musicismymedicine
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Band to Join, Drums, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist.

ABOUT

The first time I was inspired by music and it became something more than just what I hear was when I was 12. My parents were divorced so my Father would pick my brother and I up as part of a joint custody. Every time, for about two years straight we listened to nothing but The Black Album Cassette. When one side was done, we would flip it over and let the other side play. This album is permanently painted on my memories. The Unforgiven is still my favorite song.

So when I was about 14 I bought a game for the original xbox called MTV's Music Generator Volume 3. I probably spent months on this game remixing songs and adding samples to the game from my own CD's. Then I would modify the samples making them slower or faster. I still have about 33 tracks on that game that I need to record into my sampler and put them on a CD. Most of that experience taught me to mix and compose music correctly. In high school besides my love for Metallica, Static X, and Mudvayne, I drifted towards becoming a hip-hop/House music DJ.

While I was attending ISU, I used my loan money to buy a 600 dollar DJ package from Stanton. It came with two turntables and a mixer. I spent about a month learning everything I could about scratching, mixing, and cutting records. I studied the Rza's beats, and Madlib, an amazing underground hip-hop/soul/jazz producer. A couple months later I bought an Sp-404 to start making beats. For about a year I was making Cd's for parties, and my own solo album. I sampled from my own records, be, movies, pretty much anything unique I could find. Of my 40 tracks I have saved on a USB only about 12 I would consider up to quality standards. Most of it was experimental for me. I learned a lot about arranging music, producing music, and how important it is to make a snare sound this way, or a kick sound that way. I didnt just sample and use that for my own tracks. I know I have to be original so I would sample and then tweak the drums or sample to sound like something completely different than the original. I have DJ'd at two parties the second time, being much more succesful than the first. We got the cops called on the party though because it was pretty damn loud.

So as I kept on producing hip-hop I realized I was becoming "burnt out" on hip hop. I learned a lot from hip hop but I was starting to drift back to my first love, Metallica and Hard Rock. About a year from this time I bought my first acoustic bass and practiced for a year. Finally this month I bought an Electric Ibanez SR300 and a Marshall MB30. I am my own worst critic and I know when Im trying my best or not. I once spent two hours on a beat tweaking everything till I realized it still wasn't sounding good. Ive been through ups and downs with my music taking all of it as a learning experience. The reason I want to join a band is to finally have the privilege of bouncing ideas off of fellow musicians instead of just my own mind. I want to start a new movement in music back to the 70's psychadelic/pink flloyd sound. What I dont like in music is the same old garbage being played, the I love you girl, I have lots of money, I have a nice car crap. I cant stand auto-tune or synths of any kind. Music should be organic and as natural as possible. Lady Gaga to me is the Anti-Christ. If you would like to join me on this quest to make from the heart, "real" music contact me. As of now Im practicing my bass daily and I still can cut and scratch as good as the best of 'em. I cant wait to have fellow musicians and be part of a team, instead of a solo artist. Peace and Love.

-Chris Halpin

Screen name:
musicismymedicine
Member since:
Jun 29 2010
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
1
Gigs played:
Under 10
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Metallica, Ladytron, The Roots, Wu-Tang-Clan, Muse, The White Stripes, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Gorillaz, Madlib, J Dilla, The Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, Cliff Burton, Beastie Boys, The RZA, The Mars Volta, At The Drive In, Jimi Hendrix, Daft Punk, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, ODB, DJ Premiere, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, RHCP, Radiohead, R.E.M, Moby, The Offspring, Fat Boy Slim, Eminem, Dr. Dre, The Strokes, Rush, Korn, Bloc Party, Dj Shadow, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and a lot more.

EQUIPMENT

SR300 Ibanez Electric Bass, Marshall MB30 Bass Amplifier, Behringer DJX-700, Sp-404 Sampler, Stanton T.80 Turntable, Acoustic-Electric Dean EAB Bass.