Got Your TekMonki @ Spotify Yet?! Don’t Delay! ;)

Hey y’all, hope you’re all good and throwin’ down mad beats!! Been slacking a bit myself, sorta, as I have to get 10 cues (tracks) done for this gig I got writing for TV/Movies. Easy and hard as f*** at the same time, haha.

Anyway, if you would, and haven’t already, do please go follow me on Spotify and/or add me to your playlists!! (and I’l obv do the same for you, all about supporting your peeps!) –

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1xBTdN3FcO2gv9IP3CRv8V

Hope to see/hear y’all soon!!!

– TekMonki

Hey Dog and Music Lovers! Think You Might Like This @WashingtonPost Article. ;)

Long time since I’ve posted on my own site, I know, I know.  Hope all of your new year’s are going well.  Relatively at least, anyway.  Anyway, was just sent this article that is a great read re: dogs and music calming them.  My dogface definitely likes rockin’ it down with the original chief rocka of the Wild Bunch Crew. Trust. (aka Massive Attack. 😉 )

Anyway, read on “Music helps dogs chill out, especially if it’s reggae or soft rock” @ . . .

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/01/27/music-helps-dogs-chill-out-especially-if-its-reggae-and-soft-rock/

Holy spooky doppelgänger batman!

dopplegangerSo apparently in my down time, I’m in a band with the guitarist from The Strokes called CRX (which is also one of the Honda’s I always wanted as a kid, heh).

Holy spooky doppelgänger!

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Hey DJ’s and music producers, @DJTechTools has a verrrry interesting read re: @Spotify, @AppleMusic, #MixBANK and @Soundcloud today.

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Very interesting short read over at DJ TechTools today. In short, that Apple Music + Spotify are now streaming unofficial remixes and doing so via a service called MixBANK. Apparently this service will verify and acquire any needed rights for remixing the original track, and then any resulting royalties from streams get redistributed out to the original artist and the remixer.

Apparently DJ mixes are next:

” . . . A big part of the news about these partnerships was that MixBANK also can license songs that are inside of longform DJ mixes. This will be huge – DJ mixes historically have always been relegated to dedicated sites like Mixcloud or Soundcloud. Being on a streaming service means you get a built-in audience for your mixes . . .”

ALL of that in mind, I kinda do agree that it would be a perfect time for Spotify to wrap up the buy of Soundcloud they’ve been sniffing around and go for it. Win/win for everyone if this works like advertised on the tin!

Semi-interesting, at least to my little brain, is it seems that for one brand new edgy business, it near always already has a rival at it’s public announcement – the latest being MixBANK, with me hearing about Orfium (https://www.orfium.com) a few weeks back first.

If you haven’t got one already, I’d recommend you get yourself a MixBANK (https://app.mixbank.com/sign-up) account. (And most assuredly a Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com) one if you’ve not got one of those already).

Just got schooling from @MMMixes , @tonymaserati , and Stevie Wonder stopped by to say hey! Thanks @AESorg and @WavesAudioLtd , very cool!

Manny Stevie @ Waves AESJust stopped by Los Angeles AES for a bit and stumbled over to the Waves booth where Manny Marroquin happened to be answering crowd questions, and then . . . Tony Maserati stepped out of the crowd to help out Manny with crowd questions . . . AND THEN . . . Stevie Wonder(!!!) randomly walked over to say hey to everyone and talk to Manny for a minute. And here I figured it was going to just be a bunch of so-so gear booths, haha!

Very cool stuff, especially since I just finished my first day of “Art of Mixing” at Point Blank L.A. on Thursday. Coupling all I just learned in class with a great teach, with what some of the top level pros had to say was, again, verrrrry cool!

Ableton Musical Gold Dust Indeed! @AskAudioMag @NI_News

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Recently got my hands on Komplete Ultimate 10 (http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/bundles/komplete-10-ultimate/), but work’s been kicking my ass so I haven’t had a ton of time to take it out on the track and tear around the studio in it (and update my Ableton/Maschine template, but in the meantime check out this musical gold dust post about Ableton (too true!) from Ask Audio Mag!

http://askaudiomag.com/articles/ableton-live-how-to-turn-mistakes-into-musical-gold-dust

TekMonki, Now With More Reason (v8, and 400+ tracks)!

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First of all . . .  Happy New Year!  Hope this finds all of you well.

In the midst of trying to re-mix and re-master some old tracks of mine (http://smarturl.it/tekmonki-saudade) to make them sound better, I came to remember that I did a lot of that stuff in Reason, the software I cut my “in the box” teeth on (and Cubase, but another story there), and as such, I needed to open them up in Reason to really get them to sound right and up-to-date.

So, I finally got my hands on Reason 8 and . . .wow.  First, let’s just say I have a TON of old song files to finish (over 400 it looks like)!  But beyond that, a whole new DAW to re-familiarize myself with – and lot of new stuff with it to learn.

Anyway, I opened just one of my old tracks at random and . . . let’s just say it was inspiring, to get off my ass and start being more prolific.

Look forward to some new stuff in the new year!

 

What should I know about buying a dog?

Missy, such a poser!

Missy, such a poser!

Never truer, please read (and heed)!!

Source here: http://www.quora.com/What-should-I-know-about-buying-a-dog

A dog can be a loving companion, a goofy buddy, an exercise partner, and more, but dog ownership is also a lot of work. Training and caring for your pup requires time and money, and adopting a dog is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

I’ll focus on the negative aspects since most people looking for a dog are already aware of the positives. This is a pretty broad question, so let’s assume you’ve already found a breed, demeanor, age, etc., that will work for you.

 

 Time Commitment

Puppies are about twenty times more difficult for the first 1-2 years than an adopted dog. If you don’t spend the time, you’ll pay in other ways (like lost shoes, noise complaints from neighbors, aggressive behavior, and more). It will take multiple hours each day to train and exercise your puppy, but it will really pay off in the long run. You know those really cool dogs that happily wait outside of stores without a leash, or sit quietly at an outdoors restaurant even when other dogs are present? That didn’t happen by accident. Adopting an older dog is a great shortcut to a wonderful companion but there are things you still need to do to make sure your new dog is compatible with your life.

 

Grooming and Fur

Nails need to be clipped, fur needs to be brushed, and they need to be bathed. Professional dog grooming runs from $50-$90 and you’ll need to do it every couple of months for a dog with long fur.

And speaking of fur, it will be everywhere. It will be on your clothes, in your baby’s mouth, and occasionally in your food. Lint rollers are nice, but you’ll never achieve pre-dog levels again. I find my dog’s fur at friend’s houses that my dog has never visited. It’s a plague.

You also need to be mindful of allergies—are you allergic? Is anyone that’s going to be around the dog allergic?

 

Healthcare

We spent $6000 in vet bills during the first two years of our dog’s life (our very active dog had a couple of serious injuries, so this is a high estimate, but not unheard of). There are health insurance options out there, but be sure to get one without lots of exclusions. Expect to pay $30-40 per month for insurance, which doesn’t cover normal vet visits.

Major medical issues are pretty common over the lifespan of a dog so be prepared to make difficult decisions. If you needed to spend $10,000 to preserve a high quality of life for your dog or put him or her to sleep, what would you do? Where do you draw the line? This will be an inevitable question that you’ll have to face.

 

Socialization

If you live somewhere where leash laws are strictly enforced (or somewhere that lacks open areas where dogs can play unleashed with each other), you’ll probably need to pay for dog daycare or a dog walker. Without this, your dog will likely form aggressive behaviors toward other dogs, which can be very dangerous. Dogs are inherently social and isolating them can be very damaging.

 

Other Factors to Consider

Dealing with Wild Animals

Do you have skunks, raccoons, penguins, or other potentially dangerous or inconvenient animals in your area that your dog will encounter? What will you do to avoid confrontations?

 

Your Freedom Will Be Limited

You’re committing to coming home directly after work for the next 10-15 years of your life. What will you do when you travel? Are you going to ensure your dog is socialized well enough that you can leave her with another dog owner or dog daycare facility?

 

Remember to Neuter or Spay

Unless you intend to seriously breed dogs, you’ll need to neuter or spay your pet. Not only do you avoid surprise puppies, but it reduces aggressive and bizarre behaviors (by yours as well as other dogs).

 

Maintaining Discipline

You’ll need to learn how to discipline your dog and set boundaries, and you’ll need to be honest with yourself about your ability to enforce them. Even if they’re arbitrary, boundaries are important to help keep your dog comfortable with you being in charge. With larger dogs, if you fail to create boundaries and maintain disciplined behavior, they could become a very serious problem.

 

Training Dogs around Children

It can be very hard to train a dog if you have young children. Our dog was extremely well-behaved around food before we had our son, but now he’ll steal food from plates near the floor (a mortal sin in my house). Getting this under control with a baby that throws food as a sport is challenging.

 

Dealing with Death

As sad as it is, your dog will die and you’ll probably be the one to decide when that will be. You’ll also probably be there during the final moments. I’ve had nightmares about this myself. I prefer the terminology of “adopting a dog” to “buying a dog” because this is more about family and love than it is about a possession. This is a lifetime—your dog’s life—commitment and I know I didn’t fully grasp what that meant until I had a dog of my own.

I think the theme of what I’m saying is go into it expecting it to be hard. If you’re ready for a challenge, you’ll be far more prepared to deal with it and you’ll be appreciative of the parts that go well.

I don’t always agree with his style, but the Dog Whisperer show on the National Geographic Channel is a great way learn about dogs. It shows the behavioral problems you can create if you don’t go into dog ownership prepared. Watch it and ask yourself how you would deal with the situations the dog owners encounter. You’ll notice that a common theme is that the owners—not the dogs—are typically the problem.