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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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how to write an EDM melody

How to Write a Melody in Your DAW

What makes a great track stand out? Well, it’s a combination of many different elements, but one of the most important is the melody. Why? Because this is what people remember, hum, or sing.

It doesn’t matter whether there is a vocal or not….a decent melody will bring your song to life. In this post we'll look at what makes a good melody, and how to write one in your DAW...

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4 Myths About Creativity (And How To Overcome Them)

It doesn’t matter whether we make music, paint, write, sing, dance, act or take part in any other creative pursuit…we get stuck more often (and in more ways) than we like to admit! There are 4 popular creative myths that - once dispelled - can be overcome with a few mental hacks...

Personally, one of my biggest issues in the past has been trying to find the time to make music. I mean, some of the songs I’ve worked on have ended up taking over 40 hours…that’s a whole working week! It causes a horrible nauseous feeling in my belly, where I think I don’t have enough time in my life to make music - especially when I factor in everything else (day job, girlfriend, friends, family, exercise, sleep, etc.) - so I try not making music, then end up feeling like I’m not expressing myself creatively - and get depressed!

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how to use keys

Make Better EDM Using Keys And Scales

Imagine you could take any melody in your head, quickly translate it into your D.A.W (Digital Audio Workstation), then work out which chords, harmonies and bass notes will work with it and sound great. Having a basic knowledge of keys and scales (and how to use them) will allow you do to this.

If you know in which key you’re producing a song, you can use the notes you KNOW will sound good - without having to hit-and-miss it in the piano roll editor.

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