Greetings and salutations ladies & gentleman. Madden Miles here. I’d like to take an opportunity to start utilizing this blog and really get some dialog going.
The thing I want to know.. And this is awesome because every one is different in their respective approach is… What do you start with first? The melody/sample? Or do you lay the drums first?
I thought of this because producing for a few years now, I just now today made my first beat where I did the drums first. For all of this time, I let the sample/melody do the talking and guide me to which drums to use. I figured that doing the melody first, you’re creating the overall feel and tone of the track you’ll be producing. Having said that, I couldn’t help but see a different approach when I did the drums first.
I utilized some new drums I received and was just screwing around on the maschine with some fills, kicks, snares, etc. I had a nice 4 bar loop I had thought was pretty damn solid after a little jam session I was having in between playing Arkham City with my son. It dawned on me that I was doing something different creatively in my process and I didn’t even realize it. The drums were hard, snappy, thick, and aggressive. I opened up Omnisphere and started plucking some key notes that sounded reminiscent of something DJ Khalil may be responsible for. A producer I’ve always enjoyed but felt like my sound was not capable of being executed like his. Then BAM. I get my studio loud enough that I’m shocked I didn’t have police at my door for a noise ordinance. So it pro-actively got me asking and writing this blog. What do YOU as a producer prefer to do first? Get your melody? Or lay your drums? Try doing it backwards once, it’s weird.
I look forward to creating engaging discussions for this blog where everyone can comment and share opinions/ideas. The only thing I do know, and fortunately, when I know something.. Believe me… I know. Is that the Packers will win the Super Bowl this year. 😀
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Take care/Be good.