5 AM Awake





Mixer Jaëxx


Mixer Jaëxx


Mixer Jaëxx


Mixer Jaëxx


MIDI Controlled Addiction


Mixer Jaëxx, U.S. Copyright Office, 2014







Inspiration happens in weird ways. Late at night, messing with my virtual drum machine, Redrum, I was feeling cooped up. So at 2 AM, I headed down to my local Steak ’n’ Shake. I walked in with my electronics backpack strung over my shoulder and the waitress asked “Booth or a table?” I motioned towards my backpack (black with reflective rainbow graffiti) and said “Anything with an outlet…


While there, jamming with my decade old Sony MDR-V600 headphones on, I ended up on a pretty groovy hip-hop beat. Well, I hate hip-hop, so that no good. But I didn’t want my time out wasted after all. So I ended up replacing some of the drum hits with crazy sounds, some of the drum pads controlling synths and other just insane shit. What I ended up with was this wild sound… glitchy, in a good way. I tweaked it some more and realize I had changed this beat into an awesome, deephouse-sounding groove.


While sitting in Steak ’n’ Shake, having people eating there looking over with curiosity and wondering what I was doing (I had my Korg PadKontrol device hooked up to my laptop, flashing away with its pink-glowing lights), I ended up creating a virtual device for the drums. This device allows me to alter and affect sounds of drums, giving them a kinda’ crushy, static quality at times. This device ended up becoming so useful that I use it in most of my songs. It’s really become a signature sound by accident.


So not only did I start creating the basics for an awesome, deephouse-sounding song, but I came up with a prototype device for crushulating drums. Wow, what an inspiring, productive outing this ended up being (and the food was great that night, too).


By the time I realized I should get going, I noticed it was like 5:45 AM. Holy shit, I was there for a long time. In closing things down, my music studio program asked me to save the project. I decided on “5 AM Awake 01.rns”. And that’s how 5 AM Awake got its name; being awake at 5 AM at Steak ’n’ Shake creating music. Gotta’ fuckin’ love the future, ya know? Don’t take the technology we have at our disposal for granted, people a couple decades ago would kill to live in our times.


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