Just saw Dark Knight a few days ago and this reminded me of it
Hey guys, finished up this Hardwell-styled track I posted earlier:
Expect to see this on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, Last.fm etc soon, hope you guys like it!
Really like this! will probably buy when you release it
Not sure how I feel about this, it still needs a lot of work.
First thing I've uploaded since I deleted everything on my soundcloud account. I wasn't really happy with anything that was on it so I just trashed it all. woop woop
I made this two months ago and I haven't really gotten any new ideas since then. I'm just curious as to what you guys think.
It was made entirely out of samples, fyi.
And thanks for the very positive comments about Shimmer. :)
I like it but you gotta upload something with more than 5 seconds of the drop :(. Oh and those drums are a little muddy try cleaning them up a bit, maybe throw in a hihat too.
Also I would probably not release sampled tracks like this, would definitely go with the whole Pretty Lights free download with optional donation since that probably would get you into less of a legal mess if you ever got sued. Unless you own the rights to whatever you sampled ofc.
Finally got a new PC on the way, can't wait to be able to add a bunch of vsts without destroying the CPU
I really like it. Very grimy, but the bass isn't strong enough.
Otherwise, it's a very charming song. I wish it had some kind of strong backing rhythm noise to add a little more depth. I really like how it ends. Doesn't matter if it's rough, that's why this thread is here. It's not meant for professionals
Mixed and mastered well isn't a hook. If other people like it, it's fine. It just doesn't seem to have any emotion to it. Just seems disconnected and abrasive. It's missing something for me to follow. Something for me to get lost in.
This is a slightly different genre, but notice that there is something to follow in the song.
Or you could make your style more intriguing
I'm not a great musician, but this is what separates you from the elite. A hook.
I'm not sure what this is, but I'm keepin it on the album for now. It'll flow into a song.
I want my album to force people to chill out. Something for long bike rides. Something of all styles. Something like Four-Tet but more precise.
How could I mix it better?
When you have a hook, it attracts a bigger crowd, which means you can open for anyone. Eventually you will have your own fans that remember you, and you can headline.
But this is important assuming that you play live. I hope you aren't trying to sell a cd without playing live...
Sometimes just some good ol simple electro house can be enough. And I don't think Larry G's song had a lack of emotion, it was simply a little too close to what hardwell is doing and was kind of lacking in stuff to fill the frequency spectrum.
I think my track resembles a lot of tracks that are popular today, the execution however might not be as top-notch though, and I'm fully aware of that. I know song structure isn't one of my major strenghts but I'm working on that.
As for putting more emotion in it and uh, not being a musical slave, well that's not really an easy task when you're making a mainstream electro house track that appeals to the masses. Give me an example of a popular house track that does meet these parameters. Not calling you out here, I just want to know how to improve myself.
yes these songs are extremely difficult to pull off, but that's what makes the creators so revered. they're encapsulating in melody, and technicality- yours is very clean but does not leave much for the imagination.
music is like any other form of creative expression. it needs to tell a story, it needs to paint a picture, it needs a connection between the track and your mind. stop caring about the boundaries of 4x4, house, hardwell, whatever the hell you like, and go all out.
this isn't about other people anyway, this is about you. you'll figure it all out in time - and when you figure it out, it'll separate you from those guys who spam youtube comment sections with skrillex ripoffs
Sounds like I need to write a novel before I can actually start working on a song. In all seriousness though, I can understand what you're saying. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about these things before or during the production, maybe I should. I just plug in my MIDI keyboard and mess around untill I come up with something that sounds cool, be it a melody, a chord progression or even a bassline. Then I expand from there. I don't ask myself the question 'Does this tell a story?', rather 'Does this sound good to my ears?' and 'Will other people like this as well?'. I can't tell whether that's a good mindset or not, but that's how it is for me.
What I do is I just listen to other songs and pick things from them that I like. Yeah I know, the track sounds a bit too much like something Hardwell would do but hey it's not like I'm hiding it or anything. And I know my overall song structure isn't all that great, I've always been struggling with that. Then again, I've only been serious about music production for like a year and I made like what, 8-10 tracks? I don't really have a style of my own, yet. That might be the problem. It also explains why my Soundcloud channel has all kinds of different genres in it, I just go about making a track when I feel like it.
The problem is that I try so hard to be liked by other people, as a musician. So I replicate things other popular artists do. Is that a bad thing, I don't know. It's not very original, I know that too I'm not blind, but I can't just come up with something revolutionary overnight. I just make something that I'd like to hear myself if I were a listener.
But the thing about that creative expression, telling a story, painting a picture and so on, those things so vague and subjective. I mean, when do you tell whether a song is expressive or has something to say? I don't have a clue to accomplish any of them. Maybe it comes with experience I don't know, but I'll keep trying.
the quickest way to achieve this is to simply go as far out of your comfort zone as possible, and settle when you find something unique that you can call yours.
First time recording in a booth (home made, not professional), so I was pretty excited about that. Lyrics are on the cloud page. I did the mixing too, never done that before.
Hey guys, recently the label I'm signed to currently held a little remix comp thing, and I got onto the EP!
Buy it if you want I don't really care as long as people like it