Troy Ritchie, 20, sound engineer major, premiered his musical project, Sleep State, for Saddleback students featuring his pop-electronic songs on Halloween day at the quad.
The songs were inspired by a band named “Starfucker,” which is a band that is popularizing on “YouTube” and on the internet in general.
Ritchie’s voice has often been compared to Chris Martin, lead vocalist of Coldplay. However, Ritchie, being only 20, is entering this newer level of modern music, integrating electronic, dudstep, house, techno, trance, with pop.
“They are pretty accessible, they’re not weird, generally most people will enjoy it,” Ritchie said about his music.
Each song averages about 3 minutes. He is able to control the entire song through a software he uses called “Ableton,” which he has used for his four newest songs.
“It has a bunch of synthesizers and electronic sounds on it, and I just play it on my keyboard, and I made an electronic drum track on it and recorded it all,” Ritchie said.
That’s how he began his trail as a solo artist and although Ritchie’s project recently began as a one-man band, he believes that now his recordings have to be replaced with live band members.
Ritchie used to play in other bands he explained, but since he’s gone solo, he has to recreate the songs he had invented into the same genre he’s now more interested in.
Ritchie said that he has nine complete songs that he will now have to engineer to become more like his newer songs.
His main objective is to get licensed and eventually have his music played in commercials and on the radio.
“I don’t care if I’m a big rock star, I just want to be able to sustain a living with my creations,” he said.
Luckily for Ritchie his family has been supportive with his musical ambitions, and his sister manages all his social networks and acts out as his PR agent he said.
Ritchie is preferably looking for spots in Los Angeles to express his talents, but has shows coming soon nearby.
Find Sleep State on-
Official site: http://sleepstatemusic.com/