New Blog Post 2013

Okay, heres a blog post.

 

Long overdue, and I am sorry for that. However, its been strange for me recently. Those who know me personally, or who follow me closely, will probably know that for the last few years, probably from Supaset 8 onward, I have been struggling with hardcore. I go through periods where I simply don’t feel like making it, and that is natural for all artists I think. I almost posted that I was going to quit a few times, but never have because I know myself well enough to know that as soon as I do that, I will want to make some hardcore. And I don’t want to be that “Im leaving, after these 3 tours” person, and I especially don’t want to be the “You know I said I was leaving? Well, I changed my mind and I am back!” person.

 

So to set your minds at ease, this is not an “Im not making hardcore anymore” blog.

 

Having said that, I haven’t made any hardcore since the last remix I did on the box set, which was October? September? I don’t know. Usually, I swing from wanting to do it to not wanting to do it over a few months, but this time there has been no swing. I have simply not had any desire to make hardcore. At all. Or D’n’B. Or Gabber. Or any of the music that I feel I have mastered.

 

There are a number of reasons for this. The main one for me is that I like a challenge, and I don’t feel there is one for me in this music anymore. I haven’t felt like there was a challenge since…umm….probably F.M.E.S, where the sheer enormous amount of editing was a pleasure in itself because of how ludicrous and difficult it was to do. My personality has always been one that looks for the most difficult thing to do, and then does it. Hence me choosing Hung Gar as a martial art – one which has no grading system except to say that if you train it for 25 years, you will be “competent” ha ha (I have been doing it for nearly 15 years, and am still rubbish at it lol). Or trying to make hardcore that touches extreme places. Or anything really. Kniteforce itself was a label created because I wanted to be one of the big hardcore labels that I loved. It was an enormous challenge, but I did that – for a while it was the biggest hardcore label.

Most people in the music industry strive to be successful, and many measure success in sales or fame. Smart Es gave me that at the beginning of my career, so that stopped being something I wanted long ago. That aspect of the music – breaking out, making a name for myself, being famous? It doesn’t interest me. I almost wish it did, because it would really be difficult to do in this day and age.

 

Current hardcore does not challenge me. I don’t mean this arrogantly. There are certainly things I haven’t done – like write a big vocally modern 4×4 anthem for example. But I have written anthems such as Six Days, and while the modern scene is very different, in essence it is the same thing.

I also don’t mean to imply that I have mastered all the studio techniques as a producer. I certainly haven’t. I cant make my tracks sound as gammery as Gammer, for example. There are a million types of studio cleverness that I can’t do.

Still, that has never been the bit that interested me. The best producers and engineers out there are fascinated by, and love to work with, all the new production techniques. Me? I don’t give a shit about that side of things. I know I should, but I don’t. My interest is in the musical aspect, the sound, the melody, and of course the idea. I don’t really care enough about what you can do with the sound, how you can compress it, or what filters produce a louder track etc etc. unless it directly effects the music in a tangible way.

 

Much of modern hardcore is focused on making music that sounds good in the club. It has always been that way I suppose, but from where I stand, it seems nowadays the scene is filled with a great number of brilliant produced, beautifully made tracks. And majority of them are musically boring. Occasionally I will hear one that I admire, but its like one or two a year.

 

Now, I am not slating the music at all. I think maybe I have just outgrown it, or I am just too old, or I have just been in the scene too long so have seen it repeat itself again and again. For example, “breakbeat” hardcore is in vogue. Again. For the..hmm…8th time since old skool? And I would love to make something truly different and release it…its just…how? Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING I make, I have done before. Whether I make something 140bpm or 220bpm, kick drum or breakbeat, dark or light, vocal or underground, rip off or original….I have already done it. There is no challenge.

 

On top of that, I don’t want to put out music I don’t love, or music on autopilot, or music for the sake of it. I don’t want to make another rip off Supaset. Its a point of pride with me that I always push forward with each Supaset…but you cant push forward when all you see ahead is the same well trodden path.

 

On the other hand, I have recently been having the most pleasurable time in the studio since the early years of Kniteforce making other music. Music using live instruments, and writing songs and lyrics, and (be afraid) singing. That sort of thing. It is the most difficult thing I have ever tried to do. It is terrifying, it is writing my soul into music and then putting out there for everyone to throw stones at. With hardcore, I know exactly what to do and how to do it. With this, I have no idea what I am doing or how to achieve any of it. It is thrilling, challenging, and scary, and I am very happy with the 5 or 6 tracks I have written so far.

 

Most of you may not want to hear about that, because the reason you come to this site is for hardcore or old skool. I understand – I really do. I hate it when an artist I like says something like “My new album is really different” because the reason I like that artist is for what he does, not something else. But what can I do? This is where I am at personally, musically, and everythingally lol.

 

So its a bit of a problem. One I have no immediate answer for. Still, I couldn’t just say nothing and leave the site with no information or anything. All of you have supported me for years sometimes decades, and its just disrespectful to those of you who have been so fantastic and loyal, apart from anything else.

 

And I am certainly not ruling out making more hardcore in the future. That might be soon, it might not. All I know is I have to feel it before I can do it, and right now, I am not feeling it.

 

So here is what is happening, 100% definitely. Everything else is up in the air…

 

I have a new KFA release coming out at the end of March by Empyreal. It is an unusual release, very musical, very impressive. I will put up clips as soon as I have finalized the release.

And I intend to release more stuff on KFA, if I get something that impresses me as much as Empyreal’s stuff.

 

I am working on this other music until I no longer want to do that. That might be a few months, or it might be from now until I die, with me never coming back to hardcore. I don’t know. I will be releasing the new music under a never before used moniker, and I probably wont tell anyone hardcore related about it. I wont be posting clips on Souncloud, or links on Facebook. I feel like what I am doing is so different to what I used to do that it needs to come from a new place. I don’t want my history and what I am known for to be confused, or to help it or to hinder it. And I want to make this music work without using the hardcore fan base I have. Maybe thats selfish? I don’t know. But there it is.

 

I have a gig in Toronto at the end of March. This will be the last hardcore set I will be doing for a while. I will still play old skool sets if I am booked for them, but I don’t have a new Supaset, I haven’t started work on one, and I don’t want to play the old ones anymore. I feel like if I continue to take gigs for modern hardcore and continue to play older Supaset tracks, then thats just sad. Sad for me, not exciting for those that love what I do with hardcore, and also, not helpful to a scene which already has a fair number of lazy bastards coasting on old glories lol.

 

I have a few mixes I will put up as podcasts in the near future, but those will also wait until if and when I feel like doing them again.

 

 

I know that this is not the blog post many of you would want to read. Believe me, after how well the Box Set did, I would love to be cashing in on it and putting out loads of new exciting hardcore and making a new Supaset etc etc – that would be wonderful. But I’m not feeling it, and cant do that at the moment. Until I feel I have something new and exciting to put on the table, I am just going to have to wait and see.

 

Nice one,

 

Chris / Luna-C

 

PS 24 hour half price sale, to take the sting out of this blog 😉

27 Responses to New Blog Post 2013

  1. Will (phatmann) February 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Congratulations Chris!
    Writing what you love is always the biggest challenge & always the best choice. I’m sure the tracks will be successful & well made & I look forward to randomly coming across them some day.
    Best of luck!

  2. Tariq February 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Hi Chris, have you heard any of the Future Jungle or NuSkool tunes of late? There’s some really great stuff out there, possibly you may like some of it

    Tariq

  3. Dave Elusive Birch February 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    All the best mate, we all fucking love you & all you’ve done for the scene

  4. Alkivar February 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    I suggest you start making Polka music…
    It’ll probably take you a couple years to get good with an accordian and then sky’s the limit 😛

    No one cares what genre you make, as long as you continue to make wacky and wonderful music, just like you have for years. I look forward to buying your music for the next 20 years.

    Cheers!

  5. Paul February 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Glad to hear you are following your (he)art and not boring yourself to tears!

    I’m a bit sad to hear that you’ll be keeping your new work on the DL – hopefully we’ll get some clues at some point 🙂

  6. Marco Polo February 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Fair play to that, the best thing I did was quit full time DJing & producing 5 years ago and I now run my own online retail shop and modify cars and show them at various shows across the UK.

    I have Never looked back and happier than ever, its not that you have lost your love of music, I still have my complete studio in boxes gathering dust, I do set it up now and again and make a track or 2 then put it away as im not satisfied anymore

    the drug your ego was living on has lost its effect, time to find the new high for your life

  7. Dair February 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Fair play chris. – you’ve always been one of the most inspiring musical people in my whole world of music and knowing you personally i respect the path your taking and wish you well. I know what ever you do you will be good at it if you look at your past in any way so hats off. You’ll always be a hardcore legend with countless anthems that had inspired people all over the world even in such tiny places as perth. You’ll all ways be a legend. Cheers Chris – would still like to keep in touch brother – ive had illnesses and life happenings that have made it hard recently – but i wish you well. Peace n love no matter what you do you’ll always be ready to rumble

  8. sanjay February 26, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    This totally sounds great to me.
    Really cool blogpost and fully comprehensible.

    I’d be keen to hear the new stuff anyway.

  9. Nav February 26, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    What specifically have you been listening to lately? I’m curious!

    It’s interesting how we basically went down the same path at the same time (although you’ve been in this game far, FAAAR longer than I have). I picked up guitar (and started singing, although I’d had some vocal training prior) last summer, started listening to rock, and haven’t looked back. I’ve been working my way through country, blues, jazz, and more, haven’t had any time at all to listen to electronic dance music, much less produce or DJ any of it.

    So, I guess I know how you’re feeling,

    You seem like the kind of guy who will make something awesome no matter which path it is (I envy your creative spirit!). So, I look forward to hearing your “new album” that’s “totally different from the last one, lol.”

    – Nav

  10. Dave February 26, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    It is totally from the heart! I think that MANY within the ‘hardcore scene’ feel the same too!

    *to a scene which already has a fair number of lazy bastards coasting on old glories lol*

    YES! Far to many ‘artists’ riding on WAK remixes, non – substance worthy sounding tunes, tunes with almost TEN minuet break beat’s!? It is as if people KNOW about the reality but don’t wake up and again speak out against it!? They have turned ‘RAVE’ to ‘SLAVE’ where you are given diluted down big polished tunes which in essence amount to very little, as you correctly pointed out the sounds used of today’s genre. It is a sad thing. I LOVE the break beat influence, but even this sound is not harnessed and played out in the ‘main room’ events…. It’s all a commercial commodity nowadays.
    I wish you love and luck for what EVER you decide to do! I still carry a torch for the music and still feel that I have much to offer as an ‘artist’! 😉 I am looking forward to getting home and using the discount code provided after my shift at work today!! 😀 Many thanks again for your outstanding contribution to REAL rave music throughout the years!!!! LOVE! I REALLY enjoyed reading the above Blog, and feel I will favourite this page and read many a time in the future! Peace!:)

  11. Cilit Bang February 26, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Great,

    About time you fu*ked off. Getting very tedious now. Nothing new and exciting for ages, really don’t know why you bothered… Just kidding;) You’ve done well to keep the scene going thus far.

    Hardcore has gone to cr@p since the late 90’s and will never be the same. All the new invents as well like future jungle and “new” skool, start off okay, but the producers aren’t like they were back in the day.

    Then the new scene dies or splits after a few months. No one seems to know what they are doing anymore. Probably becuase a lot of people feel like you do…

    • DJ Deluxe February 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      I thought it said ‘Clit Bang’. Wounded.

  12. Eike March 8, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    That`s a pity to hear about, but “Flight of the Bumblebee” is still in my case. And your actual supaset on sc includes luckily a lot of hardcore, too. I will miss it

  13. Chris Orbz March 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Make grime.

  14. Tom April 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Its a bit sad to read this blog entry but I totally get it. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful music with us and best of luck with your future endeavours. Just keep us in the loop please!

  15. Matt April 12, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Always have respected you as an artist, and totally get the feeling. I am a software developer, and sometime I just get sick of code. Just do what you love and don’t second guess yourself based on what the fans might want.

  16. mandy June 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do, people will like it or not but you’ll like it

  17. Nature of Mind Visuals August 3, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    *Sigh* missed so much good music, only just found this label, missed the box set, missed the half price sale, and now I read this… KF Records evokes so many amazing illegal raves from my past here in the southwest UK I can’t even explain it…

    The worst bit is I can completely relate to the blog post, you have to feel what you’re doing or it’s just not possible to really do it as it should be done. That said you could try messing about with some screaming 303 acid breaks with a dash of Nu Rave sub bass and a sprinkling of nasty hardcore beats, perhaps the challenge of making that hybrid clustermehbob work well might get you going again? …

    Been wondering today what hardcore would be like without the sped up vocals, as in ‘normal songlike vocal samples’ then I got thinking about what it would sound like if some well produced dubstep (before things got all Bro-Step whatever that is) got horny and mated with old school hardcore breakbeat, then I gave up and played Acid Junkies and bass guitar for a few hours, funny where inspiration can come from, if you like the challenge of the almost impossible you should try Tibetan Yoga!

    Well here’s wishing you good luck with whatever you do! 🙂

    (go back to breakbeat, go back to breakbeat, go back to breakbeat) hehehehe…..

  18. Daren September 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Just came by your site looking around the web – as you do when TV is crap. Wow…. a piece of writing that could be so easily applied to many folk in other genres of music…. the industry is stale – I’m older than you Chris and I feel sorry for the kids these days because I don’t think they have any of the musical revolutions we had when growing up.

    I travel around with my son’s band (guitar based noisy buggers) and so many of the bands just want to be replicas of someone perceived as successful – radio play – originality and passion are just side issues to them. Fortunately my lot do their own thing.

    It sounds like you have a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that should be given an airing – keep up the good work, in all the fields you venture in to.

  19. Rob December 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    “24 hour half price sale, to take the sting out of this blog”

    please do this the whole december 2013! 🙂

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