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AS OF 2014…
I have been producing instrumentals for a few years now. Every time I made a song I would try to learn something new to put in or focus on a new skill. Over time the production developed into something fuller and deeper and I started writing lyrics on top of them. I record and write all my music and do all the mastering afterwords. Its a big process doing it independently really allows me to learn everything. I generally use Cubase to record/ mix in combination with various analog and digital instruments (Juno-6, Omnisphere, UVI Plugsound…) and some sampling.
In 2013 I started this solo project, Mark D Beats. So far there have been aspects that are easier, and aspects that are much more difficult without having a team, but the process of producing and putting out music makes it worthwhile. I’m a big fan of The Temptations, Lincoln Park, 90′s music in general (that twang sound!) but I really focus in on ‘hits’ rather than groups as a whole. Certain songs get everything right in terms of groove, style, writing- “I Try”, “In The Club”, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “Mony Mony”, “Just a Dream”…- these are the things I look up to the most. In 2013 I am trying to work on my performances as much as possible, produce more music and videos, and hopefully hear what people think of my music.