• Jul 19, 2020
Brain Dig

This track is a collaboration between me and my sibling Orion. Orion sent me the beat that is in the predominant first chunk of the song, and then we edited some of the chords together. I recorded and arranged the trumpet parts on top, and then came up with the lyrics/main vocal line, and arranged the harmonies a few days later. Orion did all the production, with some feedback from me, and also made some of my trumpet playing into the beat at the end, and wrote the final rap.

Hourglass takes reflections on youth combined with our current day, and combines my trumpet/vocal background with Orion’s lyrical rap, and flexible production style.

Feedback on mixing, lyrics, or anything else is encouraged.



I am seeing for the first time

I am looking with my own eyes

What is it like to be young?

Time goes on

When will we know enough?


Looking for feedback on

Feedback on mixing, lyrics, or anything else is encouraged.


nurphgun July 24, 2020 11:58am

Love this. It’s a Euro-pop banger, and I love your the juxtaposition of your more classical vocal delivery with the electro-pop instrumentation. The dissonant bits are unexpected and totally make the piece. The “time” bit reminds me of the tune “The Apocalypse Song” by St. Vincent.

nick July 23, 2020 9:54am


Glad to hear you on here! That 1:27 ultra beat drop with trumpet lines makes for a super compelling section. The mixing is work well for me, especially the trumpet bits. Only thing would be adding some compression to the vocals, and maybe thinning them out a bit. This could guide them more toward banger-mix-vibes, verse singer-songwriter-mix-vibes. love “not groovin”

Ryan July 20, 2020 9:30pm

Hey ok what’s up this is fun stuff. Some Age of Adz meets, like, bangerdom going on here. I’m into it.

Re: lyrics — It’s super interesting to hear a talking/thinking adult ask “what is it like to be young?” as if they never were. Has a lot of implication to dig into. In a song that has such a sparse set of lyrics (minus the rap section which I feel less qualified to weigh in on), maybe hold every lyric up to this standard? “When will we know enough?” definitely works in the pseudo-dystopian tech-y quality of the sound world. The others I think could use some pushing to reach the quality of these two.

Super cool track. Thanks for being here!

alechutson July 20, 2020 7:56pm


This is a bop 😉 The synth lead in the beginning feels a little piercing to me. I love the drum fill at 1:30

OH SHIT the rap with trumpet bkgd is hot

Ben July 20, 2020 9:49am

OH Hey! Haven’t seen you (or heard your trumpeting) since the days of the Christopher Kazarian live band. Welcome.

Yes, this is an absolutely banger. Love that last section. That chromatic trumpet line. I swear I thought the rap section at first was being spoken by an old school computer voice, and then it becomes more human sounding after 10 seconds or so. Very cool. Keep it up.

Carseat July 20, 2020 9:05am

Man I was not expecting the song to be such a BANGER once the beat dropped. I love the trumpet as a feature instrument. I love the vocoder vibes. I like the modulation change at the beginning. The swirls before the rap are quite nice as well.

The RAP??!?!?!! With what sounds like a *I can’t tell what that scale is* lick on the trumpet? So sick.