Author Archives: Mr. Negative
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Normally I use this blog just for the new stuff I’ve made but I’m gunna make an earnest attempt to blog more.
Today I was thinking about everything I’ve accomplished the last year. I wrote it in a list, and I was quite impressed. I was mildly upset cause I waste a lot of time doing stuff other than music related stuff. But when I looked at the bigger picture, it put my mind at ease. Here’s the list of accomplishments from a year ago today.
2 albums. Ep2 and Dark Star.
1 Mr. Negative music video
3 Mad Scientists music videos
3 seasons of Ask A Mad Scientists + other video shorts
1 independent short film (which won 2 awards)
Started about 200 hundred songs that are still in demo form.
So I’d say… I’m doing great. 🙂
My mastering engineer from Prophecy Mastering interviewed me for a class he is taking. Here is the exclusive interview.
Interview with Mr. Negative:
What is your musical style?
What is chaotic in your music, and how do you organize it?
The creation process is chaotic. I never go in with a set melody. I just program and add things till it starts to take shape. Then I organize it…”SET” melody or idea. Plus I have a lot of street rap influences in musical style pertaining to triplets to give it a swing. Whether it be on hi-hats or synth. It’s hard for me to show people what I do because of how sparatic I work.
What are your philosophies on life?
I treat my friends like family and I don’t judge people based on silly differences. I try to accept everybody for who they are, but if someone crosses me they can easily be written off, and its super hard to come back to “friend zone”. I always treat people like I want to be treated.
So, you could say that your philosophies are equality based and break off into things like honor. If you get dishonored, you disown them as family. A sort of a very severe equality. Mutual respect or none.
What are your personal attributes and style?
Always be a good host. I like to stand out. I’d say my dress is hip-hop with a touch of goth. Usually basketball shorts, some sorta novelty tee shirt and a bandanna. How I portray myself to others is always making jokes and trying to make people laugh. If I can use my dark sense of humor to make someone smile, I’m happy.
So, your style is like seriously fun.
If your not having fun, what’s the point?
What is your vision of yourself?
I’m a horror/SciFi geek who will never “grow up”. People don’t really know what to expect when they meet me. I am often enjoying life’s geekier things, but I am able to hold conversations with all walks of life easily. My vision of myself is awesome mixed with more awesome who gets shy around pretty girls. (Laughs) I like to explore the line between noise and music.
What are your goals?
My goal is to be able to make enough money to survive by my music alone and to have a decent sized fan base. The kinda fans that buy whatever you put out without question because they trust you and know you make a good product. To reach the 8th album and have “The Engineer” explained to everyone. I don’t wanna be some club DJ either…I wanna do events. Its a whole show when you see me perform live…
What do you think makes you “special?”
Psshh I have no idea. The fact that I’m comfortable with my individuality. I don’t need to fit in to fit in. And I’m self taught. Nobody showed me how to do 90 percent of the things I do musically. I have an understanding of patterns in music and music theory without really knowing music theory, and I can program all day, but I can’t read sheet music. The experience of releasing my first album using current software with a PC that was too old that I had to do work-arounds the entire album taught me how to overcome limitations. I also learned to mix in an untreated room which ultimately pushed me to establish a good mental reference. All I gotta do is listen to a few tunes in a new room and my mind adjusts accordingly.
You can peep Prophecy Mastering here. He’s the only dude who touches my music.
The album is finally here!!!!
Written, Produced, Performed and Mixed in Negative Land by Richard Collins.
Mastered by Prophecy Mastering.
Special Thanks Go To (in no particular order) : Chemon Velazquez, Michelle Larson, Davian Pagan, Idris Kennedy, Kendra Kleinfelt, Brandom Whitmier, Stephanie Lindsey, Tanya Nisi, Scott Maahs, Jamison Maahs, Matthew Calder, Anita Calder, Shaun Bloodsworth, Jackee Bloodsworth, Rion Smith, Erica Hitchner, Derril Davis, Backstage Wolfman from Serpent Seven, Chase Parr, Scotty Cool, John-Phillip Rogers, and everyone that was nice enough to listen to an “awesome” beat i made while producing this album, and most importantly, my Mom.
If I forgot anybody don’t fret. My fans and friends mean the world to me.
Album Review by Erica
My love affair with electronic music has been a bit rocky as of late, so when I first heard Mr. Negative’s new album, Dark Star, it felt like rekindling an old flame. I was craving something fresh, and Mr. Negative’s new sound gave me just what I needed.
“Weeping Wonder Land” is a great way to kick off a stellar album and to draw the listener in. Upon first listen, I liked this track straight away, and was pleasantly surprised when I found that several tracks on the album were even better. Although “Static Kingdom,” “Time to Die,” and the album’s debut track, “Shades of Negative” are by far the strongest tracks on the album, all of them are important. When listening to all the tracks in sequence, it takes you on a journey into dupstep space, and an artistic storynunfolds. “Vektor 9” wasn’t my favorite at first, but the Dark Star story would be incomplete without it; it grew on me after the second listen. The album’s concluding track, “Nocturnal Submission” is a bit of a new sound for Mr. Negative, but it’s a well delivered ending to the album, and a cool song to listen to when you’re feeling a bit mellow. “Nocturnal Submission” was a great addition to my “Just Chilling” playlist.
Over all a great album; if you’re tired of the same electronic sounds that are done over and over, Dark Star is the new sound you’re looking for!