Music Updates, Musings
May 7, 6:47pm
Updating here with some general comments about what I'm up to.
Music wise, I've been pretty heavily involved in putting my eyes and ears out into the industry, and seeing what's out there. As many of my friends know, really, up to this point, I have pretty much stuck to myself, my historical music influences, and ableton when it comes writing new material. I think this was good (well, hypothetically you could judge for yourselves lol) because it kind of really let me find my workflow, sounds, creative process; really I look at it like I was learning a bunch of knowledge, without changing my environment constantly. I feel this let me know hash out issues I'd have with, "Well, do I want this sound here? Do I want this arrangement structure looking like this?" I think keeping my musical influences constant during the beginning wasn't a bad thing. NOW! Times have changed. I had been resisting exerting effort, going out looking for new material for a couple reasons.
I had a huge rant typed up to put here to complain about things that have been complained about since the beginning of time, then realized this isn't anything close to a new sentiment regarding music scenes. I mean ever since the beginning of time people have been lamenting the 'death' of whatever genre of music they liked that was changing. But still, the problem layed in the fact that I wasn't hearing things I liked that were being featured in places I was looking, so that's why I never listened. So, derp on my part.
Anyway, spent some time networking and really digging into the 'proper' prog house scene, and was pleasantly surprised at the stuff a couple of guys are doing. Of course, they'd been doing it for a while, but still nice for me to finally get off my ass and try to discover some new music finally.
I dunno, kind of random thoughts today. I think the main point I was getting at today is that I'm taking some time to re-address how I finish tracks. I think I start out well, but as a habit I started out doing early on was finishing a track as soon as possible, just to get it done. This is something I think is good for beginners to do, because the hardest part starting out is just 'getting it finished' (as I think most guys can attest to). But now that I have some experience, I'm going to start spending more time on tracks; letting them breathe. Letting them kind of come to life over time.
So if you don't see anything from me for a while, just wait around, I'm really hoping to develop a more mature and involved sound instead of my previous work. (Which I don't believe is bad; hey I'm not hearing many other guys try to incorporate as much orchestra as I am into progressive house, for better or worse lol).
Second Album Out! Dances With Strings, Vol. 1 - Beatport Exclusive
February 20, 2013 7:22pm
PROUD to announce my second album/EP/thingy, 'Dances With Strings, Vol .1', releases today exclusively on Beatport. Got some moar orchestral + progressive house goodness, along with what I think is a pretty interesting tribute to 'Scheherazade' (Rimsky-Korsakov). Should be pretty alright ;) Vol. 2 is already well on it's way!
Necessary shout out to some truly great people for their help and inspiration as I continue along this musical adventure: Cristian Deklic for his great groovy remix of 'The Elegy' and previous remixes that are just wonderful; Eric Dahl for his awesome mastering work (Skeyelab Music); masterful DJ's and producers Chris Hynds, DJ Dave Pineda, Kris 'Ellissentials' Ellis, and Rek Aviles for giving good and helpful feedback along the way; and OF COURSE, Rok Stigl, the man that has made these releases possible on Sound Lab, and the one responsible for me getting my name in stores!
Thanks also, to all my awesome friends. You great guys and gals like and comment on my musical statuses even though 99% of what I produce is probably nothing that is up your alley. I appreciate all the gestures, small and large, and believe me, every 'good job' or 'cool' comment brightens my entire day! :)
Also, I would like to announce that the entirety of my artist proceeds generated from this album will go to help fund the Alliance for International Women's Rights non-profit organization. You can read more about this organization's MO here, but this program basically is a U.S. non-profit organization with a mission of supporting women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries (with a current focus on Afghanistan). Of late, I have started to keep myself aware of global issues and news in an effort to be knowledgeable of the human society's struggles and problems that are present in countries that don't afford the same luxuries 1st world countries offer. AND accomplishments! Far too often we read the news, only to learn of tragedy and heartbreak for mankind; sometimes in the name of religion, sometimes in the spirit of greed or vengeance. But meanwhile there are great people; doing great things; making great progress for all ethnicities, economic classes, sexes, sexual orientations, etc!
After some research, I found the AIWR, and decided that its efforts to connect and support women's leaders in the Middle East (as well as internatinally) was something I wanted to support. I wish I could just support every non-profit out there working towards peace, equality, humane progress, etc, but in the end sometimes you have to just pick one. If you choose to purchase this album (which I hope you will, and enjoy also!), just know that the proceeds will be going to a great cause: to help fund not just the advancement of women's right's advocacy and women's leaders, but support for a global change. To help our global community progress to the point where there does not exist discrimination of any kind, nor violence, nor hateful vengeance. I believe that although the media reports horrendous and tragic stories of human rights violations, there is still an overwhelming will to better the world; carried out by thousands and millions of people that realize showing love for your fellow man/woman is the most important thing you can do. (I'm not a political mind, so I'm trying my best to word everything without mis-representing anyone's view!)
Anyways, thanks again everyone! I truly appreciate any and all support you may give my way, and will always continue to better my productions and compositions to give a new take on melodies, harmonies, and rhythm.
January 12, 2013 3:16pm
Met this great guy a while ago. This guy has some of the best damn mixing and track selection I have ever heard. Maybe a small part is he plays exactly the type of music I like (and much more!). Melodic house and proressive trance are my two favorite genres, and his mixes are just sublime every time. The guy has been in the business over 35 years, longer than I've been alive by 11 years! Has toured the US, Canada, and Asia. Hails from Toronto, Canada, and has played with top producers around. He's got serious knowledge about all music and just knows the right thing at the right time.
To be honest, as I focus more on writing and producing, I don't find myself spending enough time digging for new tracks to find inspiration as I should. It's one of resolutions; to find new stuff and new influences. Well, the mixes Dave puts up couldn't be of more help to. Every time I finish one of his sets, I find myself needing to go out and buy at least 3-4 new tracks.
So anyways, just wanted to share Dave's SoundCloud, since he's been a good inspiration and critic of some of my tracks even! Always great to have feedback on how I can write to better help DJ's spin my tracks.
Next album coming soon! Dances with Strings, Vol. 1
October 28, 2012 7:21pm
It's time! Part one of my two upcoming EP's, Dances with Strings is on it's way out to you guys! A blend of progressive house, symphonic strings, and brass; this album contains emotive range that hopefully leaves you feeling a strong connection to the music and yourself. I had an awesome time writing each note of these compositions, and arranging it all to flow together.
Right now the album is going off for mastering with the always amazing Eric Dahl at Skeyelab Mastering, and should be on it's way to iTunes, Beatport, Amazon, and many others in bit! Will update soon with release details ;)
Creative Musing of the Day: Nothing is really new, only re-imagined and re-engineered, built on previous ideas. Instead of being discouraged, use this to further your own discoveries.
Music, Life, and Future Updates!
June 28, 2012 11:16am
Lots of good times going on right now! So, we'll start with some life updates. Graduated from THE Ohio State University this spring with a major in Business (Multimedia & Marketing), and landed a job with a Fortune 500 company here in Columbus to pay the bills and keep a roof over my head (and also to fund my music excursions :]) Turns out my boss is awesome, not only does he really help show me the ropes, but he was also band president of his high school! (I was too... good times lol) So now I finally don't have to worry anymore about classes, money, exams, any of that crap. Just work hard, and then come home and work hard on music.
So I got some releases coming out this summer, and I'd like to announce two things: First, I'll be working on my second album, which I hope to have done by the end of this fall, so that should be good. And now, for the second announcement...
I CAN'T SAY! Ha, but seriously, right now I can't disclose the project coming, but I'll say that it's a pretty massive project that will be quite different than anything that's out there right now. It's in the planning stages, and as I (we) continue work on it I'll be creating a page on here chronicling the progress.
So stay tuned! Much excitement to come, and I wish you all the best - Alan
Here's a free track while I'm at it!
Creative Musing of the Day: Creativity is not different than being in shape; the more you work at it the more it gets better :)
May 7, 2012 1:32am
New tracks coming summer '12!.
Creative Musing of the Day: Prob gonna be all for a month or two while I focus on graduating and getting a job. o.o
Wake Up (Alan Hadgis Sunrise Remix) one of four remix contest winners!
May 5, 2012 12:00pm
Decided to enter a progressive house remix contest thrown by 1103Musik in Berlin for the artist Million Faces and his track 'Wake Up'. Got chosen as one of four winners! Going to be out sometime this summer, check back later for updates!
Creative Musing of the Day: Funny thing about hard work... it never gets easier.
String Theory is out!
March 31, 2012 9:00am
Finally! String Theory is out on Beatport, iTunes, Juno, Amazon, and more! Lotta love went into it, and finally have something to show for all my work. Go ahead and give it a listen if you haven't already, and buy it if you like.
Want to say thanks to Eric Dahl at Skeyelab Music for awesome mastering skills, Cristian Deklic for his great remixes, and of course Sound Lab for putting my release out.
This is my first release, and I'd like to dedicate it to my father, who raised me in music and always pushed me to become the best person I could be. He taught me from a very early age to strive for a good sound and subtlety, and I think it came through with this release. Thank you dad!
You can buy this album on Beatport and other distributors sites' also. Check out below to listen and stream the full album!
Interview on Digital Dancefloor!
March 9, 2012 9:30am
DJ Elroy runs a great blog named House Heads Anonymous, and one section of it is called 'Spotlight On:' and features an upcoming or already big time DJ or artist in the EDM scene. I had the oppurtunity to meet and talk with Elroy online, and he's a great guy, and I got the oppurtunity to get interviewed by him and featured on his blog.
Here's an excerpt:
"My search for the Next Big Thing continues, and this month I've found up-and-coming producer Alan Hadgis out of Columbus, Ohio. Is there even a scene there?"
The underground club scene in Columbusis exploding. You know it's the biggest city in Ohio? It's not NY or LA but we've still had a bunch of musicians and filmmakers and such here for a while now. Years ago we started seeing some of the big names in dance coming in, such as Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Bad Boy Bill, Paul Van Dyke, and people on that level. Recently new players like Avicii, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Helicopter Showdown and more have come in to play at the popular venues to sell-out crowds. As more popular EDM producers come through Columbus, more and more smaller venues around the city are hosting EDM nights with local DJs and producers playing to a growing number of fans — both the jaded diehards and newcomers to EDM alike. Recently, students at the Ohio State University have even...
DJF is Back Up!
March 1, 2012 4:40pm
It's been about a month now, but DJF 2.0 is here! It's my favorite place to hang out and chat with DJ's and producers. Lot's of great people on there, the occasional troll for some laughs, and some goodies in VIP that you must join (for cheap) to find out about. I really enjoy the community on there, and I got my start producing by asking a lot of questions in the production sub-forum. Also, the site had some serious issues before it went dark, but now the hosting has been moved and it's been rock solid ever since. Big ups to Stripe and -J.
Check it out! You'll find a lot of good stuff and maybe even make some friends on there.
Session Strings Pro by NI
Febraury 24, 2012 10:14am
Session Strings Pro by Native Instruments is my jam! If you've heard my stuff, you know I love realistic sounding string sections of violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Well this is what I use to do it. Powered by NI's Kontakt 5, it sounds so realistic, and it's fun as hell writing chords and lines. Feel like an actual composer, writing symphonies.
No NI's not paying me to say this... yet ;-) Just want to say how much I love this package, it's so great.
If you're interested in buying it, you can find it on NI's website. It's about 340 bucks, but worth every penny.
String Theory set for March 31st, 2012!
Febraury 20, 2012 3:10pm
String Theory is coming out March 31st, 2012, and should be available on Beatport and other distributors' sites soon from Soundlab. Beautiful artwork by Vlad Gerasimov.! In the meantime, you can check out my music on my music page or you can check out some videos I've been working on with my new Canon EOS Rebel T2i 550D. Love that thing. My youtube channel is here if you'd like.
Oh yeah, hey check out my Facebook page!
Site finally up!
January 22, 2012 4:30pm