Slow Magic's Holiday Gift Guide : Musicians

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Slow Magic’s Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians

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  1. Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 59607 Coffee Brewer ($329)
    I’m addicted to black coffee and nothing’s better than a simple and solid coffee maker. This is one of the best drip coffee makers out there. Dream Angel picked the pink color but I really like it too.

  2. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 Ohm Studio Headphone ($148.49)
    I bought these headphones on a whim while traveling and needing to finish a remix. I’ve been blown away by the quality and comfort of these. I’ve ended up wearing them even when I’m at home working on music.

  3. Propellerhead Reason 10 ($300)
    I wouldn’t be where I am today without this DAW. I made the very first Slow Magic songs with Reason and have loved watching it grow and expand over the years. If you are thinking about music production you can try it for free. 

  4. Headphone Mount ($9.29)
    I’m kind of a nerd in my studio so something like this that can make headphones easy to access is cool to me. Not only is it inexpensive, but it definitely helps your studio feel more organized.

  5. Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Keyboard Synthesizer
    I don’t own one of these (yet), but I’ve spent way too long playing one at Guitar Center and I was blown away. I always expect the best from Moog but this is one of the prettiest sounding synths I’ve touched, and with built in reverb it really is the full package.

  6. Gaff Tape ($16.71)
    I also wouldn’t be where I am today without this stuff. If you’ve only ever used Duct tape, using gaff tape will change your life.

  7. KRK Rokit 5 Powered Studio Monitor ($299)
    I got these studio monitors soooo long ago when I was just a new music producer. It was one of the best decisions I made when trying to make better sounding music. I sometimes want to get new speakers for aesthetic reasons but I never do because these are so solid.

  8. Rode NT1KIT Cardioid Condenser Microphone ($264)
    This is a great mic if you need to record anything at all. I usually work on music “in the box” but sometimes I need to record something “real” and this always gets the job done.

  9. Philips Hue Single Premium Smart Bulb ($39.99)
    Adding lighting to my studio really helped me feel like it was a nice space to spend hours in front of a computer. You can even sync the lights to the sound output of your DAW if you want to feel like you are on a stage and not just sitting on a computer.

  10. Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-Key Controller ($97.88)
    If you are new to producing or just want to try it, getting a nice midi keyboard is a great place to start. It’s always helpful to play something instead of just clicking the screen. Arturia makes solid hardware (and software synths if you are looking for better sounds)

  11. TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV ($429.99)
    I wanted a HUGE monitor so I could see more of what I was doing with Reason and I decided to try out a TV. I was impressed to learn it works pretty well and doesn’t cost nearly as much as a computer monitor of this size would. 

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Wakeup Call

W Hotel
Wakeup Call Bali
W Hotel
Wakeup Call Bali
W hotel
W Hotel

After a few days of rest in Bali, Slow Magic and I traveled to Bandung for the first show of his Asia tour. Early the next morning, we traveled back to Bali for a festival called Wakeup Call, which is put on by W Hotels. Neither of us had gotten any sleep so we were happy to get to the W where we stayed in bed and ordered room service until the show. The next day, we flew to Taipei, where we are now.

Taipei is so rainy so we spent the day wandering around in a mall that is attached to our hotel. Tonight we will probably get some dinner and then head back to our hotel to do some work. We are so exciting I know lol. xx

Vegan Grain-Free Half-Baked Ice Cream

Vegan, Grain-Free Half-Baked Ice Cream

Slow Magic loves Ben & Jerry's Half-Baked ice cream so I wanted to make him a vegan, grain-free, refined sugar-free version.

The recipe is made up of three smaller recipes, which I then add to store bought vegan ice cream. The first recipe is for a rich chocolate fudge sauce that I swirl through the vanilla ice cream. The second recipe is for half-baked decadent chocolate fudge brownies that are both, gooey and crumbly. And finally, the third recipe is for the perfect, use in any ice cream flavor you want, cookie dough.

To make the Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream :

To make the Half-Baked Chocolate Fudge Brownies :

And finally, the Vegan Grain-Free Cookie Dough :

To assemble, watch the video above or follow the recipe below :

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Vegan Grain-Free Half Baked

A vegan, grain-free version of Half-Baked


Vegan Ice Cream Base
  • 2 pints of vanilla Nada Moo (or any other brand)
Chocolate Fudge Swirl
  • 1/2 cup (vegan/refined sugar-free) chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • two dates pitted (optional)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter 
  • 1 vegan egg (1 tablespoon ground flax meal and 3 tablespoons warm water) 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons 100% unsweetened cacao powder 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (divided) 
Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup almond flour 
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca starch 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1/4 cup maple or coconut sugar 
  • 1/2 vegan egg (1.5 teaspoons ground flax meal and 4.5 teaspoons warm water) 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (cut roughly) 


Chocolate Fudge Swirl
  1. In a medium sized heat safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and maple syrup. 
  2. In a small saucepan, stir coconut milk over medium heat until simmering.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into the bowl of chocolate chips and maple syrup. Stir until the mixture is well combined and it has thickened.
  4. For a fudgier fudge swirl (optional)  : add dates and chocolate/coconut milk mixture to a food processor and blend until combined.
  5. In a freezer safe dish, add a layer of vegan vanilla ice cream, followed by a layer of chocolate fudge.  Continue to do this with the remaining vegan vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge.
  6. Using a butter knife, cut an ’s’shape through all layers of ice cream and fudge to make the chocolate fudge swirl. Place back in the freezer to harden.
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a small baking dish with parchment paper (I use a small glass dish from Pyrex). 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, beat almond butter with a hand mixer. Add the vegan egg and maple syrup and beat until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the cacao powder, coconut sugar, salt and baking soda until well incorporated. 
  4. A little at a time, mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  5. Mix in 1/8 cup of chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking dish and top with remaining chocolate chips. 
  7. Bake for 15 minutes (or until the edges are crisp and the center is gooey).
  8. Remove from baking dish and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, store in the freezer until ready to use.
  9. Break the brownie into small pieces before adding it to your ice cream.
Cookie Dough
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together almond flour, arrowroot, and salt. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine maple sugar, vegan egg, maple syrup, and coconut oil. 
  3. A little at a time, mix the dry into the wet ingredients. Add chocolate chips. 
  4. Roll cookie dough into long strips and store in the freezer until you are ready to use. 
  5. Cut the cookie dough into small pieces before adding it into your ice cream. 
Vegan, Gain-Free Half-Baked
  1. In a freezer-safe container, add a layer of the chocolate fudge swirl ice cream followed by a layer of brownie and cookie dough pieces. Continue to do this until you no longer have any ice cream.
  2. Store any leftover brownie and cookie dough pieces in the freezer.
  3. Eat right away or place the container back into the freezer to harden.


To make the vegan egg : In a small dish, add ground flax seed. Add the warm water and stir to combine. Place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.