This post is about music and me. I’ve been playing and creating music (on and off) one way or another since I was in grade school.
When I was 10, I started playing tenor saxophone in the school band. I played for the entire school year but then gave it up.
When I was 11, I started playing electric guitar. I took lessons but never really applied myself to learn the proper way. Playing guitar was fun but I never really excelled after a certain point.
When I was 13, I started playing drums. I took lessons for about a month but then stopped due to transportation. I picked up drums naturally and excelled quickly. Getting better was just a matter of playing.
When I was 14, I started my first band. It was me on drums, a guitar player and a saxophone player (I can’t remember their names or anything). We had two songs written and already had our first show playing at an Amnesty benefit show. This band didn’t last long and the show never happened.
I kept playing drums and jamming with a few friends. When I was 17 or 18, I started another band. Around the same time, I was writing rhymes and rapping to myself in my car. Eventually, I would become the second vocalist in my band. I was a rapping drummer. Shit was hot, son.
I was hanging out a lot with another guy that was paying for studio time to produce his own rap album. He asked me to join him on one of his songs. So I did, then ended up doing four songs with him.
When I was 19, I started messing around with turntables. Eventually I learned how to match beats and mix but I could never scratch that well.
The (same) band I was in at the time was playing shows and recording our first album. The shows were great and a lot of fun but the album turned out horrible. The lady with the studio did not know what she was doing and you could tell in the sound quality.
Eventually, we broke up but ended up getting back together years down the road.
When I was 22, I bought my first set of turntables and started mixing drum n bass. I never played any parties but was offered a couple gigs. At this point, I didn’t want anything to do with the party scene because it became more about the drugs instead of the music.
Around the same time, I started messing with sounds and producing beats. The last project I worked on was my ambient / experimental / sound / noise project; Black Pyramids.
I still have my drum set, one guitar, my turntables, a drum machine, effects processor and an eight track recorder. Who knows what I’ll be working on next?
I do, and it’s called Dance Moves 2007.