Some of you are probably wondering why I did this? Well…for starters, I thought it would be fun! It’s not everyday that you get an opportunity like this when a high profile artist intentionally releases unmastered music. I’ve read comments from fans who have praised the decision to release it in all of its dynamic glory, but I’ve also seen complaints as well. I feel there is also a chance that it could end up having unintended consequences, which I’ll explain later.
I understand and respect Kendrick’s artistic decision to do something different and not master this project, but I don’t think it was a good choice. Mostly because it’s a commercially released project. If it was a “mixtape” that was just thrown out there for free download, that would be one thing. But I feel if you’re going to release it commercially, then the fans should be able to hear the music with all of the polish a master would provide and not have to deal with the problems of unmastered music – uneven song levels, EQ issues, etc. Now, that’s not to say that Kendrick’s project sounds bad, I just felt there was some room for improvement.
As far as the unintended consequences, I think it has the possibility of setting a dangerous precedent. A lot of upcoming artists idolize Kendrick Lamar and by doing something like this, it will most likely influence less experienced artists to do it as well. Next thing you know, we’re going to have tons of people releasing unmastered and sonically inferior music “because Kendrick did it.” So, please don’t copy Kendrick and get your music mastered!
Lastly, no disrespect to Kendrick, TDE, Interscope or anybody else. I am in no way trying to promote music piracy here. I can guarantee that anybody who downloads this, has either already bootlegged it from one of the hundreds of illegal websites, or they actually purchased it. This is strictly for those people who may not be 100% satisfied with the sound of the project or are interested in what it would sound like mastered. It also gave me a chance to show off my skills a little bit! Holla if you need some work done!
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As many of you know, we lost Byrdie in December 2013. Not long after his passing, I went to work putting together a posthumous album for him out of all of the data I was able to retrieve from various studios around Seattle that he had recorded at. Myself and Crytical also went to work on a tribute song for him called “Byrd’s Eye View”, which I also decided to title the album. I produced a majority of the album and released it on Byrdie’s birthday, July 22nd, 2015. Download it for FREE from my record label website StreetLevelRecords.com or you can also purchase it on iTunes, stream it on Spotify or whatever service you prefer.
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by D-Sane
Mastered by D-Sane
I recorded, mixed & mastered this album as well as produced the title track. Check it out!
Available on iTunes
Mastered by D-Sane