Soleternity - L.A.B.C.
(Los Angeles Beat Collection '06-'10)
Well, here's a zip folder containing 250 beats that I made over a span of 4 years. My apologies on the 1.3 GB file size.
You might be wondering why did I make 250 beats--and why the hell am I releasing them all in a zip folder? Let me explain.
For the better part of the four years I lived in Los Angeles ('06-'10). I made beats, shopped beats, and performed beats. (To make ends meet, I did a bunch of mixing, engineering, consulting, middle-manning, and other music industry tasks too, but making beats was my focus). With one major exception (creating The High and Mighty movie over the course of '09-'10), my life was devoted to music.
As is often the case for aspiring music producers and songwriters, I participated in a swarm of projects, very few of which became well-known. Whereas I spent my early years posting my music online and sharing it with anyone who would listen, much of the music I created in LA was heard by a few dozen people at best. This is the nature of shopping music rather than independently releasing it--the music is shelved in order to privately shop it with the hopes that maybe a handful of the beats being shopped will end up on noteworthy projects.
Last week I was throwing out old stuff in my studio while preparing to move. Though I've grown weary of moving (I've had 9 different addresses over the past 9 years), I'm a sucker for the nostalgia of going through old things. While sifting through memories, I happened upon a 15-disc collection that contained nearly every beat I made while in LA. I recalled burning these discs prior to leaving LA, fearful that the hard drives containing my beats might get damaged during the move. I've lost hundreds of beat files over the years. At the very least, I wanted to have a copy of the final renders for an occasion exactly like this.
It dawned on me that four years of hard work--a total of around 350 beats--had been mostly shelved. Excluding custom-ordered productions, I had completed 250 beats, about 125 of which were sold and 125 of which remain orphans to this day. (Note: I started probably 800 or more beats during this time span, but most of my ideas aren't worth finishing). Even among the beats that were sold, most of them were either never officially released or on small independent releases. Some of these unreleased songs and independent projects were amazing and I am honored to have been a part of them, but the projects lacked marketing power and were, in my estimation, largely unpromoted.
It's now August 2013, three years after leaving LA. Having spent the last 3 years living in Rockford--and completing another 200 beats--it's time that the stuff I made in LA gets a chance to be heard. I'm pretty confident it doesn't sound too dated (yet), if only because I was often stubbornly drifting in my own creative world, once in a while referencing mainstream trends, but for the most part indulging in my own odd tastes.
I'm aware of the absurdity of releasing a 250 beat zip folder. It would be cool if even a handful of people download it. If you're unsure what to do with a project containing over 1,000 minutes of music, here's one idea: play through the folder as background music while starting a new season on Madden 2014 this fall. Or take a really long road trip. Or fall asleep to a different beat every night for a year.
Be sure to read the folder's "#ReadMe" file. It contains some important information. For example, it explains that the music in this folder is strictly available for demonstration purposes. Simply put: this music is available for listening purposes only. Do not use any of the music I have included in this folder for any purpose whatsoever other than listening.
Download here: Soleternity - L.A.B.C.