Tuesday, 29 April 2014

It's Been A While.. (New Track Though!! :D)

Head to bbc.co.uk/introducing, upload your music and you could have your tracks broadcast on BBC Radio
Guess what those badges mean then. While you think, let me just say something.

It's been a while since I last posted on this blog, and for that, I apologise. Work has caught up on me, things have happened, stuff like that. But now I'm all yours again! :D

Now that that's said, wanna know what those badges above mean?

They mean that I have uploaded my tracks to BBC Introducing!

BBC Introducing is a radio show that is broadcast on a few select BBC radio stations, such as BBC Radio 1Xtra. It is a daytime show which focuses on unsigned, new and upcoming artists that want to get themselves known. Once tracks have been uploaded to this, members of these shows will listen to tracks that have been uploaded, and it will go to a select group of people in the company to then select who gets played on the radio.

Only downside is that the longest time it can take for your track to even be listened to is as long as 6 months...

But that's the worst case scenario. It hopefully won't take THAT long. I accept that it will take a long while for my tracks to be listened to anyway, so I don't mind.

Basically, I'm trying to get myself more known in the music industry. It's going to take a while, I know this, but with the help of those that enjoy my music, I can hopefully get well known for my music! So please, if you are a fan of my music, make sure to share it with people you know! It will help me out greatly! :)

I'm currently working on a third track for you guys, and I am enjoying it. It's going to be slightly different to the first two, however I think you guys may like it.

With my current music, I have had great feedback from people who have listened to it so far via face to face, so thank you to those who have given me your opinions and feedback (you know who you guys are). I greatly appreciate it.

That's it for now though guys. Wish me luck with getting my tracks on BBC Radio! If you haven't already, check out my recently released second track, File Corrupt! Links are below. Thanks for reading, and I will get back to this and Twitter regularly again, honest! :)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oneandonlyLAB
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJL4WmMsp3XYsanT5pFvoXQ
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/l-a-b-9

Thursday, 10 April 2014

I'm Actually Surprised

First of all, let me apologise for how late this blog post is. I was meant to do another post last night shortly after the Quick Update, but I lost track of time. Sorry about that.


With my first track released on YouTube with hardly no followers on Twitter, a few pageviewers on this blog, and no previous subscribers, I'm surprised at the 25 views it has. I didn't expect it to be viewed that much, to be honest. I thought I would only get about 3 views. I've even received two likes so far, as well as two subscribers. That's pretty amazing for my first song with not much advertising for it at all. I'm actually surprised, but in a good way. Thank you guys so much for the views, and I hope that you will enjoy my second track when it comes out. That's not for a little while yet, but I know you guys will enjoy it when it comes out. ;)

I've been trying to listen to other music tracks for inspiration while I've been working on mine. There's a certain Youtuber who is a rapper, and his music is excellent. His channel is called Iniquity Rhymes, if you want to go and check him out. He has a meaning behind the songs he does, and they are just amazing. The beats behind some of them too are just amazing. One song of his I particularly like is a song called 'Up In Flames'. It was a song he released to celebrate 50,000 subscribers on his channel. He currently has 85,565 by the time I write this post, but personally, I think he should have more. If you guys haven't checked him out yet, make sure you do. It will be worth your time.

Thanks for reading. Remember, if you liked my first track, please feel free to share it with others, it would be greatly appreciated! If you haven't checked out Bass Ambush yet, links are below. For now though, have a great day everyone!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oneandonlyLAB
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJL4WmMsp3XYsanT5pFvoXQ
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/l-a-b-9

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

'Bass Ambush' Now Available!! *Quick Update*

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I present to you my first official music track! Available to listen to on:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFT6Tu3jcKI

and SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/l-a-b-9

I'm so happy that this is available for you all to listen to! Oh, and since this is my first track, it is available to download for free at SoundCloud!

I did release it yesterday, but I didn't get along to sharing it in a blog post. I have now though, and I hope you all enjoy listening to Bass Ambush.

This is only a quick update. A longer blog post will be coming later tonight. But for now, I hope you enjoy the song!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oneandonlyLAB
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJL4WmMsp3XYsanT5pFvoXQ
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/l-a-b-9

Monday, 7 April 2014

Exciting News + Extra Information

From the title of this post, you are probably expecting to read something exciting. Well, I hope you aren't dissapointed;

My first official track is going to be released very soon!! :D

I finished it earlier today, and I'm very proud of it. It's pretty good considering my lack of experience compared to other music producers. The track, known as 'Bass Ambush', will be released very soon, hopefully by the end of this week!

"But L:A:B, where will I be able to find this track?"

Good question, readers. 

I also have some social media profiles/links set up! The links to these sites and sources will be at the bottom of this post, and will be at the bottom of every future post, just in case you want to access them at the end of a post. You're welcome. ;)

The links at the bottom will be links to my Twitter, YouTube and SoundCloud pages. These look empty at the moment, and by that, I mean that there will be a lack of content, images, posts, etc. As time goes on, these will start to fill up with content, so keep an eye on these pages!

Now, for a bit of a casual talk. :)

Something that I don't think I mentioned in my introductory post is that I am a massive gamer. I also love watching gaming channels on YouTube. As I'm typing this on one side of my screen, I'm also watching NerdCubed's Father and Son-Days - Towerfall Ascension on the other side of my screen at the same time (thank you, Microsoft, for window multitasking!). NerdCubed is easily one of my favourite YouTubers out there, along with Markiplier and Pewdiepie. I know that a lot of Pewdiepie's fans are weird people who won't stop talking about him. I'm not one of those people, so don't worry. I'm just a casual bro who likes watching his videos. I have played many Xbox 360 games, and own quite a few, but lately I have turned to PC gaming. It just seems more fun sometimes on PC, and I don't know why...

Back to YouTube though, NerdCubed is one of the best gaming YouTubers around. I really like him because of his personality and silly humour. He can also be very smart though, and that's probably why I like watching his videos. 

Well, that's it for today. If you've read through all of this, let me know two things as a comment below;

1: Are you excited for my first official track, Bass Ambush?
2: Who is your favourite YouTuber and why?

Thanks for reading, I look forward to your opinions. Also, as promised, here are the social media links to stay updated with any upcoming news;

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oneandonlyLAB
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJL4WmMsp3XYsanT5pFvoXQ
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/l-a-b-9

(Remember, there is a lack of content on these pages at the moment. As time goes on, more content will be added, so keep your eyes peeled!)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Yeah, I need to find some blog lessons online somewhere...

I have realised, after reading over my first post over again, that my blogging skills may need a bit of work. There were a few things that were all over the place. But hopefully, they will get better.

I have worked some more on my bass-heavy track I mentioned before. Not too much progress has been made, but I have been trying to find what different bass notes go with each other. It's going pretty well overall. There are still a lot more things that need to be added, but approaching the task one small step at a time seems to work just fine. 

I'm really enjoying it. Maybe I may not be making crazy amounts of progress, but at least I'm slowly teaching myself new things, so that's a positive point!

Today, I've had a lot of time to think od where my love for music actually came from initially. I remember that it was my oldest brother (of 3 brothers in total) that introduced me to rock music. Yes, I was listening to generic music before that, but that was just random pieces of music that were on the music channels my mother used to have on all of the time. The kinds of bands I was introduced to were bands like Slipknot, Bullet for my Valentine, Trivium, Evanescence, etc. I very soon found out afterwards that this was the type of music that I would love for a while. I listened mainly to this type of music for many years, and even moved myself on to more heavy metal/screamo bands as time went by. Within the past year or so, I have started to also get into music along the likes of Skrillex and Avicii to Rudimental and other artists like that. I like most types of music. I even love Irish/tap dancing like crazy, but that story is for another day (Riverdance FTW!). 

I have liked music for a long time; that's something I can obviously tell about myself.I have a feeling that I will be this way for a very long time.

I am aware that this was a short post, but I just wanted to quickly talk about what genre of music I first really got into. Hopefully, better posts will be coming up. Also, they may be of a better quality! Until then, thanks for reading! :D

Friday, 4 April 2014

First Blog of (Hopefully) Many! :)

So, this is Blogger? I've heard quite a few good things about the website, and it seems pretty cool, I guess. I just wanted somewhere to post life stories, and I seem to have found a great place.

However, these posts won't just contain any old life stories.

Before that though, let me just introduce myself in a few ways. My name (well, at least the name I will hopefully be known as sometime in the future) is L:A:B, I'm 17 years of age, I live in the UK, I'm a college student, and I aim to be a Music Producer/Artist. I want to create my own music for other people to listen to and enjoy.

This relates to what these posts will be about.

I have wanted to be a Music Producer for quite a long time now, but I've never known how to get started. A while back, I discovered FL Studio Mobile Edition for the iPad (I know, 'Mobile Edition' for the iPad, seems weird, but roll with it). I can't remember how much it cost me, but I will say that you do get your money's worth with the app. It has quite a few features available. I can't really compare this to anything else though, because I haven't used the full PC version of this software yet, and I haven't used anything of the sort before this, so it was new to me. It is a journey that will be a long one, but will be enjoyable in the long run.

I wanted somewhere to share the experience with other people; somewhere to share the journey with people who are interested in reading what happens on such a journey. So, if you are interested, sit back and read as you join this journey with me towards the future goal of me becoming a well-known Music Producer.

Some do it for the money, others do it for fame. I want to do it because I have found to enjoy messing around with software, and I enjoy creating music (or course, a little wealth and fame doesn't hurt anybody ;D).

My inspirations include Skrillex, Martin Garrix, and ESPECIALLY Avicii. I am also a massive fan of rock music. I know it doesn't really match up, but oh well. Avicii is easily one of my favourite artists, and everyone who knows me well will know that my favourite song of his is Wake Me Up. Amazing song, amazing video, end of.

Anyway, I was talking about FL Studio, wasn't I? Oops...

I have recently got back into it, knowing what type of song I wanted to do first. I had tried a different song before, but that didn't go very well, so I have scrapped the idea for it (for now). I started on a new project a day or so ago, and I have to say it's going pretty well for my second attempt. It's going to be a bass heavy track, something that dubstep lovers should really like. I don't really want to ruin much of it before I release it though. When I do release it, the place that I will be putting it up on is Soundcloud. I have an account on there that currently has nothing on there at the moment, but hopefully, as time goes by, it should start filling up. Slowly but surely. If things do start going well, I will have to invest in a full membership with Soundcloud. If I remember correctly, free members don't really get that much upload space/time, which sucks. Like I said though, a membership may be invested in if things go well.

I've got this far in the post, and I have only just remembered that I have used another couple of apps on my iPad which are quite similar to FL Studio. I have very briefly used GarageBand, however I just ended up messing around with string instruments on that one. I also used Novation Launchpad a hell of a lot. I got pretty good with that at one point. If I use it again now, I may be ok at it. There has recently been an update for it where you can record the sounds played and upload it to Soundcloud, so I may try that one day.

For those of you that don't know, Novation Launchpad is an app which contains many sound samples, both simple sounds and loops, which you can put together to make interesting tracks. Well, most of the time I use it for fun and just to mess around with, to be honest. It's free anyway, and if you want to invest money into it, there are extra sample packs available in its In-App Store. Go and check it out if you like that sort of thing.

I don't think I have anything else to put in this post. If you want to check out my (very empty) Soundcloud account, search for L:A:B in the search bar of the website. I don't have a picture yet, so don't look for anything fancy.

Thanks for reading! I will more than likely do a blog post a few times every week. Depends on how busy I am with music/college. Thanks again! :)