But it wasn't always like this…
In my early 20’s I spent every waking hour producing music. All-day, every day, I was constantly coming up with these great ideas and loops, showing them to my friends, and sending them off to my favorite labels.
I thought I was onto something, but I never heard back from the labels.
The problem: I was missing that professional touch
I'd gotten a few tracks signed to some smaller labels, but I was getting very frustrated, and I was ready to give up music.
About to turn 30, I approached a few producers and engineers who I respected a lot, and asked if they would consider mentoring me. Soon, I discovered that many things were happening behind the scenes of a professionally produced record that I would have never learned without being on the so-called "inside."
They saved me years and years, and finally, I spent the next couple of months honing in on my own sound.
That's when my artist project Leftwing: Kody, with Chris Adie, was developed. And it wasn’t long before we got a few productions signed to a very respected Berlin-based label called Off Recordings.
The first release was an EP called Bump & Flex, and it hit number 11 on the Beatport chart, which encouraged me to keep going and convinced me that we were onto something good.
We followed it up with a succession of four or five tracks that hammered the Top 10 — "You Were," "Lost," "I Know" — just massive tracks on Beatport, like number two, three, four.
If only I had learned this information sooner, I could have spared myself almost a decade of trial and error!
Soon enough, we got signed to a booking agency. And that was the day when I handed in my notice and quit my job. The rest, as they say, is history.
I spent the next five years touring the world: a residency in Ibiza, lots of clubs, lots of parties, North American tours, South American tours, Australia, all over Europe.
In that time, we got signed to some of the best labels in the industry: Hot Creations, Toolroom, Desolat, Knee Deep In Sound, Solid Grooves, Relief, Fever, True Soul, Mobilee. We did a lot on our own label, Lost Records, too. And all the big hitters were playing our tracks: Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Marco Carola, everyone!
It was a great time to be in the scene, playing, and touring with my peers. Still, the lifestyle of constantly being in and out of the country with no sleep and drinking took its toll on me.
I decided I didn't want to tour anymore, so I stopped.
My partner, Chris, and I agreed that he would continue to do the shows, and I would make the music. That was the summer of 2018.
You see, I had always aspired to produce other music. And now I finally had the time to work with other songwriters and other producers, while still making music for Leftwing: Kody, and even taking on high-profile mixing and mastering projects, too.