“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley
As a young boy in the ’80s I discovered the world of music. First as a radio listener and later during piano and drum lessons in the local music school. At the age of 14, in the beginning of the “MIDI age”, I purchased my first synthesizer, a Yamaha DX 27. Its FM sound architecture remained something of an enigma to me and it had no sequencing capabilities. My second one, the Ensoniq ESQ 1, was a big step forward: It offered subtractive synthesis and an internal 8-track MIDI sequencer. With this early “workstation synthesizer” I started songwriting and it was a great adventure.
Remember the Days
During that decade, music television channels started business. We kids admired the glossy pop music videos of stars such as Sade Adu, Lisa Stansfield, Incognito, and Level 42, but also the producers behind the scenes namely Trevor Horn or Nile Rodgers. Many friends of mine started learning music instruments to escape from teenage days’ reality. We formed our own bands to spend the afternoons in smoky rehearsal rooms.
School years ended and we all left our hometown. My keyboards attended me through different cities and apartments. After MIDI, the following years brought the next revolution in music production – HD recording. Now it was possible to record songs digitally and come closer to the sound quality of commercial productions.
Over the years computer performance became better. Software companies such as Steinberg, Propellerhead, and Emagic offered virtual studios including complete mixing consoles, digital sound processors, synthesizers, and samplers. Now every talented guy had the chance to become a successful music producer.
At this time I started working in a regular job. In the evenings I assisted in a small recording studio where I learned a lot. For example the pros and cons of digital and analog equipment. I think it’s a big advantage even for today’s laptop musicians to hear what you can achieve with analog studio tools. In addition it is important to find out how to prepare your home studio for professional recording results.
Urban Phunk Society: The Story of the Chillout Music Project
The late ’90s were characterised by an extremely diversified music scene. Surrounded by D’n’B artists, Trip hop acts and Techno DJs, I decided to form my own music project and called it Urban Phunk Society. I was happy to get in contact with my creative partner Frank and 5000records’ label owner Sascha. Together we contributed some lounge music tracks to 5000’s bossa-tronic compilation series. Thanks to Sascha, the music project Urban Phunk Society entered even more balearic music compilations of different labels. Back then, we received promising reviews in some club music mags.
The Beat Goes on
Today, I’m still in music production. There is an ongoing interest in studio technology and the output of today’s music scene. In 2014, I started a collaboration with the Munich- and Ibiza-based Karmaloft label using their capable distribution channels for the music of the still existing project Urban Phunk Society. Clap your ears on some classic chillout tracks.