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SoundBevy says

What a great question Jamie, and very intersting backgrounds, would love to hear more.

As for me, first drum kit when I was 11. Music has always been in my household growing up and still is with my little one. First album was RUSH which was a huge influence, then Van Halen and into some Jazz Fusion and Billy Bruford. Played in many local top-40 bands in the 80’s, one of them went on a tour across Canada and into Yellowknife, it was about 2.5 years steady work and I loved every second of it. As my dad was a guitar player, I was lucky enough to always play his 64 Gibson acoustic…still have to this day and can’t find a better sounding guitar.

Decided to go to college and sold my drums to do so, brought my guitar with me and started to play it more than ever.

I now have my drum kit back, tons of percusiion based instruments, a bass, a classical guitar, 12 and 6 string guitars, my M-Audio Keyboard, my MAC, Ukulele, piano, lap harp and a mandolin kit which I still have to build and learn to play.

Thank you AJ for allowing me this creative outlet to do what I love…just wished I had more time.

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JBlanks says

Great question!!

My story is a bit weird maybe…

It all started with piano lessons at a young age, then trumpet, then guitar at 15… My earliest influence and musical memory is sitting on the steps to our basement, listening to my brother play band instruments in a “round robin” fashion when I was about 5. He would play a trumpet part, then trombone, then tenor sax, then the piano part of a high school band tune…

I never intentionally pursued music as a career until my mid-late 20’s. I just studied some jazz in college and played in bands on guitar and bass, and taught lessons just because it seemed natural. I have a composer friend that approached me about some guitar tracks, and I began to “freelance/intern” with him for about 5yrs. We have done well, and still work together as often as I am needed. In the past 10+ years, I have begun the process of learning to listen… then translating that feeling into music. I am reminded of my childhood days watching Looney Tunes cartoons where the music was a subconscious thing that contributed to the emotional content of the visual. I want to be able to do that…

This led me to AJ… I needed an outlet for my “learning” and another source of income (being a full-time musician is hard work!!)... I have written a lot of music in the past 6 months. Almost as much the past 6 years of custom music and session work!

That’s a great story Dan, good that you had a musical brother and a collaborator – so happy to hear that last 6 months has been a really productive time for you. I’ve loved all the stuff I’ve heard from your portfolio and you seem to be doing well with sales too. I dig your focus on acoustic work – nice one. I wish you masses of success bro and may music to be your sole occupation in the future. Keep writing great tracks Dan!

All the best Jamie :)

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JBlanks says

Nice thread :)
I started very young playing trumpet so I was just an executor. I remember that the very first time I wrote something was at 11-12 years old and it was a sort of transcription of “Deep Red” by Goblin for my friends (2 sax, 1 clarinet). We tried to play it and it sounded very boring :D
I bought my first pc when I was 15-16 and then I discovered sequencers… and piano rolls became the medium from my soul to other people ears:)

Hey Luca – “Deep Red” one of my fave films and Goblin scores. In fact, I saw Goblin live in Melbourne recently and they were just amazing. Claudio Simonetti is a hero of mine.

Great that you were so young when you got your hands on a PC and sequencer – helps to master technology which you clearly have for a long time. Thanks for the reply and keep writing awesome music mate. I really like the overhaul you have your profile and avatars too. I don’t think the eye is creepy at all ;) But that might just be me…

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JBlanks says

Well I’ll start off by saying I’m actually a biologist. I attended Syracuse University in 2006 for my BS in bio, and during the first two years had a pretty serious relationship. That started going sower after two years and eventually ended terribly. I started keeping a journal to cope, and that turned into lyric-like writing. After graduating, I straight PANICKED because my heart wasn’t really in biology. So I thought “hmm i’ve played piano forever…screw it i’m just gunna go for it” and that summer I enrolled in an audio production school and graduated (again) 2 years later, 2nd in my class. All that time I was writing, composing, scoring, networking and now I have a fulltime job in audio-post and numerous side projects with some pretty big producers! Not to mention AJ haha. Couldn’t be happer though, life has certainly taken some pretty fortunate turns :)

That’s so great that you found your true calling Jon. Would have been terrible to enter a field that you were not passionate about. Too many people sadly make that mistake in my experience. I’m so happy to hear that your career is going great and you make a living out of music and audio post. Proof that you have to follow your dreams, even if it’s sometimes a little scary at the outset. :)

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JBlanks says

Sorry….double post…it was long enough the first time through…

Wow Michael – I’m so glad that your life finally brought you back to music and you have a chance to indulge your passion and talent for composition. Nice roster of instruments to master too. Glad to hear you have 4 kids too – I have one so I take my hat off to you for managing to raise 4 of them…

Can’t wait to keep listening to your tracks as you write them and I know you will be one of the big guys here in short order. Thanks for sharing your story mate. I feel like I know you a lot better now! All the best. Jamie :)

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JBlanks says

What a great question Jamie, and very intersting backgrounds, would love to hear more.

As for me, first drum kit when I was 11. Music has always been in my household growing up and still is with my little one. First album was RUSH which was a huge influence, then Van Halen and into some Jazz Fusion and Billy Bruford. Played in many local top-40 bands in the 80’s, one of them went on a tour across Canada and into Yellowknife, it was about 2.5 years steady work and I loved every second of it. As my dad was a guitar player, I was lucky enough to always play his 64 Gibson acoustic…still have to this day and can’t find a better sounding guitar.

Decided to go to college and sold my drums to do so, brought my guitar with me and started to play it more than ever.

I now have my drum kit back, tons of percusiion based instruments, a bass, a classical guitar, 12 and 6 string guitars, my M-Audio Keyboard, my MAC, Ukulele, piano, lap harp and a mandolin kit which I still have to build and learn to play.

Thank you AJ for allowing me this creative outlet to do what I love…just wished I had more time.

Cool story SoundBevy – your life sounds like a lot of fun. Glad your little one is into music – I’m trying to make that happen and battle the influence of xbox and other time wasting distractions on his life.

Glad you were reunited with your drums (hopefully a bigger better version!) and good luck building the mandolin. Man and I thought doing Star Wars Lego kits with my kid was tricky ;)

And time….yes it’s the one thing we could all do with a lot more of I’m sure. All the best mate. :)

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I was 5 when i started to play the piano, 11 i build my first home studio. So i Started at 11, 28 now :)

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Waderman says

Hi Jamie, first of all: Long live John Carpenter and his great one hand cinematic music ! :-)

My music started when I was 6 (1973), getting Piano lessions, that I did not want, but I had to. After some years I got a new piano teacher, learning Boogy Woogy. This was the time when the fire for music burned.

After that I got in the 80s my lovely Roland Juno 60, an Ensoniq VFX synth rebooting every hour…, a Prophet 2000 Sampler, Roland TR606 and composed music till I was 19 years.. Than suddenly I stoped, no ideas anymore. Sold everything and that was it.

The fire got back since 2010 when I bougt a KEYS magazine with a demo of Cakewalk. Than I had a small new Miditech Keyboard. Now, you can imagine the rest of the story up till today. New Daws, new VSTs, new hardware.

And I don´t regret to have started with my music again.

Dirk

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JBlanks says

Hi Jamie, first of all: Long live John Carpenter and his great one hand cinematic music ! :-)

My music started when I was 6 (1973), getting Piano lessions, that I did not want, but I had to. After some years I got a new piano teacher, learning Boogy Woogy. This was the time when the fire for music burned.

After that I got in the 80s my lovely Roland Juno 60, an Ensoniq VFX synth rebooting every hour…, a Prophet 2000 Sampler, Roland TR606 and composed music till I was 19 years.. Than suddenly I stoped, no ideas anymore. Sold everything and that was it.

The fire got back since 2010 when I bougt a KEYS magazine with a demo of Cakewalk. Than I had a small new Miditech Keyboard. Now, you can imagine the rest of the story up till today. New Daws, new VSTs, new hardware.

And I don´t regret to have started with my music again.

Dirk

Weird – I had a period of my life where I got absorbed with other things and music went on back burner for a while too. Longer than it should have. So glad it has reentered your life Dirk – you write some beautiful and unique music on the site. I’m a big fan.

Keep going with music man – you are clearly very gifted and have outstanding technique on top of beautiful production values and compositional choices (in my humble opinion). You certainly have carved out a style than borrows from no one else and I think that’s quite an achievement.

All the best mate and look forward to your next track. :) JB

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lucafrancini Envato team says


Nice thread :)
I started very young playing trumpet so I was just an executor. I remember that the very first time I wrote something was at 11-12 years old and it was a sort of transcription of “Deep Red” by Goblin for my friends (2 sax, 1 clarinet). We tried to play it and it sounded very boring :D
I bought my first pc when I was 15-16 and then I discovered sequencers… and piano rolls became the medium from my soul to other people ears:)

Hey Luca – “Deep Red” one of my fave films and Goblin scores. In fact, I saw Goblin live in Melbourne recently and they were just amazing. Claudio Simonetti is a hero of mine.

Great that you were so young when you got your hands on a PC and sequencer – helps to master technology which you clearly have for a long time. Thanks for the reply and keep writing awesome music mate. I really like the overhaul you have your profile and avatars too. I don’t think the eye is creepy at all ;) But that might just be me…

Thanks:P
Claudio Simonetti is a genius, just listen to his album “Classics in Rock” ;)

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