Tuesday, May 19, 2020

One Life: Anniversary Edition

On the 12 month anniversary of the release of my debut album One Life, I am pleased to share the definitive edition of the album to include new extended release tracks, b-sides, the 3 official music videos and the Native Instrument Stems files of 10 album tracks for DJ's using Traktor - and all for a new lower price of $10 Australian (around US$5).

This time, around, the album will be digitally released on Beatport as well as iTunes, Amazon etc. on June 23, but to pre-order and download all the extra goodies, please head to my Bandcamp site: a-duff.bandcamp.com/album/one-life-anniversary-edition

Thank you for your ongoing support!


Louder than the Music:
"A brilliant EDM record"

Indie Vision Music: 
"Reminds me of playing SSX3 on the PS2"

CCM Magazine: 
"Plenty of gritty break-beats and glitchy break-downs"


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Church Mice Music Video

🏮🐭 Happy Chinese New Year of the Golden Rat 🐭🏮

As promised, I have prepared a little something to celebrate - a video of part of a train journey I took between Shenyang and Benxi in China's Liaoning Province last month set to my track 'Church Mice' from last year's album One-Life.

China has been a large part of my life for many years. I first began learning Chinese 21 years ago at The University of Adelaide and then met the girl of my dreams in Dandong, China nearly 17 years ago and we now are raising an Australian-Chinese family.

This song 'Church Mice' incorporates Chinese instrumentation overlaying electronic beats inspired by deadmau5 - hence the name. I hope you enjoy this latest audio-visual creation and have a fantastic 2020!!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

2019 Year in Review

After a month or more in China to visit family, I’m back in Adelaide and able to access the rest of the internet allowing me to share what a year it has been for me and my music.

It’s hard to think 2020 will already be 5 years since my first signed track, ‘The Ghost Music’ was released by Deep Garnet Records. In this time, I have improved so much as an artist in things like sound composition, automation, mixing, compression and space, as well as performing live – yet I know I still have so many areas I can improve. Got to keep chasing perfection!!!

2019 started off with a guest DJ mix for Chinese New Year for Adelaide’s EDM radio station Fresh FM. As someone who has married into a Chinese family and speaks Mandarin, I really enjoyed putting together a cross-genre set that combines some of the best Chinese and Western sounds and beats together.

Of course, the big news this year was the release in June of my first artist album One-Life.

I look back over my musical heroes and all of them have released albums that I come back to and revisit over time – and I do that much more than listening to their single releases. Their albums define their musical journey for that period of their career and I wanted to do the same.

One-Life took me 3 years to put together and while I have further improved as an artist since then, I am still very proud to have released it. I managed so get some really good and honest reviews from some reputable media including: 
I also had fun putting together music videos for some of the tracks including 'Don't Stop Believing' which got some really nice words from one of my musical heroes in A Skillz.


My album release went on iTunes, Amazon, Youtube and all over the place, but interestingly Spotify tells me I had listeners from 40 countries on their platform last year which is really cool. For me though, the best bit is listening to my two children aged 11 & 13 plugged into their headphones at home listening and to my beats and asking why aren't I more famous for my music lol!

I’m still working on new music for release in 2020 (but nowhere near as ambitious as a whole album) and I have something exciting planned for Chinese New Year that I look forward to sharing soon.

Thanks for all you support in 2019 and have a great 2020!!

Aaron



Sunday, June 23, 2019

Debut Album ONE-LIFE out today!

Purchase or stream at: https://gyro.lnk.to/OneLife

The day has finally come! Having begun this journey at the end of 2016, it is with a mixture of pride and trepidation that I release my debut album ONE-LIFE into the world.

This is without a doubt the most ambitious creative project that I have chosen to undertake in my life to-date and I thank all those many people who helped me put this together and those who have guided me over the years on my musical journey (see tagged below)

Please support through a share, playlist add or album purchase. I would love to get your feedback and I hope this music can be a soundtrack of today's season in your ONE-LIFE.

All glory to God!!