Reef Project - Deep End and Lost at Sea
I started buying studio gear in 2000. I had no idea what the hell I was doing. Lucky for me I teamed up with Christopher Arnold (aka Bitwise) and we combined our gear and rented a space in Hollywood and set up a studio. Those early days were awesome, just learning and trying to write early tracks. It was a lot of trial and error. More error really. I love ambient and downtempo and I wanted to write some under the name Reef Project. I have a facination with reef tanks and the world in our seas. My first album came out in 2001. It was called Star and I pretty much gave them away. I actually gave a lot of them away to people who came to a event I threw at The Masterdome called BioDome.
The second album was started in 2002 and it is really where I felt started to feel more comfortable in the studio. We were still using Logic back then but mainly to record into, everything was very hardware based. I really got to know the EMU E5000 Sampler more and grew more familiar with my synthesizers at the time. I was constantly in the studio. All day and well into the night. I loved creating. Trying new things. "Deep End" is where it all came together for me. When it was released in March of 2003, I pushed it hard to a lot of review sites. I was really happy with the reviews that came in. All of them were very positive and I even got a 4.5 out of 5 from Resident Advisor.
I kept producing albums under Reef Project and the last 3 came out on System Recordings. However, Deep End was kind of lost as it was mainly a Self Released CD. I only made 1000 copies and the are long gone. However, I still have the files so I am releasing it again as a download on this site. If you want an idea of the sound on Deep End, click on the track below.
While I was going through my hard drive looking for the files for "Deep End" I discovered a lot of tracks I did during that time period that never saw the light of day. I think I put some up on the now defunct MP3.com but I never really did anything with them. They are pretty raw but I think it is a good testimony of how I started producing music. I am going to collect the best of these tracks and release it as an album called "Lost at Sea". I am working on the artwork and hope to have it out very soon.
Here is an early unreleased Reef Project tune that will be on "Lost at Sea":
More info on "Lost at Sea" very soon. Watch this space.