• Q and A with Borealism

    December 3, 2014

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    What inspires your music?

    “Writing music is a very reflective process for me in the sense that my songs are similar to entries in a diary. Music is an outlet through which I feel I can communicate my feelings and thoughts in a pure form. Not all my songs have specific meanings, though. I have a strong creative drive within me, so sometimes I’ll just sit down and write something for the simple enjoyment of creating.”

    When did you start making music?
    “I started out by playing trombone in sixth grade band. I loved it at first, but in middle school I began to hate the trombone because all the cool kids were learning how to play guitar and bass. So I began learning bass in eighth grade. When I got to high school, my mother forced me to stick with trombone and had me join the jazz band. I am so glad that she did this because it really set the foundation of my abilities. From there I studied music theory and continued to learn new instruments until I got into electronic production four years ago when my friend introduced me to FL Studio.”

    Artists who inspire you and why?
    “The list is very long, but there are a few artists who have been integral to my own development. Shlohmo is probably my greatest idol in the music world. His production techniques never cease to amaze me, especially his earlier lofi stuff. He is a master of creating and weaving unique textures that feel like candy for the ears. Flying Lotus is another really big one for me. I feel like he is the greatest pioneer of the beat music genre, and I have always been impressed with his ability to evolve so much and continue to stay relevant. When I am not listening to electronic stuff, I am listening to acoustic and indie rock bands like Grizzly Bear, Youth Lagoon, and Fleet Foxes. I feel like those bands, especially Grizzly Bear, take you on this wild ride where you are just cruising along, and then suddenly they pick you up and drop you into some really beautiful moments, full of harmony and passion, that leave you in awe.”

    What do you use to make music? What is the process like?

    “I use FL Studio, an Akai LPK 25 MIDI synth, an Akai LPD 8 MIDI drum controller, and recently a Roland SP-404. The creative process basically begins with a random sample I find, or a neat synth. From there I build around it by adding layers of melodies, coming up with chord structures, recording guitars and vocals, and eventually putting rhythm to it. Lately, I have been making my own custom percussive elements by using sounds from the kitchen, or other unconventional sounds to emulate a traditional drum kit. The process changes constantly with each song, though.”

    What sort of plan or vision do you have for your music in the future?
    “I’m hoping to perfect my live act so I can share my music with even more people. However, whether my music brings me prosperity or not, I will continue creating because it is my passion and gives substance to my life. Of course I will welcome any success that may come my way, but even if that doesn’t happen I will carry on because I am an artist and this is what I do.”

    Q and A with auteurist

    October 6, 2014

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    What inspires your music?

    “I draw inspiration from a variety of sources, namely fashion, art, music, film, video games, experiences, and nature.  I respond to artistic work like the photography of Sean Mundy, Spiritualist and Religious art, like Augustin Lesage and Greek Orthodox Painting, and the large-scale interactive installations of Ann Hamilton. I am currently fascinated with 3D design. My creativity stems from the desire to create an encompassing world/environment through sound.”

    When did you start making music?

     ” I began my musical journey as a 4-year-old when I started taking piano lessons. From there I began violin lessons at 6, picked up guitar at around age 10, and drums at 16. I downloaded Mixcraft when I was around 14 or 15 and experimented with electronic music all through high school, slowly learning and building my skills in that time.”

     Artists who inspire you, and why?

    “I’m indebted to a multitude of artists and movements in electronic music as well as in other genres for inspiring me: MJ Cole, for my introduction into the 90′s underground UK garage scene, Burial for his rich, dark, and organic compositions, Bjork for her unique blend of trip hop, jazz, and gorgeous vocal performance, Massive Attack for their moody and brooding trip hop and vocal work, Radiohead and Thom Yorke for their absolute dedication to their art, and of course, the composers Debussy, Ravel, and Saint-Saens for creating unparallelled soundscapes. I’d also like to thank my friends Nathaniel Young and Warren Mattox (the Blankstairs crew), as well as YIOTA for being a huge inspiration to me.”

     What do you use to make music, and what is the process like?

    “I use Ableton Live, a Yamaha portasound PSS-11 keyboard, my phone, electric and acoustic guitar, violin, and piano (when I can find one), as well as sampling records with my turntable. I will usually begin with an underlying sample, whether that be an orchestral piece, insect noises, or vocal manipulation, and build on it from there, adding drum parts, bass, and melody lines. I will then go back in and add subtleties and complexities, recording vocals, violin parts, and percussion. However, the process varies with every song.”

    What sort of plan or vision do you have for your music in the future?

    “My plan is to continue to improve my production skills, get acquainted with performing live, and make steps toward to creating deep, complex and conceptual work. I aspire to be intimately involved in the whole creative process and ultimately incorporate visual elements into my work, like art pieces and motion graphics. My dream would be able to perform with a live orchestra and create a visual and auditory interactive environment with the audience. Making music for film is an aspiration of mine as well. Also, physical releases!”

    auteurist – untime
    out October 8th on MB

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    Free Artist Sample Pack

    August 10, 2014

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    In celebration of lostodyssey’s new release, Morning Beast Records has compiled a 100% original and royalty-free drum kit sample pack. The Morning Beast Sample Pack features a collection of original one hits from the artists granola, Gloom, and lostodyssey. It features over 50 samples; a variety of beeps and boops, drum hits, melodic notes, and other abstract percussion. The individual sounds can be used, altered, manipulated, and triggered as seen fit by the user. Morning Beast wants to share there love of crisp organic sounds with other like minded producers, beginners or pros. We are always looking for new producers to join our family, so if you make something awesome with our sounds please let us know! We’re just a bunch of music nerds trying to create some community with like-minded folk.

    Thanks!

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    lostodyssey Q and A

    July 13, 2014

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    What inspires your music?

    “Sometimes my songs are inspired by important people or events in my life and sometimes I build songs from random things I hear or experience throughout the day. I don’t think anything I experience is too great or too insignificant to be turned into music.”

    When did you start making music?

    “I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t making music on some level. I remember setting up pots and pans in my room and banging on them along to old Prince records with my dad’s drumsticks when I was just a few years old. I got a hand-me-down cassette deck around that time and spent countless hours recording “original” which consisted of me wailing familiar melodies at the top of my lungs. I’m pretty sure my parents still have those tapes. I got my first $50 RadioShack electric piano when I was 11 and I’ve been playing ever since. “

     Artists who inspire you, and why?

    “Hundreds of musicians inspire me at any given time but artists like Flying Lotus, Boards of Canada, J Dilla and Nujabes will always have a special place in my heart. I was in love with beat music before I even knew what it was or what it was called so stumbling across these artists in my high school years was a huge revelation for me; it was the first stepping stone that lead me to where I am now.”

     What do you use to make music, and what is the process like?

    “Anything I can get my hands on. Anything I can tap on, pluck, strum, bang, click or manipulate in any way to make a cool sound I’ll use. Most of my songs are comprised of sounds I made just walking around my house. I usually start with a singular melody or drum beat or something that has caught my interest and I’ll build from there. Nine times out of ten I utilize my own home recordings or some other DIY method to get the results I want. I personally enjoy taking a minimalist approach to making music; partly out of ideology and partly because I’m usually broke. It forces me to be creative in situations where I don’t really have any other option.”

    What sort of plan or vision do you have for your music in the future?

    “I don’t really have any plans other than to start playing more shows and meeting more people. I spent the first few years of this project making music alone in room so sharing my sounds with other people and putting myself out there to share what I’ve learned and learn new things is an essential part of my process now. Also, a sitar. I really want a sitar.”

    Check out lostodyssey’s new release, ‘Early Rise’.

    Thanks Everyone!

    May 21, 2014

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    50% of the proceeds from the first Morning Beast compilation were donated and the album is still selling copies. Every 6 months we will continue to donate what generated after the fact. Thanks again to all the artists and folks who took the time to support what we’re all doing. Stay tuned for more…

    granola – Trails Out Now!

    October 23, 2013

    Granola – Trails

    October 20, 2013

    Granola – Trails

    Coming Oct 23rd

    Preview the opening track

    Q and A with Granola

    What inspires your music?

    Working and living in the backcountry forests of the Pacific Northwest and friends. I feel like I’m trying to capture a certain feeling that exists around me whenever I write music.. Like when your friend lives in a certain house for some amount of time and the gatherings and friends and things that occur there become somewhat of a mini ‘era’. I have a really hard time working on a song more than once, and I think this is the reason behind it. Usually whatever I was experiencing when I started the track has passed.

    When did you start making music?

    I started writing and djing psytrance around 2003, but haven’t seriously been involved in anything until 2010 when I moved to Olympia and started writing more cathartic tunes, rather than trying to blow people’s brain out with abstract noises..

     Artists who inspire you, and why?

    All the old Warp artists. I grew up on them. Plaid, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher etc..lots of random ambient and indie rock type stuff. I collect a lot of music. Anything that feels like it had some real time spent on it, I love detail and when it seems that the artist is uncompromising. I think lately my favorite artist is Maps and Diagrams.

     What do you use to make music, and what is the process like?

    Ableton Live, and lots of random synths and toys. I feel like I’m in a rut musically right now, so after this EP is done I am going to change everything. Right now the process is, write a beat, plug some shit in, unplug shit, write some melodies and chord progressions, reverse half of it, add distortion etc. It usually happens in one sitting and feel frantic when I’m really into it.. like it’s constantly slipping away. I’d like to be more intentional. If anyone really cares you can just message me and ask.

    What sort of plans or visions do you have for your music in the future?

    More distortion, more ambient, more intention. I really want to become involved with indie game development.. so please contact me, especially people working on abstract games.

    Favorite activity outside of music?

    I’m addicted to the forest, and my friends.

    Happy to announce the release of our compilation through our Bandcamp!

    Music Is Our Tool

    May 31, 2013

    We have entered an age where things are moving quickly. Our demands and life-styles have changed immensely. Some of us have forgotten our ties to the planet and strive for personal gain without thought for the consequences.

    In a world controlled by the power of money, it’s hard to make a difference. What can we do to raise awareness in this world? What is our weapon? No, not weapon. Weapons lead to more destruction and misery the question is what is our tool?

    Here at Morning Beast, music is the tool we use to fix what is broken. That’s why we have started a compilation series dedicated to this repair. Artists from around the world are raising awareness and trying to make a difference.

    Right now, biotech giant Monsanto is ruining our food and our planet. Their genetically-modified products cause countless health problems. Our organic crops suffer, our soil suffers, our insects suffer, our animals suffer, and our plannet suffers. The Morning Beast Compilation 001 will be donating 50% of its proceeds to stop these giants.

    The Beast has awoken.

    If you want to help us spread the word, submit music or whatever you’ve got to: morningbeast@gmail.com