by Nes Croft
Originally from Great Falls, Montana, I became involved with music at a young age and was writing songs by age 13. In highschool my bedroom was set up like a recording studio with an old Tascam 24 track recorder and various instruments.
“I slept in my closet! So I had room for the studio.”
At that time, I was making music under the moniker Wayyyne with a sound similar to Animal Collective and experimental pop from 2011. After graduating highschool, I moved to Portland, OR to pursue music further.
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To support myself, I started working various jobs. At the age of 19 I ended up working for a small synthesizer company called Synthrotek, doing assembly and working on their website. My co-worker Steven served as a helpful mentor and got me into electronics and computers.
After working in Portland for a few years, I decided to pursue computer engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman. For the next few years I spent a lot of time learning how to write code and work on electronics. I co-founded a startup called Vaytricks that now has a popular mobile music making application for smartphones.
“Making music software is something I always dreamed about doing, so it kind of just happened.”
I use my software Vaytricks Beat Machine to make my beats, using just intonation, which is a type of musical tuning that allows for more precise harmonic relationships between notes. This gives the music a clear synergetic feeling.
“It’s like my way of adding a unique twist on pop music and makes me feel like I am actually contributing to music in a fresh way. I want to push the boundaries of what’s possible with mainstream music.”
During this time, trap music was making big moves in mainstream music. I started a hiphop group called Virtual Gang, inspired by Yung Lean and Bladee. We were really just trying to have fun with it. Just experimenting and getting comfortable rapping into the mic. Virtual Gang released its first and only album so far titled “Freshman” in February 2018.
After I graduated, I decided to finally focus on my solo music career, with the expertise of my experience making music as well as my new experience running a software company.
“I felt that if I didn’t do it I would be denying myself of everything I have worked so hard for. I had to do it.”
Recently, I moved to Los Angeles and am working on my 2nd full length album! Follow me to stay updated.
Nes Croft, Category: Artist, Albums: Chosen (Remixes), 3rd House, Singles: Hell Turns to Heaven, Chosen, Astronaut, Phantom Rider, Top Tracks: Miles Away, Ride Waves, Ebb & Flow, Not My Problem, No Shade on Me, Biography: Nes has been writing songs since he was 13 and distilled his passion by entering into the back-end of the music industry; starting out working for a synthesizer company and ended up co-founding his own music production software company: software that he uses to make his music today., Monthly Listeners: 1537, Where People Listen: Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Seattle, Columbus