I had an interest in music from an early age but never saw myself as a true performer. Like many others, I had no clue that there were even any other career choices within the music world, outside of playing on stage. With a similar interest in technology, I quickly discovered that using the available gadgets and their flashing lights to do something creative—like making music in the studio—was what I was really interested in learning. This was in the era of the Yamaha DX7, Linn drum machine, and early MIDI. Digital recording and the modern DAW were still years away from being available to the masses, so instead there was a basic sequencer and 4-track recording to cassette tapes.
All of this led me to Berklee, where I graduated from their Music Production & Engineering program in the early 1990's. Life happened. I cut my hair, took out my earring and found a "real job" to make ends meet.
After walking away from music for a very long time, I've returned to it once again with a renewed passion and a focus on mixing projects for independent artists and singer-songwriters. I am continuously amazed at how far the technology has come and how fast it continues to evolve, both because of and in spite of the music industry it helps to support. What remains a constant inspiration though is the amount of talent and creativity brought forth from the digital revolution and our love of music.
More musicians, of all skill levels and styles, now have access to more knowledge and tools than ever before. By working together, we can learn to use it better to make a positive difference through our collective passion for creating new music.
Anyway, that's my song. What's yours?