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The Man You Love by Ehad Yurekli

Brian Hazard

Congratulations on your debut release!

For my tastes the vocal processing is too heavy-handed, but maybe you want it to sound autotuned. Your accent is noticeable but it mostly doesn't bother me. I can understand all the words. Sometimes "that's" sounds like "dat's" on "that's why." And "need to break da walls." In other words, your "th" sound could use a little work!

The mix is mostly okay. I'd like a little less kick, a little more bass, and a little bit less vocal. The drums and vocals play and oversized role in the mix, and I'd like to hear more of the other elements.

You could certainly release it as-is and find an audience for it! My advice in general is to just keep making and releasing music, and focus on the processing and improvement over time. You don't want to just keep revising old material until it's perfect, because it'll never be.

Of course what's "good enough" is ultimately your decision! If you want to be known as more of a singer than a producer, you might choose to rerecord the vocals and go for a more natural sound.

Thanks for sharing this with me! -Brian.

Nate Maingard

Thanks for trusting me with your creation, I appreciate it.

The first thing that comes up for me is that you are doing great, courageously going for it, sharing your creation and working at your craft, that's the most important thing. You say this is your first track, so I would really focus on just practicing your craft as much as possible over the next while. Don't worry about it being 'good enough'. If you are creative, you have good taste so you know what it is that you're aiming for and you know if you're not quite reaching it. 

This quote really inspired me as a new creator: 
"You ask whether your verses are any good. You ask me. You have asked others before this. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are upset when certain editors reject your work. Now (since you have said you want my advice) I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing. You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you - no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must", then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

I also recommend watching this video talking about being a beginner at expressing your creativity and the process of growing into your good taste:

Regarding your song, it's an impressive first offering from a production level, though I'm no producer and this genre isn't really to my taste, so I might not be the best to give feedback on it. Your melody overall is enjoyable, I like the structure and I think you have potential.

Saying all of that, none of what I just said should really matter to you right now. I think the most important thing is to develop your craft from the centre of yourself, without worrying too much about what people like me think.

I hope that helps and wish you all the best with your creative journey.

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