September 29, 2014

Fishbowls, Tanks and Powerpoints

It’s been an amazing start to Columbus as so many different things have happened. I’ve been staying in Dayton with my friend and there’s a lot been going on since I got here. The song I’m going to write is going to be a trap/hip-hop track to encapsulate the college environment here and how upbeat the people are. I’m still working on the name of the song and what direction it’s going to take but that’s what I’ve figured out so far.

This past weekend I DJ’ed a frat party at University of Dayton (aka UD) and it was awesome to see the environment compared to other colleges around the country. Here is a picture of me on the UD sign getting ready for the night:

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While I was there I got a UD tank top that has the “rules of day drinking.” Here is the shirt and the rules behind it – they’re pretty good haha:

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1. Start the day with the National Anthem
2. Sons out Guns out
3. All sleeves will be forcibly removed
4. Fancy Friday/Snazzy Saturday
5. Always sing along to Wagon Wheel
6. Don’t be afraid to be weird
7. Shotguns are always welcome
8. It’s not a party without the stump game
9. Never neglect to invite a passerby to drink
10. Day Drinking it not pregaming – Once the sun goes down the pregaming begins

Also at Dayton they have a bar called The Fieldhouse that gives you a cocktail/mixed drink in a fishbowl, pretty interesting (especially compared to in Portland where they gave me a small sand castle bucket):

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On top of everything I’ve been producing a lot and working on the post production of previous songs. It’s amazing to see that the album is actually starting to near the end of production – I still have no idea when it will be finished, but it’s amazing to see that the end is actually in sight.

Lastly, I do all the graphic design of every mix and track (check out my page here: www.soundcloud.com/marcfreccero). I do all my graphic design in Powerpoint and I’ve been asked how I do it. I decided to make this video tutorial – I have a very unorthodox method of graphic design but it works and anyone can do it. Try it out!


September 26, 2014

Chicago Re-Cap

by Freccero
Categories: Columbus, OH, EDM, Marc Freccero
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Chicago is an amazing city with so many unique vibes and cultures intertwined. I decided to make the Chicago song a tech-house track with some slight electro as house fits Chicago perfectly. I felt that Chicago had a lot of similar elements to Boston but with a more upbeat atmosphere and nicer people. Unfortunately I had to cut Chicago shorter than the other cities because of the festival and the Oktoberfest event.

There was a lot of amazing music I listened to while I was in Chicago, so here is the playlist of the CD mix I made. Like every other city beforehand these are songs that either reminded me of Chicago or somehow influenced my stay while I was there:

Song Artist Link
15 Drops in 30 Seconds 3LAU Soundcloud
Sweet Nothing (Diplo + Grandtheft Remix) Calvin Harris Amazon
We Make It Bounce Dillon Francis feat. Major Lazer & Stylo G Amazon
Shinning Star (Featurecast Remix) Earth,Wind, and Fire Soundcloud
Dynamite Rogue Amazon
Love Is All I Got (Friction Remix) Feed Me & Crystal Fighters Amazon
Ill Type Moves GRiZ Soundcloud
Born (Vocal Mix) MiTiS feat. Collin McLoughlin Amazon
Fresh Static Love (The Noisy Freaks Edit) Porter Robinson vs. Daft Punk Soundcloud
Tyven Seven Lions Amazon
Pump This Snails & heRobust Amazon
Sunlight (Torqux and Twist Remix) Modestep Amazon
Beat It (Mutrix Remix) Michael Jackson Soundcloud
You & Me Bassnectar feat. W. Darling Amazon
Insomnia Mr. FijiWiji Amazon
The Home We Made (Part 2) Crywolf Amazon
Chinter's Will Klaypex feat. Sara Kay Amazon

After Chicago I drove to Dayton, Ohio to see my friend there and celebrate my birthday with him and other people we know (I talked about my birthday weekend a couple posts back). The drive was only 5 hours long – a lot shorter than other drives I’ve done (like the 36 hour drive from Detroit to San Francisco). A big question I’ve been asked is what I do while driving, so I made this brief video of things I do to make the drive go by quicker:

Since I got here there has been a lotttt going on, but that’s more for later posts. Earlier this week I had the best root beer I’ve ever had in my entire life called Sprecher Root Beer.

 

Later tonight I’m DJing at a frat party and then I got booked for another event on October 17th at a bar called Stubbies, here is the flyer for the event (in case you’re going to be in the area!):

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September 23, 2014

My Top 14 EDM Albums

Here are my 14 favorite EDM Albums of all time (I wanted to do a random number because I’ve never seen a “Top 14″ list before). Yes, I know there are a lot of other great albums out there, but these are the ones that really caught my attention from the production style to creative approach. This list is in no particular order – all of these albums are worth listening to and are unique in their own way.

1. While (1 < 2) – Deadmau5

Very recently released, this album is Joel’s (aka Deadmau5) best representation of production skill. He is an incredible producer who uses a lot of analog in his tracks which makes them so unique. He arguably has the best sound design of any producer out there and this entire album demonstrates that. Not to mention, each track is different than the last – further demonstrating his diverse ability as a producer.

Check it out here: While (1<2)

2. Recess  – Skrillex

Sonny (aka Skrillex) receives a lot of harsh criticism about his music, usually from people claiming “dubstep isn’t real music.” As a classically trained pianist and jazz saxophonist I couldn’t disagree more – Sonny is an incredible producer and this album is his most recent to date. He also threw out all preconceived notions as a dubstep artist by making each track on this album different and unlike anything he’s made before.

Check it out here: Recess

3. A Color Map of the Sun – Pretty Lights

There is no way I could not include Derek (aka Pretty Lights) on this list. This album is one of the most – if not the most – creative albums on the list. Derek traveled around the country for 2 1/2 years and hired famous jazz musicians to perform for him. He collected all the samples from them and then built his own analog electronic boards for electro sampling. After this whole process he then put everything together in this album – it’s an incredible blend of an old-school jazz feel with a “new-school” electro feel.

Check it out here: A Color Map of the Sun

4. Reanimation – Linkin Park

It could be debated if this is actually an EDM album or not but I definitely consider it to be. It was Linkin Park’s 2nd album where they remixed their first one, Hybrid Theory. Reanimation was a huge hit or miss with people – you either loved it or hated it. It’s also important to mention that this album was released in 2006 – a few years behind when EDM really blew up in America. I absolutely loved this album and still think it’s incredibly well produced and ahead of it’s time.

Check it out here: Reanimation

5. Worlds – Porter Robinson

Porter used to be known for the complextro style, similar to Zedd and other more heavy producers. His first single Say My Name instantly jumped to #1 on Beatport, resulting in Sonny contacting him to be the first album on OWSLA. His goal with Worlds was to diverge away from the Big Room/Electro House style that is replicated everywhere in the scene. Worlds is a completely unique album that really demonstrates his creativity – not to mention he also sang and did some of the artwork for his album and tour.

Check it out here: Worlds

6. Love Death Immortality – The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob, consisting of Boreta, edIT and Ooah, produce unlike anyone else. This album – 3 years in the making – brings you through a huge journey into their unique style and sound design. Whether it’s a chill song, or an extremely upbeat one, they have extremely strong quality, demonstrating their vast expertise. All their hard work definitely payed off and went a long way.

Check it out here: Love Death Immortality

7. The Age of Reason – Gramatik

Denis (aka Gramatik) killed it with his 11th album The Age of Reason. He combines soul, hip-hop and dubstep  – usually diverse genres – into one masterful album. Continuing along with his philosophy of “Freeing music by keeping music free” he was the first producer to release his album via BitTorrent. The combination of so many genres and styles into each and every track makes this album unforgettable.

Check it out here: The Age of Reason

8. Distant Perspective – Manic Focus

Distant Perspective contains some of the most unique sound designs I’ve ever heard. John (aka Manic Focus) combines trippy synths with a hip-hop feel, creating upbeat, funky tracks. John isn’t as well known as he should be but this album is right up there with all the other ones. If you haven’t listened to him yet, go do it!

Check it out here: Distant Perspective

9. Army of Mushrooms – Infected Mushroom

Infected Mushroom was one of the first EDM artists that I really fell in love with. They have a very psychedelic/experimental sound with strong bass elements. There are numerous Infected Mushroom albums that I could have picked but I decided on Army of Mushrooms because each track is awesome and it’s one of those albums that you can easily listen to straight through.

Check it out here: Army Of Mushrooms

10. Polarize EP – Seven Lions

Jeff (aka Seven Lions) has an unbelievable sound design (especially on the low end) and combines perfect elements of Dubstep and Chillstep into each and every track. This is one of his first albums and I still consider it to be one of the best because of the combination of heavy & chill synths. It’s a hard duality to balance but Jeff is incredible at it in this album.

Check it out here: Polarize EP

11. Rebel Era – GRiZ

Grant (aka GRiZ) is one of the few producers that is playing festivals all around the world and yet still plays instruments live while performing. His most recent album, Rebel Era, demonstrates his creative ability to add complex saxophone lines with heavy electro/dubstep. Rather than just have the sax be a small element in his tracks, Grant uses loud sax melodies that are mastered above the heavy synths.

Check it out here: Rebel Era

12. Play – Moby

Moby has been in the EDM scene for a while now and his album Play is a huge demonstration of his production ability. Each track is extremely emotional and really brings out a different vibe than other EDM artists. Play was released in 1999 – back when EDM was just considered “techno” and it still did extremely well, even at a time where techno wasn’t the mainstream.

Check it out here: Play

13. Kinetik – Phutureprimitive

When asked who some of my biggest musical influences are, Rain (aka Phutureprimitive) comes right to mind. He’s really in his own category when it comes to genre and music expression. Combining elements from numerous genres and styles, Kinetik is a collection of mind-blowing tracks that really push the edge of creativity.

Check it out here: Kinetik

14. Slurp and Giggle – Opiuo

If you check Opiuo’s twitter, his description says “funk” – and that couldn’t be more accurate. This album contains so many funky tracks that combine elements of hip-hop, funk and some slight electro. He really demonstrates what the term “electro funk” really means – not to mention the strong bass lines meshed with an upbeat hip-hop groove.

Check it out here: Slurp And Giggle


September 21, 2014

Birthday Weekend

This past Saturday (September 20th) was my birthday and it was definitely a crazy weekend. I turned 25, which is my lucky number, so that means there is only good things to come for this next year. I went to Dayton, Ohio to see some of my good friends and celebrate it with them.

The weekend started with me getting some presents/cards from my friends – one of my best friends, Brittany, made me this card (it’s pretty awesome).

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Later that night we went out and raged at different bars & clubs. While I was out I learned this fact about boosting brain power:

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After a good night we went to an Oktoberfest event in Cincinnati which is roughly an hour from Dayton. Sam Adams was there and they were doing a promotion where if you guessed the beer right (it was a blind taste test) you would get a dope Oktoberfest hat. I failed at it (I’m not a beer drinker) but convinced the guy to give me a hat anyway. That was only the beginning of the day.

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While walking around the event I happened to meet some girls and one of them was getting married. I can’t even remember exactly how it came up but they wanted me to do some Breakdancing or Parkour move or something. I ended up flipping over the one who was getting married, not without clearing the entire crowd first (tough to do). The girl had a VIP entry to special section which allowed me and my friends to get free drinks. Definitely a good trade.

That night we started at a karaoke bar and my friend and I sung the song Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns & Roses. I put our duo name as Bucktime so people were ready

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After another night of raging we ended up heading to Denny’s. Denny’s was amazing as usual – especially because they gave me a free meal for my birthday.  At this point now I’m just finishing up some work, drinking Soylent, and getting ready to start producing for this week!


September 18, 2014

Sleep Hacking Techniques (Plus a Plant)

I’ve mentioned in the past that if you have any questions for me, reach out and I’ll answer them on video. A big question I’ve gotten is how I changed my sleep cycle when I worked in an Accounting Firm and how I slept in bathrooms. The video below is all about sleeping hacking: How to take naps, improve sleep, function on little sleep, get excited for the morning, and a lot more. If you’re interested in learning more about body hacking as well check out Tim Ferriss’s Book 4-Hour Body. Also, if you haven’t yet (this post was from earlier this year), check out my post on micro napping here: http://www.lightnearby.com/sleep-hacking-with-naps/.

As anyone who’s been following me this whole time can imagine, I’ve gotten a lot of interesting view points of my tour. I decided to make this Meme because it’s pretty accurate of what different people think of my tour haha

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Lastly, one of my friends gave me an aloe plant today for me to travel around with. Although it’s definitely not conventional, I put it in a wine glass and then zip tied & duck taped it to a clench in my front compartment. I named the aloe plant Wave and I’ve never taken care of a plant before (let alone in a car) so we’ll definitely see how this goes…

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September 15, 2014

Street Lights, Dubsex and Line Dancing

Chicago is an amazing city that feels like a combination of Boston, New York and Miami. The weather is definitely unlike Miami though as it’s started to get extremely cold and less comfortable. The song that I’ve been making for Chicago is a combination of House and Light Electro as that’s definitely the vibe that I’m feeling here. It’s a very tranquil yet upbeat vibe and the people have been that way too – some of the nicest people I’ve met traveling around. There has been a lotttt going on in the past week.

Most people know that I’ve done Parkour for a while and I seriously started doing it at my old college UMass Amherst. I was one of the captains and Parkour still is one of my biggest passions. My friend from the Parkour Team, Jayme, recently made a video and used my song that I wrote for Boulder, Colorado as the background music. Check it out here:

Next, I recently released the next installment in my Get Buck series. I called it Dubsex as it’s a combination of Dubstep and Chillstep. Listen to it below:

While being here I got featured by a site called EDM America TV. The idea of the site is to showcase all EDM videos, similar to MTV (or the way MTV used to be!). They did a great article on me, located here: http://edmamericatv.com/music-front-seat-marc-freccero/.

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m huge on saving money in weird ways. That’s why I made my other blog Buck Living. Basically, McDonalds is giving away free coffee from September 16th to 29th. I just thought I would tell everyone as that’s pretty awesome and I’ll definitely go there to get a small coffee every morning.

Jumping back to current events, this past weekend I went out to check out the nightlife. I went out with one of my friends who I met from the GRiZ Family and we ended up going to a country bar that had line dancing. I absolutely messed it up the entire time haha and couldn’t figure it out. If anyone can explain to me the timing of Line Dancing that would be awesome because nothing seemed on time to me.

The next day I volunteered with other people from the GRiZ Family (called The Liberators) at an organization called Feed My Starving Children. They make a formula called Potato-D and is the only food in the world that helps children with digestive issues in third world countries. Here is the video of me and other people helping out:


September 12, 2014

When I First Get Somewhere

This has been one of the biggest questions I’ve gotten while traveling around: What do you do when you first get somewhere? Considering I just got to Chicago last Monday I can describe the process in full – there is a lot going on.

The first thing I initially do is check the crime map. I usually do this before I leave, so I did this in Oklahoma City before I left for Chicago. After checking a couple crime maps, I determined that the North Side of Chicago is the safest. I also consulted with friends who live there or know the area well. Here are the main maps that I looked at:

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Those were pretty straight forward and I was able to get a good idea of where to park. After that I left for Chicago and got here Monday night. The next step then was finding the closest snap fitness in the safest area. Snap Fitness is a 24 Gym chain that’s all over the country and I have a pass there. That’s the main place where I workout & shower so it’s absolutely necessary to find. The one that I found that was in a safe area is located on 4504 W Irving Park Road. After finding the Snap Fitness I look for the closest Starbucks where I can go and work – luckily there is one that’s only a 20 second walk from the Snap Fitness at 4365 W Irving Park Road.

Once I have all my necessities met (Showering, Wifi, Electronics Charging & Overnight Parking) then I can finally begin working. When it comes to actually finding parking I use a bunch of techniques – here is a video of the techniques I use to find free parking. I posted this video before but for the sake of this post it’s necessary.

In addition I use a bunch of techniques to sleep in my car without anyone knowing. I posted this video before as well but it’s important if you actually plan to travel and sleep out of your vehicle.

Now that all my needs are met I can begin working. I plan to do a video describing my day in full, but to explain simply, the main schedule I have is working from roughly 8-9am until noon/1pm at Starbucks. Then I will go to the gym and do a workout to get a break in the day and shower. After that I will head back to the Starbucks and work until close. When the Starbucks closes I will either work in my car or head to the Snap Fitness again to work there.

Throughout my day I will also plan to walk around to get a vibe for the city to begin producing the song. I will always wait a couple days until I start producing to fully understand the vibe, sometimes I’ll wait longer though. I like to have a good experience of both the everyday living and also the nightlife, so after a full week I usually have a good perspective of how the song is going to sound.

From then on I will basically just work non-stop and repeat until the next city. Another technique I use is to check any events going on for that month – every city has it’s own unique set of events and that’s a great way to completely understand the culture. Obviously one of the biggest aspects of this tour/project is to fully understand each city and get a feel for what it’s like to live there, and any events going on help give me a greater insight.


September 9, 2014

Mystik Re-Cap

Mystik was absolutely incredible with so many life changing moments. I performed on Saturday, the last day, and it was an amazing feeling to finally see all the work that I put in paying off. One of my friends was able to get this great shot of me while I was DJing:

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While I was at Mystik I was raging with all my favorite artists backstage in the VIP area. There is a lot to be said about pursuing what you love and whatnot but it’s a whole different story when you’re in that moment and realizing that you’ve somewhat “made it.” I still have a long way to go but the only way is up at this point. It’s a crazy feeling knowing that all the difficult experiences I’ve been through have finally been worth it and things are starting to click. There’s a lot of big things coming up and I absolutely can’t wait. I unfortunately didn’t record my set at Mystik but here is the closest representation to what I played:

Before I left for Mystik I made a video about the techniques I use to sleep out of my car without anyone knowing (check it out here). I was asked by a friend to make a video about the main places that I park to sleep in my car. Here is a video on the 6 places I park my car and the techniques behind each location – these spots & techniques allow me to park anywhere, in any city.

Lastly, I mentioned a couple times before that I was sponsored by a company called MEElectronics. They make incredible headphones and they are the ones I use to produce and perform live. I realized a special coupon code they gave me before and I guess a lot of people having been using it to save money on their headphones. If you enter MFRECCERO at www.meelec.com you’ll receive 15% off everything and FREE shipping. Here is my review of the main headphones I use, the HT-21 model.


September 4, 2014

Portland CD Mix, Ziiiro & Peppod

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I’m officially at Mystik Sanctuary right now and it’s going to be incredible – I absolutely can’t wait. On the way from Austin to Oklahoma City I jammed out to my Portland CD Mix, a collection of songs that I listened to and got influenced by while I was in Portland. Here is the list:

Song Artist Link
Ease My Mind Skrillex with Niki & The Dove Amazon
Anthem For The Underdog 12 Stones Amazon
Nowhere VIP Royal Blood Amazon
Diamond Eyes Shinedown Amazon
Square Dance Skilful Gorilla Soundcloud
Universe Xilent feat. Shaz Sparks Amazon
Someday Flipsyde Amazon
The Glitchkast Stylust Beats Soundcloud
Still With Me (Seven Lions Remix) Tritonal feat. Cristina Soto Amazon
Still JJ YouTube
Tonight The Noisy Freaks Amazon
BADBOI Pegboard Nerds Soundcloud
ID^2 Freccero Soundcloud
How You Love Me (Panda Remix) 3LAU feat. Bright Lights Soundcloud
Choose Me I Xilent Amazon
In The End Linkin Park Amazon
Serenata Immortale Immediate Music Amazon
If You Only Knew Shinedown Amazon

While traveling around I’ve been asked a ton of questions about my Ziiiro Celeste Watch. When I originally looked for watches I wanted something that was extremely creative but professional looking. Most “creative” watches I found on Amazon were very toy-ish and not appealing – until I found Ziiiro Watches. Here is the full review of my Ziiiro Celeste Watch:

Lastly, I recently got sponsored by an amazing product called Peppod. Peppod is a tablet that you drop into water that contains numerous vitamins and electrolytes to replenish what is lost from day-to-day activities. It gives you a smooth boost of energy without containing all these weird chemicals and it’s perfect for mixing with alcohol because it replenishes everything that’s lost from drinking. Check out their site here: www.peppod.com


August 31, 2014

Road to Mystik

It’s been an incredible journey on the way to Mystik Festival. On the way to Colorado I got stuck behind some stupid truck that had corn kernels flying out of the bed and hitting all the cars behind it. Later that night (after I arrived) I happened to try Pole Dancing for the first time and it actually was a lot harder than I imagined (trust me). The next day I was part of a Parkour Demonstration group to help promote APEX Movement at a venue called The Spot. After doing Parkour it rained and I saw the most beautiful & vivid double rainbow I’ve ever seen.

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After the double rainbow I went back to APEX Movement and one of my friends there interviewed me for a Parkour Documentary and asked me how Parkour changed my life – I’ll be posting that video at some point once it’s done. Before I left I got sponsored by a company called OptiMind that makes a Nootropical Stack (read: Cognitive Enhancing Vitamin). It’s absolutely amazing and worth checking out – especially because they send you a whole kit rather than just a bottle:


After Colorado I drove to Austin, TX and happened to find my favorite alcohol: Wave Vodka. It’s extremely rare and one the best vodkas in Human history.

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That night I went out on 6th Street which has the most bars & clubs on any street in America. It was amazing to visit 6th street again because of how crazy it is. If you haven’t seen this video yet it’s of me walking around and asking people how they would describe 6th street to someone who has never been there (I filmed it back in April).

The next day I got ready for an event called Burnt Soup. Burnt Soup is a regional burning event, which is an event that is similar to Burning Man but on a smaller scale. While getting ready for Burnt Soup I found the biggest Watermelon I’ve ever seen at my favorite grocery store H-E-B.

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Burnt Soup changed my life this past weekend and while I can’t really say too much it was my first burn and was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I definitely plan to find more regional burns around the New England area when I get back and maybe even go all out & do Burning Man next year. I just got back from it today and tomorrow I’m heading back to Snap Fitness in Leander to visit my friend who owns that gym. After being there for a couple days I’ll head to OKC for Mystik!