Okay, here we are. This is the new Kniteforce website, and the first thing you will notice is the picture of the Death Star. I chose this image for a number of reasons.
1. Kniteforce has always had a certain attachment to Star Wars type stuff.
2. A new website can be intimidating, so I asked myself, what could be more reassuring than a gigantic evil planet destroying space station?
3. This site is a bit like the Death Star. It is fully functioning, but incomplete. And it has a grumpy old guy running it (me).
So yeah. What we have so far is a new MP3 store, with every release from KFA, KFX, KF Digital, Kniteforce, Malice, Remix Records, and Knitebreed. There are also a number of the rare and obscure releases, but that section is not complete. And none of the drum’n'bass labels are up yet.
All the MP3s have been checked by me, which means there will no doubt be a few mistakes, ha ha! But for the most part, each one has been boosted to maximum volume and had the dead air trimmed from the beginning and end to make it better for cueing up. Each has been correctly named, had high quality artwork and even had bpm’s added. No other online store has the KF owned MP3s like this. Additionally, certain MP3s have been bought back to their original glory – most notably, the original version of Piano Progression (KF025) has had its intro restored – that got lost years ago and it is very glad to be back. And Dj Hams “Higher / And Higher” is now two different tracks, instead of both tracks being the same.
Another thing – KFA52 Executive Edition is now for sale in the Executive Edition section. And KFX 7 is on its way in the next few weeks…along with KFA53 and 54. Executive Editions will only be online for a week to ten days from now on. After that, the “main” tracks will go onto the KFA section, and the bonus tracks will not be available again.
Other than that, check out the Merchandise section. There are 3 new T-shirt designs, my book “How To Squander Your Potential” in both paperback and ebook formats, and a few other little goodies. I will be adding to the merchandise section as time goes by, including a couple of new mix CDs and other (as yet unconfirmed) awesomeness.
Still to be added to the website:-
Mixes to download
Samples / arrangements / rex files to download
Hall Of Fame
People seem to like my writing, so I decided I would start writing a little more often for the site in the Essays section. Might have to come up with a more exciting name though – essays sound like hard work. Sometimes they will be about the hardcore scene and my experiences in it, and other times it will just be general observations on life itself. I might also take a huge and ridiculously stupid risk and try to do a monthly review of hardcore tunes that are not from my label. With any luck, I wont upset too many people lol. I also want to add tutorials, but that will take a little time to organize, so bear with me on that.
The Hall Of Fame section is going to be about tunes from the past that really ought to have been given more praise – tracks that literally changed the face of Hardcore. Have a think of ones you think should go in there and email me your suggestions. I can think of three offhand – SMD1, Toytown and Shooting Star, but of course there are many more. And bear in mind that this is not a “tunes that I like” thing, its a “tunes that have made a huge difference in the hardcore scene” thing. I think it would be nice to have a hardcore Hall Of Fame, and I also think hardcore needs one. And I will try to make it non biased, and collect interviews from those involved in the making of the tracks etc etc. If nothing else, it should be a laugh.
Okay, that’s way to much information for the first blog post, but there will be more coming…
Can I ask you all to have a nose around the site, email me if there are any obvious mistakes or problems, add reviews to tracks, and (obviously) spend loads and loads of money, ha ha!
Chris / Luna-C