For the first track of the EP i tried to create a 90s soulful styled house track, with a simple drum pattern consisting of a kick drum, clap, open hi hat, closed hi hat and then finally a tiny little percussion loop just to fill in the gaps, below is a short MP3 file of 16 bar loop, the first 8 bars are the drums i programmed and the second 8 bars are my drums + the percussion loop 🙂
Near enough every single time when i start making a track i will begin with the drums, i find it is a great way to start giving structure to a song, after i hear the drums the rest usually comes to me very quickly!
So in this case after programming the drums i decided to do a bit of research on soulful house chords as they are such an important element to the genre, having very little knowledge on playing the piano i found a really help full video on youtube which broke down some chords / sequences!
i played in some chords then began putting my own twist on them, i bounced each chord down to an audio file and then mapped them onto singular keys on the EXS24 sampler so i could trigger them by pressing 1 key, which lead me to making this rift! first 8 bars = riff 1 & second 8 bars = riff 1 + 2
after putting down the chord sequence it was time to start structuring the track, so i started arranging it slightly creating a section at the beginning without the kick drum so that when the kick comes in it feels a lot more punchy.. after all the drums come together and a bit of life is formed i put in a subtle riser that i created by time stretching a normal boring riser to quadruple its original length then adding a bit of reverb to make it more wavy / drag out the release when it ends, i also removed the high end on an EQ so that it was just mid / low frequencies which made the subtle riser i was looking for 🙂
I wanted to include some kind of build up > vibe change without it being a huge fat bass pumping drop so to keep it soulful i played in a new chord sequence and then after 8 bars added some nice bongos which were panned left / right to create a bit of atmosphere! You can also here a random FX which i stuck in there and added a little bit of echo on… Here it what the build up / drop sounds like!
On the drop i decided to swap the percussion loop (demonstrated up top) with another similar sounding percussion loop however this one was much more crisp and clean sounding, again just to fill in the gaps however it also created a nice bit of movement in the track and made a more interesting transition from the build up to the drop / next section!
Ive solo’d the drums / perc loop & riser so you can here the difference between the two below!