chrisshennan Posted December 5, 2011 Share Posted December 5, 2011 I'm struggling with writing decent dance music! I've been trying for a while now but I always get stuck and lose any motivation. I'd love to try a new approach so I was hoping you guys would give me some advice on the songwriting stage of dance and electronic music production. I come from a band/guitar background and used to just mess around on a guitar until I found some chords that sounded good and then put some lyrics over the top. The lyrics then formed the mood/tempo of the song and then I went about writing other bits for it. I'm not saying this is the best way to work but atleast I completed a few songs. With Logic and dance music though, becuase there's no vocals on the track, I find it hard to develop it into something. I know you could just say to sing on it but I'm not much of a vocalist. I also can't seem to find any vocal samples that I really like. My basic work flow is as follows; - mess around with some presets until I find a sound I like and record a melody of 4/8 bars. - put a basic drum pattern over the top. - add some other melodies. -add some effects/automation etc This is where I run into trouble!!!! Once I have those 8 bars, I can't seem to take it anywhere. I just go round in circles, messing with the same 8 bars until I've spent hours on it & hate it as a result. The process just doesn't feel natural at all!! Could this be a lack of instruments/effects? A lack of dance music knowledge? How do you guys use your inspiration & bring this into your Productions? I realise everyone has their own way of working , but just a few examples to get the juices flowing would be appretiated. I plan to get Komplete 8 in the new year so maybe this will stimulate things a bit more as I'm currently just using a few free plug ins and logic sounds. I don't however want to use this as an excuse as I'm sure I could get a decent song out of what I already have. I'll attach a link to my latest effort to give you an example. Jeez! Long post! .....sorry:s Thanks everyone Chris Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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