August 15th

Who says the french touch is dead?

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Categories: Music

April 23rd

I’ve been sitting on these tracks for a minute. It’s been three months since the last installment of Music is What Feelings Sound Like, having deprived you of vibes for long enough, let’s get straight to the music.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Pictures (KJ Remix)
Marie Madeleine – No Love La Muerte (feat. Pauline Ohanna)
Bonobo – The Keeper (Banks Remix)
The Weeknd – The Party The After Party (Sango Remix)
ESG – UFO
Superman Lovers ft. Herr Styler & Cristine – C’est Bon (Punks Jump Up Remix)
Schoolboy Q – Blessed (Obey City Edit)
Bondax – Just Us
Dems – House (Evil Nine Remix)
Lianne La Havas – Forget (Shlohmo Remix)
Rokhsan – 1000 Years
Blawan – What You Do With What You Have (Original Mix)

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Categories: Music Is What Feelings Sound Like

March 1st

 

 

LISTEN. TO.

THIS.

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Categories: Uncategorized

March 1st

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For those of you who don’t know who Downlink is, hopefully a glance at the giant “R” above is a good enough clue.  Downlink, or Sean Casavant, is one of Rottun Recording’s (label of Excision) original three musketeers, making Datsik, Excision and Downlink among the first to produce the modern dubstep we know today.   Casavant exploded onto the scene with songs like “Factory” and “Ignition” (linked below), and has continued to produce similar hard-hitting songs while managing to remain untainted by the inexplicable appeal of talent-less and worthless brostep.

I got an amazing opportunity to interview Downlink for a term paper I wrote about dubstep, and thought it’d be interesting to share some of what goes on behind the purported ex-lumberjack’s (Downlink’s career previous to music production, as told to me by NumberNin6) creative process, background, and just miscellaneous dianabol steroids legal tid-bits.   Some questions were, of course, more academically relevant, but I hope you enjoy the rare chance to see a side of music beyond the partying, drugs, sweating, etc.!

Some tunes while you read:

How did you come up with your DJ name? What does it mean (if anything)?

I was just trying to come up with a spacey name while working on a track. I was working on a slower computer and was bouncing stuff down a lot so I was constantly going back to my nintendo while waiting for the computer to bounce stuff. I was playing the Legend Of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The main character in the series is named Link. I went back to my computer and started looking up a glossary of outer space terms on the internet. When I read Downlink it jumped right out at me. I read the meaning of the word and was sold.

What production program do you use? Any specific reasons?
I use Logic for the most part. I sometimes use Reason but as of late I’ve been doing almost everything in Logic. It’s just the program that I’ve come to know and love. It has everything I need, and although it has some stupid quirks and issues with audio editing, its overall quick and easy to work with and it does almost everything I need it to.

How do your fans’ comments/feedback factor into your music production?
They basically serve to encourage me and re-inforce my passion for production. It really helps to hear that people are feeling my music and drives me to continue doing what I do.

Whose feedback do you value the most?
To be honest I take each persons feedback differently. Some people are easy to please and others are ridiculously hard to please. They all have value, you just have to know how to take each person. It helps having friends close at hand that can critique your music in a constructive way.

Do you produce most of your music in Kelowna?  Do you think (wherever you produce your music) affects/influences you in any way differently than if you were to produce your songs somewhere else like Los Angeles or London?
I do produce most of my music in Kelowna, and I do think that environment plays a role on the music that you produce. That being said I think that as far as a track to track basis is concerned the immediate environment (ie. the room you are in, the speakers you are using, the smell of the room, the lighting etc) has more of an impact that the general city you are in. Of course if you spent a couple years living in Croydon or Shanghai for that matter you would probably start to draw on societal influences and your music would adapt / change. Kelowna has strong roots in heavy bass music so I don’t see any drastic changes in my productions coming in the near future.

Were you a classically trained musician? If so, how much does that training factor into your electronic musical pieces; what instrument(s) did you play? If not, how did you teach yourself the mechanics of music (e.g. reading notes, major/minor keys, rhythm/tempo)?
I am not classically trained in music and I just sort of use my ear to work things out. I’m probably wrong sometimes but as long as nothing sounds ridiculously out of place then you can usually get away with it in electronic music. I know how to construct a song in a minor or major key, although i typically break the rules when writing anyways.

Why did you choose to start producing music? Do you remember any specific moments that inspired you?
I decided to produce music because at the core I am a music lover and a music maker. From as far back as I can remember I’ve loved music and when I was introduced to drum n bass, a fascination grabbed me. Suddenly the possibility of creating music on my own was real to me and I developed an obsession. By the time dubstep came into play, I had already developed my skills a fair bit and basically established myself fast within the scene.

Can you explain to me your creative process?  Do you need a certain kind of environment (e.g. music blasting, complete quiet)? Do you create music better when you’re frustrated by blocks (~writer’s block) or when just left to think freely/when your thoughts flow?
I usually like to make a cup of tea and sit down alone and start writing. I start with a kick and snare and go from there usually. Other days I will do nothing but just sit there and make patches. It all depends on my mood and what is taking priority in my list of things to do. These days I often don’t get to choose what I want to work on, it comes down to what has to be done.

Which of your songs are your favorite?
 I think probably it would have to be “Ignition” or “Factory”. Both songs were massive for me and everytime I play them out they destroy the dancefloor.

When do you (if ever) consider a song “done”?
It’s hard to know, but I’ve been getting better at completing songs. I mean there’s always some little thing you can do to tweak it or make it slightly better but when it comes down to it, only a small percentage of people will notice those minute details. Wouldn’t you rather spend your time working on the next banger?

Despite his fame in the dubstep world, Downlink is a really nice guy.
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Categories: Dubstep/DnB

February 13th

Be mine?

 

Greetings earthlings.  2012 kicked off with a whirlwind of events for me but I’ve finally come down from the clouds and back to reality.  For many, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate reality check.  It’s a date (or not) in which all people have to face their relationship status head on, whether they like it or not.  A day when guys either sack up and serenade, or tuck tail and run.  A time when girls eat an absurd amount of chocolate, either out of heart shaped boxes or cartons of ice cream.

 

On the single side of the fence?  Don’t despair.  We still have music.  And where there’s music, there’s dancing.  And where there’s dancing, there’s nothing but positive energy in the air.  Whether you’ve already found that special person to cuddle with, or if you’re just looking for some cuddy, having a little background music is never a bad thing.

 

So here are some of my all time favorite ballads.  I hope you enjoy.

 

Above & Beyond – Thing Called Love (Andrew Bayer Club Mix)
 
Kyau & Albert – I Love You (Cosmic Gate Remix)
 
Sharam – I Love The Way
 
Tiesto – Here On Earth feat. Cary Brothers
 
Daft Punk – Make Love

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