How To Arrange Your Track In Under 5 Minutes!

One of the most frustrating parts of music production is getting stuck in a four or eight bar loop.

Over and over it goes….The more you listen to it; the more critical you become – swapping out sounds, melodies or other elements until you get sick of the very tune that you thought was an absolute killer a couple of hours ago (or, it’s changed by all recognition and you’ve lost the original vibe)!

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layering kicks

How To Make the Perfect Kick

Layering kicks in electronic dance music is a tried and tested way to get control over arguably one of the the most important foundations of your track.

What happens when you LOVE the low-end “thump” of a kick sample, but it just doesn’t cut through your mix? Sure, you could swap it for a sample with more high-frequencies, but then you could be sacrificing the bass…

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tension and release

Creating Tension & Excitement in Electronic Dance Music

Imagine this: You look out over the dance floor, the crowd is loving the tune, you’re loving the tune and everyone’s on the same level. This is bliss, and the tension & energy are building. They know it’s coming; you know it’s coming, you wait…wait…wait…then POW! The drop comes in and the room goes crazy.

That is the best feeling in the world, and it’s what I love so much about Electronic Dance Music (and DJing); the excitement, the energy and the insane goosebumps. So, what is it that causes those peaks of excitement, and keeps our interest engaged?

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Getting Music Finished

The biggest problem with making EDM is getting music finished! Find out how here…

Weirdly enough, two of the most common questions people ask me are 1. “How do you find the time to make music? I’m so busy!” and 2. “How do I get tracks finished?”. So how do we find the time to make music, and – once we have – how do we actually finish the tracks we start?

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The Chainsmokers Production Secrets – “Closer (ft. Halsey)”

The Chainsmokers – “Closer (featuring Halsey)” was undeniably one of the biggest smash hits of 2016. It’s infectious melody and catchy groove works in clubs, in festivals, and on the radio, but what makes it so damn effective?…

Below is a detailed track analysis for you guys to get some exclusive insights into how “Closer” was made. If you want to learn some of The Chainsmokers production secrets, read on…

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Gain Staging EDM

Gain Staging – Better Mixes in 5 Minutes

Although it doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic, “gain staging” is one of the most overlooked, simple, and SUPER-IMPORTANT concepts of getting the best from your mix…

Once understood and implemented, it can take your mixes to the next level, giving them more clarity, punch and loudness.

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