I've already posted a topic, and I introduced myself at RR some time ago, but I figured I would say hello again.
My name is Cristina, and I release music under the name Riley Hawke. I've been making music for about 10 years, and have just recently decided to try and make a career out of it. Prior to this, I got my B.S. in Computer Science and have worked as a programmer for about 5 years. I saved up some money to take time off, and my wife works, so as much as it pains me to feel like I'm falling behind my peers, I'm taking this new road.
I just released an EP. (Kind of. It's still in iTunes review limbo so I haven't officially announced it yet.) I got this EP professionally mixed/mastered, but it was such an emotionally devastating process I'm not sure I'd do it again. At least not anytime soon. So I'm motivated to continue to improve my own mixing skills.
Here's the EP in case you're interested in what my music sounds like. I wrote, performed, recorded and produced everything myself. And I'm actually really proud of the album art as well, haha.
YouTube (DistroKid uploaded it here): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKpnAbPJ5I5vwchT2Tuc1KKzo43EcGO8T
Creating this EP has been a huge learning experience, and I have a better idea of where I'd like to go in the future. Lately I've been doing a lot of critical listening to my favorite songs, trying to figure out what makes them so good, and seeing if I can emulate the magic. Some of my biggest influences/inspirations are Ben Howard, Pink Floyd, Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, Radiohead, and musical theatre actually, just to name a few. I'm improving my guitar playing, recording techniques, production, just everything. It feels like going back to school.
Okay well that's about it I guess. Glad to be here!