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An Avant-Gardist to the maximus and connoisseur of Tribal and Dance Music!! : ))
"I have always marched to the beat of my own drum...the style is all my OWN!"
Art & Music are my passion :) . I'm not in it for anything other then creative expression. As a Visual Artist, I feel most creative while listening to inspirational music. As far as the tunes go...I just like to have fun. I program everything from the synths to the drums, note for note. I occasionally use loops that I manipulate into something completely different from which they started. I also like to add live instruments now and then. I am a Minimalist...and it's just my personal prefrence as an artist. I got into music production, mainly, to create backing tracks for my vocals...since I love to write and sing my own songs. And I guess too, my love of music got me itching to produce some of my own! :) I've been sharing my music online, since 2001...I really got into it in 2004, as I started to collaborate more with other artists. I just do it for fun and for the sake of creative expression. With that said, I create for myself, first and foremost. If you like my tunes, that's cool too!! I've worked in many genres of music. I have some that are real dancers, others...more primal, passionate and or meaningful. I also have some that are just very silly and fun to sing along with! Take you're pick! I am versatile, like that.
I've had my music played on a few internet stations across the globe, have been interviewed on a few OMDs and have been featured on "The ZEST Radio Show, CKRG 89.9 FM" with Host Paul Richmond AKA ZEST. Which is a station broadcasting from Glendon Campus at York University and in Toronto Canada. Thanks ZEST & Crew!
Click here to hear a clip from one of ZEST's Radio Shows:
And a special thanks to all of those DJs out there, that remix and play out my tunes in their night club sets!! And to the folks promoting and blogging my music, thanks friends!! :)
Read some of the Reviews we've got; http://usimon.com/LowFlyinCat.htm
My Artistic Drive:
*I am not a professional on LDs, but I am dyslexic and these are MY personal experiences & findings.*
I am a Right Brained Dyslexic artist. Dyslexia is a life long condition. This world would NOT be what it is, without right brained people! Many of the great entertainers, artists, C.E.O.s, Entrepreneurs and inventors/engineers of our times are or were also, Dyslexic. There are SO many, unfair stereotypes of Dyslexic people...when many Dyslexics are in fact, of above average intelligence. There is so much more to it, then literary issues alone. With early intervention, constant practice, hard work and endless tutoring...I've overcome this part. At 6, I could barely get through a simple sentence. I realized THAT early on, that I was "different". It made me self-conscious. But with time and effort, I caught-up in reading and writing etc. I'll never forget those whom had the patience to help me learn. Now, I fully enjoy reading and writing, as you can see!
Almost every Dyslexic has the same tail to tell...now, doesn't that say something? ;) Search; "Famous People with Dyslexia" for yourself and read their stories! You'd be very surprised! And...back to the art! I Write/Perform/Produce/Mix/Master/Program/Sequence all of my music(except on collabs of course). I'm just a needle in a hay stack...in a big sea of artists fighting to get to the top. I've became content as a gritty gut bottom feeder. :D
In 2001 I became an Online Artist, starting at the original MP3.com, then onto BeSonic and Mixposure...etc, with many downloads, fan art and even fan mails asking me to send in my work to a popular radio show, to my surprise! I have been interviewed on a few OMD sites. And have had my music featured on FM Radio in Toronto Canada as well as Internet Radio Stations across the Globe! I even got a few nominations in the "International Online Music Awards" aka "The IOMA's," a few years back for best album design work for J.O. Simon and Best Drum Programmer(even though I didn't win anything, that was still very cool). I had worked hard to make a name for myself and that it has been a great feeling to be recognized for my art. It has truely charmed the sparkles out of me...since, I was basically bullied into a hole all throughout my school years. It just goes to show...when you step out of the superficial factory, the real world can be an amazing and wonderful place full of lovely people. I'm loving life and freedom of expression keeps me happy as a clam in the sand.
I try my best to express myself originally...and so I write, perform & program/produce my music from scratch(no premade loops or presets); except for more recent works...I started getting into manipulating some loops here and there, either created by myself or came with software etc...to fill out my songs a bit more. Hey, DJs and studio producers do it! :D I have also done Collaborations with many outstanding Artists from around the Globe, such as;
DJ BZERK, W.J. Plecha, J.O. Simon, Mr. Frog, Tetsuroh, ItchieCat, Axel U., SuperGirl, ASHLEY BREATHE, D-FORM, BADMOUTH, Ed Drury, Zefuldar, DJ Johnny Pickle, RedEyeC, Syngularity, ALPHA ONE OMEGA, Aloka, Drumnjon, Faunaserene, Fusion Fall Project, Procks, Michael Duran and Karmabend.
Oct. 28th 2011 was my first public performance...I've done one more since then, in April 2012. I was asked to come along by a local performance artist, that wanted to showcase some of my work.
+ I sing everywhere I go! Does that count? I just can't help myself...especially when I am super happy. It's a major release, y'all!
Well, a few of my favorites are:
Anything ever released by Underground Construction Music and Dance Works, Ralphie Rosario, CZR, Tanya Tagaq, DJ Quicksilver, Darude, Hot Butter, Mighty Dub Katz, Cajmere, Poogie Bear & Mark V, DJ Markski, DJ Funk, Fast Eddie, DJ Dan, Vinylshakerz, DJ Keoki, DJ Youri, DJ Mystik, Massive Attack, Muttonheads, Alex Peace, Kevin Halsted, Bad Boy Bill, To Kool Chris, Bobby D, Depsh Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, Rihanna, The Bloodhound Gang, Tiga, Felix da Housecat, Brooklyn Bounce, Gigi D'Agostino, David Guetta, Divine, Ru Paul, Dance 2 Trance, Who Da Funk, Plastikman, Sin with Sebastians, Emenem, Usher, Peggy Lee, Sneaker Pimps, Stacy Q, Hot Butter, La Bouche, Faithless, Pamp, Paul Van Dyk, Mouse T, 2LiveKrew, House of Pain, Cyprus Hill, Fiona Apple, Jewel, Alanis Morreset, Notorious B.I.G., Duce, Artie the One Man Party, Effiel65, Planet Soul, The Fugees, ATC, The Outhere Brothers, The Jungle Brothers, Beastie Boys, Dirty Vegas, Moby, Pop Tarts, NIN, Mannequin, Marilyn Manroe, Marilyn Manson, Amanda Lepore, Kelis, Madonna, Bjork, Everything but the Girl, TLC, Eurythmics, Rednex, Dead or Alive, Missy Elliot, Timbaland, (Old Skool)Snoop Dog & Dr. Dre, Devil Doll, Michael Jackson, Benny Goodmen, Frank Sanatra, Taco, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Ray Charles, Elton John, Yanni, Danny Elfman, Harmony Nights, Robert Miles, Adele, Basement Jaxx, Plastikman, Jia Peng Fang, Joe Firecrow, Robbie Robertson and The Red Road Ensemble Music, New Order, Fischerspooner, Benny Benassi, Sex Krazed Superstars, Fat Boy Slim, Music Instructor, Musto & Bones, KRS-One, Blondie, Imperial Teen, Paul Oakenfold, Run D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins, Freestyle, Watergate, Daft Punk, Stardust, Orbital, The Orb, Lady GaGa, Alice DeeJay, The Chemical Brothers, ATB, The Crystal Method, Juno Reactor, Lords of Acid, Capton Hollywood, Culture Beat, N-Trance, Snap, Nightcrawlers, Haddaway, Reel 2 Real, The Prodigy, The Thompson Twins, Afrika Bambaataa, Thrill Kill Kult, Ministry, Tom Waits, Rob Zombie, Gillette, Roula & 20 Fingers, Beck, Candy Dulfer, Herb Alpert, Sade, Enigma, Phil Collins, Elton John, Paul Hardcastle, Ramsey Louis, Colors in Motion, Simply Red, Boney James, Reactable, Velva, Traditional Slovak Folk Songs...I can go on and on...Music, I adore thee!!
Mostly, I listen to allot of Electronica. Mainly...Old Skool House Music of any kind(love Progressive, Euro, Tribal, Latin & Chicago Hard/Hip House and Booty House the best). As well as 90's Dance, Trip-Hop, Goa & Acid Trance, Hard & Acid Techno, Hardcore, Breaks, Old Skool & Dark Electro, World, Chinese Opera, Kabuki, New Age, Ethnic, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Classical, Musicals, Industrial, Experimental, and a hint of Old Skool Hip-Hop, Blues, Pop, Opera & Alternative. Basically anything with a big beat, cool grove and multi-rhythms that keep me moving! I also enjoy songs that take me away or are just nice to listen to.
Both Software & Hardware/Mind & Soul
My Mind, My Voice, My Heart, Jaw Harp, Didgeridoo, Wooden Flute, Shaker, Jingle Stick, CASIO CTK-611 Synth/Keyboard w/midi + Drum Pads, Various Microphones, Mixer, Software Sequencers & Step Sequencers etc.
Now for some Philosophy of my own(some of these came from my experience as a Dyslexic):
"One does not ride a bike, but uses his own body to propel himself into motion."
"I can not gain experience from a book of words which I can not relate."
"Sometimes I feel like a Tuna in a Shark Tank."
"Primitive education for the dyslexic; Is like having your wrists bound with a
million encyclopedias and thrown into a large body of water. You are expected not to
sink, and to come out on the other end prosperous and without damage. If a struggle were to arise along the way...they would toss in a few life savers. Which are old, chapped and only partially inflated."
"A degree does not always equal smarts...common sense triumphs."
"There is no course for intelligence. It's a natural blessing, that is enhanced with age. If it could be learned, the world might be better off."
"Time is a great teacher, it never stops...until the batteries run down."
"Creativity can not be taught nor learned, only technique...which will only broaden the artist's horizons."
"Eyebrows frame thee eyes, as thee eyes frame thee heart."
"Love is like a flower, a beautiful thing...though whence it wilts, is a sad sight to see."
"The heart is not a game to be played, but a gift to receive."
"A muse is like a little butterfly. It will only come to you, when you least expect it...and you will appreciate it more, then if you were to chase after it."
"I view politics, as I would a coin. I can appreciate the work of both sides...none better then the other. And heads or tails, is all but a game...there is no sense in taking a side, when it's 'up in thee air'."
"Why scribble your way through life? Pick up a paint brush and go to town!!"
"Great thoughts come from moments of solitude."
"Open your mind, not your hands."
And too...I love and am strongly inspired by Buddhist philosophy. :)
I also love vintage Lawn Flamingos...preferably, "Featherstone's". They are so pink and wonderful! HaHaHa