Here's not a bio; only a brief background for those interested in (if there's any).
Taking cover under the '4heaven' guise there is Almerindo Lana - that's my real-world name. The chemical engineering takes the most part of my time, but it doesn't forbid me to do other things I love such as photography, astronomy, meditation, sports and... music. And that's for this particular thing you've dropped here, isn't it?
Music has been playing an important role in my whole personality since my early days. When just a child - around my 5 years - I got in contact with electronic music; since then this passion grows on every day. I remember the long hours I use to spend listening to some 90s dance music tapes my father used to (accidentally) buy. That fast paced, synthetic melody driven sound found a place in my heart.
As I was growing old, things were 'evolving'. Thanks the internet I could start guiding myself through the music scene, taking ways by my own. Finding good music isn't easy as it seems - specially in this world where musical productivity has rose to an almost uncountable number. But fortunately I have been stumbling upon wonderful pieces of music since I started my journey... And around 2009 I decided I should help other people to find them too.
I had a need of sharing the music I love as I knew it was unknown to the most people. As an admirer of the disc jockeying art, I decided to start making my own mixes. It took me a while to understand the basics (I was doing it by my own, almost trying-and-testing) until I could put out something decent. Now I quite admit I'm extremely far from being a professional at mixing, but I reached a level that suits my needs, at least. :-)
Then 4heaven was born, 4 years ago... and counting. Although the idea of this name came out of the blue on a saturday afternoon, its meanings goes a little bit further than the obvious one (promise to explain it later?).
My first mixes were always conceived to deliver and promote my favorite tracks according to some main ideas/specific themes. But I could never help adding subjective/personal touches to the entire mixture.
I always tried to do more than just putting a selected list of tracks together in a row. I felt I should do something somehow different of what all the others were doing, something that I could really call mine. And this feeling never stopped to grow up...
Now the things were turn a little bit around. I do not make mixes only 'for the sake of sharing good music' anymore (well, I still think it's a worthy thing to do). I basically make them to express myself - the music sharing still happens, but it's not the main goal now.
I'm not good with words (specially when it comes to english, as you may notice). Perhaps that's why I've found some workarounds like photography and music - I'm more into handling pictures and sounds. So in every single set I create now there are messages within the frames, written with digital audio signals. Some of these messages are story-telling, some are pictures of my state of mind, some are portraits of my very personal feelings, and some are just whispers spoken to the nothingness. Covering the sound there are artworks I create to complete the atmosphere.
My inspirations come both from the outer universe - the environment surrounding me, from the faraway constellations to the air I breathe - and the inner universe - I mean, my mind. Not that I think they're two separated worlds, because in fact one is continuously modelling the other, and they actually fuse in my soul. But as a silent tree observer, even a leaf falling to the ground can be source of huge inspirations.
But back to the business, the music I listen to covers a large range in the
electronic music. From the laminar flow of a Carbon Based Lifeforms' drone ambient to the turbulent psychedelia of MWNN; from the soothing atmosphere of Chicane's proggy trance to the pragmatic dryness of berghain techno. From the naïve simplicity of Two Bicycles laid-down chords to the dramatic intricacy of Aphex Twin jams. Thanks God electronic music is a vast universe that I can't completely cope with.
So defining the kind of music I like it's quite hard; I'd say, I like every piece of music that has a friendly soul to me. But I can't deny my biggest passion is trance music, it was what brought me to all of the other styles, my first love and my everlasting one [please, I mean the real trance music, not the terrible crap some call 'trance' nowadays. If you're in the business you know what I'm saying, but if you aren't - well, don't worry about that.
I think that now you have some good clue of me and my work. I'm always trying to improve myself at any points, so if you have suggestions, opinions, I'm wide open to hear them. You can drop comments on any post (including this), mailing me or finding me at facebook (facebook.com/4heavenmusic).
You are welcome ;-)
Almerindo Lana aka 4heaven