Brandon Strader

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About Brandon Strader

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    Rebellion/OK, We'll Groove Director
  • Birthday 09/28/1987

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  • Gender Male
  • Location West Virginia
  • Interests Music and video game

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  • Biography Countless natives gathered around Pride Rock in Africa, where a wise Priest, Rafiki, presented me, the newborn son of the King and Queen, Mufasa and Sarabi. The only resident of the Pride Lands who is displeased with my birth is my father's younger brother, Scar, who seeks the throne for himself. As I grew up, I was taught everything about the Pride Lands, including the neighboring Outlands, ruled by ruthless militia and off limits for residents of the Pride Lands. However, I turned out to be a colorful prankster who would rather play with my best friend, Nala, than listen to the lessons my father's adviser, Zazu, attempted to teach me. When Scar told me about a glutton graveyard in the Outlands, Nala and I outsmarted Zazu and ventured out into the Outlands where we came upon three militia men, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, who tried to kill us in the ensuing chase. My dad arrived to rescue us in time, after being alerted by Zazu, and taught me an emotional lesson in bravery and valor.

    Meanwhile, Scar was plotting with the militia to kill both me and my dad, and to take over the Pride Lands. On Scar's orders, the militia ignited a procession of tanks in a gorge where I was because I was told to stay there by Scar. Scar then rushed to inform my dad who managed to save me. But as my dad asked for Scar's assistance when he attempted to climb out of the gorge, Scar betrayed him and deliberately threw him back, where my dad was killed by the procession of tanks. I later found my father's lifeless corpse in the middle of the gorge.

    Scar arrived and tricked me into thinking that it was me who was responsible for my dad's death, as it was my presence that caused my dad to come save me. Due to the shame of such an act, he encouraged me to leave the Pride Lands and never return. I immediately turned and ran away, while at the same time, Scar ordered the militia to follow and kill me. In the subsequent chase, I managed to escape.
  • Occupation Music Producer, Security
  • Facebook ID 514668444
  • Twitter Username bestrader
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Artist Settings

  • Collaboration Status 1. Not Interested or Available
  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Cubase
  • Composition & Production Skills Arrangement & Orchestration
    Drum Programming
    Mixing & Mastering
    Recording Facilities
    Synthesis & Sound Design
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (List) Acoustic Guitar
    Electric Bass
    Electric Guitar: Rhythm
    Saxophone: Alto
    Vocals: Male

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  1. Snare is totally lost during the heavy guitars! And that "bassy synth lead" (0:38) is kinda loud overtop, maybe compensating for how loud/present the rhythm guitars are? If you're having a little trouble getting everything loud enough or to sit right, try pulling back on the max volume a little bit, cause it seems a little loud, and that might be making it tricky to get the mix down... maybe. 1:15 introduces a lead synth where something seems off, maybe it's too dry, or too upfront?
  2. MnP 53: Dark Souls - Gwyn, Lord of Cinders

    Wait, the deadline was 13 hours ago? I thought I just said earlier that it was 8 hours from now? What happened? If I read it wrong.. ugh...
  3. Northwest Majors 8 - Yet another FGC Album

    Hrmm.. well I worked on mine all night.. yeah.. it's still not done.. but I finally got all of the hard guitar parts done, and even raised the tempo by 7bpm so that's pretty serious. What stinks is that I have to work a double tonight 11pm to 3pm and I don't know how I'll feel about reamping the heavy guitars at 3pm on Saturday after I've been up what will probably be 24 hours.. but we'll see what happens.. either way I'm off Monday.. but at this point I may be too late, big sorry to everyone and DS. Please don't get mad when you see me on OCR, I'm probably at work and couldn't finish the song there.
  4. Any word on a Final Fantasy III, VIII or X OC ReMix album?

    I think nobody doing FFX right now is a bit of a disservice, though whoever claims it hopefully can be ready for a 2-3 year affair. But it needs to be done, because it's the difference between being done in 2018 or in 2020?... I mean... who even knows what is going to happen in 2020?
  5. MnP 53: Dark Souls - Gwyn, Lord of Cinders

    Woah, I thought this was done for a second.. Lots of awesome entries, and still 8 hours to go!? I hope someone is burning the midnight oils. Listening to the entries! I like the sound choices a lot of you have made! Except that midi guitar, yikes! But nice arrangements, nice creativity! Is not changing stuff really part of the theme of MnP? I thought arrangement was "recommended but not required".. hmm! Hoboka, I like your atmospheric choices and piano, reminds me a lot of Chrono Cross, but so dang quiet! Gotta fix that. Oooh, Kat also came in with the piano. Nice orchestrated elements, a bit dry and upfront and clashes at times, but good stuff! Not really writing reviews, just listening to the songs..hope you guys go to the workshop with these
  6. Alpha/Beta testers needed for upcoming indie game

    I think I tested this in the early 90s. It was ok.
  7. You can't avoid it, everything is derivative of something, even if you've never heard it. The inspiration and influence pool among modern and even classical music is so diluted it's impossible to avoid. Just don't straight up rip a Kesha riff and you'll be fine, because that is legitimately plagiarism. It's not hard to avoid copying existing songs, but if you're just using the same key progression, don't worry about it at all.
  8. Final Fantasy VIII: Collision Course - ReMixing Phase

    Alright, that's cool! And pretty responsible.. if someone wants it they could grab it, but I just took it off the list. Haven't heard a lot about WIPs, might have to send out one of those fancy mass messages people are doing for projects. Not something I'm a huge fan of, but if it works, it works.
  9. Contest For My New Book: Voiceover Mad Libs

    I did it on my phone and I have no idea what the context is or whether anything fits, so I hope you enjoy it
  10. When should you hit max level?

    Usually the hardest fight in the game is with that demi boss early on in order to get that GF. I didn't even know you could turn cards into magic. I like how FF8 isn't just holding down X to win like it was in some other rpgs. Enjoy the difficulty even if you die a couple times here and there Just remember to save.
  11. When should you hit max level?

    Nnnnooo don't cheat on FF8.. yes I'm calling it cheating.. of all the FF games this is the one FF game you can actually play for a little bit of a challenge instead of over-leveling everything. Don't worry about grinding unless you wanna unlock a certain ability, GF ability, or something else... Draw the magics when you can. Do it to 100 and you don't have to worry about it, replace stuff when you use it, or just Draw > Cast from enemies instead of using your own stock. Play LEGIT!!!!!!! The game is worth it and you'll only mess up your experience if you start looking for exploits. FF8 is the only FF game I ever got all characters to max level and it's because the progression system was so balanced and well-made. FF1 and 2 on GBA were great. A lot of people seemed to agree with me. Leveling up in those games is pretty easy because on GBA you can just set it aside while you're working on something or who knows what. Early grinding is good, especially in FF1, it'll help you a lot, but I found myself too overpowered too quickly in that game because of grinding.
  12. When should you hit max level?

    I'm old school, I'd be standing in the wilderness fighting boars for a month instead of finding some exploit
  13. Phantoms Fill The Southern Skies [Book Release]

    I did buy it when I posted that, does the money not even go to you? Then what's the point?
  14. When should you hit max level?

    I think max level should be a result of effort rather than story progression. In Final Fantasy VIII, you can hit max level at the beginning of the game just by killing the same duders in the training area of the garden. It takes a long time, but it can be done. But FF8 was one of the best RPGs ever for its progression systems. You could hit max level, but the enemies also scaled up with you, so the game never got boring from you being more overpowered than every enemy, unlike say FF7 which is just a walk in the park. Having to junction your magic to unlock your real strength is the truly great thing about FF8. Most people consider that a flaw rather than accepting it as the one true good progression system.
  15. Fox McCloud: Hero to Zero?

    Congrats Joe, now pull Fox out of his grave with your voice and Make Starfox Great Again