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Published on Jul 6, 2011
Since 2010, I've been getting into electronic music more and more, especially dubstep. I eventually stumbled upon the idea of composing a metal track with wobbles layered on top, hoping it would expand my artistic horizons in different directions. However, I was stuck on a writers block at the time.
In May, I took a trip to San Francisco for the weekend. At the top of the Twin Peaks looking over the city, I finally broke through my writers block and came up with a bunch of metal riffs that I was planning to include into a "Random Song Idea 2 :D". I didn't have my guitar with me of course, but I recorded my ideas on a piano app on my phone. The ideas eventually manifested into a metal song.
I began recording in early June. That's when I thought of finally applying dubstep wobbles to my track. And so I did. :D Nevertheless, my experience as a dubstep producer is at a beginner level.
"Shawn, why did you name it 'Swag Music'?" Actually, I don't know, probably to lessen the seriousness of this particular track. 'Swag' is one of those words that are thrown around so much, the colloquial meaning has nearly disappeared. That, and I asked people about the first thing that comes to mind upon hearing the phrase "Swag Music". I got responses like "dubstep" and "Tyler the Creator".
PS: There's usually a few comments about this. What I'm playing in the video is not what you hear on the record. This is more of a "music video" since this is prerecorded. If you noticed, my guitar's not even plugged in. :O