the Haze EP track list.

HyperDrive is my favorite song. I love it because it represents a beautiful style of electro house that has been a little bit forgotten. This multilayered Future-Bass influenced house track will leave you feeling like you just visited another world.

8R0K3 is also my favorite song. It has some of the most unique soundscapes I have ever made and drops like a champ. The bass is fucking wonky and super glitched out. The sound design is so unique, it’s very weird to listen to it in different environments. But so far, the tests have all come back positive!

Lucid and Digital Eternity are both Bass oriented tracks that I really want to play live. They have certain rhythms to them that are very unique, kinda remind me of REZZ. I am definitely hoping that this album helps me to get live at local festivals and stuff like that. Here’s to detachment from results.

HAZE EP

  1. HyperDrive – Electro-House
  2. Lucid – Future Trap
  3. Escape Endor – Tropical House
  4. Digital Eternity – Future Trap
  5. Force – Complextro-House
  6. Entering Orbit – Glitch-Hop
  7. 8R0K3 – Glitch-Hop
  8. Acid Urine – Dubstep/Trap
  9. Cybertron – Dubstep
  10. Exoskeleton – Techno-House

Expect sounds that you have never heard before and some mixing techniques that will get those speakers bouncing. These tracks are great dance tracks and I can’t wait to release them. First release is coming soon, get stoked!

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Proko drops First Contact and the sound is otherworldly

Proko drops First Contact

Proko drops First Contact to unsuspecting humans everywhere. Troy Prokopowich is most certainly an upcoming artist to pay attention to, moreso than anyone (imho) except for his buddies G Jones, Yheti, Nasty Nasty and Bleep Bloop of whom equal attention ought to be paid. Proko released First Contact 3 days ago to a tremendous amount of support from the underground community on soundcloud. He’s been touring with G Jones for a while now and BassNectar is playing his tracks at live shows due to the incredible amount of bass and the ultra heavy riddims are ultra stupid dope yo.

I actually saw Proko live last year before Nasty Nasty and Proko’s show was great, though a bit unmemorable at the time. Honestly, I don’t remember him playing, I just remember really liking all the music right before dancing my ass off to Nasty Nasty. The event was in Colfax with this sweet, very new production company called Modern Illusion. Those kids throw a party, can’t wait to watch them evolve their events. Check ’em out in Colfax. The crowd was most certainly waiting for the headliner (NastyNasty), so I’m not super surprise I didn’t notice him as much. I don’t think his music was as evolved as this latest EP First Contact back then. But you know, maybe I was just not really paying attention.

Fast-forward a year and Proko’s dropping some of the best bass tunes out there, including his Abduction Mixtape. I like some of the songs even more than G Jones tracks, the basses are just so fresh and interlaced with spicy melodies and groovy drum beats. Check out PROKO’s EP on the soon-to-die platform(just kiiiiiidddddding) Soundcloud.

The First Contact EP

  1. TFF – An intro to the sound of the album, this track is as grimey as it is heavy. A great introduction to the sound design of the album, this track will get you movin.
  2. First Contact – The primary track of the album doesn’t disappoint in any way. The complexity of the sound design is nothing short of sensational. The alien vibes are all too apparent in the track’s sound design. A lot of the sound design reminds me of G Jones, but with a unique spin. This is my favorite track of the album, so much so that I might have to remix it…
  3. Block Streets – Block Streets was release a few weeks earlier than the album and sets the standard for the entire EP. Heavy reverb punctuates nearly every sound and a definite feel of alien voices speaking to you.
  4. Flip it – Flip it is a trippy psychedelic track that continues Proko’s style of alien leads and grimey reese basslines, this track is yyyyuge!! Check out that future trap!
  5. Loud (ft. Nasty Nasty) – Loud is a track to listen to over and over; Nasty Nasty brings his sound to compliment Proko’s. Together they’ve created an illustrious bass-scape that leaves you wondering where the fuck your mind just went.

 

You can see how Proko ranks on my list of up and coming artists here. Support this dude!

Tour:

Catch him in Atlanta on July 29th

Free Download:

Download of the ‘First Contact’ EP FREE here

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Other Reviews:

Sputnik: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/PROKO/92037/

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Pusher - the E.T.

Creating EDM all the time

What I love (creating tracks like Pusher – the E.T.)

Creating music like Pusher – the E.T. is my passion. There is only one other thing that I like to do as much as make music and that is practicing yoga. The two are very equal in my mind. Kind of like opposite ends of a coin. Music is a huge reason that I have been identifying to heavily with Taoism.

The two arts  have many similarities, and in my experience they occupy kind of the same space. Actually, let’s include teaching yoga in that list, even though teaching yoga feels like much more work than either music or practicing yoga. All three help me to hone my creativity into passions that help me to grow as an individual. My music is in its adolescence, but my yoga is pretty mature (after nearly a decade of practicing). Teaching is becoming more and more of a rock for my mind to output creativity, though it is very taxing and it requires tons of energy.

Making music all the time

Sitting down in front of a computer for 8 hours and just writing music for that entire time has become somewhat second nature to me. I’ve even started going all day, for about 12 hours, though its pretty much impossible to do multiple days of that in a row and still make a quality end-product. I feel like that hard work will make my success inevitable, my sound will just be so polished and powerful.

Recently I bought some new software that I am very excited to use in all of my productions. I am working towards a new computer that is ultra fast. But really, nothing holds me back from pursuing the dreamy kind of soundscapy electro bass house that I’ve always loved. Now, I can do it my way, in my own style.

My latest music video for Pusher is a good example of a track that is perfect for a 3D immersive video experience, but I don’t yet have 3D software. I did my best with Magic Visualizer and this is the result, let me know what you think of it!

Pusher – the E.T. (music video)

The E.T. is is creating tons of new music

I also have several other tracks that I am really looking forward to releasing! I’ve sent some to labels, but I think I am going to plan on releasing the album around 9/1. I am trying to get full artwork created for all of the tracks, so here’s to collaborating with other artists! Also, I am making a collaborative track with Beefus B. Stoked on it, his sound is ultra unique.

Also, I am participating in this contest thing with Bruce Lee lyrics. My track is almost composed, just working on the bass for the drops. Check out the trailer, its hilarious: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNiY01C75xg

Check back soon for more yoga, music, and updates about my art.

Download & Stream my latest track, Pusher below:

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Eprom’s Pineapple EP kills genres and pushes EDM quality higher

Eprom Rises

Eprom is probably one of the most under-rated modern EDM artists. This dude is more innovative than Skrillex and pushes to the edge of EDM with his new EP, Pineapple. Complete with a killer remix from G Jones (one of the most innovative up and coming edm artists, see my list here), these tracks have indubitably shredded dance floors during the tour and honestly, it sets the bar a whole lot higher for rising bass artists. The level of intricacy of composition and explosive mixing, combined with extremely unique synthesis, piercing leads, and analogue powered bass lines make this album a repeatable adventure through experimental sound. Buy it on Beatport today!

Pineapple EP Tracks

You can also listen FO’ FREE on Soundcloud below:

  1. Pineapple – Definitely the star of the album, its obvious that this track can be listened to a few hundred times before its gets old. The lead and melody are raging and the more subs you put behind it, the more you will feel it due to the superb mix quality.
  2. B.F.G. – enjoy this strong Eprom style track that can be added to probably any DJ set.
  3. Zweihander – Eprom’s unique production skills culminate expressively with this track, probably the most unique of the album’s tracks (mah fav), this track will blow your mind time and time again. Killer basses, as always from Eprom. The outro is killer, my favorite part of the entire Pineapple EP.
  4. Koummaya – fantastic intro, the melody is nothing short of magical. Elements of Future Bass and Trap lace the entire track interwoven within Eprom’ s signature SawBasses. The way he breaks up the composition with reverb and pauses before smashing the 808’s is nothing short of genius. Big sounds in this one.
  5. Pineapple (G Jones remix) – G Jones takes his own spin to Pineapple that is equally interesting. I will say that I don’t think the basses hit as hard, G Jones’ style is more compositional anyways. I like some of the compositional techniques that G Jones uses a bit more. Both have great styles of creation though. Comparisons between the two are kind of unjust. Excellent transitions and powerful uses of FX make this track a powerful part of any DJ set. It might be a bit dancier than the original too, let me know what you think!

The Future of Experimental EDM

Eprom has several other tracks that you should check out, one of my favorites is Center of the Sun, which was actually one of the first tracks that I ever remixed. He creates a lot of his sounds with modular synthesis and I imagine he uses Ableton for his DAW, I’m not sure if that is the case. Eprom is mostly a future trap artist if you were to put him in the box of a genre and his music has some of the most powerfully moving soundscapes that I have ever heard. He rages on the dance floor. Expect big things from this artist in the future, also been on the lookout for some dope Pineapple remixes that bass artists are surely working on right now.

Other Reviews:

EPROM TOUR DATES:

  • July 9th – Bass Coast – Merritt, BC
  • 7/14 – Infrasound – Highbridge, WI
  • 7/15 – Camp Bisco – Scranton, PA
  • July 21st – The Pirate Party -Haugan, MT
  • 8/12 – Project Z – San Bernadino, CA
  • August 18th- 515 ALIVE FESTIVAL- Des Moines, IA
  • 8/19- Fonda Theatre- Los Angeles, CA
  • 8/21- Oregon Eclipse- Antelope, OR
  • August 26th – Raising the Bar 4 – St Louis, MO

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Adapting to the State of the Present

Life is fucking complicated out there. There are a lot of aspects of living nowadays that should NEVER have existed in the first place. Good food is expensive and bad food is subsidized and really, I think this is one of the biggest things to fix in our culture. Life for us humans is very complicated, we have to know how lots of different things work in order to operate successfully in our everyday lives. Cellphones, Cars, Computers, and all of our modern technology can be a bit insane sometimes and it catches up to us through stress an in our bodies. Thank the gods for yoga.

I find myself splitting my time between things constantly. It’s great for someone with ADD, but very difficult to focus on one thing for an extended period of time. Whether its between driving, staying connected to my body, splitting time between Auburn and Sacramento, or splitting my time between yoga, landscaping, and music, my website, landscaping writing, painting, or doing all of the other forms of art that I love to do. Recently, I found myself painting without any real reason other than the need to let go by creating something cool. But it gets tiring to be unable to focus on any one thing for an extended period of time. I try to keep a priority of yoga first, money and survival second, and music third. So far, its working out fine.

Teaching yoga is now a constant. 8 classes a week and I am getting more and more skilled at disseminating my message. I am striving to offer the best possible yoga classes to the students that attend and I think that I am doing a great job of expanding the comfort zones of the people that choose to spend time learning about yoga with me. Most people have very weird perceptions of what yoga is supposed to be.

I realize my own need to continually innovate and am actually finding the need to slow down and ground into teaching what I know. Sometimes I get distracted with the need to constantly feel like I am creating a new experience for people and I need to focus on simply creating and learning during the process.

Music is strife for me and I love every second of it. The industry is very difficult to break into. I feel that my music continues to evolve drastically, culminating in my latest release for an ill.Gates Remix Contest that you can check out below. The track is very unique, the picture links to the track. I also have about 5 other tracks that I will be releasing to my soundcloud very soon.Ill_GATES_remix_comp_theet_entry

 

 

I find it incredible how disconnected my culture is, despite all of the different ways that we try to connect, our connections have become more superficial than ever. We drive so so much. and it’s difficult to find ways to connect with newer people, especially with the amount of judgement that people just throw out randomly at strangers. But I think that I am meeting the people that I need to meet, it is just not happening as fast as I’d like it to. Big surprise, I guess.

Ultimately, I think all of the art that I am creating right now will take time to flourish, I still feel that I need a couple more years of learning in order to get to the levels of sound design, mixing, and composition that I want to be at. I feel very confident in my yoga, but ache to return to India and practice in the room full of silent Ashtangis teaching myself the second series.

The East Wind summer challenge is where I find my time going and I look forward to the yoga classes that I get to attend rather than teach. I am always working on expanding my practice and love to spend time simply enjoying my breath work and learning about the intricacies of my body. So hopefully see you around the studio!

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Journal, Updates, and Developments for the Start of 2017

Dear Journal, 2016 was a long year…

For the past year I have been making music and teaching yoga for my full-time jobs. I haven’t written about it at all, but now I want to journal about it a bit. Although music doesn’t pay yet, yoga has become a sustainable profession for me. I can pay my bills now, which is fantastic! Teaching yoga is really a fun way to make a living. But my situation now is the result of three years of hard work that no one will ever see or appreciate in the way that I do.

How Did I Get Here?

In 2014, after I finished my teacher training, I began to teach yoga for free. I probably have journal articles on here about it. I had two karma classes a week and used those classes to get my teaching chops. I remember how nerve-racking a lot of those first classes were and how difficult it was to get the ball rolling with my confidence level, projecting and inflecting my voice, and figuring out how to teach people the yoga I had learned for the last 5 years or so. Now, I get to enjoy some of the fruit of all that hard work. I’m not out of the grind yet by any means, but I feel that I am being rewarded for all of the hard work in my past. Karma is nice sometimes.

Making it Work

Last year, many of my days were filled with landscaping and doing odd-jobs and such just to survive. I didn’t have much money after India and its taken me a while to figure out how to make money without feeling like a slave to some corporation. Now I am teaching 9 classes a week and am loving it! I believe very strongly in putting lots of time and thought into my art forms and the added classes will help me to get my classes to the quality that I want for my students.

Onto the Future and 2017

2017 is going to be a year of growth, even more so than last year. I am recording more yoga classes, planning on starting a youtube/instagram video/photo series, and make music all the time. Now I just have to find ways to travel a bit on the days that I can to keep myself exploring. That is the one part of my life that I miss tremendously and can’t wait to get back to. Exploring new places, things, and ideas is my favorite thing to do. The lack of travel is probably the biggest reason I haven’t been blogging as much lately; traveling stimulates my mind in ways that make me want to write and share my experiences.

My First Yoga Workshop

I am going to do my first workshop in a couple of months at East Wind and am hoping to get a framework built for a class that I could do monthly (on the ashtanga primary series). Connecting with individuals in the yoga space and learning about their journeys is one of my favorite things about yoga. I am hoping that workshops will be a great way to spread my message to the neighboring studios and to expand the yogi community. My message is also getting clearer as I do more yoga. Fear drive us away from the peace that we all crave. My trip to India was intrinsic for realizing my teaching methodology; I am going to have to go back sometime in the next couple of years to continue to study myself. Although right now I have no idea how I am going to make that happen.

La Musica

Music is going phenomenally (check out my soundcloud). The sound is tuning in quite nicely; technical expertise is really starting to show in the tracks that I produce. My biggest improvements to make are working on composition. Melodies, Chord progressions, timing, verses, and vocals. I have one song right now, AUTO, that I am super excited about; I think it’s by far my best work yet. But I also think that with a new song every couple of months.

ElliotTelford.com (coming soon!)

I have decided to consolidate my websites/blogs into one brand. It’s simply too difficult to pay attention to multiple sites and all of the other shit that I have to pay attention to all at the same time. All of my music will be available on this website, very shortly. PadaYoga is changing to ElliotTelford.com, so I can have a more unified web presence. I will also continue to upload free yoga classes and music so there’s lotsa free stuff here.

The Wanderer Series

I will be finishing the wanderer (my first book) in the next few months as well. That will be available here, although I’ve decided to take the series offline until the book has been completed. In my opinion, it’s not fair to drastically change the plot lines, relationships, or the story in front of the audience, so I want to take it offline to work on it. It is my first book after all. I am also working on more music videos for my music.. which isn’t time-consuming at all. Not like it takes an hour to render, then an hour to upload, then an hour to process, or anything CRAZY like that… sigh

Someday, I will work with visual artists to make my music come alive, but today is not that day, nor is 2017 probably that year, though I hope it is!

The future of this blog is bright! Let me know if I missed anything 🙂

Elliot/the E.T.

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TBD Festival Review

TBD Festival Review | Night 1 | 2015 Recap

TBD Festival Review for:

  • the artists,
  • production value
  • crowd energy
  • festival layout
  • the overall energy of TBD Festival in Sacramento

Overall TBD Festival Review:

TBD festival was an awesome experience. My TBD Festival Review for 2015 is vastly positive, though I will admit that as far as festivals go, TBD Festival definitely lacked a lot of the conscious mindfulness efforts that go into most of the camping and extended stay EDM festivals. There was quite a bit of mindless consumption. However, being in the city it made sense as more of a concert venue, so I understand the shift and was very appreciative to go spend the afternoon in the grounds and to be able to go back to my apartment at night and the convenience of it all. I could have eaten dinner there. It was a lot more of a mini-vacation, especially since I only went for one night. I would definitely go again for the crowd, which was full of great fans, for the production value, but mostly for the artists and the vibe that they brought to the festival grounds.

The Artists:

Here is the official Line-up for TBD in 2015

Purity Ring Review from TBD Festival 2015

I ended up going to see Purity Ring and got there about one-quarter of the way through the performance. You can see the video here on my Instagram. Definitely one of the better performances I have seen in the past couple of years, their lights show was absolutely incredible. The drummer had a great set-up, but the singer stole the show were her soulful dancing and heartbreaking and uplifting singing. This is one band that I will look forward to in the future. Production value was extremely high, as evidenced by the lights show on the Instagram video.

Death Grips Review from TBD Festival 2015

Death Grips is a band that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS. The experimental Hip-Hop group is reminiscent of Cypress Hill’s originality and creativity, but boosted forward to 2015 technology and production techniques with a rapper that absolutely throws his shit down and goes hard. I honestly cannot wait to see these guys again, Stefan Burnett (aka MC Ride) had such incredible energy and anger in his voice that you couldn’t help but feel a calming wave of relaxation afterwards. The drummer, Zach Hill stole the show at times with his ridiculously powerful and well-organized drum solos that perfectly complimented Stefan’s lyrics and style of rapping. Andy Morin was also a great performer, but next to Stefan and Zach was simply more in the background, though not to ill effect. His presence uplifted the other twos. Definitely a show that will have you shouting, jumping up and down at times, and going nuts with a calming after-effect.

RL Grime Review from TBD Festival 2015

RL Grime was a surprisingly innovative and very powerfully unique act. It was easy to see how he has led the trap music genre for the past 3 years, even helping to create and shape the sound. His blaring 808’s, harsh and filthy sub bass, live remixing, and his visuals were absolutely on point. He tore the stage to shreds and blasted the audience with pounding drum beats, voice synths, and lead synths that cut through the air and right into your heart and spine. A very powerful performance, recreating my image of the artist’s repertoire of skills and abilities. Definitely a show I would and hope to see again.

Tyler the Creator Review from TBD Festival 2015

This was one of the most unusual and well put together productions I have seen. Tyler is nothing short of a genius with his interactions with the crowd and his two back-up rappers pull their own weight and more on stage. Discussing everything from the ego to love to hatred to death, Tyler seems to touch aspects of life that you don’t normally examine, giving a surprisingly introspective look into the minds of us all as humans. He also had some songs that absolutely shown through and I was so incredibly happy to have been introduced to him as a live performance. Slow it down was my favorite song of the night, but I also think that he had some great improvisation performances because he also seemed to be very off the cusp. His energy was fantastic, the lights show was something to be remembered and the complexity of his message was intoxicating. Definitely someone to watch as they grow, though I wouldn’t mind seeing another performance in a year or so.

Glitch Mob Review from TBD Festival 2015

Here is the icing on the cake, definitely the highest production value performance of the night. At the end of their summer tour, the Glitch Mob threw down a show to be remembered, their live sets and electronic industrial instruments were perfect to get the crowd up, moving, and rowdy. The lights show was incredible and intricate and the band itself had enormous amounts of energy. Edit lead the charge, it was hard to take your eyes off of his performance, but OOOO-Ahhhhh also kicked some major ass up there. Boreta was definitely more in the background, though he was simply not as visible from my vantage point. This was one of the BEST shows I have ever seen, hands down. Don’t miss the Glitch Mob is they perform near you, the crowds go nuts!

Production Value Review of TBD Festival 2015

Extremely high. The is the most powerful part of TBD Festival’s 2015 review because it was so good! Lights shows were unforgettable, screens were plenty large and the crowd was awesome. There was plenty of food to go around and for a little but of money you could get pretty much anything you needed. The Artists were on time, security was plentiful and the cops were seemingly nice enough that night. Definitely not a festival to miss, especially as the Line-up has plenty of more awesome artists for the next 2 nights.

Crowd Energy at TBD Fest 2015

Great. Wonderful. Weird, silly, but also a wide diversity of people. Everyone was having a good time. The normal festival crowd was interlaced with working professionals, housewives, city kids, and pretty much everyone in the city below the age of 30. Plenty of older hippies could easily be found nearer to the outskirts of the dance area and the stages were completely filled from the moment I got there. Everyone was nice, I didn’t see a single fight, any violence, and people were a bit more self-conscious than that I am used to, but not in a bad way. More of an unexposed kind of way, like there was a mixing of people from all over the place. Diversity is definitely a word I would use to describe everyone, beautiful another, but many were a little bit under-dressed for my personal tastes.

Layout Review of TBD Festival 2015

It was set-up well to walk between stages from one main stage to the other while a band set-up on the stage you just left. It was perfect to walk through concessions, though I don’t usually spent money on food that these types of events. Security was set-up poorly, though they were plentiful enough to make it not matter. The entrance was a nightmare, which is why we got there a little, but I would expect it to be improved next year. I’ve also learned to have the QR code and the PDF, not just the email and the confirmation number. It was kind of lame. Also, we got pretty tired from dancing at a couple of points and could have used a bench or two to sit on. There was only the dirty ground with stickers in it. But besides that, everything went really well!

Overall Energy of TBD Festival 2015

The artists loved it, the fans loved it, and a very positive exchange of energy between the two. Extremely high production value, such powerful performance that I really can’t wait for next year and am a sad to miss Porter Robinson and Pretty Lights tonight. I am sure that it will be amazing. The people who came were awesome and the artists put their heart and soul into the performances. What more can you ask for?

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