How did you get into composing?

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  • YoMcDjBoahEy Feb 11, 2014 11:17 am Reply

    How did I get into music?
    Quite well. With a cute bunny in bed and after a good bottle of red wine ;-)
    By the way, we heard something chilled out. So thanks for asking ;-)

  • Poke Feb 11, 2014 1:18 pm

    Take That and Phil Collins, as well as guitar lessons

  • Kevin Kellner Feb 11, 2014 4:14 pm Answers

    It all started as a child where I absolutely had to try out every instrument, such as the electronic organ that is with my grandpa (an old Hammond, wonderful sound) to guitar, drum and didgeridoo.
    At the age of 14, Samy Deluxe (who still knows it in the "absolute beginner" days) strongly influenced my music and I started to write German rap lyrics that were accompanied by reggae, hip-hop and DnB beats, after about 3 years and the first bigger ones Performances (by that I mean an audience of around 1000 people) I founded an association to promote young event organizers together with another musician and two event managers.

    Then it ran for another year in this formation, but unfortunately it broke up due to left-wing businesses, well these can also be sides of the music business.

    After a longer break I have now started to set up a studio again at home and am currently interested in two very large areas and will deepen my knowledge here and gain new experience. That would be pop / rock on the one hand (let's see if I can sing or need a singer;)) and on the other hand, since my father is a hobby filmmaker and constantly makes new documentaries, I would like to try out soundtracks and film music.

    What I have definitely learned on my way is do not cause unnecessary stress and get up once more than you fell;)
    Trying out new things can also be very helpful and inspiring, even if you go back to the tried and tested style, it is great to have gotten to know other elements and perhaps to be able to incorporate them into your work to create something completely new.

    Thats it;)

  • Michael Feb 11, 2014 7:22 pm Reply

    At my work place an email was sent to everyone - bass player wanted for the internal house band. I made a joke to a band member, I said I had a guitar in my hand and could then play along ... - Minutes later two of the band were standing in my door. Although I asserted several times and unequivocally that I had NO idea about making music, that I didn't even know that a bass is not a guitar, they arrested me. I was put on the bass and said in a couple of words what to do and go ;-) That was almost 7 years ago. Since then I've been with it and have fun!

  • Sogyra Feb 12, 2014 4:10 am Answers

    Again a nice topic: D

    Back then ... towards the end of the 80s ... there were chart hits that were packed with electronic elements. From then on I got the feeling: I want to do that too. The starting signal was a Pentium computer, where today's cell phones are faster. By chance I came across (I admit: cracked) software like FruityLoops 1, Acid, Rubberduck, Cubase of the first generation, Rebirth, and what do I know what all these things were called.
    Most likely FL took me with it. Due to the lack of samples, the results didn't sound too good, but it was fun :)
    But it soon became clear to me that this would not be the end of the flagpole. And so I set up a small HR studio, which was also treated very well acoustically, and for about a year now I've really been into it in order to be able to deliver good results. But I still have to learn, and that's a good thing!
    Only: I don't need any more equipment. I have everything I need now. This box is closed;)

  • Franz - Hermann Schmidt Feb 12, 2014 9:55 am Answers

    Hello !

    Very interesting topic, and since I am guaranteed to be one of the elderly people here, I can report from a time when electronic music only came to fruition because it simply didn't exist yet.
    Today I look back with pride on about 40 years in which I roam the places as a band leader, DJ, today still as a singing duo and entertainer in general.
    My life has always been shaped by music. She got me going again and again, and it's fun when you can convey something of the joy you feel to other people.
    We visited my sister in a hospital in West Berlin because she was working there.
    Somehow the adults wanted to go somewhere, and I probably shouldn't be there. An accordion was hung around my shoulders and I was supposed to do it.
    I was 10 years old at the time.
    Anyway, when the others came back, I played a few songs on the thing, and not just with one finger, but had already found the third.
    I knew white elderberry best.
    People were amazed, and for me it started off on an ongoing basis. At the age of 12 I was ready to play for two to three hours at weddings with friends.
    I enjoy that so much that it was actually obvious that I wanted to become an entertainment musician.
    It all remained in the amateur self-didactic area, but all the more intense.
    Harmonica, recorder and an old piano in a pub were added.
    When I was in the army, I started playing drums and singing.

    Etc. I started my band when I was 27 and that lasted almost until the fall of the Berlin Wall. I only changed the musicians often.
    From the beginning I loved everything that sounded like electronics.
    Guitar, of course, which became my main instrument.
    I liked and especially like POP and Schlager, and that in German. And it has stayed that way to this day.

    LG Condor

  • Marena Selena Avila Feb 12, 2014 11:54 am

    Hello Community,

    man, that's a great question :-)

    For me it was actually the case that the music came to me. As a small school child in the 3rd grade of elementary school, I unfortunately became very ill and got whooping cough of the very bad kind ... so bad that the doctors banned me from school in Husum / Büsum for 3 months because of my health State required an unconditional climate change. There I was treated every day and I went through the full program.

    My mother had accompanied me for the first few weeks, because my parents were of course worried and as working parents it was already a challenge with job, vacation, sick child far away v. Shot and the everyday stress that had to be dealt with on the side. -OK I digress-

    At some point, however, when my mother came to visit the clinic to cheer me up and distract me, she took me to a nearby shopping center that had a record department on a free, sunny day. There she ran all kinds of errands for me / us and since I was only able to climb or walk stairs slowly due to the illness but quickly got out of breath, she decided to park me briefly in the record department. She was just faster without me and told me that maybe if I was bored I could listen to a little music. And then she was gone. So there was now a small, shy, 9 year old girl sitting on one of the black chrome stools and letting the time go by. But as it is when we women go shopping, we can still find something here and there. And so the time and my mood also passed; until suddenly one of the employees - he was a mixture of record salesman and DJ in the department - came to me and asked me if I would like to listen to a record. So I jumped v. Stool and went to the huge, bulging record shelves and suddenly stopped at the bush letter "D". I stood there petrified while this cover of all the other hundreds of records, tapes and VHS videos tried to distract me overstimulated.
    I took the record off the shelf as if in slow motion and went back to my friend Mr. DJ and had it hang up for me. He just smiled at me and handed me headphones that were almost bigger than my whole head.

    And then it happened !!!

    It was the first time I heard the distinctive, unique, phenomenal sound of this (my) band. This sound later became known as HI-NRG (High Energy Sound Production). Above all, however, this unmistakable, charismatic, deep and powerful voice of Pete Burns that gives goose bumps paired with these stark and powerful synth sounds that I had never heard before, let me fall under their spell and I heard the record 20 times that day until the salesman didn't smile as much as he did at the beginning and almost annoyed he put the plate arm at the beginning of the form plate when it was over.

    When my mother came back to pick me up at the same time, it was clear to me that I absolutely had to have this record, then what I didn't know at the time was the fact that this one record would change my whole life later, because I have Heard nothing less on that day than the maxi single from the band "Dead Or Alive" with their former single "Lover Come Back To Me".

    And today I have pretty much everything you can get from this band, am a musician / music producer myself, work for major and labels in my studios, am self-employed and still the biggest living fan of "Dead Or Alive !!!"

    And so it was with me ........ this ..... is my story.

  • Carlos San Segundo (delamar) Feb 12, 2014 1:11 PM

    I would like to thank you all for your active participation - I think it's great that you are taking the time for this.

    I got into music years ago when I was forced to play the recorder (and then gave up again). I've always loved listening to music and holding small "concerts" with my Playmobil. I later learned to play guitar and electric guitar, and built my own band at school.

    After that, music has accompanied me all my life - and it will always be part of my life. I love music - listen, make, enjoy and share.

  • Thomas Türling Feb 12, 2014 2:05 p.m. Answers

    Back in the good old days ... (oh no, let's skip this intro) :-)

    In the early 1970s, governments / parliaments actually invested more in cultural education, which was expressed both in the offer of so-called elementary lessons in the music school and in training for specific instruments. In other words, culture was still subsidized by the state and not rationalized away, as has been observed in the last 10-15 years.

    In short, as part of an elementary lesson, our music school teacher brought a western guitar with him, this sound and what you could do with it completely flattened / fascinated me as an 8-year-old boy, that had to, I wanted to be able to. The rest is history, as the saying goes. Due to my body length and the interaction with older friends (I 14, 17-19), I already had quite a lot of gigs at this age (around 15-20 a year) - I can only recommend to every young pucker: Play with others in a band - the rumgewichse from scales up and down alone (education and broadening horizons is of course also very important in my opinion, but not a means to an end) brings you as a young person who does not want to make music. The interaction does it. Rock on! Thomas

  • Any Thomas Feb 12, 2014 5:36 pm Reply

    For me it started when I bought CD compilations with the name "Synthesizer Vol. ..." out of curiosity as a child. At the time I didn't know what a synthesizer was and when I liked some of the pieces on it and found out about it, I wanted to have a synthesizer myself. Can you imagine that you can't buy a great one with your pocket money and so I put my savings into a child-like sounding FM synthesizer from Yamaha and let off steam with it. I wanted to take composition lessons straight away, but strangely enough for my age I couldn't find something like that and I was advised to take piano lessons at the music school, which was actually not my idea, but I just wanted to try - even if after 2 years I had enough lessons Forced pieces that I didn't like and had various finger exercises, I ended up staying true to both music technology and composition and ultimately trained myself in it, investing in music equipment every now and then.

  • Torsten M. Roth Feb 12, 2014 5:57 pm Answers

    "Why did you give up making music live?" - That would be a funny question. But off-topic, now and here.
    I find it very exciting to read the comments here. Interesting stories and a lot of commitment.
    Thanks for that.
    Well, my modest contribution to the world's population was still a young stopper, a threesome, and played the organ under the supervision of a music school even before he actually started school. I had a choice. We had two pieces of equipment in the house. An accordion (a hand-drawn instrument for folk musicians) and an organ. Thanks to my aversion to the former, I chose the organ. Why I wanted to learn an instrument at all, however, has completely disappeared from me. I guess it was curiosity. Banal curiosity.
    At some point I got tired of the thing. I would have to lie, but I still know that it annoyed me to accompany Richard Claydermann on the organ at the end of the 70s (Ballade pour Adlaine - without guarantee). So I switched to the piano. That seemed logical to me. Unfortunately, I don't have very long fingers and I couldn't cope with the now rather hard stroke as well as I thought. So I fixed what was probably the best solution. Because what does a person do when he
    a) has short fingers and
    b) hard attacks are not in his favor?
    Exactly! He plays guitar! (I just have to grin myself)
    This is probably the closest I got to music, because strangely enough, the learning process with this instrument went much better than before. Accept's debut album was probably not entirely innocent of this (must have been just before 1980).
    Well, and what happened next is not the subject of this questionnaire, that's why I won't say anything more without my lawyer.

  • wyldesyde Feb 12, 2014 7:05 pm

    Long ago...
    On September 18, 1980 I attended my first concert in Munich (Kiss / support act was Iron Maiden).
    A few days later I happened to be in front of a shop window with a guitar hanging in it.
    A day later, my hard-earned money from the vacation job was gone.

  • Marcel Schindler Feb 12, 2014 9:49 pm Answers

    Really nice topic ...

    It was 1987. I had just turned 9 and got my first keyboard for Christmas. It was a Yamaha SHS-10, so a Keytar. The thing played non-stop as a demo song "Last Christmas" by Wham.

    I loved that part and I wanted to be able to play just as well, so I practiced Last Christmas. And of course other songs, because the thing could already do a lot. The touch dynamics were missing, but for Axel F. it was still enough.

    At some point, of course, I came to the limits of this keyboard, on the one hand due to the lack of keyboard lessons and the technical conditions. But when I was 12 I had my Amiga 500. There was a strange program on it called "Octamed Professional". A year earlier I exchanged my SHS-10 for a Yamaha DX21.

    So on the Amiga 500 I started to deal with trackers. These were relatively simple sequencers that could play samples at different pitches. At the same time, my first PC was added, a 486 DX2 / 66, and the trackers continued on that.

    In the course of time I tried out new trackers and dared to venture into the world of Reason and FLStudio, but I always ended up with the tracker. My music was always trance and hardstyle and because I didn't want to stand somewhere with a laptop back then, I learned professional deejaying about 10 years ago. With vinyl.

    So I went the other way around, from "producer" to DJ. Today most of them do exactly the opposite.

    In the meantime I actually look back on releases on CDs, MP3stores sell my remixes and here at Delamar I was allowed to write one or two blog posts. Thanks to my 3 children, music has now taken a back seat, but it's still my status quo. I love music and I am always happy when there are good songs.

  • Rob Feb 13, 2014 10:14 am Reply

    I have the typical "classical" career behind me: after my older brother I wanted to play the piano and got my first piano lessons at the age of 9. Only 5 years later it was clear to me that I would like to do this professionally later. A won "youth music competition" confirmed this. After school I then prepared for the entrance exam, passed and studied instrumental pedagogy piano, then artistic maturity and finally I passed the concert exam. In 1999 I was awarded an art advancement award in my city. At that time, thanks to a friend at a theater, a new passion emerged: composing and producing incidental music. At that time, I put the money from the sponsorship award into building a meaningful project studio, which I have expanded and updated more and more to this day. I am currently training to become an audio engineer because I still feel deficits there.
    My freelance work today rests on three legs:

    Concert, composing / arranging / producing, teaching (and learning! :-))

    A lot to do, to get everything wrapped up, but that's where I found my daily work structure and routine. Even if it is stressful sometimes, I would never want to do anything else!
    For me, the love of music is like a promise in life!

  • Peter C. Feb 16, 2014 8:53 pm Answers

    I had really arrived in professional music (after taking part in small band projects in my teenage years) when, at a garden party in 1991, standing loudly and shortly before the explosion, I messed with a gentleman who was already a little older, who was my idols and me tried to kill off in such a condescendingly arrogant manner.

    Acquaintances took me to the side and tried to calm me down, and did I not know who I was actually having at odds with?
    Aside from the fact that the guy was constantly trying to dig at my girlfriend, I didn't really care whoever he thought he was.
    Of course I won't reveal a name, but after I was told that this was a really "big one", I strutted over to him again and told him next to a few other "nice" things right in the face that his music and Any idiot would manage projects like this.

    3 days later the phone rang and the "big guy" told me he had a little project for a "total idiot".
    When I asked him why he was considering me of all people for this, he only said that it impressed him how I faced him and if I could only deliver music with half the same conviction as I took my mouth full and always with mine Opinion, I would have a certain potential.

    Anyway, I thought he was just trying to get me upset, but I still wanted to prove myself to him.
    The end of the song was that of course I couldn't reach his works with my means, but I think he was a little impressed and took me under his wing for a while and showed me a new musical and technological world in which I was found my way around relatively quickly and was the basis for my future musical work.

    We never became best friends, but we have respected and respected each other ever since, and for me the months of working together were more than I could ever have learned in a course of study.

    I don't think I ever said "thank you" to him for that, but his kind appreciation for me was somehow his way of saying "please, you're welcome".

  • Wolfgang 23 Mar 2014 11:56 p.m. Answers

    My passion for electronic music started around 1981 when I was in second grade. At that time I heard a band perform on the stage of our school and was absolutely blown away by the sound of the synthesizers. When they were done I sneaked onto the stage and was allowed to press a few keys under the supervision of a band member. Then it happened to me. In our city library there were extensive works of all musical genres, so that from then on I was able to sift through a lot of material and try it out. At that time, of course, I couldn't afford a keyboard, so I made a small organ out of wood to try it out. This was followed by electronics and the first analog synthesizer I built myself. Besides that, I also had to go to the choir and learn classical singing. I think that was a crucial step in ear training on harmonies, feeling and notation. With the money I worked with on vacation, I was able to afford my first simple synthesizer. The whole thing got more interesting when I was making music together with a DJ in 9th grade. He just had the money to lug around the then unaffordable boxes, and I had the muse to program them as well as to come up with song ideas. To this day I hadn't taken any lessons, thought about it once, but kept repressing the idea, since the train must have left here for a long time and now I know how to teach myself. In the early 90s I was able to afford one or the other synthesizer myself, and so I started to write more complex sequences with Cubase 1.0 (two floppy disks!). At the time, the whole thing was based more in the direction of budding techno, but that quickly subsided because it was too crowded. Then I switched back to classic sequencing and improvisation towards the Berlin school, which I personally liked a lot more. In the meantime I have my little home studio and, apart from a few detours at the beginning of the VST stories, I still stayed true to my line of driving real synthesizers and real analog mixers. For me personally, real instruments are my own way of making music. I had never focused on appearances, for me it was actually always my world in which I could dive and tinker. I only started with the electric guitar a few years ago, one segment has now grown to four and I've found a second segment that can even be wonderfully combined with one another.

  • Fulle Apr 23, 2015 2:09 pm Answers

    13 years ago I had a Soundblaster card installed in my PC and a Cubase DAW was included.
    At the beginning I had no plan at all and taught myself everything, that was good because hardly anyone was really interested in it at the time.
    Somehow (as if by a miracle) everything came to be understood.
    The problem was actually more or less the Vst`s weren't that much and Synth`s were (still) very expensive (hardware).
    I have no problems with sheet music, I started playing the organ when I was 9 years old, but lost interest because synths interested me much more, but try to make it clear to your parents when you were 9 years old that you would prefer a synth.
    Well, after that it was my turn to play the guitar, it was the same game I wanted to play an electric guitar. Ha, ha
    That's why I make music with 'em Pc just great. (I'm only a hobby musician)!

  • Patrick Sep 29, 2016 2:34 PM

    In a nutshell, although nobody here is extremely musical, or musically charged or something like that, I've always had a talent for singing and piano. :-) I taught myself more or less self-taught and only took professional lessons in upper school. :-)

  • Oliver Fischer Sep 29, 2016 5:31 pm Answers

    Learned the guitar as a child in the 70s. At the beginning of the 80s an analog studio with 2 synths, mixer and 4 track Revox tape machine was built in the basement piece by piece with the apprenticeship and lots of Italo disco songs were written and recorded. Learning by doing or specialist books provided the specialist knowledge. Later the Atari with its "DAW" was added. During this time I experimented with acid and acid jazz. Due to time constraints, it was over for years. Started experimenting with DAWs again in the late 2000s. But I couldn't cope with the digital shit and got rid of everything. Anyone who comes from the purely analog age will certainly understand this. I've only been making music with the DAW since 2014. In terms of genre, I'm still looking for my home ... The Italo times are unfortunately over.

  • Ralf Sternbeck Oct 02, 2016 3:47 am Answers

    At the tender age of 15, a couple of friends came up to me and asked if I wanted to join your band. My ability was zero, I didn't really want to take part, but the guys were still quite persistent. At some point I gave in and said OK, I'll be a drummer, but the job was already taken, well then I'll be a guitarist, hmmm nope, the job is already gone. Then I asked what was still missing? We need a bass player! And so I became a bass player and improved over the long term.

    In the meantime 37 years have passed and several instruments have been added to the bass (guitar, keyboard or anything with which you can make music), music theory, sound engineering, your own studio, music production, composition in different genres, giving lessons in all areas (Instruments, DAW, etc.) In short, I have never been bored and am constantly learning new things.

  • fatman Oct 03, 2016 1:21 pm Answers

    "Concierto de Aranjuez" with Siegfried Behrend, shortly afterwards I heard Segovia. First my grandmother bought me my first guitar and then I took guitar lessons regularly. I have never been able to achieve their mastery, but I saw music as a friend for life.

  • DJ Sven Cuber Oct 05, 2016 9:10 PM Answers

    There used to be an elevator catalog .. Wow !! CDJs, PAs, light ..
    And later a DJ and producer with a small studio;)