A Passionate Musician/Producer
Growing up surrounded by music, Justin has written and produced songs to help people connect with their feelings, and give them an escape from the worries of every day life. Check out their music below.
ABOUT MY FINAL PROJECT TRACK!
I created this piece with inspiration from the sound of the 80s! I feel like it would be played in a movie when someone is getting ready for prom or something, then while a montage of their night unfolds. I think it has an uplifting, fun feel to it and I really enjoyed putting it together! I think it would do well in any feel good scene or situation, but one that then turns into something exciting during the second half! I think I will continue with this track and turn it into a full length song!
The song is in 4/4 with a tempo of 110 BPM and has a fairly straightforward beat and bass line. I used a drum machine preset from logic and added some reverb to the snare and hats, as well as some compression to the kick and the snare. In the first half, it's just a plucked bass, but in the second half the synth bass notes come in as well to help carry the harmony. I like the mixture of an analog bass and the synth one in the second half, I feel it really adds to the overall feel I'm going for when that part comes in. The bassline mostly follows the beat of the kick, with some more notes ringing out in the second half as the sound overall is much bigger.
The key is in G Major, in the first half the chords are | G Bm C | |G Bm C| |Em D C | |Em D C|, played twice through. In the second half the chords are | G F# Bm | played 4 times. I went with F# Major over F# diminished (which is normally the seventh chord in G major) because it sounded really good! I always like to experiment with what sounds good and what can work and I think this worked out really well! It gives it a cool feeling that I really enjoy. The melody was born out of me just messing around with the notes within the G major key and I really like what I ended up coming up with, especially in the second half. I like the little up and down melody I do with the notes of the B minor chord, it acts as a bridge between each of the melodic parts. I chose the sounds that I originally wanted to go with in week one, but made them myself for the melody and chords! It was really satisfying creating the sounds myself!
For the recorded audio (track 10), I set my mic up so that I watched the beat count and listened through headphones to get my finger snaps timing right. It took a few tries, but I think it came out really solid in the end! I then added some reverb to the snaps to give them a more open feel. For the original synthesizer tracks (Tracks 6, 7, 8), I used a ES P synth to design the sounds I was looking for. I just kept playing with all of the parameters until I honed in the sound I wanted. For the sampler track (track 9) I found a cool sort of electronic crash sound from apple loops called Diving Synth Effects 21 and used the quick sampler to play it as a G "note" so that it suited the track well, I then played it throughout the second half the of track. I also have a shaker loop (Track 11) with a few varieties going to help support the track, as well as a rise/crash loop (Track 12) I used for the transition between the first half and the second half.
For the dynamic and time based processors, I used reverb on a lot of the tracks, the snare (track 2), Hi Hat (track 3), the synth bass notes (Track 6), the harmony and melody tracks (tracks 7 and 8) and on the snaps (track 10) as well as the shaker (track 11). I also put delay on the melody and harmony tracks, as well as some delay on the harmonic bass notes because it sounded cool! I then added compressors to the kick and snare, to give them some more punch, as well as turning up the lows for the kick and the mids in the snare with an EQ. After all that, I mixed the track so that everything comes through, but nothing overwhelms the other tracks. Overall I had a lot of fun with this and really enjoy out it turned out!
Music from the soul
Justin believes that music is a universal language, it can bring people together regardless of their background. Through difficult times in his life, he always found an escape through playing music, finding he could channel the emotions he was feeling into the songs he wrote. Justin makes his music with one goal in mind, transporting people out of their everyday life, away from their struggles and worries, bringing them into an escape of sound and feeling. Listening to one of Justins songs allows you to drift away from your worries, and relax for a bit. Music can be one of the best therapies, and Justin harnesses that aspect of music when creating his songs.
Ever since a young age, Justin has found great joy and satisfaction in making music and sharing it with people. Beginning with the piano, Justin started his musical journey very early in life. Writing his first original piece when he was just 8 years old, Justin has had a long history of creating original music. By the time he was 12 years old, he had written, performed and recorded 3 full length songs, foreshadowing the creative journey he would embark on. Over time, through multiple teachers and mentors, he developed his talent and decided to pursue a career harnessing that talent. Justin would like to provide music not only for personal listening, but to add an extra element of emotion and mystery to media products that cover a wide range.
The future holds many exciting opportunities for Justin, following his degree in Music Production, he plans to join a game company to enhance their worlds with music that will help transport you to their worlds. Video games were an important source of inspiration for Justin's music growing up, and he would like to help create games that can inspire others, as he was inspired. He has a goal to help create games that will not only give you beautiful worlds to explore, but beautiful music to accompany these worlds. Be sure to follow Justin's journey, as it will be one filled with meaningful music, and wondrous worlds to be seen and explored.
Los Angeles, CA, USA