When have you started creating music and why?
How did you compose your music and what style do you prefer?
I the year 1991 my best friend introduced a program called Soundtracker to me at the age of 12. I was addicted to electronic music since the age of 4, and I was always a creative mind, so I started playing around with sounds on Soundtracker. Soundtracker was the first known tracker on the Amiga 500, which was the best computer back then. That was the time when Commodore, the manufactorer of C16, C64 and Amiga, was really big before it disappeared and was being replaced by PC. After a whle there was a successor of Soundtracker called Noisetracker, and shortly after that another successor appeared, called Protracker. That was my DAW for years until 1997. And it wasn’t bad, I almost signed a contract with A&R FAX Records at the age of 14 and got invited in their studio, but it never happened because I wasn’t persistent enough for getting this contract. I thought the lack of sound quality would always be there as long as I create music on Amiga, otherwise I would have had signed for sure. By the way, the music I made back then was primarely Techno. Meanwhile I tried Cubase and using Hardware gear in a musician’s workshop on Atari ST, but that was absolutely not the way I would like to create music. It’s way too awkward working with it. So in 1997 I finally switched to PC, because Commodore wasn’t anymore and I didn’t want to continue creating music in a limited sound quality with only 4 tracks. Luckily there was a successor on PC called Fasttracker, which was my DAW for exactly 6 weeks. It was exactly the same like Protracker on Amiga, but without the limitation of 4 tracks. Suddenly even a single instrument took much more memory space than a whole song made with Protracker. But finally I was able to work with the number of tracks I needed. The reason why I only worked about 6 weeks with Fasttracker was because my PC only worked for 6 weeks, then one part after another fell apart, nothing worked right anymore, so I gave up and didn’t want to be a PC user anymore. I didn’t like PCs anyway, I was a Commodore user. I was that frustrated when it comes to my PC, that I completely stopped creating music.I couldn’t imagine going back to Protracker with only 4 tracks and a limited sound quality. 11 years later in the year 2008 my relationship to my girl back then has ended and I needed something for distraction, so a friend of mine introduced Skaletracker to me, which was an unfinished freeware Fasttracker clone, so I started creating something with it. Time went by and I wanted to get better in every aspect, but Skaletracker had too many limitations. You couldn’t use VSTs and many functions weren’t working, because Skaletracker was unfinished. Luckily at this point Renoise was recommended to me, that was in the year 2011 (In the thread “How did you meet Renoise?” I wrote 2012, but I guess that’s wrong, because I’ve found some tracks on my hard disk from 2011 which obviously were made in 2011 with Renoise). Since then I’m a happy Renoise user and finally everything I’ve always wanted is there. Now I can use VSTs, I can use as many tracks as I need and I can drop a beat as fast as before, because Renoise is a tracker with advanced possibilities. And a tracker is much more intuitive than anything else, it’s very easy to handle. But not only the DAW changed, my music style, too. Since 10 years I prefer creating Elektro and since round about one year I also create Synthwave. Thanks to Renoise (yes, and a little bit to my skills, too) I even have got an official release on a french Elektro label called Ukonx Recordings. And I’m absolutely not a pro! There’s absolutely not enough time to even think about becoming more professional. From 2013 until 2018 I also had to stop creating music because there was no time (self-employment isn’t easy). Music is just a hobby and will ever be, but a big one.
So that’s my story. What about you?