lundi 28 juillet 2014

Can I Download Yakan's music now ?


Yakan's 11 Tracks album "Ode to Instrumental" is available.
Just click here to listen or download for FREE !
You can also copy/paste the URL or click on the image.

Don't forget to share it around you ! ;)

vendredi 25 juillet 2014

Why did my name change ?

Hello everyone !

Some people may know that Yakan was not my original music nickname.
Before being Yakan, it was "E-Shine".

At the beginning it was even just "Shine" but I changed it a first time for a simple reason :
There was already so much musicians and bands called "Shine" !!! :O

So I changed it but didn't want to change it completely, I just wanted to have a little difference in my nickname, so it would be easier for people to find me.
I just added the "E", since I make electronic music, I decided to add to my original nickname the letter "E" meaning electronic, just like in "E-Mail". And E-Shine was born.

I changed this nickname again for several reasons :
-The name "Shine" was too random
I didn't really know what to answer to people asking me about the choice of this name.

-E-Shine is, once again, the name of other contents related to music.

-E-Shine is also a brand of aquarium accessories in a country, and of car accessories in another one...
I found weird to have the same name than these brands.

...And my choice was "Yakan".
Yakan doesn't come out of nowhere : Before I decided to rename retroactively all the "E-Shine" content to "Yakan" content.
Yakan was a new name I created (As I already created "Byond", even before "Shine" and "E-Shine") in order to make my tracks in another music style I love : Uplifting Trance.
But since my trials to make an Uplifting Trance track weren't successful, I stopped this "project".
Then, for the reasons I told before, I decided to finally use this name to replace "E-Shine".

But what does Yakan mean ? As I told before, it doesn't come out of nowhere, and as you can see by my cover's arts : City night views and Asia inspire me a lot.
This name is born from these inspirations.
One of my favorite countries in Asia is Japan.
So I simply decided to chose my nickname after the word "Nighttime" in Japanese : "Yakan".

Now you know why my name was E-Shine before, and Yakan today

jeudi 24 juillet 2014

What's my top 3 visitors ?

Here is the 3 countries that visit my blog the most :

N°1 : France (I guess that's because I'm French ^^)
N°2 : United States (I'm actually surprised !)
N°3 : Germany (I'd like to have more visitors from that great country for electronic music !)

Let's bring everybody here and talk about good music !!

lundi 21 juillet 2014

What do you think right now ?

I think that one of my biggest dreams is to do a live set @ Tommorowland ! :)

This festival looks so great and I'm always sad that I can't go there !
I always hope I'll be there the next part of the line-up ! :)

dimanche 20 juillet 2014

What is a great FREE track ?

People who know me know that my music is FREE !

But I'm not the only one here to make free music !

Let me introduce you a free track I love, from my friend Fozzie Bx and his friend Tom Kreyn.

The song is called Morpheus (reference to the character of "The Matrix").

Download it here >

Enjoy ;)

What is a troll ?

People talk about "Drop da bomb", new troll by deadmau5
(Honestly this guy is a genius !!)
I did one myself 3 years ago !
In 2011 I already felt that drops in electronic music were progressively losing their melodies and creativity.
And I illustrated it by myself by going from this :
To this :

What do I make music with ?

There is a question that lot of my musician friends ask me :
"What do you make your music with ?"
And since I use lot of unknown things, let me answer you all !

First, I make music with a computer.
Mine is a PC assembled in 2007 and a little bit upgraded in 2009.
It's was, at this time, a low-middle end computer, running Windows XP.
My soundcard is an Edirol (now known as Cakewalk) UA-4FX
This is the EDIROL one.
The cakewalk one is the same but with "Cakewalk" written instead of "Edirol".

This is not a high end soundcard but it does the job !
I also have a XLR microphone with it but I'll be honest : I use it more for Skype than for recording.

As I told before, my PC is running Windows XP.
And to make music, I'm using SONAR 4, also made by Cakewalk (Roland's computer music brand).
I had it bundled with another Roland hardware, a SP-555 I sold some months ago.
It's an old software but I like it, I find it even more intuitive than Ableton or FL Studio.

What about live sets ?
I talked about my desktop computer, but I also had a newer laptop one !
I bought a Numark Mixtrack PRO to mix with my computer.
However, this laptop was so badly made (it was a DELL Inspiron 1546) that Traktor kept lagging and lagging, and the computer was heating so much until...a "safety shutdown"...
Then the HDD broke, then the DVD player broke too...
I still have it but only the screen and motherboard (including CPU, GPU and RAM) still work.
And the heatng issue is still here. I'm planning to put it into a NES shell ;)

I had too much problems with my laptop and couldn't buy a new one so I sold the Mixtrack Pro and searched a standalone solution I found some days later :
This is what I use now for live sets.
It's made by Wacom (yes, the same Wacom that makes graphic tablets)
It's an original standalone DJ controller with touch sensitive faders and jog and color LCD display.
This is not perfect (BPM detection is not very accurate) but it works fine and is really compact.
And as you can see on the following picture, the part with the jog, faders and knobs can be detached from the controller to have some fun making some effects with it in your hand.
Unfortunately I couldn't record any set done with it but you can hear a 30 minutes set I made in 2011 with my previous gear HERE*. And for those who haven't seen it : My Soundcloud.

*Yes, the set still have my previous nickname : "E-Shine".
I'll talk about my nickname change later ;)

vendredi 18 juillet 2014


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