For those who don't know me, I've been an avid Starcraft fan since right before the launch of brood war, and followed the scene since I first saw Jaedong play Bisu in some finals, in what seems a billion years ago.
I played at Master level before there was any GM in SC2. And was among the top 5 2v2 players in EU.
Now I play at a lower tier master level and only a few games a month tops.
I always played random because I loved all races and Starcraft in general so much.
Back to this moment. #Pressplay
I started with music when I was around 5, playing the guitar and singing.
It's only lately, (past 8 years) I started to dive into the electronic music scene.
This suited me very nicely, as I was spending most of my time on the computer doing nothing most of the time anyway.
And at least with this, I could create something of my own. Something, me.
After release after release of my own "sound" and music.
My "Sound" has always been, melancholic into the uplifting, happy, orchestral house.
Maybe Somewhat progressive.
After ages (8/10) of creating what I felt to be perfect at the time, nothing happened.
I was always under the impression that even though my music never was the 4 chord mainstream catchy songs. That I'd eventually hit something that would give a boost to my musical career.
But even though I gained some [b]great[/b ]followers and fans over the years. I realized that it would take such a long time to get anywhere near sustainability with my own type of music and 3 kids.
I was about to give up music...
Then I found the #Pressplay remix contest by Alan Walker.
I thought about it for a few hours and then decided to try something completely new.
I hate myself for saying this, but I started a project with the meaning of creating something catchy, familiar and mainstream.
One last shot with music.
As I started the project, my mind wanted me to add my own elements, but this time I said to myself I'll keep it simple, and "boring".
Worked on the track for an evening/night. Then I got so tired of it that I created a simple visualizer for Youtube created a Youtube account, and uploaded it that same night.
Then I didn¨t think more about it and went off to work.
I work for an analysis company as a technician, so I am traveling Monday to Friday pretty much every week.
After I was done for the day at the customer, I went to the hotel wanting to relax and unplug for a bit.
But checked my Soundcloud as I usually do, and noticed I'd gotten a strange message from someone with 3 followers.
Omar here from the music lable to Alan and K-391.
Please check you email."
I didn't leave out the typo because I wanted to share how shady it first sounded! :p
After checking my email, it seemed like I was in the lead for the win at the #Pressplay contest.
For me, that sounded like total bullcrap, because the song I made I didn't even really like myself.
After checking out the email addresses it was sent from, I realized it was actually the real deal.
I checked my Youtube and saw that I suddenly had thousands of plays.
Even hundreds of comments saying that Alan Walker put my mix in a playlist of his favorites to win.
Then I got really ecstatic of course. Not because I thought I'd win. But I then obviously made something right.
The day after, I got a new email from the same management, asking if I could go to New York on short notice.
At the time I didn't think I even had a choice.
This could be the opportunity of a lifetime.
So I said yes.
Even though I was actually booked for weeks ahead in my "daytime" job.
I could not let this opportunity pass.
I started to think about different things I could say to my boss.
Lie about getting sick. Being straight with him and telling him I had to do this.
Then the dust settled and I figured, they probably ask everyone this. So they know who is eligible or not.
But in any case. I didn't want to let my "day job" get in the way of something that could sparkle my musical dream.
After a few more days at work, I got home that Friday.
And got another mail from the Management.
Saying that I'd won the contest, and were going to New York City to work with Alan Walker in Youtube studios, then release the remix together.
Before I even had time to react to the situation, Alan himself posted my socials on his own, saying I'd won the contest, and that he looked forward to work with me on the remix.
Now it was real.
After a lot of mixing of the song, which was really not my genre to begin with, I was able to sneak in a few of my own "core" elements and "sounds" before I sent it to Alan for continued mixing.
Then we'd work on the master together in NYC.
He kept my core elements!
The only thing he changed was the Synth's used in the drop! Which I didn't really like to begin with..
Fast forward to the present moment.
Now I am at a loss.
I know I need to ride this wave before it washes up on the shore.
But do I really want to continue making music that I didn't really want to be associated with in the first place?
I am trying to have another remix to release very soon. As I don't have any vocalists I really work with, I found a vocal from a remix contest which is finished I could work with.
As here the lyrics really spoke to me as a person and an artist.
That this is my shot.
I might not get another...
But while working on this track. Which is considerably faster than what I am used to work with, it is very hard to create that catchy mainstream production.
So I've gone with what I hope could be a bridge between the two.
A bass-heavy, orchestral uplifting track.
I'm not sure about Teamliquids policy on sharing music. So I'll leave it here so you can have a listen before it's released.
(If this is not okay, by all means, remove the track. But please leave the post here, because I could really use some input on what the hell I'm going to do.)
And hopefully, point me in the right direction, or tell me if I'm completely off track.
Do you think this could work?
Or should I start from scratch and create something completely new?
For now, I really like the intro and buildup. But very unsure about the "drop"...
Leaving the old tracks here for comparison.
This is the track Alan picked. (Not what I sent to NYC, after the tips on P74Y.com from Alan I changed alot.)
This is the track we released together.
Sorry for ranting! Hope it's okay!
* Here's the new remix I released on my birthday. Removed some of the elements to make it sound a bit simpler and less "noisy"
Hope it's still enjoyable!.