You know one of my favorite websites?
When I'm feeling like I currently am it's a definite go to 'cos when it says "Yes" I can relax knowing that the weird discombobulating shit that's surrounding me is down to weird ass planetary mechanics and completely out of my control.
However - at time of writing - apparently Mercury is not in retrograde - so what am I gonna do about the general layer of anxiety and worry that I'm not getting enough shit done and, and, and, and......
I'm going to listen to Lady In Red from talented producer (and amazing playlist curator) Andreas Whyte - that's what I'm going to do.
Sometimes you just need a classic chilled out vibe to infect you - something unique and interesting but laid back and cyclical - something you can put on repeat and just fall in to. Got a term paper to write? - Lady in Red. Finishing your Master's dissertation? Lady in Red. Lost two days from illness and have deadlines disappearing like White House staffers? Lady in Red!
I caught up with Andreas to ask a little more about the track:
What are you thinking when you create something like this?
Typically I make a lot of funk and upbeat music but with this track I wanted to go outside my comfort zone and make something slower and more sensual to listen to.
The music now exists as a discrete thing and has a title "Lady In Red" - how did that come about - what was your creative process?
The title and image for the track came very late in the process, as do most of my of my original tracks. I tend to complete the track and them listen to it on repeat a bunch of times until an image effortlessly pops into my head. For this one it came to me after a couple listens – I imagined an elegant woman in a red dress holding an umbrella, and immediately loved the idea and stuck with it.
As for the creative process I started with the chord progression and the sound design of the main wobble synth and from there everything progressed very naturally. I built the drums around the lead instruments. The last thing I added were the vocal chops, which I actually feel are what gave the track its sensual character and made me imagine a woman in red.
You submitted to the essay writing list - what do you think about music becoming something more than just entertainment?
For me personally music has always been more of a feeling, than a source of entertainment. I believe the way music can change how a person feels or thinks, shows music can be a powerful emotional outlet, for both the creator and artist.
You can check out more of Andreas' work through the links below.
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About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician. Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works. It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.