A group of local producers have come together at startup coworking space in Irvine, California. They meet to make and maintain contacts as well as to exchange knowledge and help each other to improve music techniques. This particular meeting was on April 1, 2014.
The area surrounding the building is filled with diamond retailers, banking corporations, and dental associations. Parking on the street is necessary so that the vehicle won’t get towed. Walking carefully is a means to make sure the body doesn’t get hit by passing forklifts carrying boxes of god-knows-what. Located near multiple warehouse complexes is an entrance where music is being played. The door out front is cracked a jar just enough to allow an individual to slip inside without making a sound.
As an introduction lecture is going on and people are taking notes, time is spent scoping out the upper floor of the office where all the startup code camps are held. It looks as if the floor was repurposed from a gym into a place to hack stuff. The software presence is near, but there are hints of hardware surfing from here. The producers below are developing with code through tools like Abelton and Logic. However, the ones who like a hands-on approach talk about the devices that can transmit and receive electrical signals producing sound that can be tuned into specific frequencies. Bass, rhythm, and tempo all influence the nature of this music. As each member shares their work, collaboration ensues. Teams begin to form as feedback and responses continue with the vocal thoughts that float between the sounds of creativity blasting through the speakers.
Already connections are being made. Individuals swap contact information as a hardstyle type track is pumped into the system. The constant nodding of the head vibes to the rhythm as the brain sets into place. Images of underground warehouse raves at a various hackerspaces flood the mind. Hard trance and glitch hop occasionally finds it way in.
With the vibrations of the room shaking, the collective mind begins to appreciate each other’s creative process. We are all here together for a reason. Music shows the emotions of the individual who created it. You can tell where they are coming from without any words, only sound. Monarch bass and leads potentially makes something beautiful. A gentle sidenote can develop a good mood without forcing the outcome. Expanding the melody of a particular track while adding some reverbs sweeping the silence in and out can completely change the feel.
Just then Kellen Sampson moves to the front of the room and plugs his Macintosh laptop to the monitor and speakers. He goes by the name The Kell and is from Corona, CA (says his soundcloud profile). His latest track is a remix of The Fray’s new single ‘Love Don’t Die.’ The original is played first to show the contrast and melding of styles. After the project has been played, feedback from the other producers is given. Questions of how he made this song arise. Eventually, it is discovered that Kellen goes through the entire song in his head before touching a computer to reproduce it. This makes him a very clear minded person who will greatly influence the music industry in the upcoming future. His ability to share his work goes well with the way that this group of people provides feedback making this a fantastic place that fosters innovation.
Orange County EMP Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/OC-Electronic-Music-Producers/
The Kell’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thekell