Today I’m introducing you to the San Diego based pianist, composer, producer and audio engineer John True. John has played piano since he was a toddler; he doesn’t even remember NOT playing the piano.
In 2020, I’m taking my skills with modern production and classical training and fusing them together to create my own take on piano composition
I actually don’t remember ever not playing the piano! But all that led me to a degree in piano performance and composition, and then into music production after I graduated. , and I will be releasing a new collection of work each month throughout the year!
The track One is featured on his January EP – January (Piano Vol 1) on January 24th of 2020.
Tell us something about your track One!
To be honest, I’m not sure I even have a clear idea of what this track is about! Whatever meaning it has though, I know it brings me to a meditative place when I play it, which is one of the reasons I’m doing this whole project. I wrote it mostly in one sitting in early December. It was the piece that made me decide to begin my 2020 piano project, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I wrote the piece at the piano, and once I had a good idea of what it needed to be, I sat down to record it into pro tools.
A few days later, I came back and added the production elements – the reversed delays, the shimmer reverbs, and some of the other effects you hear. That’s become my workflow for this entire piano project throughout the year – on one day I’ll sit down and compose the piece, then a few days later I’ll come back, listen to what I wrote, and do the editing, production, mixing, and mastering in that second sitting. It’s an efficient workflow that keeps thing moving, and helps me avoid the artistic second guessing that can happen when you start to over-analyze everything you’re doing!
Thank you very much for this John!