Looking back ten years, when Gravidon entered the Audiotool stage, it was clear from the start that we were not dealing with a beginner. Accurate in production and composition, he served professional-sounding EDM tracks with a penchant for the orchestral and a preference for pleasing melodies. A mixture which has chart-breaking potential. In contrast to his music, which does not skimp on bombast, Gravidon practises modesty and thus maintains the reputation of an insider tip over the years. Admittedly an insider tip whose influence on the development of the Audiotool Main Stage genres we can't ignore.
Keep it up, Gravi!
About Narada (Rada) Walters aka Gravidon (Gravi)
I was born and raised on the East Coast of the US, but I've recently moved to Texas. I was introduced to Audiotool a little over 10 years ago. I'm a big fan of music that is generally melodic in nature and enjoy any style of pizza aside from Mushrooms and Pineapples...that combo is cursed. If I'm not making music, you'll mostly likely find me editing videos, streaming on twitch, customizing PC build lists, creating artistic renders in photoshop, playing games with other Audiotool users on Discord, and partaking in a variety of content creation ventures. ^-^
Describe the style of music you produce
I primarily produce Future Bass, Garage, Drum & Bass and Glitch-Hop. I focus on the implementation of orchestral/classical instruments as the core foundation of my musical style. The tones of my music can range from full force displays of piano-infused hype tracks, to more subtle and emotionally charged ensemble pieces. I like to think that all of my songs tell a different chapter of a VERY long story.
What is your musical background and when did you start making music?
I come from a very musical family. My grandfather was a Musician in West Africa and my mother sang in her church choir when she was a teenager. My siblings and I all played classical instruments in elementary school. I learned basic music theory while playing cello and piano throughout middle school and high school. At age 13, I started making music on a low quality, online beat maker (I forget the name, lol). My older brother found out about this site from an Electronic Music Production course in our high school and introduced me to Audiotool a few months later.
What is your favorite Audiotool device and why?
My favorite device is the Tonematrix, hands down. I find it useful as a standard way to establish a core melody for any track, more so than any of the other synths currently available.
What is your favourite trick in AT/What technique do you always use?
I frequently make use of mini-mixers and delay stomp boxes to configure multi-layered arpeggio sequences. (i.e. Delay on top of Delay on top of *more* Delay go BRRR)
Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?
Everyone gets writer's block. It's one of the reasons why I tend to publish so infrequently, lol. My best fix for when it happens is simply...to allow it to happen. I try not to rush any one draft that I'm working on and let certain ideas/melodies/techniques come to me organically. I do my best to avoid rushing or pushing through to a song's completion with no significant inspiration in mind.
What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?
Ask for help, ask for help, & ASK FOR HELP! This app is unique in the fact that there's a whole community of users with different styles, backgrounds and experiences built directly into the infrastructure of the site. If you're stuck or don't know how to pull off an idea that's in your head, chances are kinda high that someone in the community will be able to assist.
What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?
The longevity of this platform's reach is astounding. I've used this DAW for over a decade and I've yet to encounter any other music making service that is as user-friendly and intuitive as Audiotool. It also opens the doors for those who never thought music production was a possibility. It's been a long time wish of mine that an official Vocoder be added to the application. *wink-wink* *nudge-nudge* *yoink-yoink* *cough*
Your message to the community:
Make the music that YOU want to enjoy listening to...or don't. I'm not ya muva... :3
worn by Audial
Some of the best pads I've ever heard. The tone and energy of this track keeps me equal parts invested and relaxed. Kudos to Audial for a solid Ambient piece!
You & I by TEQTONIQ
I still have trouble comprehending that Teq is real, lol. There's never been a dull moment in any of his tracks and this a prime example of that.
outcry by amoeba
A simple premise with a larger than life impact and ambience. amoeba did a phenomenal job constructing the atmosphere of this track!
THE FATHER by leadenshrew
Don't really understand what's going in this track, just that it was made by some British dude that hates Eldin Ring. No context will be given… ;))
You can't convince me that rai isn't a burner account for KOAN Sound. I have factual proof, though. When was the last time anybody saw either of them in the same room??
Chroma Force (Audiotool Day 2K20) by Gravidon
Gravi’s Best: CHROMA! I imagine that this is what it feels like to touch a Power Star from Super Mario, but instead of driving a go-kart, it's a Bugatti Veyron.