Beginnings and influences
I started to compose and produce music back in December, 2010. At that time, I need to mention the fact that I was only a 13 year-old teenager and, consequently, a rather inexperienced user of GarageBand (the first Macintosh-based software with which I was able to create my very own songs).
Nonetheless, as that winter month progressed, I had been gradually learning more on how to make good use of the software in question in order to create the music I really wanted to and so, little by little, I commenced to record my first studio album relying mostly on loops which stemmed from various jam packs, yet also experimenting as much as possible with a series of digital instruments in the process.
The recording sessions for my first LP (i.e. long play) spanned between December, 2010 and April, 2011 and the result was a quasi-experimental rock album with alternative and electronic rock influences. As time passed by, I have been fortunately recording more and more songs (of a better overall quality) using other Macintosh-based applications (such as Logic Pro or Logic Pro X).
In terms of influences, I feel I must specify that I grew up on blues, classic rock, progressive rock, hard rock, and (jazz-rock) fusion. Consequently, my all time favourite bands and artists are, primarily, those which performed along the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. A rather incomplete list of examples on the matter would look like this:
- Willie Dixon, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Hank Marvin and The Shadows, Bert Jansch and Pentangle, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, The Troggs, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Clapton and Cream, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Dire Straits, The Doors, The Animals, Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bad Company, Steve Miller Band, America, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report, Procol Harum, Yes, Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Rush, Kansas, Mike Oldfield, or Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
During my teenage years, a second wave of musical influences stemmed also from the mainly Seattle-rooted grunge movement of the 1990s. In this respect, I feel that the following bands must also be mentioned:
- Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, Mad Season, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, or Candlebox.
To this day, while the vast majority of my musical creations rely chiefly on how I mixed a series of pre-made loops in GarageBand or Logic Pro, some other tracks pertaining to several of my early studio albums albums feature my real playing style on guitars and drums and, occasionally, on keyboards and bass (but, once again, for most of the part, using digital instruments only).
Nevertheless, over the last few couple of years I have become tremendously interested on how to professionally write, record, and produce music. Lately, I even started playing some real instruments (such as a Harley Benton acoustic guitar and an Alesis 49-key MIDI controller), in addition, that is, to the digital ones I have been long time accustomed to.
Personal discography (2011–present)
As of late 2018, my personal discography consists of 12 studio albums (LPs), 2 extended plays (EPs), and one large compilation including various demos (and sketchy sort of material) that I have been composing between 2010 and 2016, throughout both secondary school and high school.
From 2013 until 2018, almost all of my studio albums had been partly released on the now (unfortunately) defunct iCompositions.com, an ingenious website dedicated to aspiring musicians, where I decided to upload roughly 90 songs of mine, accumulating approximately 50,000 unique listens in the process. Since late 2018, I have been more or less regularly uploading my latest songs on SoundCloud.
Otherwise, both my LPs and EPs have not yet been officially issued by a label. However, if you’d still like to listen to my music, all you need to do is just click on the following links down below in order to download my entire discography (currently hosted on Dropbox). That being said, I truly hope you’ll enjoy a pleasant audition. Last but not least, I wish you all to just keep on rocking in the free world!
List of studio albums (LPs)
- Youth Vol. 1 (April, 2011)
- Echoes Of A Memory (December, 2012)
- Dive Into The Unknown (February, 2013)
- Skyline (March, 2013)
- A Spiral Of Illusions (July, 2013)
- Back To Roots Vol. I (August, 2013)
- Youth Vol. 2 (August, 2013)
- Phases Of Transition (March, 2014)
- Back To Roots Vol. II (December, 2014)
- Back To Roots Vol. III (March, 2016)
- Youth Vol. 3 (August, 2017)
- New Paths (May, 2018)
List of extended plays (EPs)
- Solitude (December, 2015)
- Crossroads (December, 2018)
List of compilations
- Demos & Sketches (2010–16)
Gallery of frontal cover artworks (for LPs, EPs, and compilations)
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