Equipment used in the Astrotek music studio:
- FocusRite Scarlett 18i20
- Adam A7X Reference Monitors + Sub7 with Boss FS-5L foot switch to toggle sub on/off
- Ableton Live 9 with Push
- Akai APC40mk2, Max49, and MPD32 midi controllers
- Moog Little Phatty
- Moog Sub Phatty
- Novation Ultranova
- Access Virus TI2 Desktop
- Traktor Kontrol F1
- A ton of specialized VST plugins like Waves L3, Omnisphere, Trilian, Predator, and Nexus
It was the early 1990's. I started listening to and making electronic music at a very young age with childhood friend and musical prodigy Josh Barnett (aka "Darkhalo).
Josh and I tought ourselves how to compose music using a method called "tracking", and we would trade our beats back and forth on floppy disks.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's I was heavily inspired by chiptune music and demoscene musicians such as Purple Motion and Skaven from Future Crew, a group from Scandinavia that made and distributed demos to show off their art, music, and coding abilities.
Around the turn of the millenium, I was moved by trance musicians such as Chicane, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, and Paul Van Dyk, but recently, it has been Above & Beyond and other artists from the Anjunabeats and Armada record labels who have been the most influential.
Making and sharing electronic music is my lifelong passion. I put a lot of time and energy into my music and I am constantly working to improve its sound. For example, The Road (Original Mix) took over 120 hours from start to finish and contains over 35 tracks of original musical score, each with any number of custom volume, panning, and effects automations. It's my hope that you can feel the emotional energy and appreciate the time that has gone into each Astrotek track.
It's my dream to someday be able to work collaboratively with my favorite musicians--those who have inspired me most.
I aim at pushing the envelope of professionalism and quality in making and sharing Astrotek music.
In support of filesharing and net neutrality, Astrotek music has always been free.