The Official Blog of FRIED MAN aka Jess Friedman


Fuk yea, 22 new tunes in 2 days. Can’t wait for 2011 !
December 26, 2010, 6:53 PM
Filed under: Thoughts, Uncategorized

Well alright alright. I’m on break from “The City.”  Currently on break/ medical leave. “Kickin” in New Mexico….I mean Kickin’ it. (wink wink).

I have a whole week off and I have nothing to do EXCEPT……….WORK ON DJ MIXES!!!!11111

I’m so excited. I’m so happy. I’m so inspired. I’m so driven. I’m so motivated. I’m so into myself……

In two days I got 22 new tunes for dubstep mixes.

I’m currently just downloading tunes and working on wicked cool mixes in ableton live (c’mon haters)…

Can’t wait to start playing clubs again in early 2011.



Taking my final exam for Business Law
December 10, 2010, 10:39 PM
Filed under: Biography, Info, Thoughts

Yep. I’m taking my final exam for Business Law.

Oh yeh, I went back to school.

I am attending New Mexico State University (NMSU) and majoring in Marketing & Advertising.

I started NMSU at the age of 18 in 2003. I ended up going to NMSU because my father got a new job in Las Cruces, NM when I was a Junior in High School. I was planning on applying to Bentley college in Waltham Massachusetts and possibly compete in collegiate springboard diving. I was already a state champ in diving two years in a row and we practiced at Bentley and I knew the coaches, AND my mom worked at the health dept.  Things looked pretty cozy at Bentley.

But after freshman year, I HATED diving, (even though I ended up doing it all four years of high schoo)l. And then my  father landed a new job in New Mexico around the end of my Sophmore year. So I was faced with a decision during the beginning of my junior year: Move with my family to New Mexico and finish high school there (only my senior year) , or stay in the northeast and be away from my family for a little bit. We worked out a compromise: I finished high school in massachusetts and my mother stayed with me while my father and brother moved to new mexico.

I applied to NMSU mid way through my junior year and by the time I got out of school in june, I found out i was accepted. I was the first kid in my class to be accepted to a school! This was pretty sweet I thought.

I made one visit to Las Cruces to look at houses with my parents during the summer before my senior year of high school. I think that is what sealed the deal for me to attend NMSU.

So senior year for me was AWESOME! Landed a steady gf, went to a lot of wicked raves and concerts, was driving my own little acura integra, and I was accepted to a school before senior year even started! All I had to do was maintain a “C” average throughout my senior year.

So I did, and again, I cannot stress how awesome my senior year was!

So I moved to New Mexico in late June of 2003, right after I graduated Weston High School.

NMSU was really fun for the three years I attended there; From 2003-2006. I met the next love of my life, “Kamilia” at NMSU. She literailly walked into my dorm room and it was history after that. And also by the way, if you have not heard the news,

“KAMILIA AND I BROKE UP!”

We almost made it to 7 years. I lovoed her and still do. *sigh

The breakup has been really hard for me and really long. I’m talking like for over a year . . . .

Anyways, I left NMSU in fall of 2006 due to medical reasons. Along with Kami and I breaking up, the medical leave is a whole other story fit for like 2-3 blog posts. Juicy stuff man. I’ll tell y’all when the time is right, when I am ready.

So after going through a quarter life crisis and leaving NMSU, I moved to California in 2007 and changed direction in my life and studied audio recording and music production in San Francisco where I still currently live. I went to Pyramind and interned at IDC (Independent Distribution Collective) for a year and a half and then landed a “day job” at Olive Media in San Francisco as a QA tester/manager for audio products.  The job allows me to live in San Francisco and produce music, which is great, but If I can’t truly make it as a producer, I do need some sort of back up plan. I’m not sure if Olive Media is in my future.

I knew I wanted to go finish my marketing degree, but I was planning on going to SFState or City college. My loving mother informed me last year that NMSU is now offering complete online classes for some of their majors, and lucky me, marketing happened to be one of them!

So here I am now, taking classes online, finishing up my marketing degree! I got about 2 years to go!



Samples
December 9, 2010, 1:50 AM
Filed under: Music, Thoughts

So I made a facebook post today that went something like this:

“Gettin paid at my day job to prepare for my night job. I’m listenin to dubstep radio, picking out tunes for dj sets ; )”

Which got me thinking . . . .

There are a few electronic music genre’s that are filled with videogame samples, Dubstep being one of them. Today, I heard some killer tunes with samples from: Mortal Kombat, Mario, Duke Nukem 3D, Sonic, Street Fighter, MegaMan and more.

I know it’s one thing to play samples or songs with samples at live events and get away with it 99% of the time, but what about releasing commercial music. I have always stayed away from releasing any commercial music with unapproved samples in them just cause I don’t want to get sued.

Why do I say unapproved? Because most electronic artists don’t license their samples. It’s usually too expensive. That’s in my experience at least. I can imagine only the really popular electronic artists like The Prodigy or Chemical Bros would license their samples

And it sucks because sampling is a great way of advertising. It can be easier to get exposure if you use some great samples.

Will some forms of electronic music never be popular enough to be sued for illegal samples? probably. But I find that hard to believe for an artist like Datsik. He has a wicked new tune out that is full of Duke Nukem 3D samples.

I think he will get busted, it’s only a matter of time… and what usually happens for smaller artists that are busted? Do they end up being forced to profit share? license the sample and split with the publisher? Are most owners of the samples cool? Like videogame producers? (I find that hard to believe as well : P).

I really want to release music with samples. Not only am I missing out on creating awesome music, but the WORLD is missing out on me.

Maybe I just need money to license all these great samples.