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U Know What Time It Is

Waynebo

My journey as an artist continues with this 2nd single from the upcoming “After All These Years” EP.

For this track, I decided to pay homage to one of my biggest musical influences – The Time. The inspiration I got from the Minneapolis funk of the early 80’s is one of the biggest reasons I am a musician to this day. If you know Minneapolis funk,

My journey as an artist continues with this 2nd single from the upcoming “After All These Years” EP.

For this track, I decided to pay homage to one of my biggest musical influences – The Time. The inspiration I got from the Minneapolis funk of the early 80’s is one of the biggest reasons I am a musician to this day. If you know Minneapolis funk, then you probably can hear bits of it weaved into almost every track I make.

This time around, just for the fun of it, I issued a little challenge to myself: take the drum beat from the classic tune “777-9311”, change it up a little bit, and write a completely different song to that beat. I had a ton of fun doing this. Drummer-style drum programming is one of my strengths and I definitely got to flex that on this track. I would love to see a good drummer play along to this one.

I also paid homage to the album cover from 1982’s “What Time Is It?” by putting my own little twist on the same theme. I was a 14 year-old 9th grader when that album dropped and it remains one of my all-time favorites. Consider “U Know What Time It Is” my response to that question. I hope you enjoy this one!

Produced, arranged & composed by Waynebo All instruments played by Waynebo

Recorded & Mixed by Waynebo at The Exodus Lab Mastered by Mike Smith at AnalogMastering.com

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Grits and Eggs

Waynebo

“Grits & Eggs” is the first single from my upcoming EP “After All These Years”. It embodies a sound inspired by the funk bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Classic bass guitar thumping, in-the-pocket drums, big analog synths and stylish rhodes piano blend together to sweeten the ear candy of this first single.

In early 2021, I made a

“Grits & Eggs” is the first single from my upcoming EP “After All These Years”. It embodies a sound inspired by the funk bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Classic bass guitar thumping, in-the-pocket drums, big analog synths and stylish rhodes piano blend together to sweeten the ear candy of this first single.

In early 2021, I made a commitment. It was a commitment that was wayyyy overdue. It was time to stop dabbling as a musician. Time to stop messing around with different styles. Time to stop just doing whatever I felt like doing musically. It was time to stop hiding. I committed myself to really being an artist – not just a musician or a producer. To stepping into my lane as an instrumental pop-funk artist and staying there long enough to establish a sound and really begin building an audience. I committed myself to resisting the urges and the inspiration to create in other genres as I have done for many years. Funk is where I started. In spite of my love for creating other styles, Funk is what I am best at. As an artist, Funk is where I belong. In the 8 months since my last release, I have created a lot of music. I have finally found a sound I could commit to as a starting point. A place to begin a sonic progression that will make sense to those who are listening and give proper context to the other music I create.
As a genre, Funk has fallen so far out of the mainstream that when I upload my music to various platforms it’s often not even an option for me to choose. Nevertheless, the Funk is in me. So in 2022, that’s what you’re gonna get. Let’s GO!

Produced, Composed & Arranged by Waynebo All instruments played by Waynebo

Recorded & Mixed by Waynebo at The Exodus Lab Mastered by Mike Smith at Analog Mastering

Cover Art by Benyamin Nugraha

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A Child Of The 80's Vol. 1

Waynebo

Buy it on BANDCAMP >> https://waynebo.bandcamp.com/album/a-child-of-the-80s-vol-1 Stream it on your favorite service >> https://lnk.to/AChildOfThe80sV1

The title of this EP describes me. I went to middle school, high school, and college in the 80’s. Everything I learned about being cool, I learned in the 80’s. My taste in music was

Buy it on BANDCAMP >> https://waynebo.bandcamp.com/album/a-child-of-the-80s-vol-1 Stream it on your favorite service >> https://lnk.to/AChildOfThe80sV1

The title of this EP describes me. I went to middle school, high school, and college in the 80’s. Everything I learned about being cool, I learned in the 80’s. My taste in music was firmly established in the 80’s. And, most importantly, I began writing and producing my own music in the 80’s.

I am a child of the 80’s.

As you know, over the last few years 80’s music has seen a bit of resurgence in popularity. Synthwave has gotten the lion’s share of that attention. So much so that when you say “80’s music”, that’s the immediate sonic reference that people get. I always enjoyed that style, but it isn’t what influenced me. My biggest influence was the pop funk that came out of Minneapolis in the early 80’s. It shapes my musical tastes to this day and this EP is my tribute to what those cats did back then.

This EP also has a deeper, more personal significance for me as well. Most of my musical life I have viewed myself exclusively as a producer. Everything I created and/or released during the 90’s and 00’s was done with production and remix work as the endgame. In December of 2016 I decided to make the transition from producer to artist. Mentally, it was a life-changing paradigm shift. The biggest decision I had to make – and am still wrestling with – is “What does Waynebo the artist sound like”? I have always been eclectic in my musical tastes, but when I began creating music in July of 1983, that music was funk. So I decided the world needed some more good ‘ol 80’s funk and I knew I had a ton of it inside of me. Waynebo would be a funk artist! So I thought…

I recorded and mixed this EP in December of 2016 with the intent of releasing it in the spring of 2017. Unfortunately, my lack of diligence with backing up my computer got exposed. Right after I completed this project, my hard drive crashed. It took several months before I was able to recover any of my files. I lost everything I had been working on since 2013!! I was devastated and angry with myself. I knew better, but I got caught slippin’. After receiving a very poorly executed data restoration - almost miraculously - I was able to wade through over 50,000 wav files and find the 4 files containing these songs. In the fall of 2017, I started over from scratch creating music. By this time, there were some other things a bit too personal to share here that happened in my life that completely derailed my musical efforts for the rest of that year so the EP was pushed back yet again.

In early 2018, I released a 3-song EP “2 Stankin’ Minutes (The Prequel)” with the intent to follow it up in the spring with this release. I will spare you the rest of the details about 2018, but this time life blocked my plans in some ways that were beyond my control. Pushed back again… In 2019, I released some music under my Electric Maestro and The King Midas Project Monikers but wavered in my commitment to fully embracing the role of an artist. Truth is, I enjoy being a faceless entity that creates music. When you’re an artist you have to really put yourself out there and share who you are. Producing and composing is more natural for me.

So here we are. I’m finally releasing this EP and opening a new chapter in my musical life. To be honest, I am just as relieved as I am excited. I planned to get this to you a bit earlier this year, but I think it’s fitting that circumstances pushed me into dropping this on my 52nd birthday. It’s a nice birthday present for me and I hope you feel the energy I poured into creating this.

As the work to develop my sound continues, I’ve decided to take you guys on that journey with me. You can expect to see several singles over the next few months with different types of vibes. Please feel free to hit me up on social media or chime in here with some feedback.

And let me know if you want to hear Vol. 2.

Thank you for your support.

p.s. Yes, that's me in 1983 on the cover.

released September 24, 2020

Produced, Arranged, Composed, and Performed by Waynebo Mixed by Waynebo at The Exodus Lab

Mastered on eMastered.com

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2 Stankin' Minutes (The Prequel)

Waynebo

Buy it on BANDCAMP >> https://waynebo.bandcamp.com/album/2-stankin-minutes-the-prequel

“2 Stankin Minutes (The Prequel)” is an EP of 3 distinctly different grooves – each roughly 2 minutes long - inspired by the funk & pop of the early 80’s.

Those who follow me know I’ve been focused on house and electronic styles for the past few years.

Buy it on BANDCAMP >> https://waynebo.bandcamp.com/album/2-stankin-minutes-the-prequel

“2 Stankin Minutes (The Prequel)” is an EP of 3 distinctly different grooves – each roughly 2 minutes long - inspired by the funk & pop of the early 80’s.

Those who follow me know I’ve been focused on house and electronic styles for the past few years. But if you’ll lend me 2 Stankin Minutes of your time, I’d like to introduce you to another side of me as a musician.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, 80’s music is back in style. Soon I will join the party with my EP “A Child Of The 80’s Vol. 1”. 4 tracks of 80’s-flavored instrumental funk-pop. But before I drop that EP, I wanted to introduce y’all to my funk side. I’ve been making music since the 80’s, so everything has come full-circle for me. This is just the warm-up.

“2 Stankin Minutes (The Prequel)” is an EP of 3 distinctly different grooves – each roughly 2 minutes long - inspired by the funk & pop of the early 80’s. In contrast to the fully developed compositions on “A Child Of The 80’s Vol. 1”, 2 Stankin Minutes just hits you with the grooves. The Minneapolis influence is obvious and intentional. I had a lot of fun doing these tracks and I hope the energy makes you feel as good as it makes me feel.

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Waynebo for Exodus Music All instruments played by Waynebo

Buy it >> https://waynebo.bandcamp.com/album/2-stankin-minutes-the-prequel

Stream it on your favorite service >> https://lnk.to/2StankinMinutes

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Light It Up

Waynebo

Purchase on BANDCAMP >> https://waynebo.bandcamp.com/track/light-it-up

40 years after it was released, the sounds from the Roland TR-808 drum machine remain some of the most popular drum sounds ever. You hear them all over popular music. They absolutely dominate the drum sound palette of most hip-hop producers. As a producer, I rarely use

Purchase on BANDCAMP >> https://waynebo.bandcamp.com/track/light-it-up

40 years after it was released, the sounds from the Roland TR-808 drum machine remain some of the most popular drum sounds ever. You hear them all over popular music. They absolutely dominate the drum sound palette of most hip-hop producers. As a producer, I rarely use 808 drum sounds in my tracks. No shade intended, but for the styles of music that I create, most of the time they simply don’t fit.

This release is that rare exception for me.

Every year on August 8th the electronic music world celebrates “808 Day”(8/08, get it?). Producers all over the world share 808-based tracks, sound designers give away 808 sounds, and various companies publish stories about the many iconic artists and memorable tracks that have featured the 808. Back in 2019, I decided I would join in just for fun. I challenged myself to see what I could come up with in 60 minutes using the 808 - 75% of this track was done in that first hour. I shared it on social media and got some positive feedback on it. That inspired me to go back and polish it up into a complete song. It turned out really good, but I never released it.

Sonically, the track really doesn’t fit the direction I’m going in as an artist, but after bumpin’ this in my car for a year and a half I realized that I like this track way too much to not share it. Plus, I need to release some of this music I’m sitting on as I work on developing my sound.

So….. here it is. “Light It Up”. I hope y’all dig it. Hit me up with some feedback and let me know.

released May 19, 2021

Produced, composed & performed by Waynebo for Exodus Music Mixed & Mastered by Waynebo

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Love For the 106 - Part 1

Electric Maestro

One of the great things about modern music production is the abundance and availability of affordable synths. It really is great. But sometimes having 10,000 options can be a bit overwhelming. So, I recently decided that I would challenge myself to produce some tracks using only 1 synth. It’s amazing how much creativity one can find within pre-set

One of the great things about modern music production is the abundance and availability of affordable synths. It really is great. But sometimes having 10,000 options can be a bit overwhelming. So, I recently decided that I would challenge myself to produce some tracks using only 1 synth. It’s amazing how much creativity one can find within pre-set limits. You can expect to see more of these from me in the future!

I’m starting off with what is probably my all-time favorite synth: the Roland Juno-106.

When it comes to synths, today producers rave about the sound of Serum or Omnisphere. Back in the day it was all about the Juno-106 for me. It still is. To this day, to my ears there is not a synth that sounds better than that one (honorable mention goes to the Juno-60). Unfortunately, I never actually owned one. When it was released in 1984 it was an “affordable” synth, but I was 16 years-old and my job at Burger King didn’t quite pay enough for me to buy one. Thanks to the wonderful people at Arnoldt Williams Music who allowed this somewhat nerdy teenager to hang out in the store for hours at a time, I did get to play it quite a few times so I am very familiar with the sound of the real thing.

I am very impressed with the digital emulation of this synth found in the Roland Cloud. It sounds exactly as I remember it. That is the only synth you hear on this track. I intentionally kept the sound simple and phat. I’ll experiment with some modern FX on future tracks, but to start out the series I just wanted to let the wonderful warm sound of this great synth shine through. Enjoy!

released March 17, 2021

Produced by Waynebo for Exodus Music Mixed by Waynebo Mastered by Label Worx

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Dance Of The Refugee

Electric Maestro

Buy this on BANDCAMP: https://electricmaestro.bandcamp.com/album/dance-of-the-refugee

I’m so excited to finally release this track! However, the inspiration behind this one requires a bit of explaining.

Back in 2017, I went to the CD Baby DIY Musician conference in Nashville, Tennessee. During my time there, one of the many wonderful musicians I

Buy this on BANDCAMP: https://electricmaestro.bandcamp.com/album/dance-of-the-refugee

I’m so excited to finally release this track! However, the inspiration behind this one requires a bit of explaining.

Back in 2017, I went to the CD Baby DIY Musician conference in Nashville, Tennessee. During my time there, one of the many wonderful musicians I met was a singer/songwriter named Sara Quah. We had a great conversation about music, the industry, and a lot of other stuff. And, of course, we talked about collaborating. When I got back to my hotel room that night, I listened to her music and found that she was indeed very talented. Particularly at songwriting. One song in particular – “Refugee” - grabbed my attention. It was a live performance without her band. Just Sara and her guitar. Something in that song really inspired me. When I saw her the next day, I told her that I wanted to do a remix of it. She seemed a little surprised that I had chosen that song, but seemed to warm up to the idea.

As soon as I got back home I started working on it. At that time, she wasn’t able to record an acapella of the song for me, so I used the audio from the YouTube video and built a track around it. It was a very inspired session because “Refugee” is a really good song. To this day, it’s one of the best arrangements I’ve done. When I sent it to her, her response was “holy crap! That’s amazing!!”. Unfortunately, we were never able to work out getting her vocals recorded so it was never released.

So here we are in 2020. I’m 3 years better as a producer and still sitting on one of my best tracks. I decided this arrangement was too good to never see the light of day so I updated the production and re-worked the arrangement into an instrumental I call “Dance of The Refugee”.

Maybe one day Sara and I will collaborate. In the meantime, enjoy a track 100% inspired by her.

p.s. be sure to look her up on YouTube and Facebook and show her some love.

Watch Sara Quah “Refugee” here >> https://youtu.be/X-EKgZ6tA4k

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