“The older I get the more I like plugging directly into an amp. I’m tired of trying to impress myself with weird sounds. It’s about the notes and the amp.” – Steve Vai. Famous guitarists from the likes of Steve Vai to Kirk Hammett to Eric Clapton to Jimmy Page, were well known for their obsession with tone & timber.
“It’s easy to get sidetracked with technology, and that is the danger, but ultimately you have to see what works with the music and what doesn’t. In a lot of cases, less is more. In most cases, less is more.” – Herbie Hancock
“The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colors in your mind.” – Maria Cristina Mena. In the world of modern electronic music production, it is critical to introduce more organic and timeless sounds into your music.
Don’t skimp on the details in your buildups. Your drop is only as good as the anticipation you create before it. Build ups are an opportunity to create tension, emotion, and much-needed energy in your music – because of this, they deserve your utmost attention.
“Our art is never truly finished. We just get to stop at our deadline.” – Brad Bird. Finishing music is hard. In fact, I would argue it’s the most difficult aspect of the creative process. It’s just a lot easier to endlessly tweak your music than it is to confidently put the finishing touches on a song and release it out into the world.