I’ve turned over a new leaf in my music production style, recently. I branched out a bit. During the production of my other song, “The Crew’s in the Kitchen“, I thought of some stuff that I had been meaning to develop. So, I spent considerable time this weekend (including time in which I should have been sleeping) tweaking production techniques and synth instruments to use for that idea. And, then I applied them to “What You Lookin’ For?“. It sounds considerably different. It’s the next step in the evolution of my maturity as a producer.
A few months ago, I wrote about the sub bass parts I generated for the chorus, and it has been a thrill to listen to, but I had been wanting more out of the entire stack. I kept running into problems with too much presence when using screech sounds and high formants. So, that’s what I focused on – getting a majorly dynamic instrument that fills up the frequency gaps in my chorus, that cuts, sounds dope, but that doesn’t squeal too much at around 2 to 4k.
A new chorus lead part was written, along with accompanying strings. Also, I tweaked the verse parts to be much more interesting by adding a melodic arp and honking lead chops. I really like the result – the chorus is actually kind of sexy and laid back, but with an aggressive vibe. The resulting bends and wah effects just hit the spot for what I was thinking about doing. So, I was pretty excited to have finished something like this.
I feel like it was all done through just natural inspiration and rawness. The point had come to where the idea had matured in my head. There was a wakefulness I felt while programming that track during that time. I showed up with an intention… and it all just happened, in session. I can learn from that. Don’t have to have a solid idea beforehand – just have a direction and walk up to the canvas and paint, so to speak. See what happens. I still want to make it less abrasive in places, but while retaining some aggressiveness. I’ll work on that as I continue through my listening tests and analysis.