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So 90s – the New Maschine Expansion “Higher Place”
It’s no secret that I use Maschine Expansions regularly to get inspired. The majority of the “Night Tales” album was made this way. I take a journey through random genres and styles and find my own sound be aggregating from all. I load up different groups, often only taking 25% of the sounds and moving onto the next – it’s…Keep reading
The Best Plugins and Chord Sounds for Authentic 90s Vibe?
What on earth am I doing putting a question mark at the end of that header? IT’S A FACT! MEAT BEATS BRING THAT VIBE! Back in the day when I used hardware to make music there were bona fide sounds and textures that the big names used, often on expensive synths that I for one couldn’t afford. For many of…Keep reading
Spend The Night (Danny J Lewis Original Mix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Happy New Year to you all. Social media reach is really tricky these days so in parallel i’m building up an email subscription list of anyone interested in my music so that I can send stuff out every now and again to let you know what’s happening. It’s totally voluntary but I’d really appreciate if you could fill the form…Keep reading
Night Tales Extended – new mixes up on Bandcamp
After the success of the first batch of extended versions from the album the full collection is now ready for you to download over at Bandcamp. This includes an epic new version of the tech meets breaks “Beaten Heart”, an extended 2 Step UK Garage banger and a new bonus track “Elevation”Keep reading
Is Danny J Lewis really UK Garage?
Granted Traxsource is a great source of tracks but it’s also a great source of data for analysis purposes. Whilst not immediately accessible it’s possible to scrape some nuggets of information from the website itself. In this small case study we’ll grab genre counts of releases by Danny J Lewis to attempt to answer the question – is Danny J…Keep reading
New Album “Night Tales”
London’s Danny J Lewis releases his new album “Night Tales,” a sensory experience that tells the story of two people who meet and fall in love over the course of a tempestuous 12 hour period. With a diverse blend of Deep House, RnB, Breaks, UK Garage, Dub Reggae, Tech House and more, the album showcases Danny’s versatility and creativity as…Keep reading
Is It Time For The Ship Noise?!
I laughed the other day at a post from underground house music legend Steve Mac mentioning a promo he had received that featured ‘a big ship noise’ It suddenly occurred to me that perhaps they meant a lighthouse foghorn, much like the one beautifully recreated in Spitfire Audio’s excellent LABS series https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/foghorn and a sound that I’ve actually used on…Keep reading
Such A Hit – Promo Videos now available!
Man, I’m so thankful for all the support received on the new single “Such A Shame”. Something has really resonated with people on this one and I reckon it’s largely down to it being an exceptionally written original song with an exceptional performance. Several weeks after release it’s still in the Traxsource Garage Top 10 with two of the available…Keep reading
Seriously Slammin’ Deep Underground House!
So the brand new release is up now on exclusive Traxsource pre-order here – https://www.traxsource.com/title/1847124/such-a-shame-mixes It’s an original song featuring the incredible vocals/songwriting of Kayleigh Gibson and comes in 3 mixes covering Soulful House, Garage House and Deep House. Right now you can listen to edits from the full tracks up on the Traxsource player but I thought I’d drop…Keep reading
Paul McCartney. What?
So I was listening to a Louie Vega twitch session the other day and this super interesting dubby and trippy track came on with weird vocals that reminded me of someone that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The track went on for some time, about ten minutes and featured what sounded like reel to reel tape twisting and…Keep reading
One of my favourite old tutorials!
Want to learn the subtleties of programming drum elements with the help of velocity? This maschine video has techniques that can be applied to any platform for realistic shaker, tambourine and hi hat patterns. Essential viewing for beginners!Keep reading
FREE Orchestra from Spitfire – ESSENTIAL!
This incredible plugin is now free. It’s a complete orchestra and it’s yours from Spitfire Audio, purveyors of high quality sample libraries. https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/bbc-symphony-orchestra-discover/ Why do I love it? Good question, how about you learn where all the instruments sit on the stage! Invaluable for classical music students starting out on their journey. If you’ve not been lucky enough to see…Keep reading
My worst DJ set!
So last night I did a trolley dash of new #garagehouse tracks on Traxsource and put them into a live mix on Twitch.tv/dannyjlewis but little did I know that one of the kids had been playing with my crossfader switches on the front of the Traktor S4 and the left channel was playing at all times! When it’s late at…Keep reading
Two Hours of Pure FIYA!
Marc Cotterell and I are running the show on the brand new TRAXSOURCE LIVE! Garage Session #199. Marc plays the first hour and I’ve gotta say it’s an exceptional selection that is truly reminiscent of the classic days I used to spend avidly listening to DJs like Brian Tappert in the Soulfuric heyday. It’s a fantastic collection of super authentic…Keep reading
My new favourite Sound Design plugin?
There’s a great deal on at the moment that brings serious discount on Kilohearts plugins. I’ve not really paid attention to them prior to be honest until I saw recently some sound design videos using Phase Plant on twitter that were incredible. So I took the plunge and bought it and instantly I’ve taken to making some patches due to…Keep reading
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