Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Promote Your Music in 4 Simple Steps!

How to Promote Your Music in 4 Simple Steps
This is just a basic guide of how to promote unsigned dance music online. I am currently writing a step by step guide on how to promote your music (properly) but here are Four Simple ways of promoting your music online. It's quick and It's easy to promote your music.
Step 1) Upload your music to SoundCloud

Step 2) Upload your music via YouTube 

Step 3) Create a Facebook page for your Band/Artist

Step 4) Send me your music via YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook or Twitter and get it promoted right here in my Blog!
I am not here to steal music. I will not claim ownership of any music that is not mine. All rights will go to the deserved owners of the music.  Mentions of any other relevant links, music, future work can also be promoted.

Follow these simple steps for success NOW!

Friday, 16 September 2011


Yesterday I gave you free music and today I give you even more FREE MUSIC!

I'm going to demonstrate now what this blog is really about.

The following artists have contacted me via SoundCloud and YouTube.
I will promote any music that you send my way.

Support unsigned music. Support the music industry. Support legal music.

I got tired of hearing 'Tim Berg - Seek Bromance' (but it's not to say that it's a bad song) I think it was on every radio play list... But when I heard this remix it sounded nice and fresh again.
Big thumbs up to Christian The Lion on the re-mix.
Check out the video - it looks like so much fun!

Visit SoundCloud and download it now!
The following song is also worth putting on your i-pod too.
Nice summer vibes. This is exactly what you need on a gloomy September day.
Christian The Lion - This Feeling by GLITCHDICK / CTL

I love animals and I love tech-house. This is a combination of the two. What more could you ask for?
This is a very wonderful video.

Get it from SoundCloud
Phanton - Zoo (Original Mix) FREE DOWNLOAD! by PHANTON

The Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On is without doubt a classic anthem.
There have been countless remixes and Junior Rodgers has done it some justice with this.

Download it from SoundCloud
The Nightcrawlers - Push the feeling on (Junior Rodgers Remix) by juniorrodgers
I just have to promote the next song too. I couldn't help but dance around to this. You can't beat a bit of Wham!
Junior Rodgers vs. Wham! - ClubTropicana by juniorrodgers




More FREE MUSIC coming soon.....

Thursday, 15 September 2011


Today I present to you 5 free MP3 mixes from everybody's favourite... Fatboy Slim.

Forget illegal downloads and all those file sharing blogs....




Wednesday, 14 September 2011

RIP DJ Mehdi

As we all wake up to the sad news that the talented DJ and producer DJ Mehdi has passed away, tributes have started to flood social networking sites. News broke yesterday (September 13th) of his death.

Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac revealed that she had been left "speechless" by his death. "I'm speechless for the loss of DJ Mehdi. Sending all my love to his beautiful family and to Pedro Winter and Ed Banger Records in Paris. X"

Dubstep pioneer Skream recently shared a bill with DJ Mehdi. “RIP Dj Medhi…Cant believe I was with you Saturday.“

Toddla T wrote: "Rip mehdi ... A top bloke xxxx”.

Example wrote: “RIP Mehdi. What a lovely fella he was"

Chromeo added: “We lost our brother. No words.

DJ Mehdi was married to French artist Fafi.

Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of DJ Mehdi.

Monday, 12 September 2011

My A-Z of Music Technology

A-Z Music Technology Glossary

Here is a basic A-Z glossary of music technology so that you can feel comfortable in this wonderful music technology world.

Music technology is a big technical subject that requires an understanding a wide range of words that you may not have heard anywhere else. You may just nod and smile politely at the sound engineer while he bamboozles you with his entire technical gobbledegook while you sit at the mixing desk with him. Do not be afraid of the language that the ‘so called’ professionals may use whilst trying to strike up a conversation about… well anything really.

A Arpeggiator
An Arpeggiator is a device that plays a sequence of notes based upon the input of the keyboard/synthesiser, commonly used in dance music production. Many arpegiattors can be programmed to play a sequence of notes over different octaves just by simply playing a chord or just one note.
Arpegiattors can appear in hardware or software devices: famous examples include the Roland Jupiter 4 and Reason 4’s RPG8 Monophonic Arpeggiator.

B Band Pass Filter
A Band Pass Filter is a filter that is used in the equalisation process to ‘pass’ or remove a band of frequencies. Frequencies outside of the band are attenuated while frequencies inside the band are enhanced.  

C Cardioid
Cardioid is a pattern of sensitivity. A microphone with a cardioid pattern is said to have high sensitivity to sounds that are produced in front of it and low sensitivity to sounds produced behind it.  A cardioid pattern can easily be recognised as its shape resembles that of a love heart.

D De-Esser
A De-esser is a signal processor used to reduce the sibilance from a singer’s voice. Occasionally ‘ess’ and ‘shh’ sounds are produced by singers so a de-esser is used to reduce this sibilance.

E Equaliser
An equaliser is a device used for tonal enhancement. Equalisation can be used to make sounds sound ‘brighter’, ‘fuller’, ‘darker’ etc.
Parametric, Semi parametric, Graphic, Notch, Peak and Swept are all types of equalisers.

F Flutter Echo
A flutter echo is an easily recognisable ringing noise that echoes between two reflective, parallel surfaces. A flutter echo can easily be achieved through a loud hand clap in a small room.

G Gate
A gate is a term used in audio processing. A noise gate is used to control the volume of a signal. In essence a noise gate only allows a signal to pass through when it is above a certain threshold and it does not allow a signal through if it is below the threshold. Not to be confused with compression or limiting.  

H Headroom
Headroom is the term used to describe the space between nominal signal level and the undistorted value. A signal will clip and distort if it goes above the headroom. On a mixing desk the nominal level is usually a green colour, headroom is usually a yellow/amber colour and the distorted signal appears as a red colour.

I Impedance
Impedance is a measurement of the opposition to the alternating current in a circuit. Impedance is usually specified on most mixing desks, speakers and amps. 

J Jack Plug
A jack plug is also known as a TRS connector. It is commonly found on head phones and is available in three standard sizes: 2.5mm, 3.5 mm and ¼”. Mono Jacks and Stereo jacks are easily distinctive. Mono Jacks only have one ring around the tip while stereo jacks have two rings around the tip. 

K Keyboard
Keyboards are commonly used in music production. A MIDI keyboard however does not produce sounds unlike a piano; instead a MIDI keyboard sends information to a device such a VST instrument which then interprets that information that produces the desired sound.

L Limiter
A limiter is a signal processor which cuts off a signal once it reaches a set threshold. In essence a limiter is a type of compression but with a very high ratio.

M Modulation
Modulation can be described as the process when the pitch of a tone rises and falls. Many MIDI Keyboards feature a modulation wheel and this can be used to create a wobbly sound when a set of keys have been programmed.

N Noise-reduction
Noise reduction is the process of removing unwanted noise from a given signal. An example of noise reduction would be removing the hiss from an old analogue recording. Noise reduction is commonly used in music restoration.

O Oscillator
Oscillators are used in synthesisers to create a waveform which can then be passed through an ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelope and an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) to create a particular sound.

P Parallel Compression
Parallel Compression is a technique used in mixing a production. Parallel compression can be used to make a drum track sound more dynamic. It is achieved by mixing an unprocessed signal with compressed version of the same signal.

Q Quantisation
Quantisation can be used to program notes that have been recorded into a sequencer. Quantisation is often used to rectify timing mistakes by using full bars, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 and 1/64 notes. Over quantisation can create a robotic and artificial sound.

R Resonance
Resonance is a term used in acoustics. A resonant frequency is the natural frequency at which a material will vibrate. For example your body may start to vibrate (resonate) in a loud club due to the heavy bass.

S Side Chain Compression
Side Chain Compression is a type of dynamic range compression. Side Chain Compression is achieved by reducing the level of one signal with a different signal and it creates a ‘pumping’ sound.
Side Chain compression is commonly used in the production of French house.

T Total Harmonic Distortion
Total Harmonic Distortion is the measurement of difference between an input signal and an output signal of an amplifier. This THD is a specification usually found on amplifiers. It is measured as a percentage; the lower the percentage the more impressive the amplifier specification e.g. 0.003% Total Harmonic Distortion is better than 0.008% Total Harmonic Distortion.

U Ultrasonic
The hearing range of a young person is about 20Hz – 20 kHz. Frequencies that are produced over 20 kHz are known as ultrasonic frequencies.

V Vocoder
A vocoder is an audio processing effect that creates a robotic sound from a human voice. In essence a vocoder synthesises speech. Vocoders are commonly used in music production and vocoder examples can be heard in recent productions by Daft Punk, Madonna and Chromeo. 

W Wavelength
A wavelength is one full cycle of a sound wave. It can be measured peak to peak. In physics the symbol λ is used to represent wavelength.

XLR is a connection found on ‘industry-standard’ microphones. It is a three pin connector. XLR stands for X-tended Locking Round.

Y Y-lead
A Y-lead is a lead that feeds two different sources from one point. Y-leads commonly use jack plugs to connect to a destination. A Y-lead may be used to feed sound from an audio interface to a pair of speakers where two mono jack plugs would feed a right and left speaker, respectively.

Z Zenith
A Zenith is the perfect alignment between a tape and a tape head. It is when a tape and a tape head are making 100% contact with each other. When a tape and a tape head are not aligned correctly it can lead to a poor sound quality.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Wear Protection....

Wear Protection… Protect your ears

As a DJ, producer or music fan it is inevitable that at some time or another you will be exposed to loud music. After a long night raving, you may have experienced a ringing type noise in your ears. This is called tinnitus and this damage is irreversible. However, this damage can be prevented. You would not look directly at the sun for fear of losing your eye sight, so why expose your eyes to loud music and risk losing your hearing.

For aspiring DJs and Producers your ears will be your most valuable asset to establish and sustain a successful career.

Tinnitus noises may only be heard in one ear but it can be heard in both ears and sometimes it may feel as if it is coming from the centre of the head.
The ringing may come and go and in severe cases the ringing is ever present.

What is tinnitus?

In essence sound waves excite tiny hairs inside the cochlea (inner part of the ear) that send electrical impulses to the brain which then interprets this information as sound.

These tiny hairs are very sensitive and very delicate and are easily damaged when exposed to loud music over a long period of time.

When damaged these hairs, randomly send electrical information to the brain which interprets this corrupt information as sound even though there might be complete silence hence the constant ringing noise after a rave.

How to protect your ears

There are many ways to protect your ears from loud noises:
• Turn the volume down on your mp3 player
• When in a club, take regular breaks from the dance floor
• Pay attention to signs such as “Caution! Loud Noise Hazard, Ear protection must be worn”.
• Don’t try to be cool by standing next to the speakers in clubs
• Wear ear protection

There is a range of ear protection to choose from and investing in a set of ear plugs could prove to be a wise choose in the years to come.

Health experts recommend that exposure to noises above 85dB for prolong periods of time, ear protection must be worn to prevent irreversible damage.

Here is a loudness scale so that you can understand the decibel sounds around you and protect your ears.

dB      Level Level of Exposure           Common Noise Source
140    Deafening                                 Jet Engine 25m away
130    Deafening                                 Jet Engine 100m away
120    Deafening                                 Loud Club
110    Deafening                                 Jet Engine 600m away
100    Very                                         Loud Pneumatic drill
90      Very                                         Loud Food belnder
80      Loud                                        Police Siren
70      Loud                                        Vacuum Cleaner
60      Moderate                                  Busy Office
50      Moderate                                  Normal Conversation
40      Faint                                        Library
30      Faint                                        Whisper
20      Very Faint                                Rustling leaves
10      Very Faint                                Breathing
0        Threshold of human hearing

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Last few days to download my August House Mix

September is well and truly under away thus meaning that my August House Mix has expired.
I'm still deciding what sort of music I should put together for my September House Mix but I have all weekend to decide.
Here's your the last chance to download my August House Mix, DOWNLOAD now to avoid disappointment.

August House Mix by JoeyMartinez

Thursday, 1 September 2011