Daniel “MorN” Paskert
Hey, I’m MorN! I guess here is where I tell you interesting things about myself right?
Origins in Music (pre-electronic music)
Well to start, I’ve been involved with music for most of my life. Start with the drums at about 8 I fell in love immediately. Something about creating a sound pleasing to the ears that was enjoyable to me and others resonated with me throughout all of my playing.My initial inspirations for drumming were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. This instilled the my sense of rhythm at an early age, which I couldn’t thank my past self more for now.
After a few years I started playing guitar and was dedicating half of my time to the drums to give myself the time to learn something new in music. Throughout that phase I was listening to a lot of Jack Johnson and John Mayer. After my skills began to develop, I transitioned into listening to one of my favorite guitarists of all time, Sungha Jung. His knowledge for theory and execution of songs had me in awe at the straight mechanical skill he had on the instrument. He has a unique way of emphazing melody within chords that gave me new insight on music. It instilled in me a sense of experimentation and finding sounds that aren’t the “basic” music that you would hear on the radio.
My freshman year of highschool I decided that two instruments weren’t enough, so I decided to pick up the piano as well! This is the instrument that I have adopted as my main endeavor although I still use my knowledge of guitar and drums to apply to music as well in many ways. My original inspiartions on piano are Billy Joel, Elton John, and Zedd. These artists, especially Zedd influenced the way that I approach composition and playing of the piano. Something interesting about the way that I play is that I learned theory after learning the instrument, allowing for me to be very fluid at improv and experimentation when it comes to the “rules” of music. If you don’t know the rules, you don’t have to follow them right? haha!
Electronic Music and Inspirations
My inspirations stemming from Electronic music started early in my highschool years. I had already started playing piano when I saw Zedd’s piano video for his song “Spectrum”. The composition was so beautiful, but the original song was so huge and impactful using so many electronic elements. I instantly knew that I would never get over electronic music.
During highschool and early college I suprisingly did minimal production projects. I was trying to play a real time strategy game called Starcraft 2 Professionally. Although many people may not see the direct connection between me producing electronic music and playing a video game semi-professionally, committing wholeheartedly to something in a goal oriented manner trained me to think about the future and not instant gratification.
This was extremely important when I started electronic music. I can specifically remember the moment when I decided that I wanted to start producing electronic music. I stumbled on the artist Madeon’s album titled Adventure while on a snowboarding trip in Colorado. It was right after Christmas 2016. The timing could not have been better. My New Years resolution for 2017 became the overwhelming urge to create music for myself and others to enjoy. I ordered a launchpad immediately, as any madeon fanboy should after seeing his video “Pop Culture”.
Starting in music production was really hard. For so long the music I was creating was not even close to what I had imagined in my mind. I don’t specifically remember getting super down about it until I hit a rut. At this point I was at a very vulnerable and open state to any type of help. I reached out to an artist on Clyp.com who I knew off of soundcloud named Jeto. His composition, arrangement, and breathtaking melodies caused me to immediately reach out and ask for help. If you are curious about the song that caused me to reach out, here it is:
With his help and the help of many other friends I have made over the last two years of producing, I have grown as a musician, producer, and person. I’m sure that this is not even the beginning of the overall journey, but this is a hell of a start in my opinion and I couldn’t have asked for better people to be around for it.
Throughout my electronic music career so far, my inspirations have developed as I have learned about new artists and heard more music. If I had to list 5 inspirations it would be Madeon, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Haywyre, and of course Jeto.
But the list goes on. There are so many artists like Lido, Tennyson, Lemaitre, Koan sound, Flume, Conro, Virtual Riot, etc. I could go on for a while with that.
Thanks for reading guys. I’ll most likely update this as my career progresses