The Final Single Of The Year!

Currently at number 8 in the @traxsource #garage chart is “Slipped Away”, my final release of 2021. It’s a bouncy, piano infused vocal hooky #garagehouse banger that comes in a jingle bell infused festive version as well as non-festive for the underground heads. Initial DJ charts from Jackman Jones, Tony Fuel and Michael Pieterse lead the pack with more to come. You can grab the DJ downloads exclusively from Traxsource or hit your favourite streaming platform for the radio edit using this link – https://bit.ly/DJLSlippedAway

A Special End Of Year Message

Watch the video below to hear the instrumental version of the single and some closing words from Danny.

Wicked new Drum & Bass Sample Pack

Now most wouldn’t associate me with Drum & Bass but I LOVE the genre as a punter/consumer of the music. I’m a huge fan of DJ Marky, a DJ who plays MY kind of DnB and therefore when Native Instruments reached out to let me know about a new Maschine Expansion forthcoming that covered the style I was super interested. I jumped on Instagram with a livestream session earlier today and it was a huge amount of fun! Thanks to all joining 👏

Rhythm Source LIVE!

In this session we took a look at some of the example projects (Killah being my favourite) and some of the kits (groups) then I attempted to create Drum and Bass myself!

You can buy the expansion using my affiliate link here if you like the sound of it – https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1932156&u=2877973&m=77930&urllink=&afftrack= I think you’re gonna love it!

The 90s Tapes Volume Two

After the huge success of Volume One I’ve got another batch of my DAT tape remasters up on Traxsource this week, link here – https://www.traxsource.com/title/1698426/the-90s-tapes-volume-2 It’s been a real emotional journey for me to revisit these and I’m so glad to be able to share them with you. It’s a diverse range that takes in Garage, Garage House, UK Garage, Peaktime House and more.

If you want to hear them in context in a DJ mix I also did a livestream on YouTube the other evening and it was great to share the tracks with an audience in in realtime, thanks to all who attended. I’ll be scheduling some new livestreams in coming weeks.

Traxsource Garage EOY Analytics 2021

So it’s that time of year again where the mighty Traxsource creates end of year stats for its Artists and Labels. It’s a fascinating thing to explore visually as we scroll through our socials and there are some huge achievements – congrats to all. Now whilst scrolling my mind was building up a dataset and dashboard and I just had to put something together which is incredibly compelling to explore.

You can find the link here – https://datastudio.google.com/s/sOuE7vbmKh0

Methodology & Build

Considering all of this was publicly available I hand crawled the Garage Top 100 and pulled the stats from each artist using the web app front end. I did make exceptions however, where an artist is predominantly NOT garage I removed them to avoid skewing the figures and if an artist had no stats they were of course not included. The overall ranking was a simple summing of all metrics which felt fair – I saw no point in weighting each as they all contribute to the ‘success’ overall of the artist.

I grabbed the artist URLs and noted some other information – those who did not have bio and artist texts (room for improvement basically). This data was compiled into a spreadsheet and then ingested into a Google Data Studio project where the Dashoard was built.

What has been incredibly interesting here for me is the education of who is doing what. It has introduced me to new names I hadn’t been paying attention to and will do from now on – especially because I’m starting to do live-streaming DJ mixes and need fresh tracks! I imagine this is going to be very thought provoking and discussion will no doubt be interesting over on the Traxsource Garage Group – I’ll answer questions if anyone has them over there 😉

What does an algorithm think of your music?

If you’re a web developer, Spotify provides a track endpoint that you can hit to pull back its audio characteristics https://developer.spotify.com/console/get-audio-features-track/.

You’ll get a JSON response with a variety of metrics:

  • acousticness
  • danceability
  • duration_ms
  • energy
  • key
  • liveness
  • loudness
  • mode
  • speechiness
  • tempo
  • time_signature & more

You’ll need the URI – unique Spotify track identifier AND some technical ability BUT why bother when you’ve got something like Musicstax?

Musicstax Metrics

It’s (almost) fun to try this across music you love (especially your own) but what does it all mean? How effective is it? I’ve tried a few tracks and I’m currently on the fence. 64% for danceability on one of my tracks? Is it serious?!!! 9% popularity sounds about right though 🤣. Someone help me out and stream my music more!

How do you say it? The great Garage Debate

Firstly, congrats to the entire Garage community, we have a new home! Traxsource in their wisdom have given us our dedicated top sales chart and associated complimentary assets – thank you!

Go take a look for yourself – https://www.traxsource.com/genre/29/garage/top

Group leader and talented producer Marc Cotterell quite rightly highlighted the diversity of sub genres that exist under this umbrella on the Facebook group’s header – see below

Traxsource Garage Facebook Group

So it confidently encompasses the following:

  • Garage
  • Garage House
  • US Garage
  • 2 Step
  • UKG

It’s a solid and sensibly mixed bunch that covers a variety of styles but there’s just one thing that needs clarification – how do you actually say Garage?

This young lady perhaps has the full lowdown:

The fact that the above video mentions class is interesting. Some people have told me in the past that they consider 4/4 Garage as ‘Council House’ but how does that make someone feel from that demographic? Appropriate? Insulting? I lived on a council estate for a few years and I pronounce it the ‘posh’ way so where does that leave us?!

Perhaps across the sub genres it is indeed pronounced differently. I was brought up on the US (Paradise) Garage and there’s no way the yanks said Paradise Garridge 🤣 That’s the reasoning behind my pronunciation – what’s yours?

Play with Tom Misch!

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I’m a big fan of Tom Misch so the brand new Logic Pro X Loop Pack that comes with the latest 10.7.0 version is a big draw. He’s a multi-instrumentalist as well as a super-soulful vocalist and located within the new Tom Misch category from the Loop Packs drop down is a fine selection of quality loops he’s created for you across Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Bass and more. Take a look at that list below, 142 incredible items!

Tom Misch Loop Pack

These are serious! Full of laid back groove and authentic vibe. Check the video below to see some in action..

Some of the new Tom Misch loops in Logic Pro X

Tascam Tape Collection

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For tape addicts like me this is amazing news. Now Tascam was a big name back in the day and IK multimedia have just announced as part of the Tascam 50th anniversary The Tape Collection – four new tape decks for T-Racks. This is focused on a selection of classic devices that they have modelled realistically and I can’t wait to try them out.

TEAC A6100 Mk II

The first in the list is the Teac A6100 mark II, which was a mastering recorder. The collection also has a Teac a3340S which is a four track tape recorder. Next up we’ve got the Tascam 388 and finally the Porta One.

Tascam Porta One

I remember seeing this advertised in magazines back in the day and the crunchy lo-fi tape sound is something that could be fantastic to run our beats through.

This is really, really exciting. At the moment it’s on an introductory price that you can try from the website, which is exactly what I’m going to do now!

https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trtascam/

How Many IK Multimedia Freebies?!

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So this 25 year group-buy thing has proven to be an incredible deal. If you remember I bought Mix Box, a super flexible and useful Slate-VMR-a-like that has a personality all of its own. I’ve been using that on the Voice Over recordings here recently and love how they sound.

I thought I’d show you the list of plugins I’ve selected as part of my list of freebies and see what you think – comments welcome. Looking forward to the next free choice and if you haven’t dived in yet get moving quickly before the promotion ends.

Info here – https://www.ikmultimedia.com/25gb/

Danny J Lewis IK Multimedia free plugin selections:

What U Thinking?

So the big new music release is out today on Traxsource for DJs to download and all the streaming platforms for the music consumers out there.

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There’s something super catchy about this one so I’ve put together a colourful and lively video that’s up on both tiktok and Instagram in reel format to allow people to get creative and do whatever they want to do with it.

This is a new venture for me and an interesting step into a younger and more accessible market, should be really interesting to track the results. I’ll let you know how it goes.. if there are any interesting findings I’ll put them on the blog.

All the links here – https://dannyjlewis.lnk.to/jhqDwa0x