Artist stories

Artist Feature: Gabriel Gassi

Posted Nov. 16, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

Gabriel kick-started his passion for urban/R&B and pop productions with a lego-like building music program at the age of 10, alongside playing drums to quench his other thirst as a youngster in rock and punk bands. A 'chameleon' is an apt description for this multi-skilled music maker, citing influences as diverse as Lil Durk, Justin Bieber and Tory Lanez. Gabriel spent years studying, shape shifting and translating the sounds from his vivid imagination, across a myriad of genres, to live instruments and remixes for outside successful Swedish performers, bringing out their inner artist and winning respected acclaim for his work.

Gabriel's new single Rosebud explores a seductive mix of minimalism, feel-good frequencies, hooky, monotone vocals and wistful lyrics. Here's Gabriel's thoughts on Rosebud:
 

"I wrote this song during a time when I didn't have a lot of money. I escaped into the world of video games, finding cheat codes to at least make my virtual life more extra."


With his armour of strong songs, production and live stage skill set, Gabriel Gassi is set to make waves on a whole new level in the future. We got a chance to talk to Gabriel before he's out making those waves, about his use of Reason and approach to music-making.
 

Congratulations on your new single release! Lots of Reason users have had the chance to dissect it already since it's included as a demo song in Reason Lite. Any big differences comparing the Reason demo song to the released single version?

Nothing major, the essential parts from the song are still there! A few adjustments in terms of, like, changing some drum sounds in the new version.

How do you get started with a new song? What sparks your creativity?

To get started I click File > New in Reason and everything that happens after that is beyond my control! Just kidding – but seriously, getting started with a new song and what sparks my creativity vary a lot, for better or worse. It often depends on what state I’m in; if I’m happy or sad, if I have homework or if my cat wants to cuddle or not. When I’m happy, the source for inspiration can be literally anything from a movie soundtrack to a dog on the street happening to bark in a specific note that perfectly fits the chords I’m playing on my keyboard. When I’m low I tend to focus on, and thus get my inspiration from, self-lived events such as breakups or being broke. I wrote ’Rosebud’ during a time when I had literally no money.

What's the best music-making tip you ever got?

Work minimalistic, clean up unnessesary sounds and give extra love to the elements that really play important parts in your song!

How did you start out making music? How did it all begin?

It all began with an easter egg hunt. As every year in my and my little brother’s childhood, we searched high and low for candy-stuffed easter eggs, hid by our parents.

This year when I was ten, instead of candy in my easter egg I got this music program called Hip Hop eJay, where you built your own songs out of loops. It was a little bit like building with LEGO bricks. Few years later I got Reason, in which I could advance my beat making to a more unique level. To this day I still make my music in Reason. And I still use loops a lot.

What are your tips for new producers wanting to start out making music?

If you have never produced before and you want to start out making music, don’t be afraid to dive right into your music-making program on your own terms, rather than learning from tutorials made by others. I’m not saying tutorials aren’t the way to learn how to produce – they can be great for learning tricks that otherwise maybe wouldn’t have come to our attention – I’m just saying that if you are open to in your own way, in your own tempo and with your own preferences explore this music program you’re about to work with, I think the chances for you to really develop a unique producer ID will increase.

Favorite thing about Reason?

That it always moves forward without changing its past. When I started out with Reason it had no proper audio handling and was based on midi and sampling. Today Reason has both audio editing and VST plugin support– and my old favorite samplers NN–XT and Dr. Rex are still there! As an artist striving to create modern pop music with a feel of nostalgia to it – juggling between today’s and yesterday’s tools and sounds is just what I need in my music-making.

What’s happening next for you?

I’m finishing up some more demos – and maybe it’s time for an EP or a debut album? Don’t really wanna give away too much right now but will have some real bangers for you soon! Or maybe just a bunch of selfies.

Favorite music right now?

Everything from PC Music.


Follow Gabriel on Instagram, Facebook, Soundcloud.
 

Listen to the new single Rosebud:

Posted Nov. 16, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

Blog

Join the #ReasonCompact music-making Challenge

Posted Nov. 2, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

 
We’ve teamed up with Allihoopa to bring you a #ReasonCompact music challenge. The lucky winners will get their music featured on Allihoopa and a promo code that unlocks all the advanced features of Reason Compact.
 

Follow these steps to join:

• Open Reason Compact
• Make some music
• Drop to Allihoopa with #ReasonCompact tag in the description

It's that easy!
 
Enter before November 11 for a chance to win! Propellerhead and Allihoopa staff will select their favorite pieces.
 

Haven't got Reason Compact yet? Download it for free!

Recently featured as Apple’s “App of the Day”, Reason Compact is an amazing-sounding powerful synth right at your fingertips. Go from download to downbeat in seconds with intuitive controls and helpful tutorials.
 

 
Need some inspiration? Jumpstart your creativity and listen to what other Reason Compact music makers are creating!
 
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Allihoopa is a social music making network that brings all of us, everyone, together for a free and open exchange of music pieces, ideas and people, all united in “doing music” just for the sake of it. Learn more.
 

 

Posted Nov. 2, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

Tutorials

Watch: The Making of Jarren Benton's "Don't Need You"

Posted Oct. 30, 2018, 12:54 p.m.


 

With 1.8 million views on YouTube, it's safe to say that the music video for Jarren Benton's "Don't Need You" is a huge hit. We caught up with Reason powered producer Kato on the Track and he sent us this video where he breaks down how he came up with the beat for "Don't Need You" and how he produced it, all in Reason.
 


 

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Crew

Rent-to-Own Rack Extension Plugins

Posted Oct. 24, 2018, noon

I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new payment option called Rent-to-Own.

Designed to be easier and more affordable than ever, it's my hope that it enables you to balance your budget with your music making dreams. For just $9.99 per month/product, you can rent top-selling Rack Extensions—with every payment going towards owning them outright. Plus you can cancel anytime or pause payments for as long as you want—interest-free.

Happy music-making from Lukas and Propellerheads!

Learn more

Posted Oct. 24, 2018, noon

Artist stories

Artist Feature: Iglooghost

Posted Oct. 18, 2018, 7:41 a.m.


Irish producer Seamus Malliagh makes electronic music under the moniker Iglooghost. Signed to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label at the mere age of 18, he released his first Chinese Nü Yr EP in 2015. Following that with his debut album Neō Wax Bloom in 2017. Iglooghost now picks up the storyline from the debut album with a setting that takes place 3000 years prior to the events occuring in Neō Wax Bloom. We caught up with Iglooghost to talk a bit about his music making and what role Reason plays in that.

You recently released two new EPs, "Clear Tamei" and "Steel Mogu". Congratulations to that, they sound great! Could you tell us a bit about the process that went into creating those?

It was fun! I made it because I was still really excited from making Neō Wax Bloom and I wanted to tie up a few loose ends I felt needed addressing in the storyline, and also because I wanted to have a tiny bit more fun with a similar sound pallet before moving on with the next big project.



How did you start out making music? How did it all begin?

I always used to make fake album covers and packaging and characters and tracklists when I was younger but didn't know how to make music. All that stuff came way before I figured out how to do things on a computer. I had real bad dyspraxia as a kid so I could never figure out how to play drums or guitar or anything no matter how hard I tried hahaha.

How do you get started with a new song? Do you always start with the beat? Or does melodies and progressions come first?

It changes. I always imagine it in my head before I make it so I usually start creating it with the most prevelant sound in my head.
 

"Make the stuff you are annoyed doesn't exist yet!"


What are your tips for new producers wanting to start out making music?

I say this a lot but it's just because I wish someone told me this when I was like 14. Make the stuff you are annoyed doesn't exist yet! You ever spend tons of time lurking YouTube and 4chan for some really specific dream combination of sounds that you invented in your head? Just make it yourself if you can't find it! Make your weird math-rock/memphis cassette trap/prepared dulcimer/chamber choir hybrid thing that's only existent in your brain.

Favorite thing about Reason?

I love how easy it is to manipulate audio files! I stretch stuff so much using the alt key and then hit quantize to turn it into a weird groove. It works so quick and I always find something really unexpected inside things I've dragged in.



Name three of your favorite artists!

It always changes but right now I've been listening to a lot of Kelly Moran, Nico Muhly, and Bhad Bhabie.

Follow Iglooghost on Instagram, Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook.

Photo by Daisy Emily Warne

Posted Oct. 18, 2018, 7:41 a.m.