1. Getting Started (Drums first vs. Melody first)
There’s an ongoing debate among producers about whether you should start with the melody first or lay the drums down and then create the melody. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. When you’re having fun making your music, just have fun. There is no distinct formula that has to be followed each time. If you come up with a crazy drum beat before you come up with a melody, cool. If you come up with a crazy melody before you come up with a drum beat, cool. Run with it. It doesn’t matter how you start, just get started!
2. Use Layers
Ever wonder how or why you cant find a certain sound you hear in the beats to all your favorite songs? It might be two or three sounds layered together. Layering is having multiple sounds play the same exact melody. Sometimes they might be in different octaves, but they’re playing the same melody. This helps to add depth to the track. Sometimes when I produce, I make a layer out of three different sounds, pan one left, one right and keep one dead center. That way each sound stands out as it’s own more.