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Blake Vaughn


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Hello traxx24 team! I am absolutely ecstatic that I have been selected because someone liked something that I created. This is the feeling i've been looking for! So, thank you for that. My name is Blake Vaughn and I am a (bedroom) producer in Illinois. I have been making beats on and off since I was about 12 years old and currently still have the very first ones I created on my old Ipod touch. They're pretty funny! I was born on March 15th, 1995. As of right now, I only have 12 tracks on Soundcloud, but I am nowhere close to where I want to be as far as skill level is considered. I call them my "practice tracks". That is because I do not have everything I need to become more legit and actually start on my first album. Right now the only issue that's holding me up is money, which will soon not be an issue at all. I just got a great job (Union Boilermaker) and once I get a little money saved, I will be able to completely invest in my passion and fully utilize the time (roughly 3-4 months out of the year) I have off to work on my music. It's just a small speed bump that I will be over in the next couple months. Anyway, my best friend (I will be nominating him and another buddy or two) and I came up with "GudGudBeats", which is what could potentially become a record label name in the future. "Good music, Good vibes" is our slogan and we eagerly look forward to what the future may hold. This nomination is a great step in the right direction! ? Here are two of my tracks that received the best feedback from people who follow me on Soundcloud, instagram, etc. Both are remixes, which seem to be my strong point! Check them out!

https://soundcloud.com/gudgudbeats/bad-n-boujee-re-work

https://soundcloud.com/gudgudbeats/double-cup-remix


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


Since I was about 5 years old, I have loved High energy music, songs with BIG 808's complimented by a FAT snare or clap, and anything with a memorable hook. It's hard for me to give specific genres, because I love them all! Anything from classical piano, to hard hitting Trap/Trapstep/Dubstep is suitable for me, depending on the mood or situation I am in. Songs in all genres have the power to inspire me in their own way. Most importantly, I love music with meaning. But don't we all? The stories artists tell through their songs are important to understand for anyone who makes music, in my opinion. From an artistic standpoint, Trap, Rap, and Hip-Hop probably have the most influence on me because these are the genres I absolutely love working on. I have also gained so much more appreciation for remixes in the EDM world since I started making them myself. They are probably my favorite thing to work on! One thing that has changed for me in terms of taste in music is vocals and the work that goes into producing them. This is something that I have reached utmost appreciation for. I am super excited about learning to produce professional sounding vocals just as much as anything. Any of the songs in my Soundcloud likes are all constant inspirations to me, as these are the types of songs I want to eventually be able to create myself.


What´s new right now?


Right now, as I slightly touched base on earlier in the first question, I am sort of at a stopping or "pausing" point. I am wiping my laptop back to factory settings due to a virus and completely starting over. I'll be upgrading to the new Ableton Live Suite (I had the cheapest version before (to learn) which created limitations on what I was able to create), all new professional plugins, etc. I have honestly never looked forward to anything so much in my life. Once I do this, I will start working on my first album. I am overly excited! This is what I meant when I talked about fully investing in myself, as well as the 12 tracks on my Soundcloud being my "practice tracks". It's time to become legit and get my name out there. It's time to start focusing on the details of making more professional-sounding music as well as showing people what I am truly capable of. I have never been more motivated than I am right now. Eventually, once I get my own place and I am able to build my own studio, I will start working more with vocals. But until then, I will continue learning, making remixes, beats for people, and original tracks that will go on my album. Thank you guys for this opportunity and the gratitude you have given me. The idea behind this group is incredible and I love what you guys do! ?

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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https://soundcloud.com/gudgudbeats

https://www.facebook.com/blake.vaughn.5

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