Usually though, you just hit a dead end after about an hour, and wonder why you started the track in the first place. You see, Yenn had just become a baby daddy for the first time and another friend, Scott Willis, was expecting his second. Is the bassline not quite right? From Blastoid, I already had the key of the song, the stabby pads, the arpeggio, and the square lead. Almost everything has been done already, so they require some serious thought. With that, I got to work. Then go back and put that puppy to bed.
My guess is you were lucky to come out of there with just one black eye! It actually served the track well. Read some interviews from your favorite producers. The vocal was especially interesting. Just the right amount of melodic ecstasy and dirt, with all the ingredients to be a summer smash! Knowing the answers makes for a more productive production. Ask yourself what you are attempting to achieve with the track.
It can be a real joy. Listen to similar tracks in your genre, and make a note of the elements. I always knew I was going to sing it myself. Be specific and honest with yourself. . Comments: Collaborations are a magical thing. What happens when your monster track, your soon to be 1, your epic Mau5killer, becomes a victim of the rut, aka the sticky blues, aka what the f ck happened? Finally, a mix and a rough radio edit and here we are.
Is the tune crying out for a hook? In my experience, the further away you are from the studio, the more you want to return to it. It starts to get harder and harder to maintain objectivity after your nine hundredth listen. Maybe it was all the baby talk, because the first time I heard Blastoid, I also heard the vocal line in my head. Sort of a smack to the bum, if you will. You in the back, stop grinning. I needed a bassline that was muy musculoso.
Always have a time limit in mind. Labels, are you listening to this? Heck, I needed two basslines. Bedroom Bedlam competition, Leeds local Elliot Sivad has played it cool with a small number of quality releases. Is the beat too flabby? Besides, having spent all that time on 5 minutes of tunage, do you really want to have to come up with yet another part? The bass went through several revisions until finally, at 4 am on a Saturday morning, it happened and two became one. One to drive the groove, and one to add a little wap at the back end. When was the last time you got something for free at a music festival? Leave it for a future anthem, and move on. Is it in desperate need of da funk? What would work best for your track? No track should take more than a week to finish.
Is it going to be a peak time club anthem, a moody introspective piece, or a filthy underground beast? Do you have too much going on? A transatlantic sowing of seeds to create the perfect musical baby. Well, now you can get the the official theme song of the 2010 for the price of an Internet connection. Just listen with non-technical ears. So what should you do to beat the sticky blues? Any longer, and you risk losing perspective. Listen to some of your favorite dance tracks. Well not directly, but you get the idea.
First laziness, and second, why not? Now I needed a vocal. Step away from the computer, and do anything for an hour. Right away, I could hear the progressive electro anthem it would become. . . . .
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