The Most Powerful Way You Can Produce A Track Every Time You Set Foot In The Studio
Electronic dance music is designed to make you move
I have to say, whenever I go out clubbing I'm most probably one of the most energetic people on the dance-floor, I have the energy of a thousand suns when a track I like comes on! I sweat my backside off and totally get lost in the music. It was once put to me that I "murder the dance- floor"! Now, not every track that I make is designed for murdering dance-floors, but they are designed to make you move something. It's not music for thinking it's music for movement. If I'm making a track that fails to make me move then I fail to complete it. The aim is if I'm enjoying myself whilst making it, then I'm onto something. It's possible that someone else will enjoy it, too. Let's forget about production and engineering skills for a second, let's just say you have the ability to pull a few trick out of the bag there. We're talking about something that is the most important here.. the vibe, feeling the groove. Sometimes it's just down to the arrangement that makes you feel that groove. But the only way I find myself getting into the groove is by making sure I start from the point of impact. The way I want the tune to be. So when making the track I usually start with making the beat. The drum pattern is always the first and when I have the basic pattern down alongside the percussion, I like to lay down the bass-line or the main hook. I tend to feel the rhythm of the beats to feel where the hook sits inside that. I may ad a few atmospheric bits in there to give the track body, but I build things up to hear the main body of the track. When I have the main body, I work around doing things within that main body to keep me moving. If I lose my movement, I just don't finish the track. I don't totally abandon it, but I just leave it alone. Sometimes I come back to it after a few days, weeks or even months and switch things around until I'm bouncing in my seat again. If I'm having fun each time I'm doing things to it, then I know I'm on the right track. You need to totally let yourself go and explore as much as you can. Go inside the music, and try to relax about what you're doing when finding that inspiration because that is when things come to you more easily. When your mind is more open and free from tension, when you let yourself go and really feel the rhythm, then you really, really can make something powerful. Basically, listen to your body!
Let's take it back to the beginning
So, we're jamming to the main body of the track, it's exciting and making you wanna dance like you would in a nightclub, or you're nodding your head like it's going to break off from your neck and you've written your track right to the end. You listen through it a few times and make edits so that everything flows right, and you're almost finished. All that's needed is the beginning.
Want to hit the Beatport charts? Read on...
Beatport is an amazing place for electronic music, just as a lot of other download stores. The best way to achieve that is firstly making yourself really feel what you're making. Your passion will show in your music and when you have done something that you're really into it gets received better by other people. If you want to get in a charted position, make your music powerful to you first. We're not done yet are we! You have your whole track, but the intro. Now you can make that intro because you know where you are going. You know how to build to an impact, or you can use parts of the track to create your beginning. Some people use parts of the end, some people keep it as simple as one sound, and some use almost all the elements of the track to place in the beginning. Because you have everything in place you can decide how quickly or slowly to build things up given what you made prior to starting the intro phase.
Arrangements are powerful things in electronic music making. You can have all the right sounds, beats and balance of the track. But if you don't have an arrangement that makes sense it will flop. If you know where your tune is going, then you know how to start. This is just a take on building a track, but it has never failed me in doing a completed project.
How do you do it?
I'd like to hear how you all put your music together. Please leave feedback in the comments section below.