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If you possess a calender you may have noticed that 2015 is almost over. Only 2 days before people get together once again to celebrate the beginning of the new year and pump a shitload of fireworks into our already damaged atmosphere. I'd like to use this occasion to make a quick recap of what happened the past year (in terms of my music).
I spent most of January being all overwhelmed because of almost winning an actual remix contest back in December. As NicoKay, I've made constant progress, and when eventually it all culminated in this event of actual recognition, I knew this would be my last project under that alias. Even though it's just the name and it does not have anything to do with the content I'm creating, the end of NicoKay was soon to come. I wanted to start over again, with a new alias (one that I'm actually happy with), a new logo and new musical themes, leaving behind all the (more or less) cringeworthy things I produced in the past.
So on the 1st of May I started FOURSQUARED. There isn't actually much of a deeper meaning to this name, my birthday just happens to be on the 4th of February (so 04.02.). What really counted to me was to have an alias that doesn't restrict me to anything, to no genre and not even to music only: A project. To kick off that project I released an impulsive electronic rock short story called Next Level, followed by Alone In The Woods, an uplifting and danceable House track that was inspired by the feeling of being in the woods on your own and having the opportunity to do whatever you want without anybody seeing, hearing or judging you.
During the previous months I discovered another, relatively new, passion of mine: Film. I started watching more and more movies, one of the very first ones having been Fight Club. Movies became a whole new source of inspiration to me, which led me to start my series INSPIRED BY. Songs inspired by my favorite movies. The first one in that series was 6:42 AM, an hommage to Cloverfield (probably my favorite Found-Footage-monster-movie of all time). I love that song for being so much different to my previous, heavily EDM-influenced music. I am going to continue this serious in 2016, the list of possible movies is long. I am thinking about The Babadook, Fight Club and Birdman, just to name a few.
After 6:42 AM, nothing much happened in terms of new music. It's been mainly school that kept me from producing. That doesn't mean I did nothing during that time. What I consider one of my most important steps in 2015: I started learning the piano. Relatively late, but better late than never.
Finally, about a week ago, I released my latest song, Infected. It's a fun little Electro track that I've been working on for some, but that doesn't quite receive the recognition I think it deserves.
Overall, all changes aside, it has been a quiet year. On one hand I made a lot of personal progress, on the other hand, I feel like no one really noticed. I am spending more time than ever taking care of my social media pages, trying to make my music get heard by people and submitting tracks to music networks. So far it's all been without success, but that doesn't stop me from trying, because also more than ever before, I believe in myself and my music. I know that what I do is good. Not at all perfect, but worth being noticed. Now 2015 over, 2016 is around the corner and I can already tell that it's definitely going to be better than ever.
THANK YOU A LOT to everyone who sticked around or supported me in any way. I honestly appreciate it. Happy New Year to you all... and stay tuned.
I was just scrolling through my old Newgrounds posts and found one from over a year ago, where I set myself three main goals for the near future. Knowing myself quite well, I never thought I would actually have the determination to reach all three of them.
1. I'm going to change my artist name.
I did, as you might have noticed. I've had enough of my old alias NicoKay. Not only because it sounds awfully stupid, but also I felt that it, kind of, set the focus on... me. As the nooby teenage bedroom producer. I didn't want that. By creating FOURSQUARED, I started a project, that provides me the total control over the content I create. In a way, I made things less personal to create content that is more personal. (That whole paragraph might have made no sense to you at all, but nevermind.)
2. I'm going to think of some way of self-promotion, to make people interested, not only in my music, but also in the things I want to express with it.
A way to promote yourself, to brand yourself, to make yourself a name, is to do something special and unique, that nobody has done before. That's why I started INSPIRED BY (there are more to come).
3. I'm going to keep making all kinds of music I like. Of course, my passion is EDM, but I like the idea of creating innovative, "unheard" styles of electronic music.
If you've heard the three tracks I released since the name change, you might have noticed that I combined a whole lot of different new styles, like Rock, Glitch, Instrumental music, Soundtrack music and Dubstep.
I just thought this would be interesting to know.
Hello guys. Since I haven't been active in quite a while, I figured I'm just gonna tell you about what's going on at the moment.
So, as it's my last year of school (finals will be in April and May) and, at the same time, I'm involved in the Christmas Concert AND the Abitur newspaper (the german equivalent to a yearbook, I think), there isn't much time left for producing. Basically, what my days look like is: school from 7am, coming home at about 4pm and then, either doing some pointless homework or feeling uninspired and useless.
However, I HAVE JUST STARTED LEARNING THE PIANO!! (at 17... but rather late than never I guess) I am kind of too dumb to play with two hands, but apparently I'm learning quite fast. So let's see how this goes.
Apart from that, there's not much interesting to say. I am trying to set me a schedule for producing, meaning that I'm gonna practice more often, at best daily. After that, there will be more music, I promise! I think the next song is gonna be another Inspired By, since I'm also watching quite a lot of movies recently. Thinking of The Babadook, Fight Club, Birdman or Chronicle, I really love all of them. Let me know which one YOU would like to hear. Also, if you have any movie recommendations that are similar to the ones named above, be sure to leave them in the comments!
So, I guess that's it for now. Definitely stay tuned and have a nice day/evening/whatever!
So, I finally released a song again. But this time, it's something special.
I'm going to start a series called Inspired By, which is basically going to be tracks that are inspired by some of my favourite movies. #01 which was released today is called 6:42 AM and it's based on the movie Cloverfield. I've got ideas and plans for more though, for example for The Babadook and Fight Club.
You can listen to the first song here.
Enjoy and have a nice day!
This right here is probably one of the best songs I have ever heard on Newgroungs, if not the best. Go listen to it! This is not a recommendation, it's an order. Do it NOW
Hi, NicoKay here. Or rather, FOURSQUARED.
Yes, I finally changed my name and started making music again. Just wanted to inform you about this.
Tomorrow there will be a new track, so stay tuned and don't run away.
Well, hi guys, it's been a while.
Some of you may know that I'm currently taking a break from making music and that after that break, I kind of want to restart, with a new producer name, logo etc. I feel like that time has about come. (If you don't know me yet: Hi. I'm a 17 year old weirdo without a personal life, so I have to produce EDM to push my self esteem.)
Anyway, now I need YOUR HELP!
I have to collect ideas for a new name. So I'd love you to leave me any kind of inspiration in the comments! May be a suggestion for a name, or just some other random idea concerning that topic.
FYI My real name is Nico Kalka. I would like my producer name to be somewhat personal, not that EDM stereotypical, but definitely unique (so that when you search for it on the internet, you are able to find me and not something else called alike.)
I really hope you're able to help me out!
Every kind of support is genuinely appreciated. You might be able to get some previews and sneak peeks once I started producing again if you helped me! :D
So... be creative and have a nice day!
any advice for fighting writer's block/getting creativity??? my brains empty right now
2014 is almost over...
For me as musician, 2014 was a great year, I made big progress. I (almost) won a remix contest and got to know some really cool people through collaborating.
Apart from music, 2014 brought some very bad things such as wars, conflicts and a lot of discrimination. This makes me kind of sad. However, I hope and believe that 2015 is going to be a lot more peaceful.
I am really looking forward to 2015! I see it as a new beginning for myself. There are a lot of plans and ideas I want to realize. Stay tuned for more music, and maybe even other stuff!
So, I wish you guys a HAPPY NEW YEAR and may you successfully keep your New Year's resolutions!
I never thought I would make it! Second Winner!
I'd like to thank Alex Frecon and WeSpin for choosing my remix as one of the three best, as well as YOU for supporting me!
If you haven't supported me and never heard of me... Hi, I'm Nico. :D Listen to the remix I made.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for new stuff! :D