Hey composers, my name is Dakota, and I’m from the United States. I’ve been in the music realm for about two and a half years now. I started learning piano in mid 2017, but had to drop it by the end of the year as my teacher moved out of state for a new job. The school I went to pushed me off to a different teacher who is a mix engineer, but could also teach composition.
It was a bit of an interesting scenario as I learned how to make music through recreating tracks I liked, and then going on to mix them with my teacher. I did that through all of 2018, and for the first few months of 2019. Even though all that work went into covers and not my original music, I don’t think I could’ve gotten a better foundation in music that would’ve worked for me than that. My teacher taught me how to see music from both a creative and technical side. He told me all the time how important it was to be creative first, but to also make my creative decisions count for the future when it was time to mix.
I finally reached a point where I was comfortable and ready to start making my own music earlier this year. I haven’t made a ton of tracks, but I’ve been proud of what I was able to accomplish from orchestral tracks to a Yakuza-style track more recently (I’ve been playing through the Yakuza series recently, and the music is great. Very inspiring stuff). My goal is to get into composing for games, so I aim to make way more music next year to start getting a portfolio together.
I’ve also poked through this community a bit for the past few days and I think you guys have a great thing going here and I’m happy to be a part of it. I hope that was a decent introduction, I’m not too great with these lol