Because we are more hip than Santiago had thought.

Don’t look now, but First Son makes electronica.

Artist’s notes: “It’s late, I’m tired, and this track sucks. [Aw, he takes after his old man.] I started out mixing a good kick, which I think I did pretty well, but the rest of the track eventually went to hell, mainly because I used too much reverb on everything. Well, I forced myself to finish it and post it for completion’s sake. It’s kind of Trance-y, which is what I was going for (my favorite subgenre of Electronica), with a signature Super Saw Lead and pulsating bass line. Again, I THINK this is Trance; to me, it sounds like Trance. If any expert wishes to refute that, then, be my guest.”

BONUS TRACK: Apparently, the kids these days like this thing called Dubstep…

Artist’s notes: “So, yeah, This isn’t that great a track. I’m still an amateur. But it is one of my better ones, and I thought, ‘Hell, this is good enough to at least put on youtube.’ I THINK it’s dubstep, according to the original definition of the genre, but I don’t pretend to be an expert. Criticism and hatin’ are all okay and encouraged. At least it’s feedback, and that’s kind of the only way I’m gonna get better. As for the name of the track, well, No lyrics, so I could title it anything and it would sound kind of stupid.”


  1. The Duffer says

    The Lickonas really are too cool for school. I’m so impressed.

  2. Genius homeschool kids, enough already!

    The 2nd one is seriously excellent for any age.


  3. What has more layers than a turduckin?

    My compliments come cheap but it sounds cool.

    You’ll have to make sure when he’s famous that he doesn’t fall for his own hype! 😉

  4. Jonathan Potter says

    For a moment, I thought you meant “the second [child] is probably better than the first.” Being a second child myself, I was nodding in agreement.

    But this is hot stuff. Would he be willing to provide the soundtrack for Team Korrektiv’s entry in next year’s 50 Hour Slam?

  5. when he becomes the next avicii make sure he doesn’t agree to do boost an aging songstress’s career for no good reason (madonna). Yeah I love the electro-house genre and some dubstep.
    First track sounds good, but the lead-in bass beat was kind of obvious. I’d make it more minimal in the beginning, so it gets more appreciation after the drop. Keep it up!
    Track 2… dope. Just curious, have you heard of Adventure Club, a dubstep outfit out of canada? I happen to enjoy all of their tracks; can’t say that for all the producers out there.

  6. Matthew Lickona says

    Thanks, all for the kind words. Paul, he’ll be grateful for the feedback, and will surely check out Adventure Club. I keep telling him to do an electro-house version of “Moves Like Jagger” where he sings about getting a “Kick like Skrillex.” Because I’m old, you see, and he’s always complaining about how he can’t get a kick like Skrillex.

    Potter, he’s already done music for a video game app. He’s a pro. But his rates are super cheap. He might even cut me a deal. We go way back.

  7. notrelatedtoted says

    I don’t even understand the words that are being used. Dub what now?


  8. notrelatedtoted says

    Does he have any formal musical training? Or is he just sort of noodling around? And what do you use to make electronica?

    • Matthew Lickona says

      Very little formal training, but he’s learning a good deal of theory as he goes. He uses a laptop to make the music.

  9. Santaigo says


  10. Have to brag on my eldest daughter(11). She created an old-school techno piece on Garage Band. Even made a cool album cover and came up with an awesome title, “Oh my Stars and Garters!” I’ll see if I can use my sub-par skillz to post it. Glad to see other kids are taking up modern methods of music-making. They DON’T teach that in school, indeed. Keep up the extremely avant garde parenting!

    • Matthew Lickona says

      “Oh my stars and garters!”

      Good for your daughter! Please do post! First Son did an awful lot of work on garage band, but has since moved on to Logic. I can’t take much credit, since Dad likes Dad rock.

      I’m old, too, but dubstep is a thing for the moment.

      • Krista Vanderburg says

        Love the link. I’ll be sure to show her. Dad would be pleased about the comix reference. I keep telling him he needs to find a way to collaborate with y’all. He is itching to make some Catholic Pop Art!

  11. P.S. I enjoyed the first piece much more. I’m old and not sure about dubstep, yet.

  12. Matthew, you should have him compose a tune for a certain set of verses. I’m ready for my Autotuning, Mr. DeMille.

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