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Meet The Creators Project Recording Session Winners

In November, we launched a recording session contest with the goal of bringing together three incredible musicians from three different continents to collaborate on an EP in NYC. We received an overwhelming response, narrowed the submissions down to six outstanding finalists, and your votes helped us select the three winning tracks.

Today, we’re flying our artists to NYC where they’ll spend a week in the studio with producer Mike Beck. They all come from different corners of the world and have such distinct musical styles, we’re not sure what the recording process is going to be like, but we’re excited to see what they come up with.

Take a moment to get acquainted with the musicians—you’ll be seeing and hearing lots more from them soon.

Name: Aaron Horn
Age: 27
Hometown: London, UK

Submitted track:

How long have you been playing music?
I learned Piano when I was a kid but gave it up because I hated the practice, then learnt the drums when I was 14 but gave that up because I had no one to jam with!
Got a set of turntables when I was 18 and haven’t looked back! I recently started piano lessons again…

What instruments do you play?
Everything, badly. Keyboard and percussion, mainly.

How did you get started writing and recording music?
I started out scratching records and wanting to program my own beats.

What makes you stand out as a musician?
A love for the diverse, different and minimal, as well as the incorporation and blending of diverse styles.

How would you describe your sound in 5 words or less?
Electronic, acoustic, ambient, wompy dusky.

Favorite record of 2010?
The XX

Find me online at:
aaronaudio.com
myspace.com/aaronaudio

Name: Rossano Snel
Age: 25
Hometown: Novo Hamburgo, in the South of Brazil.

Submitted track:

How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been playing music since I was six years old when I started to play the flute.

What instruments do you play?
Basically, I only play the piano. But in studio I record some guitars, percussion instruments and even my voice!

How did you get started writing and recording music?
I started to write and record my own music once I found out how good and practical it was to create music using the computer. I used to compose a lot of songs just using the piano, but the computer showed me the way to produce beats and soundtracks.

What makes you stand out as a musician?
I think that my extensive Brazilian and Latin musical background, as well as a foundation of more than ten years of classical piano training, make me stand out.

How would you describe your sound in 5 words or less?
My sound is produced to put people in movement. I try to make it intense, groovy and deep but with a good mood as well.

Favorite record of 2010?
Chilly Gonzales – Ivory Tower.

Find me online at:
rossanosnel.com
soundcloud.com/rossanosnel
myspace.com/rossanosnel
youtube.com/rossanosnel
Twitter: @rossanosnel

Name: Eugene Derek Hong
Age: 18
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Submitted track:

How long have you been playing music?
I started off playing guitar at age of 14. I taught myself how to play one day and learned all the chords to start playing some songs. I remember that day my back hurt a lot because I sat with my guitar and guitar book for almost the whole day. The next day I couldn’t hold anything because my fingers were really sore, and my back was really slouched because of my horrible posture that day.

What instruments do you play?
I started with guitar then taught myself how to play: piano, drums, bass etc. I can now play drums, guitar, bass, piano, turntables, asalato, and the DVD player. Although I don’t really know the theory behind music that well, I can play most things by ear.

How did you get started writing and recording music?
I started writing and recording music when I was 16 years old. I got a copy of Fruity Loops Studio and started creating. There is honestly no better feeling in the world than creating your first track. Even though it sounds horrible when I listen to it today, I will always remember the big grin on my face that stretched from one ear to the other when I first created that song.

What makes you stand out as a musician?
I’m always up to try new things—a new genre or anything. I love taking my favorite aspects of different types of music and mashing them up to create something new. There’s a track I am working on that is a mixture of Bossa Nova/Dubstep/Funk Carioca. I’m never afraid to try something new.

How would you describe your sound in 5 words or less?
Bass, Funk, Wobble, Dance, Fidget.

Favorite record of 2010?
This is a hard one. It has got to be one of Diplo’s/Skrillex’s/Feed Me’s Albums. I’d say Skrillex’s album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.

Find me online at:
EnzoVangetti.com

We’ll be chronicling this unique recording project with interviews, videos and behind-the-scenes coverage. Read what happened on Day One here, and midweek here.

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