I hope you enjoy reading Oh Drat. It’s very much a labour of love for me – and by me I mean just me, Chris, I do this on my lonesome – borne of a desire to create something that I’d love to exist.
The philosophy behind the site is that music doesn’t just materialise from of thin air, it is welded into existence by sparks of inspiration
The philosophy behind the site is that music doesn’t just materialise from thin air, it is welded into existence by sparks of inspiration, and there is nobody better to be inspired by than your peers. I love to delve into the latest and greatest, the shiniest and the smoothest new equipment, but all it is is a series of bigger and better blank canvases for you to paint onto.
As I push on with the site I’m conscious that it can be a little tough to pigeon hole, and that is both a good and a bad thing. The primary focus for Oh Drat is production, and yet a lot of what’s on the site is music and interviews with musicians – not necessarily even producers or electronic music. This is intentional and harks back to the chicken and egg style philosophy I mentioned above; I really want Oh Drat to be somewhere you can enjoy, and leave the site feeling like you want to get behind your equipment and make something beautiful. That said, at the moment there is slightly less focus on equipment than I’m aiming for, and that’s something that I’m in the process of rectifying. There are new reviews coming out imminently, and I am about to embark upon a variety of production tutorial series in video and text formats, aimed at giving everyone from total newcomers to seasoned veterans help and new ideas. Making music doesn’t have to be something you devote your entire life to, nor should it feel like a waste of time not to pursue fame and fortune with it. Music is something that should make you happy, and even if you come to Oh Drat for my impeccable music tastes alone, you may see something that inspires you to have a go yourself. Even if not, don’t worry – I don’t plan on letting the music, interviews, and features disappear.
The most important person in all this, though, is you, the reader
The most important person in all this, though, is you, the reader. I’m a strong believer in the idea that when creating something new, you have to be a little stubborn in order to break some moulds, but it’s vital to me that you guys let me know what you like, what you don’t like, what you’d like to see more of and what you’d like less of. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the response to Oh Drat so far, as the readership is coming along in leaps and bounds, and your comments mean the world to me. Please let me know on Facebook, Twitter, and the comments section below what you think, and I would be overjoyed if you could spread the word about Oh Drat to your friends in your respective networks.
Well, that’s my candid, cards on the table disclosure. I’m alone in all this without you guys, and your help and interest so far has meant Oh Drat has grown into something better than I could ever have hoped whilst its still in its infancy. Here’s to phase two being even better…