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The Freio Music Podcast


Episode 021 - Bioluminescent







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The featured artist in this episode of the Freio Music Podcast is Drew Wood aka Bioluminescent. In this episode, we discuss various electronic music production techniques, tools, and software. We discuss some of the hardest moments in Drew's career that caused him to start fresh under a new brand. We discussed what caused the change and how he was able to push through and see the light on the other side of the struggles. We discuss how he is able to balance a family and music by leveraging schedules and planning. Stay tuned and enjoy!

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Bioluminescent is a United States-based artist that has dedicated his life to inspiring humanity with music. His diverse and original work doesn't fit into any one box or genera. You can often hear future bass, bass music, dubstep, ambient, EDM, trance, hip hop, and much more when listening to Drew Wood's work. Shows are always mixed live and no two shows are the same. Audiences who get to watch him live note that "he is in the zone and you can feel his love of the music". With everything he produces you can hear the detail, talent and creativity put with care into each song. Bioluminescent's music reminds us to follow our passion without limits!

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So what tips would you give to a younger musicians starting out today? Tips Don't get discouraged. Um, you're gonna meet a lot of haters, and that's okay because that helps you grow. Um, always keep moving forward. Stay true to yourself. Practice your instruments whenever you can and just always keep in mind that it's normal to be rejected dozens and dozens of times before you're going to get that accepted feeling. You know, there's there's lots and lots of times that can remember those scenarios. I don't know how many times you submit, and it's like I've submitted over 100 places and you only get one positive response. You know, just hang in there, stay true to yourself and do the best you can. Um, and always keep building that email list. Just make as many contacts and connections as you can go to as many local live shows and help support that as you can as well, because that's really important and key and your local community is very important. So focus on that, and that's a pretty good start.
If you're If you don't feel inspired, just try to write anyway. You know, even if you don't feel inspired, go find a sample to try to get an idea from and then recreate it. Don't use the sample. You know if if you don't have to. But just try to find your inspiration wherever you can. Um, some people myself included. Go on a walk, Listen to nature. You know, pull your ideas from your surroundings, just take in as much as you can and try to go with that idea.
Yeah. I mean, if you don't mind, let's let's dive into your mastering process a little bit. So with a normal track, there's lots of different, uh, sorry, a normal song. There's lots of different tracks. Do you kind of bounce that into a single wave? File a. Master it that way. How do you How do you work with try to equalize and master things individually and then export and import back into ice? Topo zone eight. That's kind of my go to for mastering at the moment, but there's lots of other things I use also, but that's where I'll do my overall final mastering. But yeah, I try to do everything I can in individual tracks before I export anything that makes sense. Um, so I been listening to your tracks, and I noticed that some some people call it ducking. Some people call it side chaining. Do you use that technique frequently? I do, but I need to do it more often. Um, it's always good side chain what you can and make everything you can just as crisp and clear as possible. Uh, but sometimes, honestly, if you're just going for the complete feel of a track. Sometimes mastering it in that way kind of ruins it, and it takes away the feel. So it also kind of goes back to it just depends on what type of vibe you're going for in the field of the track. And, you know somebody who might not fully be aware of what that concept is. Um, like, when do you think it makes the most sense to use And what do you use it with? And what do you reference the side chain, too? Yeah, Um, always base it around your kicks. Um, if you don't have a solid baseline, then it's just gonna be muddy. Um, always try to make your mids and bass line is crisp and clean as you can. And that's something I work on every day. You know, I'm always learning. Um, it's quite the technique, but yeah, I just always focus on getting it as clear as you can, but without compromising your your own unique sound. You know you don't want to lose yourself in the mix. Basically
uh, bioluminescent is actually my second project. Um, I started that in 2017, and currently I've released 45 tracks or so something like that underneath bioluminescent. Um, I've still got at least 30 unreleased tracks at the moment, so there's a lot to come, but previously I released as Morris code from 2008 to 2000 and 16. Um, that was a really fun venture I released on seven or eight different small labels. Uh, released over 100 tracks is Morse code. I eventually stopped because of some other person I took a few years off. Between 2013 and 2000, 2016 had two wonderful daughters, and I was working really, really hard to do the best for my family as I could during that time. So I kind of put music on the back burner for a few years. I released maybe 15 tracks during those couple of years, and also during that time, there was another Morris code artists that popped up in L. A. And I had just got back into the scene. I'm like, All right, I'm going to dive back in, and, uh, I really something in late 2016 and this guy contacts me. He's like, Hey, you're gonna have to take that down and change your name, or I'm gonna sue you. So yeah, So I had to completely restructure everything. That's that's what was the nail in the coffin for that project. But I'm glad it happened because it motivated me. Two really come up with new ideas and restructure everything from the ground up. Just go grassroots. And that is where bioluminescence started. Great. Great. Uh, you know, that's a bummer. I've I've actually heard that happened to multiple artists now, uh, in regards to having same branding and then there becomes, you know, legal threats. But I think it's, uh it's great that you decided that you had already released a lot of 100. You said 100 tracks under that name around that. And so I already had a huge body of work. Was it nerve racking to cut ties with that brand and and start fresh? It was it was shattering, you know, it was completely detrimental. For a while, I didn't know what to do. I felt like I'd completely lost myself for a couple of months. But I dragged myself out and just realized that I needed to take it one day at a time and just do the best I could and go from there. I'm just trying to dive into that mentality. And because I think a lot of people face challenges and they're like, this is it's over. Yeah, but you are able to break through eventually. Yeah, well, yeah, yeah. How long did it take? Three years. It took me three years to finally fully get confident with that change. Well, I'd say more like to, uh, the last year has been really, really amazing. And I'm I'm feeling really supported and comfortable with the direction that I'm heading. And I just want to say thank you to anyone that has listened because it could not be done without you. It is absolutely essential. And thank you because this is my life and I appreciate you so much, so that's awesome. And And that older music that's still there, you know, it's still not going anywhere. It's still part of your history. And, um so it's like a new chapter is how I see it. Um, so what was there anybody anything. Any mental breakthrough that helped you like. You know what? I'm going to keep doing this. I'm going to just take a left turn or right turn. Um mhm. Mainly. Just stay true to yourself. I started writing music mainly because I find it difficult sometimes to work with other artists live and just practicing. And, you know, it's like, Oh, these two people can show up to practice today, but these two can't and then you have to postpone. So I found it better just to produce things on my own. Um so just stay true to yourself. Don't get discouraged. Always do your best. Keep moving forward.
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