I discovered this website through twitter.- My name is Ricky.
I’m a career music producer from NY, now indie artist / record label. I distribute my songs through my own label - Anirhythm.
I don’t like the title “jack of all trades”, because it can imply that i didn’t love something enough to master it, my creative career started as a DJ, and my main skill is studying a crowd and making them smile. Everything I’ve learned since has been to enhance that ability.
I was part of a major music production team for a little over 25 years, have received several awards. I then went independent and started my own label when the music industry was falling apart and at its worst lol.
i was first a dj, then I got into pro music as an arranger / editor, then I became a composer, then a programmer, then associate / assistant producer, then full producer, then indie artist, then cg artist, then stareable forum lol.
when I left the mainstream industry and went indie, I no longer had corporate support. my main focus was paying bills, staying alive… and doing what I knew best, making music. So, if I wanted to stay competitive, I had to learn production, mixing, mastering in more detail, cg and animation to make visuals for album covers and videos to promote my music releases. In the corporate days they had a specialist for every aspect of production, ultimately my “specialty” was midi programmer / producer…when the team leaders were out, I was left overseeing the projects. as an indie, I had to fill in the blanks. segway, jack of all trades …but I’d rather say I’m a survivor and I didn’t quit when I couldn’t get help.
In the process I learned some CG / Animation skills , and found that many of the production work flows in music applied to film. I got skilled enough to do freelance animation work with an upcoming film producer. ( and a big shout out to him, he was a life saver when I first transitioned to indie )
I’ve learned enough cg to consider an animated web series or even a film short - but in reality, it’s always been about new ways to promote my music.
here are 2 music videos I’ve made -
I can do better, but I don’t know my best since some of the things I’ve learned to do far exceed the time I can spend doing them all! “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Leonardo da Vinci - this is especiallly true when rent is due lol!!
Anyways, that said, I’m here to make new friends, learn and find inspiration. <3
Wonderful to meet you all,