NEW SONG – “Get Your Kicks” by Roxton Fone

My Latest Song

Hello everyone! I’m happy to be writing a new blog post for the first time in a while. I was busy making this track and some others for a new album I call “Cruelty Free”

This track started out with the drum beat. Some of you might recognize the OP-1 synthesizer, from Teenage Engineering. I’ve used the stock drum sound called “Maple” (If I remember right).

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The OP-1 Synthesizer

Well, funny story: There was a blackout a while back where I live. I don’t have a cell phone and during blackouts, there is absolutely nothing to do. So, I pulled out my OP-1 (Because it runs on batteries) and worked out this drum beat out of pure boredom. The next day I thought wow, that’s not bad! So I recorded that, onto my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

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Cakewalk is the name of the DAW I’m using

The Bass line is what Bob Ross would call a “Happy accident” in that it was not what I intended but just sorta happened. It’s played with a Keyboard controller through some Bass guitar VST on my computer. I had an idea in mind, but it just wasn’t working. Then I started moving the MIDI notes around with my mouse, pretty randomly I must say, played it back and thought, wow, I don’t know what I did, but I’m saving this, and won’t touch it ever again. Everything else came after that.

Visit my Spotify or Apple Music page for more music 🙂

I review my own song: “Ears On You” [Funk Rock]

I made this a few years back, but I only released it recently.  I get a sense that this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a more mainstream rock form in that it has a chorus, verses, a solo and even a pre-chorus, which is something I’ve always liked in other musician’s songs, but had difficulty reproducing in my own music.  The pre-chorus is the sort of build up,  a bridge if you will, making the transition between the verse and until the chorus.

I would call this style: Funk Rock.  Primarily because of two elements: The drum beat and the funky wah guitar.  You may be reminded of Red Hot Chili Peppers or Jane’s addiction (But that could also be just in my mind).  I’ve also heard from a fan that it has an 80s vibe, due in part by the synthesizer solo in the middle I would guess.

I was inspired to make this (and this is supported by the lyrics) by the sampling trend in the 90s.  Artists like Beck took drum breaks from little known songs, and layered their own music on top (That is very true of his song “looser”).  A lot of the time the end result was danceable, funky, heavy.  When I started listening to these, I became transfixed.  Maybe it’s because my primary instrument is the drums, in any case those break beats really spoke to me.  In this song I don’t use samples (Because copyrights) but I try to replicate the funky, heavy beat of those days.

I’m a solo artist, and so I write and play all the instruments your hear.  I also produce everything myself, and this includes mixing and mastering.

The vocals are run through an instrument called a Leslie amp, which is a mechanical revolving speaker essentially.  It gives the vocals a vibrating feel.  But don’t get too excited, Leslie amplifiers can get pretty expensive, so I only have the software version: a plugin which imitates the real thing.

The song is part of an 8 song album called “Cross Talk” released in January of  2019.

“Cross Talk” Album on:

Bandcamp

Spotify

itunes