Friday, January 31, 2014

"dane cook ruined my lost beats: 2003-2005"

back in 2003-2005, when was still paying for plays and rappers were buying beats from anonymous internet producers for hundreds of dollars, "tagging" your beats was a thing - putting either a "vocal tag" saying stuff like "HOTBEATZ.COM - BEATS FOR SALE" or whatever - so someone would have to pay you to send them the beat without the tags.

Also, in 2003-2005, i was depressed, and partially blamed that on spending too much time digging through records and making beats.  so...i deleted...a LOT of beats.  some i had burnt on cds or sent people and stuff that i managed to get back, but i'd estimate about 250 of them were gone, forever.

Most of them are still gone, but i recently came across someone rapping on one of the ones from that era i thought was gone.  To my amazement, he had at least 10 I thought were gone forever - with one catch - at the time, I had randomly put dane cook stand up to "tag" them and prevent anyone from using them without my sending the untagged version.

i put what I consider the best stuff toward the front - the first 10, for whatever its worth, are personal classics to me.  but...theyre not great quality mp3s and have dane cook, so for that reason i'm just uploading it to mediafire, no cover art or anything. 

here's one more on soundcloud:

and here's the whole thing for anyone who wants to hear it (i added a few at the end that weren't lost, but seem to fit in).

Monday, January 20, 2014


a few people asked for them, now they're here and you can buy em through the hectic zeniths bandcamp.

buy one before its too late!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

what to expect in 2014

hope everyones having a good start to the new year. here's what to expect from Hectic Zeniths in 2014:

-long overdue hectic zeniths t-shirts! (they actually were printed a few weeks ago but there was a minor setback, should be putting them up for sale within the next month).  the logo looks awesome.

-putting up a new song w/ artwork on bandcamp a few days before valentine's day.  i made it for my girlfriend.  i like it a lot.  i hope you like it.

-hoping we can finish this 4 song hectic zeniths/sketch lightly collaborative EP and put it up by the end of the year.  it sounds pretty different than anything else i've done (almost entirely composed from field recordings).  i love it. 

-lastly, here's a progress update on whats up with the next full album:
 one of my goals in 2013 was to have 30 piano ideas for HZ II.  (why 30? seemed like a good number to be able to scrap the ones that arent as strong and have enough for an 1 full album plus an EP or LP of b-sides/outtakes.)  i don't know when i will be able to practice and record them in a studio and start turning them into new songs, but...I do have 30 piano ideas for it.  i've been writing them on music paper this time instead of just trying to memorize everything.  also got a new turntable in 2013,  did my first record dig for the album, and chopped/saved samples from most of it.  in 2014 i will be a bit occupied with going back to school [again] and trying to change careers, but finishing writing all the piano parts i plan to record was a huge step forward.  maybe i'll get with the times and finally get an iphone to do instagram updates once in a while so this page doesn't become too dead in 2015-2016 when i'm working on the album.