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Gender : Male

Birthday : July 26, 1984

Occupation : Civil Engineer

Location : Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

School : University of TN, Chattanooga (Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States)

Education : College graduate

Smoker : Yes

Drinker : Yes

Favorite bands :
Yes, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Skrillex, Bassnectar
Favorite guitarists :
Steve Howe, Steve Vai
Favorite bassists :
Chris Squire, Oteil Burbridge
Favorite books :
The Rest is Noise, How Music Works, Musicophilia, Revolution in the Head, Songbook, Lords of Chaos, White Bicycles
Favorite tv :
American Idol, MTV Unplugged, Soul Train, Glee, 106 & Park, VH1 Behind the Music
Favorite movies :
This is Spinal Tap, The Blues Brothers, Ray, Walk the Line, Amadeus, Saturday Night Fever, The Doors
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About jslivingston

Being a Dubstep Maker is the Hardest and Most Rewarding Hobby

I went from loving psychedelic and progressive rock towards entertaining other complex genres such as dubstep. There's so much going on in dubstep that if you took the time to analyze it, you'd notice more triplets and sixlets than you would in a jazz song! If only they'd use some alternate time signatures I'd be all in.

Well, the truth is I'm already all in, but not professionally. I am, however, making dubstep songs as a hobby in my down time. It's pretty fun to stick to basic pop song structures instead of worrying about progressive rock medleys and crazy amounts of instrumentation. Sticking to drums, bass, and a glitch or two is fun. It's all about making the most unique and complex music instead of trying to communicate a certain emotional message through the composition.

It actually started for me in late college. I had a friend who asked me to make him a few rap beats for an EP, and I agreed. This opened my eyes to computer MIDI production more than live instruments and I started tinkering around. That's when I was introduced to Skrillex and Bassnectar by another friend and that was a wrap. I started trying to emulate those guys and become a dubstep maker myself. I started hunting for tutorials online, found a few, collected the tools I needed, including plugins and a couple pieces of new hardware, and I was off to the races.

Now, fast-forwarding by a couple of years, and I have at least 20 different dubstep songs under my belt. They aren't anything amazing and they aren't grouped into an album or any official release. I didn't even upload them to Soundcloud. But I do keep the mp3's on my phone and enjoy them in the car on my way to and from work. I like listening to my own music for some reason. I know a lot of people don't. What else could touch me than my own representation of my feelings?

Of course I still play in my prog-rock band and write plenty of other styles. But I'm definitely understanding why people like dubstep. It's not just random noise. You have to give it a shot and hear how wonderfully complex the best of the best guys do it.

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