Walking Through J&M’s Masks

This week, I thought that we’d take some time out for the producers in our online family. Chris “Deeflash” Reiche and I have been hard at work on a collaboration project for the past few months called J&M. It’s a progressive/tech house project with a bit of an old skool progressive vibe. The name comes from the initials of our wives Jessica and Melissa. Melissa is my wife. Our original bio has nothing to do with that, but rather two psycho sisters who were separated a birth. This was not a reflection on our wives, but rather our imaginations. So, let’s get back to the album.

Chris and I have been collaborating now for well over two years now. Our first joint release was Leaving/Left. What may seem a bit unusual is that Chris lives in New York while I’m in Georgia. We can’t simply work together as a band normally would in someone’s garage. When we first started, the opportunities to work in real time over nearly 1,000 miles of separation just were not there.

Overcoming this distance has been interesting. We eventually decided that the way to work was for both of us to develop a collection of loops on our own and exchange them in the future for completion. This meant that Chris might start a track, but I would finish it. In the end, a J&M track may only contain a loop or two from the originator of the track, but the originator’s inspiration is still hardboiled into the track. In short, our working methodology was very similar to that of remixers rather than composers.

Toward the end of our production cycle, Ohm Studio entered beta testing and we used it for one track. Ohm Studio is amazing. It’s not perfect, but it does the trick in most cases. Chris and I however are looking forward to the Bitwig Studio beta. Well, not for version 1.0, but rather version 2. They’ve announced networking/Internet support for version 2.0. This is the way of the future.

For the producers, Chris has put together a couple of demo videos walk throughs to feature our production process and the J&M sound. So, please enjoy these videos and feel free to post questions.


Thanks for taking time out to read this and watch the videos. I hope that you got something out of them. J&M – Masks will be out this fall on MK837.

Dave Richards has been producing a mixture of tribal, tech and progressive music for about ten years now. He has had releases on Next Dimension Music, PWM Records, Deeplife Records and more. In 2002, he became the owner of Tastyfresh.com and since then has developed the site’s name and favorable reputation across both the Christian and secular scenes. Currently, Dave works as the label manager with his partner in crime Kevin Oneel at MK837. World domination through “Jelly Doughnut” diplomacy is sure to follow.

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