VAMPIRE WEEKEND : contra costa | contra mundum

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Oct 09

Baio’s essential music making tips:

Don’t get bogged down in the small stuff/know when a turd is a turd
"In 2011 I tried to mix my first ever track myself. I spent two months working on the mix, trying to balance everything, make the synths and samples sound good, and the drums hit hard. What I was really doing, however, was overcompensating for a track that wasn’t good. You can spend forever mixing a turd, but no matter what, a turd will be a turd. Don’t be afraid of abandoning something if it doesn’t feel right, it’s important to continue moving forward when working on music."
There’s magic in mistakes
"I like having a lot of quantized things in my tracks, but sometimes it can be nice in electronic music to have little fuck-ups and slip-ups. Some melodies I’ll program but other ones I’ll play. If you play a melody eight times, it’s highly likely that you’ll end up with eight variations of that same melody. Try and preserve little screw-ups, they can give a track more character."
Parallel processing is your friend
"I recently got obsessed with the warped reverbs in Logic’s Space Designer. What I’ve been doing a lot is writing a melody, then sending that melody to another channel where the track is sent to a warped reverb and then sidechained hard.
"Using parallel processing in this way has made a lot of boring/stock synth sounds sound way more ethereal – the percussive melody and reverb at the beginning of my new track On&On&On&On is an example of this effect. Parallel processing, which at one point I may have been intimidated by, is a great way to make a track sound richer/fuller/doper. Don’t be scared of it!"

Baio’s essential music making tips:

Don’t get bogged down in the small stuff/know when a turd is a turd

"In 2011 I tried to mix my first ever track myself. I spent two months working on the mix, trying to balance everything, make the synths and samples sound good, and the drums hit hard. What I was really doing, however, was overcompensating for a track that wasn’t good. You can spend forever mixing a turd, but no matter what, a turd will be a turd. Don’t be afraid of abandoning something if it doesn’t feel right, it’s important to continue moving forward when working on music."

There’s magic in mistakes

"I like having a lot of quantized things in my tracks, but sometimes it can be nice in electronic music to have little fuck-ups and slip-ups. Some melodies I’ll program but other ones I’ll play. If you play a melody eight times, it’s highly likely that you’ll end up with eight variations of that same melody. Try and preserve little screw-ups, they can give a track more character."

Parallel processing is your friend

"I recently got obsessed with the warped reverbs in Logic’s Space Designer. What I’ve been doing a lot is writing a melody, then sending that melody to another channel where the track is sent to a warped reverb and then sidechained hard.

"Using parallel processing in this way has made a lot of boring/stock synth sounds sound way more ethereal – the percussive melody and reverb at the beginning of my new track On&On&On&On is an example of this effect. Parallel processing, which at one point I may have been intimidated by, is a great way to make a track sound richer/fuller/doper. Don’t be scared of it!"

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“I’m turning 30 this year and I’m psyched to say that in the eight months or so I’ll be releasing the most music I’ve ever released in my life. In terms of stuff I can tell you about, obviously first up is my new EP On&on&on&on / Missive, coming out September 29 on Club Mod. I also recently scored a film that should be coming out next year directed by Bob Byington and starring Jason Schwartzman. For that project I was lucky enough to work out of a studio in Austin and got to have some of the incredible Tosca String Quartet play pieces I wrote. It’s pretty cool to have something you wrote in midi come alive with real players! There’s more stuff beyond those two projects, with time they’ll come to light…” — Chris Baio

“If anything, moving to London, a city where I know less people, has made me more focused as a producer - in the first year of living here I tended to just work all day whenever I was off tour. It’s definitely been the most productive 15 months of my life as a producer and music maker, and I can’t wait to share everything I’ve been working on. I don’t go out to clubs as much as I would like to but I did have a great time at Dance Tunnel over the summer - I went out to see Move D but I got too sweaty after two and a half hours of dancing and sadly left before he went on. "Look at how sweaty that guy is" was the first thing I heard as I was exiting the club - which I think means I had a great time.” — Chris Baio

Club Modcast #013: BAIO

Purveyor of ethereal, melodic dance groove and the nicest guy in indie music Baio signs in for Modcast duty following the release of his new Club Mod EP ‘On&On&On&On/Missive’. The EP, backed with remixes from HNNY and Neville Watson, mines a similarly deep dancefloor spirit to the likes of Caribou (especially as Daphni), Four Tet, Luke Abbot et al, sounding just as inspired in the club as it does in the headphones. Barcelona fans can celebrate its existence tomorrow night (Friday 10 October) in the Lolita Room at Razzmatazz where label mates Baio and Sharooz will be throwing down. Others can pick up a digi or vinyl copy now.
In the interview (link above), Chris discusses the impact his FOR Festival experience had on the mix, his early flirtations with dance music and what its like being the sweatiest guy at the club.
{Download BAIO’s mix}

Club Modcast #013: BAIO

Purveyor of ethereal, melodic dance groove and the nicest guy in indie music Baio signs in for Modcast duty following the release of his new Club Mod EP ‘On&On&On&On/Missive’. The EP, backed with remixes from HNNY and Neville Watson, mines a similarly deep dancefloor spirit to the likes of Caribou (especially as Daphni), Four Tet, Luke Abbot et al, sounding just as inspired in the club as it does in the headphones. Barcelona fans can celebrate its existence tomorrow night (Friday 10 October) in the Lolita Room at Razzmatazz where label mates Baio and Sharooz will be throwing down. Others can pick up a digi or vinyl copy now.

In the interview (link above), Chris discusses the impact his FOR Festival experience had on the mix, his early flirtations with dance music and what its like being the sweatiest guy at the club.

{Download BAIO’s mix}

@OIAB: DON’T MESS WITH ME I’M THE KING OF THE CRACKED SCREEN 

@OIAB: DON’T MESS WITH ME I’M THE KING OF THE CRACKED SCREEN 

Oct 04

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Venice p. ii (via Rostam’s Instagram)

Venice p. ii (via Rostam’s Instagram)

ifonefallsdown said: In case anyone wants to hear the full song from Ezra's vine it's called El Gato Y El Raton by Banda Machos.

Thanks bb!

For those who are interested:

Al Gato Y Al Raton - Banda Machos (from this EK vine)

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