Finishing Tracks Is Its Own Practice

Late last night I was catching up on my youtube subscriptions and this vid appeared on my feed from Bthelick. Now, I make a lot of music and I also publish a lot of it on Soundcloud, but I also sit on a lot and probably 1 in every 5 tracks I start, I don’t finish.

When I first started to get into music production, I spent a lot of time watching videos which claimed to help improve my music production. They can be useful to a certain extent (and I still and will continue to watch them) but in real life, to get better, I believe t’s simply a case of putting in the hours making music – the Malcolm Gladwell ten thousand hours assertion.

I’m roughly now 3 years in and have 264 tracks released on SoundCloud. I’ve had the odd success like 40 Degree Heatwave with over 4000 listens on youtube and more recently Let Me Hear You Say… on Soundcloud with over 1000 plays. These little blips are nice when they happen, and there really seems to be no indicator when they will. I’ve put out what I think are some great tracks only for them to be played a handful of times and then to disappear into the depths of my profile feed.

So, I scrolled back through my private tracks and found this. I made it around 3 or 4 months ago. I’m not sure why I didn’t release it at the time – I’m was probably unhappy with something minor so never considered it to be finished. It’s finished now as it’s public! Maybe this is ‘the one’ that makes me a superstar producer 😂

Get Loose – House

I sat on this for a few days because I wan’t so sure about it – something just seemed off so it was ready for the music graveyard. Gave it another listen this morning, and decided it’s just about good enough to keep, so here it is. The vocal sample chop comes from Raze – Bass Power, but as that’s been sampled to death already, I chopped up a small portion and rearranged to make some phrases that kind of sound like words, but aren’t.

Emerging – Tech House

Last one for the time being using the East End Dubs sample pack … sounds a bit like SCL007 – B2 (no shame as it’s one of the best releases on Social, in my opinion) with some classic vocals chops from Shelter Me. The arrangement looks very simple, but there is a lot of automation going on here.

Let Me Hear You Say… – Tech House

One more made using the East End Dubs sample pack plus an old vocal sample from the Zero-G disk 1 pack. Minimal tech house sounds, if that’s your cup of tea, then you might like this. Made myself some custom label artwork too rather than just using a blank whitelabel – looks nice and professional now heh!

Crazy – Tech House (East End Dubs)

I picked up the East End Dubs sample pack from Sample Market and made this. It’s basically my version of the first track off of Tools Vol. 1 using mostly samples from their pack. It’s alright, it sounded comparable to the download I was referencing, but then compared to the version on Soundcloud, it’s a long way off – so plenty to work on for me.

That, That [Free Download] – Tech House

I finished this track today – a nice little tech house roller in the Solid Grooves style (well, that was the aim).

It’s bugging me though where this sample originally comes from. It’s labelled in my sample pack as SOBV1_VOX_beat_box_124bpm and I know it was used in a few old skool hardcore tunes too. Comment below if you know its origin.