Hey Everybody! How's it going? Hope you all are awesomely well! Today I've got another cool story for you all! The story of how I got started writing and recording. I began writing and composing music when I was in elementary school, in 7th grade, about 12 years old, and started writing lyrics about 2 and a half years later, at 14. Getting started with composing music and melody at the age of 12 wasn't really something I all that interested in, although times and attitudes change, and today I love it. At the time, I didn't understand and grasp the structure of a song or composition, so it went right up, around, over, and under my head! I played brass instruments like the trumpet and flugelhorn in the school bands in both elementary and high school, and that lead into learning to read and compose music and melodies. Once I started high school, only a few months into the 9th grade, I began writing lyrics, latched onto that, and to this day, I have not let go! The lyric writing started right at the end of my first semester in high school, I was sitting at the back of my music class, since it was the end of the semester, we weren't really doing anything other then getting our marks. We were all just off in our own little world's, having our own conversations, and I realized that I had a whole bunch of foolscap paper in my bag that was extra from writing various essays in my other classes, so I pulled it out, started writing lyrics, and it's stuck ever since.
Getting started happened around the same time because naturally once I wrote something that I liked, I wanted to record it, to at the time, put on a CD. My first real production setup was SUPER PRIMITIVE! It was SUPER PRIMITIVE by the standards back then, considering what was available technology wise, and it's considered SUPER ANCIENT when looking at what is available nowadays! My first setup consisted of a PC that ran Windows Millennium Edition, which wasn't the greatest, dare I say ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! I had one of first external computer microphones that was available, it wasn't USB, it was one that would be jacked into the microphone port of my Dell PC, which was on the back of the computer tower. The "monitors" I had were just the speakers that came with my computer. When it came to checking and making sure my levels were good, I really couldn't because the delay was too much, I had to readjust the setup of my desk, constantly moving the speakers, and I finally just said forget it, I'm going to wing it and hope for the best. For the most part, doing it that way worked. At the time I had no clue about the whole mixing and mastering process, I didn't have any software to assist in that process. In fact, I recorded all my vocals and added fades through Windows Movie Maker. Like I said, SUPER PRIMITIVE! Lots of bumps in the road in my early days of recording and production. In the years since I began this whole production career journey, obviously I've updated my equipment, but I still try to keep the recording and production process as simple as I possibly can. Along with the writing, composing, and production of music, I also got into the process of radio, television, and media production, simply because I had always loved it. So, I would find various pop culture and entertainment stories on the internet and report on them, back when YouTube wasn't really the go to website that it is now. Here we are all these years later, and I love it as much now as I did back when I started. That's the story of how I got started writing and recording, my first production setup, and hiccups I've had along the way and how I dealt with them. I hope you all have enjoy this story, and if you like what you see and hear, then PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL for more pieces like this and to keep up with all my latest releases and goings on. Thanks everybody! Talk to you all again soon.
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