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March 3, 2015
After the craziest year of my life, The Light Nearby is finally completed! Each song musically represents the 10 cities I went to, along with one bonus track. You can download the album on iTunes or Amazon here: iTunes Link or Amazon Link.
GPS is a bonus track that combines all the elements, from each city, into one track. In combination with the musical elements I had a GPS voice stating major streets from each of the 10 cities I visited. Considering I drove 25,000 miles throughout The Light Nearby Project I heard this voice a lot (maybe a little too much). Here are the cities and major streets mentioned:
Boston, MA – Newbury Street
Miami, FL – Calle Ocho
Austin, TX – 6th Street
Las Vegas, NV – South Las Vegas Boulevard
Boulder, CO – Pearl Street
San Francisco, CA – Lombard Street
Portland, OR – West Burnside Street
Chicago, IL – Magnificent Mile
Columbus, OH – High Street
New York, NY – 5th Avenue
2. Boston, MA | Hot Damn Baby | Complextro
Boston has a very unique environment where it’s very peaceful during the day but completely crazy at night. Therefore, I decided to make the verses very calm and trancey to mimic that peaceful vibe. However, since Boston got ranked the drunkest city in America two years in a row, I made a bass-heavy complextro drop to represent the craziness (aka drunkenness) of the city at night. Right before the drop is the lyrics “Hot Damn Baby I Like Brown Whiskey!” which was a sample I recorded from some homeless person screaming at the MBTA (the public transportation in Boston). I even got a video of me recording the sample, which you can view here: Hot Damn Baby.
3. Miami, FL | Dale | Melbourne Bounce
There is no question what the Miami track would sound like. With Miami always being non-stop and having the biggest EDM festival in the world, the track had to be a pumping club song with upbeat, bouncing synths. I decided to call the track “Dale” because it’s best word to represent Miami as a whole – there isn’t a word for Dale in English, but the best way to describe it is “go get it.”
4. Austin, TX | 6th Street | Dubstep
The slogan of Austin is “Keep Austin Weird” and that’s what I made for this track. The verses are a combination of ambient and psychedelic synths to mimic the weirdness of Austin, which quickly changes on the drop. In Austin there’s a street called 6th Street which has an insane amount of bars & clubs, and every weekend the cops block off the street because thousands and thousands of college students come to rage there. To properly recreate that environment, I made an intense dubstep drop to showcase the insanity that happens on 6th Street.
5. Las Vegas, NV | ID | Electro House
Vegas is…Vegas. There’s nothing like it. With the insane club scene there, and arguably the biggest spot for EDM in the world, the Vegas track is a bumping electro house banger. Right before the drop is the words “WHAT THE F#$@,” except F#$@ is replaced by a Pryda Snare because the amount of Pyrda Snares heard in Vegas is astounding. I decided to call this track ID because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas (for those who don’t know, when a tracklist is released for a DJ Mix, any track that is unreleased/unknown is labeled ID).
6. Boulder, CO | Escalate | Glitch Hop
Boulder is an extremely peaceful town with some of the most beautiful nature around. To emulate that, the song starts off with a Soundscape/New Age feel and then builds to a hip hop/glitch hop groove. The fitness scene is huge in Boulder, so the hip hop/glitch hop section is representative of how energetic and active everyone is. Right before the switch up is vocal “Let’s Get High,” which represents both the vast mountain scapes and legalization of Marijuana.
7. San Francisco, CA | Liquify | Chillstep
San Francisco is very chill for a city environment, which is unique for that type of demographic. In addition, it has the craziest fog that is so popular it even has its own name – Karl. To represent both the chillness of San Francisco and the intricate Fog, I called the song Liquify and made it a combination of chill hip hop and chillstep. The song has hip hop/soundscape melodies in the verses and then a heavier, yet slow, dubstep groove in the drops.
8. Portland, OR | Dream | Psychedelic
Portland has the most creative city landscape, intertwining city/human made elements with nature. As a result of the incredible scenery, I called the song Dream because of the non-conventional layout. The song is a psychedelic track that mimics the stages and feeling of dreaming to further represent Portland. It starts out with a unique, trippy arrangement and then shifts into psychedelic/progressive groove that moves through various stages.
9. Chicago, IL | Light It Up | House
Chicago is an amazing city that combines numerous elements from other cities and towns. Interesting enough, the lighting in Chicago is very vibrant and fluorescent, hence the track name Light It Up. In addition to the lighting, the people in Chicago are very welcoming and optimistic, which is represented by the warm nature of this track. The sound elements in this track further add the the house vibe that really represents Chicago.
10. Columbus, OH | Day Drink | Trap
Columbus has a very paradoxical vibe: The most calm ragers in the country. People in Columbus party like crazy, hence the name Day Drink, and yet they are very calm and collected. To represent both elements of Columbus I made a bass-heavy trap/hip hop song with a calm, upbeat groove. The song is both chill and raging, moving through different elements and stages to showcase Columbus’s diversity.
11. New York, NY | Dirty Grind | Jazzstep
The city that never sleeps is really the city that never sleeps. With numerous 24 hour stores, the MTA (New York’s Public Transportation) running every minute, and an insane club scene, New York is truly non-stop. To accurately demonstrate the fast paced environment of New York the track has very little breaks and is constantly moving from one section to the next. In addition, with New York being one of the biggest hubs for media, the song has jazzy elements fused with gritty, grooving synths to fully demonstrate the environment.
January 24, 2015
Thank you so much to everyone who has followed me on my journey last year. The album has been nearing the end of the production stage, so it will be released in a couple months!
Because I mostly used this site for my journey, I just created my new site that I will be using from now on. It’s www.MarcFreccero.com, and I will be posting on there from now on. All my music, adventures, videos, pictures, and more, will all be posted there.
Nonetheless, the last post on this site will be the release of the album, so that makes this the penultimate post! Thanks to everyone who followed me here, and now follow me @ www.MarcFreccero.com.
January 1, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! 2015 is going to be an amazing year and I can’t wait for all the incredible events that are going to happen. I’ve been working hard on touching up every track to make it perfect, and in addition I made the final track, GPS.
When traveling around, I produced numerous different styles of music. The bittersweet aspect was that I learned how to produce a lot of different types of music I normally wouldn’t have, but I was also limited. There were numerous times where I would create a cool melody or synth but couldn’t use it, because it didn’t that city’s aspect or vibe.
What I decided to do was make one bonus track, combining a bunch of elements from each city. Here’s a brief, 15 second clip of the bonus track:
After the addition of GPS, here is the complete track list!
Last night I DJ’ed a crazy New Years Eve party which was a perfect time being with friends. The next morning I ended up helping my friends clean up and they were trying to set up a Swiffer and it was pretty unsuccessful…
December 28, 2014
I hope everyone had a good Christmas aka Buckmas, for me it was good re-connecting with family and friends I haven’t seen in a long time. One amazing topic that got brought up in my family is how my brother and his friends started a music event company called Better Vibes.
The VERY creative thing about their company is that they donate some of the profits for each show to a different charity. Now most companies might donate $0.50 or $1 per ticket sold, but they are donating $5 per ticket – that’s FIVE TIMES the amount of most companies. Their first show is on January 18th in Boston in Brighton Music Hall – come check it out, rage to good music, and support the community at the same time! Here is the link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/770533706317224/?pnref=story
About a week ago, the site Wandering Educators did an interview with me about my journey and the amazing experiences I had while traveling around. I loved this article, so check it out here: http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/stories/light-nearby-creating-music-pursuing-passion.html.
In addition to Wandering Educators, I received this text from one of my good friends. Getting texts like these really make my journey even more important and push me to continue working non-stop:
Lastly, in regards to Electronic Music, I recently heard in an interview that “EDM Is Dead.” I completely disagree with that statement, and I recorded this video explaining why EDM isn’t dead and where it’s ultimately going.
December 22, 2014
I’ve been extremely non-stop with the post production of the album, in addition to getting used to being back home and not traveling. I haven’t been posting on this blog as much as I used to, mainly because I’ve been so busy producing and getting everything into place.
A lot of people have asked me, now that it’s been a month since I got back, what it’s like. To be honest, it’s definitely bittersweet. I’m really excited to be back, to see friends and family, and to be able to produce music without someone talking next to me in a Starbucks. On the flip side, it’s obviously less hectic as it was for the past 10 months, which is bittersweet like anything else.
I actually never mentioned this before out loud, but if you want to follow me on Social Media (where I’m constantly posting updates), here’s all my links:
As of a few hours ago, I finished up the 2nd round of the rough drafts of my track for the album. It’s pretty crazy to see now every song in it’s final state – now it’s more about fine tuning everything. I really can’t wait to release the album, but I still have a lot of work to do because I want everything to sound exactly as I picture it.
Here’s a mini preview of the Chicago song (I uploaded this to Instagram):
Lastly, I recently went to the doctors for a regular check-up. While I was there I was talking to my doctor about DJing, and here’s how the conversation went:
December 10, 2014
Wow. This post has been 10 months in the making, and it definitely is interesting to see all the various aspects of life lived out in different cities. Each city was completely different than the last, and each one had its pros and cons. Because of the vastness of experiences I had, I decided to do this post on creative awards about various topics from each city. There are tons of different categories I hit, and these are all from my personal experience traveling around the country for 10 months. Enjoy!
1. Best Wifi: Las Vegas, NV/Portland, OR
I didn’t expect Portland to be one of the tie winners, but this was definitely the case when I traveled there. For this award I factored in wifi everywhere, not just one location, and both Vegas and Portland had insanely fast wifi.
2. Worst Wifi: Redwood City, CA
You would think that a location like Redwood City, being right next to San Francisco (the tech start-up capital of the country), to have faster wifi. This one definitely surprised me as almost every location I went to had insanely slow wifi that took hours (yes, hours) sometimes just to upload a simple video.
3. Best Tap Water: Portland, OR
Portland definitely had the best tap water by far because of how good it tasted. For this award I really focused on tap water in random places (i.e. Starbucks’s bathrooms, gym fountains, etc).
4. Worst Tap Water: Fort Lauderdale, FL
When going into random restaurants and cafes, and either asking for tap water or filling up from the bathroom, it always tasted funky. I didn’t get sick or anything, but the taste was noticeably weird.
5. Easiest Place To Live Out Of My Car: Las Vegas, NV/New York City, NY
I’ve found that car living is comprised of 3 main factors: 1. Parking 2. Public Transportation and 3. Access to Wifi & Gyms. In Vegas you can park at any parking garage for free, so that made it extremely easy even though Vegas didn’t have any public transportation. With New York, I could easily park in an area outside the city (I parked in Bushwick) and take the MTA straight in. The ease of public transportation made New York City right up there with Vegas.
6. Hardest Place To Live Out Of My Car: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Thank God I knew people who lived in this area, because I stayed with them a decent amount of the time, but this is by far the hardest to live out of your car. Finding free parking overnight is tough, and even when I tried parking in random neighborhoods it was tough because there were some bad areas and parking is extremely tight. Not to mention there is no public transportation, so I had to get around solely by car which became difficult at points when I wanted to explore the nightlife.
7. Best Starbucks To Work At: Portland, OR
If you haven’t seen this post yet, check it out here: Top 5 Starbucks In The Country. This specific Starbucks in Portland, located at 8510 SW Terwilliger Blvd, had the craziest combination of an awesome inside set-up with a nature-filled outdoor patio.
8. Friendliest People: Austin, TX
This was a really tough one to answer because just about every place I went to had extremely nice people. Overall, I would have to give it to Austin though because of how accepting they are of people no matter what their circumstance or view point.
9. Meanest People: Boston, MA
Yea, sorry Boston. Don’t get me wrong – I love Boston, and that’s where I’ve been living for the past few years because I grew up in Massachusetts, but this one had no competition. It’s no surprise as to why we’re called “Massholes” and most people take it as a compliment rather than an insult.
10. Most Connected City: Boston, MA
…on the flipside of the meanest people award, Boston was by far the most connected city I’ve been to. By connected I mean that people bond and become friends just over the fact that their from Boston. I really didn’t experience this phenomena in any other city around the country, but for some reason in Boston people are very closely knit and are there for each other just because it’s the way Boston is. I would also bet a lot of money that if someone was in a fight, for example, and they were from Boston and another person was from Boston, they would jump in just because of the Boston connection.
11. Most Connected State: Texas
No question here. The way Boston people feel about Boston is the way people in Texas feel about Texas. It’s even prevalent when you look at food sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Texas Size. That’s an actual size used by companies to describe the biggest order you can get. Texas is also the only state that you’re WAY more likely to see a Texas state flag than the American flag.
12. Best Nightlife: Las Vegas, NV
13. Worst Drivers: Seattle, WA
Nope – not Boston for this one. Boston drivers are aggressive, but not bad drivers especially compared to people in Seattle. I’ve never seen so many people careless driving and not really paying attention, but I guess the entire state of Washington is known to have the worst drivers.
14. Worst Traffic: Boston, MA/Los Angeles, CA
These two are pretty equally tied for the worst traffic in the country. Even with the Big Dig in Boston it didn’t help much, and LA traffic will always be LA traffic.
15. Most Aggressive Homeless People: Las Vegas, NV
This was a close one, but the reason why I picked Las Vegas is because they will go out of their way to ask for money and do more creative things to try and get your attention.
16. Easiest Place To Find Parking: Las Vegas, NV
Every parking is free, so it’s a no brainer here. If you’re curious about my parking techniques though, check out this video I made about finding parking anywhere:
17. Best Nightclub: XS (Las Vegas, NV)
Vegas dominates for clubs, and XS was definitely my favorite. They always get top-level DJs and the set-up is amazing with a pool and indoor club scene. Not to mention that they have dope midnight pool parties, which combine the best of both worlds.
18. Best Fitness Gym: Snap Fitness (Leander, TX)
With the best staff out of any gym that I’ve been to, and the most motivational people working there, the Snap Fitness in Leander, TX takes the cake. This isn’t the type of gym you just walk into and then leave – it’s a whole community of people that help each other reach their fitness goals. If you’re in the area (it’s 15 minutes north of Austin) it’s worth doing even a quick workout in – check out their FB page here: http://www.facebook.com/snapfitnessleandertx.
19. Best Parkour Gym: APEX Movement (Boulder, CO)
APEX Movement has been blowing up as they already have multiple Parkour gyms around the country. The set-up of this gym is perfect for anyone – whether you’re a beginner or advanced, the gyms and staff will definitely challenge you to get better. Check out their whole community here: http://www.apexmovement.com/.
20. Best Burger: Juicy Burger @ Asiento (San Francisco, CA)
This thing is AMAZING. It’s a burger on an English Muffin with mayo, spices, sautéed spinach, onions, various herbs and soy sauce. This picture shows it all:
21. Cheapest Gas: El Paso, TX
While driving from Austin to LA I stopped in El Paso, and it was amazing how cheap the gas was. Yes, at the time of this post the gas prices have dropped tremendously, but at that time the gas in El Paso was a full dollar and a quarter less per gallon than anywhere I’ve been to.
22. Priciest Gas: Northern California
There wasn’t an exact city that had the priciest gas, but the entire northern part of California was INSANE. No joke – there were some places that had has for $5.60/gallon (I can’t make that up). Thank God I never had to stop for gas there, I luckily timed it so I avoided all the pricey parts.
23. Best Park: Charlie Frias Park (Las Vegas, NV)
I didn’t expect to find my favorite park in Vegas, but this one has perfect grass and a huge playground near it. It also has this creative collection of rocks that are perfect for doing Parkour on. This was my favorite place to workout outside, and in addition they have a huge track around the perimeter of the whole field. Here’s a picture:
24. Best Nature: Boulder, CO
Not even a question for this one. Colorado in general has the best nature, and the way it looks in Boulder is absolutely beautiful. Here’s a picture of me by Red Rocks in Boulder (not the Red Rocks, a different park called the same name) where I had my first MRE:
25. Best Local Chain Grocery Store: H-E-B (Texas Area)
There are numerous Local Chain Grocery Stores all around the country: Stop & Shop, Big Y, Kroger, Fred Myers, Safeway, Meijer, Publix, and more, but NOTHING (and I mean NOTHING) beats H-E-B. H-E-B has extremely cheap prices, high quality, and free samples all around the store. It’s very similar to Costco except you don’t need a membership and they have the highest quality items. H-E-B All day.
26. Best Weather: Redwood City, CA
The slogan of Redwood City is “Climate Best by Government Test.” Redwood City is, statically speaking, the best weather for any city in the entire country. Literally every single day is a perfect day, where it’s not too hot and not too cold and the sun is always out.
27. Best Parkour Spot: UMass Amherst (Amherst, MA)
I went to college at UMass Amherst and I honestly think it’s the best area I’ve been to for Parkour. There are numerous spots all around campus for various moves and techniques, not to mention there is an entire underground rail set-up for some dope rail work. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
28. Biggest Screen Lookers: Chicago, IL
Okay – I never thought that this would be a category – but I had to make it one after being in Chicago. I’ve worked in Starbucks’s all around the country, and I don’t know what it is about Chicago, but I had numerous people look at my screen while doing work throughout the day. At other locations there might be one or two in a given week, but in Chicago it was that per day. I’m not exactly sure why, but it was exponentially more noticeable in Chicago than any other place.
29. Strongest Drink: The Fishbowl @ The Fieldhouse (Dayton, OH)
This this is a monster. For $20 you get a huge fishbowl filled to the top with tons of liquor, and then multiple straws are placed. This is one of those huge mixed drinks that you can chug for what seems like forever and only make a dent in it.
30. Cheapest Alcohol: Boulder, CO/Las Vegas, NV
It’s definitely a tie here, and I didn’t expect for Boulder to be on the list. In Vegas, as long as you go outside the strip, you can find alcohol for insanely cheap (make sure you go to Lee’s!). For Boulder, the liquor stores I went to had insanely good deals and specials on almost everything.
31. Best Beach: Venice Beach aka Muscle Beach (Venice, CA)
The thing I really liked about this beach is that there was always a ton going on. I’m not the type of person to just lie down and do nothing for hours – I like to move around. The best part about Venice Beach is that it has a bodyweight workout set-up, which was almost like a playground for adults. I’m huge into Bodyweight Workouts, and if you’re interested in trying them, check out my free bodyweight workout videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC6_h3BCPalXqVXpTlazeeZYhQroBVt8Z
32. Craziest College: UMass Amherst (Amherst, MA)
Nothing like ZooMass. I’ve been to a lot of colleges around the country, and still nothings beats the nightlife and craziness of UMass.
33. Craziest College Spring Weekend: UConn (Storrs, CT)
UConn’s Spring Weekend is absolutely mayhem. There are thousands upon thousands of people during that one weekend, and each night is in a different location on campus. This is also the only place I’ve ever seen a cop come over to a beer pong table (set up in the middle of a parking lot party) and play beer pong with the other college students.
34. Best BBQ: Austin, TX
No surprise here – the BBQ blew my mind.
35. Best Fast Food Chain: In-N-Out
In-N-Out is AMAZING. I felt like it lived up to the hype and was as good as everyone said it was. Just make sure, when you go, to order animal style because it’s incredible.
36. Craziest Driving Route: NF-2319 (???, NV)
This was one of the craziest days of my life and the craziest drive I’ve ever done. I’m happy The Buckmobile didn’t break down, because if it did I would be so screwed I wouldn’t know what to do. Here’s the full post about that drive that I had to make: http://www.lightnearby.com/getting-buck-grand-canyon-nf-2319/.
37. Sketchiest Starbucks: Las Vegas, NV
The Starbucks at 4985 West Tropicana Avenue was by far the sketchiest Starbucks I worked in. Weirdly enough, it was across the street from the park I mentioned earlier, but this Starbucks had the weirdest people there. It was a 24/7 Starbucks, so when I would go there late at night there would be the sketchiest people there and the location wasn’t the best either.
38. Worst Bottom Shelf Vodka: Five O’Clock (Massachusetts Area)
Nothing compares to how bad Five O’Clock tastes. I’ve had a lot of bottom shelf vodka, and there really isn’t anything close to this. It’s probably the only vodka that I won’t drink, even if it was free,
39. Best Festival: Electric Forest (Rothbury, MI)
Electric Forest is magical, no other way to word that. Every year I go is life changing and it truly makes me look at the world in away that I can’t even describe. It’s literally a dream for 4 days.
40. Best Concert Venue: Ruby Skye (San Francisco, CA)
This was a tough one, because I’ve been to so many concerts, but I liked Ruby Skye the best because it’s big enough where you can move around and get a good crowd but small enough where you can be intimate with the artist. Not to mention there’s also a balcony that’s huge in case you want to get an aerial view.
41. Healthiest People: Boulder, CO
The people in Boulder are the healthiest by both diet and exercise. All around, they have the healthiest lifestyle of any city I went to. This is also why you can find tons of rock climbing, parkour, and general fitness gyms in such a small radius.
42. Best Public Transportation: New York, NY
The public transportation in NY is second to none. There’s TONS of routes, so you can get anywhere, and the MTA barely ever breaks down (as oppose to Boston’s MBTA). In addition, it runs 24/7, so there’s always a way to get around.
43. Best EDM Scene: Chicago, IL
I almost put Miami or Vegas for this one, but I decided on Chicago because the scenes in Miami & Vegas are mostly concentrated around mainstream EDM (progressive & electro house). The thing I liked about the Chicago scene is that there’s tons of sub-genres right in one city. Everything from Glitch Hop to House to Dubstep is in Chicago, so there’s tons of variety.
44. Coolest Structure: Red-Jungle Gym-Thing? (San Francisco, CA)
Shoutout to Ami for taking me to this. This was a crazy, huge jungle gym type structure that had bouncy ropes connecting all different parts of it. You could climb up and bounce around it, so it was really cool to try some Parkour moves on.
45. Best Overall State: California
The reason why I picked California for this one is because there’s so many different scenes and cultures in one state. I like how there’s a ton of opportunity in LA, the bodyweight workout set-up in Venice, and the chill vibe of San Francisco. I also hate the cold, and the weather in California was perfect.
46. Best Salad: Paragon Portland (Portland, OR)
This thing was a beast. It had eggs, bacon, and so much more packed into this one salad. This salad alone completely filled me up, so it’s well worth checking out if you’re in the area. Here’s a picture of how perfect this is:
47. Best Breakfast: Snooze (Denver, CO)
This is all I’m going to say: Pineapple Upside Down Pancake, Banana Nutella Pancake, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pancake, and Maple Bacon Syrup. Enough said.
48. Best Sunset: Utah
The southwest area of the country (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, etc) had the best sunsets by far. I was told that the dust from the desert helps refract and spread out the light more, which is why the sunsets are so vibrant and colorful. I felt that every time I was driving through Utah I would see the best sunsets, which made the drive a lot easier.
49. Cleanest Toilets: Portland, OR/Boulder, CO
I got requested to do this one, and I would say it would be tie between Portland and Boulder. Both are very clean areas and the people are extremely friendly and respectful as well, which leads to a cleaner bathroom.
50. Best Vehicle: The Buckmobile
December 5, 2014
I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this, so I decided to schedule a Reddit AMA tomorrow from 1-8pm EST. In case you don’t know what this is, Reddit is a social networking site similar to Facebook and LinkedIn. The good part about Reddit is that it’s not as personal as the other social networks (like how on Facebook you can see everything about a person). Reddit is a community that discusses various topics, or subreddits – and trust me when I say there’s a subreddit for EVERY field you can think of.
Because of the nature of Reddit, AMA’s (Ask Me Anything) are extremely popular – numerous famous people have done them because it’s a great way to connect with people without getting too personal. I decided to do an AMA because I’ve gotten numerous question about my adventure, and now that it’s over, I’ve been getting even more questions. If you want to ask me anything, or even just see what other people are asking and my responses, here’s how to join.
1. Here’s the link to the Reddit AMA Page: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2ogxnx/im_a_djmusic_producer_that_just_finished_touring/.
2. Make a Reddit account if you haven’t yet. Yes, I know making accounts can be frustrating, but there is NO work to do after you make an account. Reddit isn’t like Facebook or Twitter where you have to make a profile – the biggest thing you have to do is think of a username.
3. Ask away! It’s really that simple – the layout of Reddit is extremely user-friendly and allows you to interact with not only me but everyone else on the forum.
December 3, 2014
While traveling around I listened to so many songs – some being new, some being old. When I was in each area there were numerous songs that I discovered that somehow many my journey that much more amazing (especially considering it was about music!).
What I usually do is listen to CDs when I drive because I don’t want to hook up my iPhone/iPod if I’m just driving 5 minutes down the street. Therefore, I make CD Mixes that fill up the full space of a CD (A Blank CD can record 80 minutes maximum). For each city I went to I made a CD Mix with all the songs that I listened to and got influenced by that area. I’ve posted these throughout my journey, so here is all the CD Mixes I created while was traveling around – each one containing hugely influential songs for that area and time period.
|Make It Bum Dem (Night Bandit Remix)||Skrillex feat. Damian Marley||Soundcloud|
|Teardrop (Phutureprimitive Remix)||Massive Attack||Soundcloud|
|Last Time (Knife Party Remix)||Labrinth||Soundcloud|
|So Bright||Pretty Lights||Amazon|
|Escape (No Pets Allowed Remix)||3LAU and Paris & Simo feat. Bright Lights||YouTube|
|Money Ain't a ThanG||Manic Focus||Soundcloud|
|Alive (Pegboard Nerds Remix)||Krewella||Amazon|
|Can't Kill Us||The Glitch Mob||Amazon|
|Circle Of Life (Hz Houghton Remix)||Elton John||Soundcloud|
|Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix)||Florence And The Machine||Soundcloud|
|Captain 303 (TON!C Remix)||Ido Shoam||Amazon|
|The Pretender (Infected Mushroom Remix)||Foo Fighters||YouTube|
|Mountain (Freccero Remix)||Eliot Lipp||Soundcloud|
|Pizza Rolls||Shawn Wasabi||Soundcloud|
|Superstition (The Noisy Freaks Remix)||Stevie Wonder||Soundcloud|
|Tendril||Au5 & Collin McLoughlin||Soundcloud|
|Try it Out (Try Harder Mix)||Skrillex & Alvin Risk||Amazon|
|Hero||Pegboard Nerds feat. Elizaveta||Amazon|
|Utopia||Bang La Decks||Amazon|
|Addicted To You (David Guetta Remix)||Avicii||Amazon|
|Papa Grande||Bobby C Sound TV||Soundcloud|
|Space Craft||Digital Freq & Pyramyth||Amazon|
|Butterfly (Filibusta Remix)||Crazy Town||Soundcloud|
|Baby Come Back||Kill Paris||Soundcloud|
|Sea of Voices||Porter Robinson||Amazon|
|You Don't Understand||Gramatik||Amazon|
|Slippin Into Darkness (GRiZ Remix)||Lettuce||Soundcloud|
|Total Fascination (Defunk Remix feat. Benjamin Vibes)||Pretty Lights||Soundcloud|
|House of the Rising Sun||Five Finger Death Punch||Amazon|
|Lost and Found (ODESZA Remix)||Pretty Lights||Amazon|
|Inside the Fire||Disturbed||Amazon|
|How Low (Them Lost Boys Remix)||Ludacris||Soundcloud|
|Gangster's Paradise||Like a Storm||Amazon|
|Becoming Insane||Infected Mushroom||Amazon|
|Muse Breaks||Infected Mushroom||Amazon|
|Strib Nicht Vor Mir||Rammstein||Amazon|
|Shakawkaw (Vibe Tribe Remix)||Infected Mushroom||Amazon|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Fly Away Another Day||Pretty Lights||Amazon|
|Recess (feat. Kill The Noise & Fatman Scoop)||Skrillex||Amazon|
|6th Street [Austin]||Freccero||Soundcloud|
|Don't Leave (feat. Ellie Goulding)||Seven Lions||Amazon|
|Harder Better Faster Stronger (Dillon Francis Remix)||Daft Punk||Soundcloud|
|Hot Damn Baby [Boston]||Freccero||Soundcloud|
|iPhone (MetroGnome Remix)||Apple||Soundcloud|
|A Light That Never Comes||Linkin Park vs. Steve Aoki||Amazon|
|Not A Rapper||Hyperaptive & Ereez||YouTube|
|By The Way (Digital Freq & Bartosz Brenes Remix)||Red Hot Chili Peppers||Soundcloud|
|FCK (Party Ghost Remix)||Goldhouse||YouTube|
|Dum Dee Dum (Party Favor Remix)||Keys N Krates||Soundcloud|
|NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis Remix)||Duck Sauce||Amazon|
|Phantoms Can't Hang||Deadmau5||Amazon|
|Eparrei||Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike,Diplo,Fatboy Slim feat. Bonde Do Role||Amazon|
|Understand Me Now||Pretty Lights||Pretty Lights Site|
|Wesh Up (Synergy Remix)||MC2||Amazon|
|Here It Comes||Pegboard Nerds||Amazon|
|Wavin' Flag (Spanish Celebration Mix)||K'naan & David Bisbal||Amazon|
|Jungle (Extended Remix)||X Ambassadors & Jaime N Commons (feat Jay Z)||Amazon|
|Rather Be (OVERWERK Remix)||Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynn||Amazon|
|Linkin Park (MetroGnome Mash-Up)||MetroGnome vs. Linkin Park||Soundcloud|
|Still Night (Gramatik Remix)||Pretty Lights||YouTube|
|Drive It Like You Stole It (King Fantastic Remix)||The Glitch Mob||Soundcloud|
|Rez Your Weapon (Blendrix Bootleg Mashup)||Phutureprimitive vs. Deadmau5||Soundcloud|
|Ante Up (Eekoz RE-AMP)||M.O.P.||Soundcloud|
|Power Glove||Knife Party||Soundcloud|
|Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin||Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin||Soundcloud|
|The Island (Part 1)||Pendulum||Amazon|
San Francisco, California
|West Cost Rocks (2014 Mix)||The Glitch Mob||Soundcloud|
|Blue (KNY Factory Remix)||Eiffel 65||Soundcloud|
|Blow Me Away||Breaking Benjamin||Amazon|
|Talk To Me||Feed Me||YouTube|
|No Grip||Feed Me||Soundcloud|
|Floating||James Egbert & Dirtyloud||Amazon|
|She Know She Bad||heRobust||Soundcloud|
|My Heart Will Go On (Covered by Adam Morini & Julian Conroy)||Celine Dion||None|
|Exist (Club Mix)||OVERWERK||Amazon|
|Talk A Walk||Passion Pit||Amazon|
|Idols (EDM Mash-Up)||Virtual Riot||Soundcloud|
|Use Me (Manic Focus Remix)||Bill Withers||Soundcloud|
|How You Love Me (Acoustic Version)||3LAU feat. Bright Lights||Soundcloud|
|No Rest No Sleep (Bamboora Remix)||NU.F.O.||Soundcloud|
|Moon Trance||Lindsey Stirling||Amazon|
|I Am London||OVERWERK||YouTube|
|Ease My Mind||Skrillex with Niki & The Dove||Amazon|
|Anthem For The Underdog||12 Stones||Amazon|
|Nowhere VIP||Royal Blood||Amazon|
|Square Dance||Skilful Gorilla||Soundcloud|
|Universe||Xilent feat. Shaz Sparks||Amazon|
|The Glitchkast||Stylust Beats||Soundcloud|
|Still With Me (Seven Lions Remix)||Tritonal feat. Cristina Soto||Amazon|
|Tonight||The Noisy Freaks||Amazon|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|The Home We Made (Part 2)||Crywolf||Amazon|
|Chinter's Will||Klaypex feat. Sara Kay||Amazon|
|Bumpin' In The Voodoo||Manic Focus feat. Dominic Lalli||Amazon|
|Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix)||Deadmau5||Amazon|
|Starlight (Collin McLoughlin Remix)||Don Diablo & Matt Nash||YouTube|
|Soundtrack 2 My Life||Kid Cudi||Amazon|
|Thriller (2Martini Funk Out Remix)||Michael Jackson||Soundcloud|
|Zombie (3LAU TomorrowWorld Edit)||Paris & Simo feat. Kernkraft 400||Soundcloud|
|Pop Danthology 2013||Daniel Kim||Soundcloud|
|The Seconds||Porter Robinson feat. Jano||Amazon|
|Color Of My Soul (Paul Basic Remix)||Pretty Lights||Amazon|
|Rich Girl$||Down With Webster||Amazon|
|Louder (Botnek Weirder Remix)||Style of Eye feat. Sirena||Amazon|
|Lollipop (Framing Hanley Cover)||Lil Wayne feat. Static||Amazon|
|Break The Cage||LabRat||Amazon|
|Razor Sharp (Pegboard Nerds VIP Remix)||Pegboard Nerds & Tristam||Amazon|
|Run Wild||for KING & COUNTRY feat. Andy Mineo||Amazon|
|Black Widow (Vice Remix)||Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora||Amazon|
New York, New York
|Land Of The Rising Sun||Spacekats||YouTube|
|Maths (Botnek Remix)||Deadmau5||Amazon|
|House (Meta Remix)||OVERWERK feat. Nick Nikon||Amazon|
|Want To Move||Dr. Beats||Soundcloud|
|Sweet Child Of Mine (Ereez Rap Remix)||Guns & Roses||YouTube|
|Summit||Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding||Amazon|
|Give It Up||Knife Party||Amazon|
|All That She Wants (DJ Nejtrino & DJ Stranger Remix)||KAFFEIN||Amazon|
|Here It Comes (Snavs & Toby Green Remix)||Pegboard Nerds||Soundcloud|
|Take Ü There||Jack Ü||Amazon|
|Narcissistic Cannibal||Korn feat. Skrillex and Kill The Noise||Amazon|
|Symbolic (DM Ashura Cryptex Remix)||TaQ||YouTube|
|Apologize (One Republic Cover)||Silverstein||Amazon|
|We Came To Bang||3LAU feat. Luciana||Amazon|
November 30, 2014
Soooo…what now?? Considering I’ve gotten this question numerous times already, I figured to answer it first and foremost. Right now I’m working on the post production of the album, as all the rough drafts are completely finished. I plan to release the album on March 3rd, which is the exact date I left for Miami and when I officially started traveling (Boston was my first city in February, but I lived in Boston so it wasn’t too much of a change). For the time being, I’m living in Boston, but who knows where I’ll be after I release the album and go from there.
Also, I will be posting on this blog until I finish the album. After the album is released I will switch over to MarcFreccero.com, and all my adventures/journeys will be posted there. This site will still exist, but more of an archive. It’s amazing to look back and see all the crazy experiences I had, and a lot of them I captured via video or photo. I posted numerous videos to Instagram, and if you don’t have it, you can only post a video that’s maximum 15 seconds. What I did was take every video from the tour and compile it into one YouTube video, so you can watch it here. The entire list of each Instagram video is listed below too!
1. Opening For EXMAG: Live Mixing GRiZ & Lil Jon – Boston, MA
2. Slip’N Slide – Fort Lauderdale, FL
3. Beach Pool Party With Tommy Sunshine – Miami, FL
4. Beach Pool Party With DJ Chuckie – Miami, FL
5. Skrillex @ Mansion – Miami, FL
6. The Clevelander – Miami, FL
7. 6th Street – Austin, TX
8. Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
9. David Guetta @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
10. Skrillex @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
11. Skrillex and Lil Jon @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
12. Grand Tasting: Vegas Uncork’d @ Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
13. Taiko Drummers – Las Vegas, NV
14. Avicii @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
15. Dillon Francis @ Surrender – Las Vegas, NV
16. Tommy Rocker @ Tommy Rocker’s – Las Vegas, NV
17. Midnight Pool Party @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
18. Skrillex @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
19. Major Lazer @ Surrender – Las Vegas, NV
20. Carnage @ Marquee – Las Vegas, NV
21. Random Bird Playing With A Spoon – Boulder, CO
22. Doing The Hardest Handstand Walk I’ve Ever Done – Boulder, CO
23. Piano Cover Of “What Does The Fox Say?” – Boulder, CO
24. Handstand Pushups – Cedarville, OH
25. Getting Soylent – Okemos, MI
26. Electric Forest DJ Crew – Okemos, MI
27. After Party @ Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
28. Zedd @ Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
29. Moby @ Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
30. After Party @ Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
31. Producing In My Car – Redwood City, CA
32. OVERWERK @ Ruby Skye – San Francisco, CA
33. The Flaming Lips (Free Concert!) – Portland, OR
34. T-Mobile Party Bus – Portland, OR
35. Getting OptiMind – Boulder, CO
36. Volunteering with GRiZ Family – Chicago, IL
37. Phutureprimitive @ Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
38. Phutureprimitive @ Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
39. Mini Preview Of The Columbus Song – Dayton, OH
40. Random Wrestling Match @ Boo’N Brew – Dayton, OH
41. Street Jazz Musicians – New York, NY
Lastly, I had to post this picture. Tuesday of last week (the 25th) I was working at the library in my hometown of East Longmeadow. I literally left the library just to take this picture because it was one of the craziest sunsets I’ve ever seen. This is exactly how the sky looked, so cool
November 27, 2014
It has been an amazing journey, traveling around the country for 10 months, and it’s incredible to say that it is now officially over. I originally wanted to end the tour on Thanksgiving (aka Bucksgiving) and the timing worked out perfectly. I plan to do a lot more posts re-capping my experience, as I’ve received numerous questions from people about what I did and how it went.
As of this point, the album release date is March 3rd. There is a lot of work I need to do before that, but it works out perfectly because March 3rd is the exact day I left to head to Miami (the start of me traveling around touring out of the Buckmobile).
There were NUMEROUS people who helped me along my journey, so considering it’s Thanksgiving, I wanted to thank every single person who helped me while I was traveling around. The tour definitely wouldn’t have been possible with out these people! This list isn’t in any particular order – if anything, it’s ordered more in terms of the people that I met while traveling around. Thank you so much you guys!
Brittany Paquette, Richard Freccero, Judi Freccero, Luke Freccero, Eileen Lavallee, Jacqueline Lavallee, Jason Angelini, Nancy Angelini, Joe Angelini, Debra Slaney, Alex Slaney, Lotti Dotti, Lenny Lavallee, Theresa Lavallee, Danielle Robertson, Andrew Robertson, Brian Lavallee, Linda Paquette, Ben Black, Kamila Karnas, Alex Tougias, Jim Caruso, Andrew Avocado, Amy Daniels, Michael Devine, Brig Dauber, Ancelis Nunez, Chris Angelini, Jenna Axelrod, Bob Lowry, Cathy Lowry, Aurelien Terral, Jordan Manchester, Li-Dor David, Geoff Daigle, Derek Sawaya, Danielle Graziano, Jessalyn Chandonnet, Trishna Sakhrani, Max Terban, John Carando, Peter Stevens, Conor Driscoll, Jason Vance, Anthony Franco, Lauren Litscher, Paula Zatko, Bryan Packy, Cassie Cerasuolo, Tori Hall, Tom Young, Nick Rabideau, Andrew Mack, Kate Elizabeth, Evan Lavoie, Kate Herrington, Cait Shore, Jordan Peck, Buckany, Jack Prager, Winnie Phung, Stephanie Ravalese, Nate Tetreault, Mike Becker, Eneida Sermeño, Violet Dawn, Rachel McCandlish, Wesley San, Arayana Seiple-Welch, Rachel Due, Sid Radhakrishna, Dylan Bennett, Travis Swain, Scott Maxson, Jayme Giancola, Seth Petsching, Jaime Rosenberg, Pat Gildea, Devon Bell, Bre McMeekin, Ted Anoje, Jackie Brayman, Anna Carando, Grace Carando, Boss Carando, Adam McCauley,Zach Angelini, Leah Angelini, Martin Greenberg, Jesse James, Natasha Jones-Sikes, Daniel Gomez, Emily Berge, Justin Loranger, Jill Stephen, Paige Leoni, Aline Sanchez, Savannah Sargent, Gunner Siverly, Juan Salazar, Kristen Brown, Julia McGrath, Thomas Lorello, Gabriel Azua, Taylor Ivie, Aubrie Reynolds, Jasmine Chen, Katy Wood, Matthew Willis, Melissa Kaplan, Sonny Moore, Karli Loudon, Danyel DeGroot, Eric Thomas, Corey Krogman, Madeline Wahl, Ryan Ford, Erica Madrid, Rachel Warnell, Satchel Spencer, Brandon Halp, Sarita Darlington Winey, Justache Sikkema, Sabrina Vere-Nicoll, Kevin Tringali, Kevin King, Russ Dooling, Avi Gallant, Ami Stair, Daniela Galasso, Jen Guevara, Sage King, Nancy Dellamaria, Chloe King, Anthony Dellamaria, Jula Sagan, Jenna Montgomery, Brittany Leonard, Christina Sanchez, Grant Griz, John McCarten, Hailey Thompson, Ashley Varghese, Alex Grohmann, Rain Phutureprimitive, Caeli La, Shavongh Evans, Coriana Mossburg, Matthew Piskorz, Kathryn Ayers, Paul Levine, Vladimir Kulishevskiy, Nick Hendrick, Chris Luna and Andre’a DeLyria.