In this post we celebrate a true legend of the SoundShoots community.
Windranzer, aka Adam Jong from Sabah in Malaysia, has been actively engaged with SoundShoots since before SoundShoots.com was even launched, creating a track for our very first ‘Waves’ theme back in early 2012.
Since then, Adam has created and uploaded a staggering 42 original compositions to SoundShoots, racking up 2,334 track plays and 4 number one tracks, as rated by the community.
But what of the man behind the legend? Well, in an interview with Adam, we found out…
Q: What is your background in music making and what type of music do you enjoy creating?
Adam: I started in a band as a keyboardist, and got really interested in song arrangement. I spent some effort exploring software that allowed me to experiment with different song arrangements, thus leading to making my own music. I enjoy creating peaceful and calm instrumentals (mostly piano songs) that helps one to relax and de-stress.
Q: What initially attracted you to SoundShoots?
Adam: I am attracted to SoundShoots since it’s an online platform that I can contribute my pieces to without being physically present at a specific venue, which allows me to create music any time in my own room (a very convenient environment for students). Plus, the concept is pretty interesting in that it allows me to create any style of music with a provided theme. The challenge is that it forces me to brainstorm and think deeper into music making.
Q: What has been your favourite theme so far?
Adam: My favourite theme is ‘Rainforest’, one of the earlier themes on SoundShoots. As I grow up in the Borneo island (a tropical climate), it’s a very intimate theme where images and feelings flow into me, not just as a general idea of the rainforest, but as a lot of personal experiences and memories. It is one of the themes that I felt very excited about before and after making the track.
Q: Which track are you most proud of?
Adam: The track that I would always recommend people to listen to (although not a perfect one) is ‘1000 Strangers’ for the theme ‘Metropolis’. It’s a very true feeling that I experience everyday, we walk in and out running errands in a big city, passing by and meeting thousands of strangers, but the only interactions are human-machine interactions. I’ve applied several familiar machine sounds into the track, accompanying the music track that emphasizes loneliness. I just love this track.
Q: Has there been a highlight during your time as a SoundShoots user so far?
Adam: In fact, there are several. I started off treating SoundShoots as a practice for me to improve my music making, but never could I imagine that the director (Mr Oliver) would personally write me e-mails of encouragement and appreciation. I admit I still have a lot to learn in music making, thus, being rated no.1 in a SoundShoots theme means a lot to me, that my effort has finally been recognize. I am also greatly pleased when my friends actually send me messages telling me that they visited my SoundShoots profile and they like the tracks.
Q: What have you got most out of engaging with SoundShoots?
Adam: One thing for sure is that I’ve improved my music making and keyboard playing, it provides me with the opportunity to experiment with different music styles and develop it. Besides that, I get to see a deeper side of myself that I have never discovered. I never thought I could come up with certain musical ideas, I actually found most of the interesting ideas whilst free-playing (just letting the music in you flow). This is my first time being so passionate and serious in something, as I still have the luxury of time and commitment, I would really love to exercise this perseverance of mine.
There’s a huge respect for Adam amongst the SoundShoots community, a dedicated and enthusiastic music maker whose consistent and meaningful contributions to SoundShoots.com mean a great deal.
Click the image below to explore Adam’s tracks; the sound behind a legend of the community…
Click the image to explore Windranzer’s incredible repertoire on SoundShoots