Songwriting Steps Pt1

Songwriting Steps Pt1

Songwriting Steps Pt1 Songwriting can be hard. You have to come up with a catchy chorus, have verses that make sense and move people, and a good production. This is more work that many are willing to do alone. That’s why most songwriters just focus on songwriting. The best songwriters do not only that but have steps to ensure they make consistently good songs. Today, I’m going to walk

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Rhyme Vowels

Rhyme Vowels

Rhyme Vowels We’ve all heard rappers use amazing wordplay and unique rhymes.  Sadly, when most of us sit down to write a song, we draw a blank.  There are 21 vowels in the English language.  How many of them do you know?  Knowing all the vowels is one thing but organizing them is another altogether.  In this article and video I’m giving you a system to help you with

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Uncomfortable EP Pt 2

Uncomfortable EP Pt 2

Uncomfortable EP Pt 2 Little known fact: Don Was never finished producing his solo album.  With a fact like that coming from such an eminent producer, I was terrified to end up the same.  I’ve heard many times that the hardest skill to learn as a producer is finishing your work.  Uncomfortable EP Pt 2 has the distinguished honor of being the second installment of what was supposed to

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Planet Soul (Remix)

Planet Soul (Remix)

Planet Soul (Remix) They say that collaborations are good for your musical life.  Heck, that’s probably true.  After all, you get at least one built in retweet.  This track I’m talking about today is a collab between a guy who goes by either pgmjsd or joshEjosh, depending on which day you ask, and me.  He’s a bit more Techno and I’m a little bit rock and roll.  In any

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Apartments Suck – Loud Neighbors

Apartments Suck – Loud Neighbors

Apartments Suck – Loud Neighbors You can’t deny it.  Apartments suck.  Whether it’s inspections, apathetic landlords, or loud neighbors, you are guaranteed a bad time eventually.  I’m not here to commiserate though.  What I want to offer you is an action strategy that might help you get what you want.  You see, I used to train in jiu jitsu.  Specifically, I trained at the Gracie Academy.  While it’s besides

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This Cross

This Cross

This Cross The function of a producer is to unite an artist with their vision while keeping it relevant to their audience.  That sounds like a complex task, and it is.  For my newest track “This Cross” I tried to modernize my sound by incorporating popular elements which support my emotional intention. Problems In Producer Plaza I have noticed that not many people are catching on to my sound. 

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Easy Synth Programming – Reverb

Easy Synth Programming – Reverb

Easy Synth Programming – Reverb Some things you want wet and some things you want dry.  If you favor a bit of the drop, an alcohol-dry province won’t make your holiday itinerary.  Should you care for depth and space in your patches and mixes then a reverb dry impression is wrong.  Let’s explore this effect, and how it relates to synths and mixes, in more depth now. Butter Knife

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Easy Synth Programming – Unison

Easy Synth Programming – Unison

Easy Synth Programming – Unison Thin, limp, and narrow.  My girlfriend doesn’t like how that sounds and neither do your listeners.  Sometimes you need a sound like that.  However, if all your sounds are needles in your haystack of a mix then no one will listen.  Come with me on a journey, along with Syntorial, to make thick, wide, and full synthesizer sounds with unison. Say it With Me

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Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony

Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony

Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony I never heard the word ‘polyphony’ until I worked in a music store.  By then I had been playing music for about 13 years.  How can something so common go unnoticed for so long?  And why is it so confusing? Real quick: learn to program synths by ear by getting the demo of Syntorial here. Choir for the Choristers I challenge you to define

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Give My Chicken Soup (Mashup)

Give My Chicken Soup (Mashup)

Give My Chicken Soup (Mashup) “Can I give my chicken soup to you?”  Honestly, I would ordinarily need to be very hungry to accept an offer like that.  The exception would be if it’s canned.  And Campbell’s. Mashed Potato Well, this mashup I’ve done of Skrillex and Habstrakt’s HOWSLA release with Joyryde’s “Give My Love” is canned.  They’re two premade tracks which I’ve combined and warmed up.  It’s now

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