Color Theory
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Could you update the fans about the second and third Adjustments releases?


Color Theory responded on 06/12/2012
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I suspect they'll be along in six months and a year, but I don't want to jinx it by setting firm release dates.

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What's your favorite album so far released in 2012?


Color Theory responded on 06/01/2012
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I just looked over my Last.fm profile, and it doesn't look like I played many releases more than twice. I've probably listened the most to Porter Robinson "Spitfire" and Skrillex "Bangarang" - the latter because my son really likes it.

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No really, what's your attitude towards Britney Spears? Is her music as hot as she is?


Color Theory responded on 05/25/2012
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I believe if you look up the word "indifferent" in the dictionary, my attitude toward Britney Spears will be cited as an example.

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What is your attitude towards Britney Spears?


Color Theory responded on 05/16/2012
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Pretty sure I don't have one.

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What influenes you to get ideas of your songs or yet to them developed and have them become a song you want to record?


Color Theory responded on 05/10/2012
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I always have trouble with this question, because I try not to think about it too much. I just keep a list of ideas, mostly song titles, and add to it when something hits me. Then when I've got a little production idea or instrumental snippet to develop, I check the ideas list to see if any titles or phrases resonate with the music, and build from there.

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Do you like beer?


Color Theory responded on 05/08/2012
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My favorite is Blue Moon with an orange wedge.

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Your songs tell stories of all sorts. How do you 'get into character' for each song? Surely you're middle name isn't danger (Game Over) and your life isn't a hopeless mess (Sagittarius)? :-)


Color Theory responded on 05/03/2012
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I confess, my middle name is Keith - but I am a Sagittarius!

Avoiding french fries for lunch (so I don't clear my throat from the grease) is about the only preparation I take. Oftentimes I'll have just written the lyrics and/or melody right before recording, so the first few takes are an exploration. With any luck, I land on something that furthers the emotion of the song. If not, I try again the next day!

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With lyrics covering many topics, e.g., criminality (Game Over), cheating bastards (Two) & romance (Drive You Home), I'm curious if any particular song is more about "you" than others?


Color Theory responded on 05/03/2012
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I try not to let my personal history get in the way of a good song. Usually I start from a title and take it wherever it leads me.

Drive You Home was actually written for a friend's wedding, and describes how he met and fell in love with his now-wife. Your other two examples are fictional (or are they? ;)

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Are there any musical genres you can't stand? I.e. you'd rather have a root canal than listen to _________ (opera, twangy old-school country, or whatever)?


Color Theory responded on 05/02/2012
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I've never had a root canal, so I'm not qualified to answer that question. ;)

There was a time I would've singled out a few genres, but I've learned through my mastering work that I can appreciate good music in any genre. What I can't stand is predictable cliché lyrics, because by the second chorus I'm already making up offensive rhymes in my head.

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You have a pretty unique style, what elements do you combine to get your particular sound?


Color Theory responded on 05/01/2012
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80's synthpop is in my blood, but I listen to mostly electronic dance music now, so my music falls somewhere in between. And of course I'm a pianist first and foremost, so there's that.

If you mean actual instruments, I'm entirely "in the box." Even the piano is sampled, even though I've got a 1914 Steinway O in the next room. The samples sound so much cleaner in the mix! My main synths right now are Massive and Zebra 2, and I record and mix in Ableton Live.