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by Alana Schulz
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Somn3um – Insane ft. Mickey Shiloh (The Remixes)

Now out via Somn’thing Records is the seriously good new remix EP from a whole set of exciting producers. Somn3um originally dropped “Insane” ft. Mickey Shiloh a while back, but now an array of artists have put their own spin on the track.

There is great variety spread across the pack here, with contributors including Matt Darey, Crazibiza and Paul Hamilton. It’s the snappy edit from Quino that has really caught our attention, and we implore you to take a few listens through of that one in particular.

The full EP is available here.

Jan 16th, 2017

by Alana Schulz
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STUDIO SECRETS: Gentlemens Club

We’ve bagged five studio secrets from UK bass act Gentlemens Club this week, and they fill us in on how they get music made in the GC studio.

1) Setting off on the right foot

We (generally) enter the studio, listen to refreshing music we enjoy, show each other new music we like and take inspiration from that.  We don’t listen to any specific genre solely, but we do listen predominantly to rap, R&B and grime. You can probably hear that in our tracks!

2) Starting the track

We tend to start with a melody to get things going, which usually starts off simple and we take it from there making it more complex as we go. It’s important to keep momentum going when producing, so when one of us gets inspired by what the other producer in the trio has done, we let them take the driving seat. It keeps things fresh and interesting.

3) Zoot break

Keeping momentum is good, but so is having a break. Take time to sit back and listen to your track from the start. It lets you have a clear view of each section of the track and really home in on the parts that need improving.

4) Defeating a block

Every producer gets a block from time to time, where the creative juices just aren’t flowing as well as they are used to. The best way to counteract this, is to go with the flow and not force yourself to produce something you’re not in the mood to make. If you’re not feeling like producing a certain genre there’s no harm in making something that fits into a different genre. Experimenting with alternative music has helped all of us stay on our toes and learn lots of new ways to make new sounds.

5) Unique sound

We pride ourselves on not sounding like anyone else. This doesn’t mean you can’t have sounds that are similar to people you look up to, or are influenced by, just make sure you are being creative and innovative when doing so, so you don’t get lost in the sea of producers out there. It’s important to have your own style that is unique to you.

Jan 6th, 2017

by Alana Schulz
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Joe Bermudez is an artist who is going to continue shining in 2017, and we’re already excited for the quality material he is likely deliver. With his distinctive house sound and super clean production, get ready for some killer floor fillers in 2017 from this US based act.

1) Mix-down first thing in the morning

Your ears are the freshest after a good night’s sleep, so it helps to mix down your record first thing in the morning before ear fatigue sets in after listening to other music, background noise and your mother-in-law.

2) Save multiple sessions

It’s a good idea to not only set the auto save on your DAW, but to also save multiple versions of the session you’re working on in case one of them gets corrupted.  This will save you a lot of frustration when that does happen!

3) Mute things

When a track isn’t coming together, our first instinct is to add more parts.  Sometimes the opposite is the best fix for that, though.  Reduction is a powerful tool and when you start muting things, other elements start to shine and your track can take on a whole new life.

4) Bounce stems

Sure you’ve got the latest plug ins, but will that be the case in 5 or 10 years?  Will they even be compatible anymore?  Always bounce remix stems in case you’d like to reinvent one of your core songs down the road.

5) Road test

Studio monitors can be very deceiving.  They are very clean and most likely your room has been treated to maximise their performance.  Always road test the song you’re working on for a true representation of how others will hear it.  Don’t just test it on a club system either, but also on crappy laptop speakers and ear buds.

Jan 4th, 2017

by Alana Schulz
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This week we are lucky to have prolific house producer Damon Hess share some of his production quips with us. Take a read of his studio secrets below.

1) I always start with the drums using battery, this is always the groundwork for where I’m gonna take the track.

2) Once the vocal is in and time-stretched to the right BPM, I usually will add a pad or piano and find the chords that fit, I always use Korg M1 – the piano sounds are untouchable.

3) Either Spire, or Massive I find works best for those bass sounds, Donks or Organs in most my tracks.

4) One of the main tools I use in almost any project is Nicky Romero, or the LFO tool

5) When it comes to reverbs, it’s either Arts Acoustic, Vallhalla Room or Lexicon.

Dec 23rd, 2016

by Alana Schulz
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STUDIO SECRETS: Champagne Drip

We’re proud to have Champagne Drip share his studio secrets with us this week, as we love his richly creative “Poseidon” EP for Quality Goods Records – and he is sure to deliver more musical goodness in 2017.

1) Try to work first thing after waking up

I try to have a quick breakfast, maybe some coffee.  After that I dive into music.  My mind is sharp and creative in the morning, I also do this to avoid allowing myself to be distracted.

2) Start simple(and musical)

Usually a riff, bassline, or chord progression, (occasionally a really unique drum sound).  The track ends up being centered around one main music idea or focal point and I try to come up with this first.

3) Work fast

Keep moving, don’t hyper-focus on peripheral details, attention to detail can come later.  Learn your keystrokes, use software that makes the creative process faster.

4) Build my main bass/lead patches from scratch

That’s a big part of the fun for me and it keeps me practicing and sharp.  I also tend to discover new sounds this way.

5) Study and practice

Stay learning, stay sharp.  I make an effort to constantly try to discover new/better/alternative ways to create.  If I have a process or technique I start to lean on, I try to flip it on its head or look into how someone else approaches it.  This keeps my sound fresh and it builds strong musical muscles.


Dec 20th, 2016

by Alana Schulz
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Damon Hess vs Becca B – Ready & Waiting

Ramping up the energy levels this week as we surge towards the end of 2016 is renowned house producer and DJ Damon Hess. The UK artist has just released “Ready & Waiting” via Somn’thing Records, a stellar collaboration with vocalist Becca B.

This tune will get you pumped in no time at all, and the clean quality of production here is fantastic. With Becca’s smooth vocal hooks riding over darting piano riffs and a surging, super deep bassline, “Ready & Waiting” is a rippling delight for the dance floor and beyond.

Pick up a copy here. 

Dec 19th, 2016