Neon City – Lofi Chillout

Neon City – Lofi Chillout

While I love doing tracks with guest artists and have more planned (I’m in the studio finishing one off right now!), these things take a huge time and cash investment so I wanted to release some tracks that I can create with just a laptop, headphones and a controller keyboard.

The first is Neon City, a lo-fi, lounge type chillout track that still lets me noodle on some favourite plug-ins, including my EastWest Bosey, Arturia Rhodes and Alchemy synth. I’ve chucked some XLN Audio RC-20 across the mix for a splash of retro grit.Β The old cartoon character also got revived.

Best listened to in a dark room with rain outside and a lava lamp on – enjoy! x

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Mercy Mercy Mercy – Keyboard Tutorial Video

Mercy Mercy Mercy – Keyboard Tutorial Video

For a while now I’ve been wanting to put some keyboard tutorials online but copyright was always an issue – to get an MCPS license was far too expensive for this type of project. Then along came wearethehits.com, a company that has negotiated a deal with publishing houses to ensure the songwriter / composer gets paid, but also allows the video content creator to earn a little for their work – win win! wearethehits were started within Sony, but became independent in order to add more publishing houses and grow their available catalogue.

Here is the first of the tutorials, Mercy Mercy Mercy by Joe Zawinul. Hopefully this format is helpful but I’d welcome your feedback on my YouTube channel! x

CME Xkey 37 Controller Keyboard Features Demo

CME Xkey 37 Controller Keyboard Features Demo

I was fascinated by the CME Xkey as soon as I saw it and couldn’t wait to try it. Here was something that could easily be packed into an overnight bag alongside a laptop and headphones, so that keyboardists could work anywhere. This short video demonstrates the main features and shows how versatile this piece of kit is. It takes a little getting used to but has allowed me to compose a lot of tracks on the road that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

This was originally posted on my keyboardist channel.

Stronger – Modal Mix

Stronger – Modal Mix

Hey folks! First up a warning, this video contains some strobing effects!

I’d been wanting to do my own remix to this track to give it more power in the chorus so here’s the result, I hope you like it. It still features the fabulous Johnny Thirkell on brass!

The video is my little attempt at a VJ Video, using clips from Storyblocks. Being a sci-fi fan I’ve always wanted robots in a video so here they are πŸ˜‰ x

Stronger

Stronger

Stronger

(with Johnny Thirkell & Gaz Rackham)
Atheen - Stronger
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Hey lovelies, it’s time for a new track! There’s a particular sound that I’ve always been after so this year I’ve taken some time out to learn some new production skills and get more musicians to contribute, so here is the result πŸ™‚

This time the track is featuring a contribution from the illustrious Johnny Thirkell on brass! Again I’m utterly honoured that someone of his calibre has taken the time to work on this project – just check out his discography! (It includes working with Jamiroquai, Level 42, Tina Turner, David Bowie and contributing to 25 number one singles!!)

Also on the track is my adorable buddy Gaz Rackham playing one of his infectious basslines. As I’ve said before, he is the Mark to my Mike, the Zender to my Jay, the Stan to my George, hehe! x

Percussion is by Adam Alesi,Β a fantastic session drummer from LA, Violin by talented classical player Ayran Nicodemo in Brazil and the funky guitar is from the awesome Jack Pennifold in London – a truly international collaboration – thanks guys! πŸ™‚

Currently it’s only out on Bandcamp and will be released to all the major stores along with a remix at the end of October x

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Track Credits

Written and Produced by Atheen.
Brass arranged, played and recorded by Johnny Thirkell.
Bass by Gaz Rackham.
Percussion by Adam Alesi.
Guitar by Jack Pennifold.
Violin by Ayran Nicodemo.
Mastered by Jesse at Medway Studios.
Video background by Storyblocks.

M-Audio Keystation 88 Mk3 Test

M-Audio Keystation 88 Mk3 Test

A couple of months ago I was sent the M-Audio Keystation Mk3 to review and was so impressed that I ended up buying one for gigs!

In the video above is a quick comparison of the Keystation alongside the Yamaha P115 so that you can hear the difference (or similarities) in velocity.

You can read my full review at Sound On Sound – https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/m-audio-keystation-88-mk3 – yes that’s right folks, my first Sound On Sound article is now published! πŸ™‚

Get the full spec at:
Gear4Music – https://fave.co/390haZ2
Thomann – https://fave.co/3p2xAG5
Amazon – https://fave.co/3qCZrNh
(aff links)

CME XKey Touch Sensitiviy Test

CME XKey Touch Sensitiviy Test

Been wanting to get a few more kit videos on my YouTube channel so here we go, starting 2021 off as I mean to go on! I was fascinated by the CME Xkey when I first saw it and it’s been a really fun part of my setup since getting one. Great for taking out on the road, it’s touch sensitive, transmits aftertouch and lets you add sustain and expression pedals – not bad for such a tiny piece of kit! It takes some getting used to but has been really valuable for quickly getting ideas down when I’m not in the studio. The video above is a quick test on the level of the expressiveness using one of my favourite piano sounds and I think it performed pretty well.

Living Your Best Life

Living Your Best Life

Ain't Nobody Playin'

(with Gary Barnacle & Gaz Rackham)

Atheen - Living Your Best Life

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Back in the days when we used to go and watch Level 42 in concert, I was in awe of the whole band and never dreamed that one day Saxophonist Gary Barnacle would be playing on one of my tracks.

Well here we are and Gary has done an absolutely awesome Alto Sax lead break for my new single, Living Your Best Life. It’s been a joy working with him – despite his awesome discography he is so down to earth and really is one of the good guys from the industry!

I was trying to capture an old school jazz-funk vibe with this one, complete with retro synth lead break.

As always Gaz Rackham has done an awesome job on the bassline, with some classic ‘Gazzy moments’ thrown in there to delight your ears.

This has been so much fun to work on and I really hope you enjoy strutting your funky stuff to it! x

Out on 23rd October 2020.

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Track Credits

Written and Produced by Atheen. Special thanks to East West, Yamaha and Dom Morley.
Alto Saxophone arranged, played and recorded by Gary Barnacle @ 241 Studios, London. Gary Barnacle uses Rico Royal saxophone reeds.
Bass by Gaz Rackham. Gaz uses Rotosound strings – https://www.rotosound.com/gary-rackham/
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
Video background by http://www.videezy.com