Intro: Let me start by saying this post was actually created on June 19, 2015. This is a background summary starting from the first moment I became interested in music up to the release of Electric Shock, in November 2011. Let's start by getting to know me. My name is Andy and creating music is a big enjoyment in my life. As of writing this post music production is just a hobby of mine and I have not made a dime off of it. My day Job(s) have nothing to do with music but that doesn't mean I don't try my best. I'm not even close to being considered a pro in audio production but I continue to grow my skills in hopes that some day I will reach that level of excellence. I also wanted to become a Kung Fu master but I hate getting punched in the face. OK enough blabbing about that, lets get down to some history.
The beginnings of MR ANDY aka MR4: This is going to seem kind of stupid but I cannot remember when I got my first guitar. I know it was on a birthday from my Dad but the question is what birthday was it. I was 12 or 13 around the years of 2002 or 2003 I think. Whenever the fuck it was that was my first stepping stone into becoming a musician. I never took real guitar lessons I just had to figure it out using the internet as my ultimate tool of success. I stuck with the guitar and today I can proudly say I know how to rock hard on the gat. Skip forward to 2008, my senior year in highschool In a computer related class. I had a lot of free time on my hands and this is when I stumbled into Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software. Suddenly I could see clearly now, this is what I wanted to dedicate my life to. Very first program I used was called Anvil Studio, it was free and I was trying to make it work through MIDI with a Digital Piano. After I realized the program was shit I stumbled upon REASON. This program was not free so I had to torrent it like a champion. A quick side note for people who are against my use of piracy. I have never had an abundance of disposable cash to invest in music production software so my only choices were to pirate the software or go in the back yard and play with a stick. I was having a blast making terrible music and a classmate recommended FL Studio so I torrented that one too! I would jump back and fourth between the two programs making the crappiest music you ever did hear. Some of these tracks would eventually end up on the Electric Shock album.
MRANDY.net 2008: Around the same time I was learning how to use DAW software I was also taking a web design class. Using this entry level web design knowledge I created my own website called mrandy.net. MR ANDY was the alias that I went by on the interwebs and also the name I credited all my music under. Yes I know it's dumb and the fact that it was in all-caps makes it even worse but I was 15 at the time so shut it. Anyway back to mrandy.net. The website acted as a main portal for all my digital hobbies. This included Music, Videos, Stick Figure animations, photoshop pictures, and the most pointless of them all reviewing video game soundtracks. MRANDY.net was first created in July of 2008 and by the end of 2009 I abandoned all projects except for Music production and Youtube Videos.
Music Progress 2009/2010: The year was 2009 and I had just completed a demo version of the Electric Shock album. It was absolute crap but at the time I had no idea. It came to my realization that I was a guitarist but none of my songs had guitar tracks in them. I did not have the physical tools at my disposal to merge my instrument with my music. I decided to invest some real money into my musical endeavors. I "obtained" a copy of Pro Tools M-Powered v7.4 and paid actual money for an M-Audio interface along with other basic studio equipment. Now that I had Industry standard software and the ability to record analogue audio I could take it to the next level (Level 2). I learnded me real good about the Pro Tools and what with the recordin and all, Oh Boy! things was all good. The result was a collection of music I called Social Phobia, this collection of music was first completed in 2010. You will never hear this version of Social Phobia because the production quality was just awful and I didn't want to be responsible for people killing themselves over how bad it sounded.
The year was 2011: Throughout the year of 2011 I had made some major upgrades to my website, mrandy.net. Everything I was doing was under the name MR ANDY not MR4, just for clarification. My youtube hobby was starting to pick up momentum and by momentum I mean that some of my videos were starting to get a few thousand views, I know woopty doo right? To me it was a big deal that I had racked in a small youtube audience. This took some of my focus off of my music projects but I had plenty of time to handle both music and videos because I was 100% unemployed.
During 2011 I had worked on some video game music that would later be released in 2014 along with a now liquidated album called The Void. The Void was eventually removed from my website when I decided to re-brand everything I was doing. Songs from that project will eventually be released on future projects. Part of this re-branding process included re-doing both Electric Shock and Social Phobia albums. Electric Shock was officially completed in November and it was a big pile of shit. That raps up the year of 2011.