Wrapping up the 2015 challenge
I recently finished my last year’s challenge to create 2 new tracks every month. It all started pretty well and up until the summer i was in schedule. But after the summer vacation i had a new job assignment which required me to travel a lot (i’ve actually been totally 11 weeks on business trips since August 2015) so the progress in creating music slowed down quite a lot. However i was still able to release new tracks every now and then even in the autumn. I was able to release 18 tracks during the last year which i’m quite happy with. There are a few remix versions of other songs but all in all i’m happy with the amount of tracks i created.
The results can be listened in Soundcloud under this playlist: https://soundcloud.com/westis/sets/two-tracks-a-month-2015
Eventually the challenge was a good thing and i can recommend everyone to try to challenge yourself in a similar manner. When it comes to composing and finishing tracks, the challenge gave me a reason to not overthink tracks too much and not to enter the endless phase of finishing and polishing tracks up to the point where you feel like the track is over produced and lost a lot of the original ideas. This time i had a “permission” to just let go and release tracks which sounded ok enough to just release them. Somehow the challenge also opened up my inspiration and i was able to create new ideas in a lot less time than before.
I also realized that the variation of musical styles i’ve released under my main alias Westis has been too broad. Therefore i decided to create a new alias “Materia Obscura” which i will be using with the more chill out and ambient styled tracks i’m creating. Under my original alias Westis i will be releasing faster tracks under genres like electro house and trance just like before.
Clash of Sounds EP
I also released an EP with some of the tracks i think make a nice compilation being quite similar in style, the Clash of Sounds. The EP is now available in most stores and streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and Beatport.