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A Child of The 80's Vol. 2

Waynebo

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This season of my music journey has been about celebrating my musical origins.

The 80’s. A time when funk & pop combined in ways previously unheard. The sound of synths and drum machines expanded and dominated the airwaves. My life as a musician began in the midst of this flurry of new sounds and styles.

I am a child of the 80’s. I began

This season of my music journey has been about celebrating my musical origins.

The 80’s. A time when funk & pop combined in ways previously unheard. The sound of synths and drum machines expanded and dominated the airwaves. My life as a musician began in the midst of this flurry of new sounds and styles.

I am a child of the 80’s. I began writing & recording my own music in the summer of 1983 just as I was finishing the 9th grade. There was a ton of great music that year, but Prince’s “1999” album absolutely dominated my personal playlist. I was absolutely captivated and inspired by the sound and style of that project. As I celebrate the music of that time, I wanted to create something that sounded like it might have come from that Minneapolis hotbed of creativity.

I received a RANSOM NOTE. Feeling a new INVIGORATION, I walked THE FAMILIAR PATH. As a member of the CLASS OF 1986, I took a MIDNIGHT STROLL which led to my joining the DESCENDANTS OF THE VIOLET ARMY in a celebration of this great era of music.

Long live the spirit of the 80’s!

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

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    Invigoration

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    Midnight Stroll (A Song for Corliss)

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Midnight Stroll (A Song for Corliss)

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An instrumental funk ballad with Minneapolis-inspired Linn Drums, a big thumping bass guitar, pillowy rhodes, layered pianos & synths, topped off with a beautiful lead melody... Hey, this is the perfect track for a Gen-X musician like me to dedicate to my mom!

In the 80’s, all the great albums included at least one ballad. I’m in a season of

An instrumental funk ballad with Minneapolis-inspired Linn Drums, a big thumping bass guitar, pillowy rhodes, layered pianos & synths, topped off with a beautiful lead melody... Hey, this is the perfect track for a Gen-X musician like me to dedicate to my mom!

In the 80’s, all the great albums included at least one ballad. I’m in a season of celebrating 80’s music, so I had to follow suit. As soon as I finished this track, the emotions that it captured immediately made me say “I’m gonna dedicate this one to my mom”. She has been cheering me on during every step of my musical journey, and I wanted to use this song to just say “Mom, I love you and thank you”.

I hope you feel as good listening to this as I felt creating it.

Produced, Arranged & Composed by Waynebo All instruments played by Waynebo Mixed by Waynebo at The Exodus Lab Mastered on Cloudbounce © & ℗ 2023 Exodus Music

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Invigoration

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I thought the EP was finished. And then a few weeks ago, in the middle of an exhausting week, I was invigorated by a sudden burst of inspiration (You see what I did there?).

All jokes aside, this track was totally unexpected. Most of the time I have some idea of what I want the track to sound like before I start recording. A sonic vision that

I thought the EP was finished. And then a few weeks ago, in the middle of an exhausting week, I was invigorated by a sudden burst of inspiration (You see what I did there?).

All jokes aside, this track was totally unexpected. Most of the time I have some idea of what I want the track to sound like before I start recording. A sonic vision that guides the process. Not this time. My normal process was kind of turned upside down – and thankfully, I was smart enough to not fight it.

The main melody was in my head all that day at work. I laid that down then started working on the drums. A few hours later I had everything in place just as you hear it on this track except…. the bass. For the first time in my musical life, in the hundreds of songs I’ve written and recorded, the bass guitar was the very last element I recorded. I consciously left space for it as I composed the rest of the track, but I was actually a little nervous when it was time to record. The energy was that strong. That’s why I called it “Invigoration”. I really felt this one could be special and I knew I had to nail the bass performance.

90% of the time when create a song the bass is first or second so this was very unusual for me. I have learned to trust my muse and let her lead the way when I create – so that’s what I did. I’ve been messing around with my process lately, so I guess this was bound to happen. It allowed me to put a little more energy into my performance on the bass. I hope y’all feel it as much as I did. I definitely had fun on this one.

The 80’s energy is still flowing strong and this track filled a void I didn’t even realize was there. “A Child of The 80’s Vol. 2” is coming and it just got even better!

Enjoy!

Produced, Arranged & Composed by Waynebo All instruments played by Waynebo Mixed by Waynebo at The Exodus Lab Mastered on CloudBounce

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Ransom Note

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As I finished “After All These Years” and turned my focus toward completing “A Child of The 80’s Vol. 2”, I planted my mind firmly in 1983 and drew inspiration from the year I first began creating my own music.

My first year of High School is also the year I wrote my first song. I have always been captivated by the sound that was popular at that

As I finished “After All These Years” and turned my focus toward completing “A Child of The 80’s Vol. 2”, I planted my mind firmly in 1983 and drew inspiration from the year I first began creating my own music.

My first year of High School is also the year I wrote my first song. I have always been captivated by the sound that was popular at that time. In particular, I remain inspired by the sound of Prince’s “1999” album – which was released in 1982 but was definitely still hot in ’83. That sound has inspired much of the music I have made over the last 40 years. For this song - and the whole EP - I decided to be more intentional about making music that would have fit into 1983. I have grown a lot as an artist and a producer since I released Vol. 1 back in 2020 and I wanted to refine and continue the sound I established on that project.

I hope y’all dig it.

Shout out to the team at SAMPLES FROM MARS for dropping the best Linndrum samples I’ve ever heard. Those drums definitely make this track hit like I want it to.

Produced, Arranged & Composed by Waynebo All instruments played by Waynebo Mixed & Mastered by Waynebo at The Exodus Lab

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After All These Years

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After All These Years

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The classic funk of the 70’s & early 80’s is the music that taught me how to play and is the foundation that my sound will be built upon.

This EP is my celebration of that music.

I’ve been a musician for a very long time. I’ve performed on stages as a bass player, a saxophone player, a dancer and a rapper. I’ve written songs for other artists.

The classic funk of the 70’s & early 80’s is the music that taught me how to play and is the foundation that my sound will be built upon.

This EP is my celebration of that music.

I’ve been a musician for a very long time. I’ve performed on stages as a bass player, a saxophone player, a dancer and a rapper. I’ve written songs for other artists. I’ve even ghostwritten verses for a few rappers. However, even as I’ve worn all these musical hats, I have always viewed myself primarily as a producer. From the late 80’s into the early 2000’s much of my creative energy went into honing my production skills while making beats for rappers. Even during the years when I was actively rapping, I really didn’t see myself as an artist. In my mind, the end game was always to get production work.

A few years ago, I began a paradigm shift in how I see myself as a musician. I decided it was time to step out as an artist. (I also wrote about this in the liner notes of “A Child of The 80’s Vol. 1”)

To be honest, the mental shift has been more difficult than I anticipated. I guess, it really is hard for old dawgs to learn new tricks. But it ain’t impossible. And by God’s grace I’m still going.

The biggest challenge I continue to face as an artist is deciding what my sound will be. As a producer, I am a life-long dabbler. I have always created tracks in a variety of styles – and still do - just because I love to make music. But as an artist, I know I can’t do that. In the music industry, the nature of being an artist demands that I narrow my focus a bit.

Last year I created a track that I immediately recognized was the perfect starting point for my sound. I called it “After All These Years” because even though this journey has been long, in some ways I feel like I am just getting started.

After all these years, this leg of my musical journey is finally underway. I hope you enjoy it.

Produced, Written & Arranged by Waynebo Recorded & Mixed by Waynebo All instruments performed by Waynebo All Vocals performed by Waynebo

Tracks 2 & 4 mastered by Mike Smith at Analog Mastering Track 3 mastered by Soundlab Mastering Tracks 1, 5 & 6 mastered with Landr Mastering

© & ℗ 2022 Exodus Music

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Sweat Factory

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New FUNK has arrived my friends. Come on into the SWEAT FACTORY where we make it stank everyday!!

Let the FUNK continue! If 80’s synthpop can make a comeback re-branded as Synthwave, then there is definitely room for the funk of the late 70’s and early 80’s. A good ‘ol nasty, in-the-pocket groove will always get toes tappin’ and booty’s shakin’.

New FUNK has arrived my friends. Come on into the SWEAT FACTORY where we make it stank everyday!!

Let the FUNK continue! If 80’s synthpop can make a comeback re-branded as Synthwave, then there is definitely room for the funk of the late 70’s and early 80’s. A good ‘ol nasty, in-the-pocket groove will always get toes tappin’ and booty’s shakin’.

That is all I was aiming for when I began making this track. It was gonna be an instrumental. And then at about 1:00 a.m. as I was beginning to shut things down for the night, the hook fell into my spirit. I actually started laughing. I had literally started to turn the lights off when I heard the chant.

Now, due to writer’s block that I never really worked through, I haven’t seriously written lyrics in about 15 years so I was a bit caught off guard by this moment of inspiration – that’s why I laughed. I turned the lights back on, plugged up my microphone, and recorded the hook that you hear on this track that night. At that moment, I knew I had something hot. A funk anthem! I also wrote the 1st verse that night as well. I rode around bumping that rough draft in my car for a few months conceptualizing what I wanted this track to be. The lyrical inspiration changed the entire direction of the EP.

I left some space for improvisation and my muse delivered the lyrics to the intro as I began to record the final vocals. The unexpected return of my lyrical muse and Rakim’s 1997 track inspired me to remind you all that it’s “It’s Been A Long Time”. A long time since I had used my voice on a track. A long time since FUNK has been a part of the conversation in American music.

Even though I am in my 50’s, I am still finding my way as an artist. Still figuring out what I want to sound like and what I want to say. I was content to just do instrumentals, but this track changes things a bit. Stay tuned. We’ll see what happens.

Needless to say, this is a song that I am VERY exited to deliver to you. The only thing left is to ponder and seek to answer the ultimate soul-searching question every musician must face:

CAN YOU MAKE IT STANK?

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U Know What Time It Is

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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

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“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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