- Producer / Songwriter / Mixer - Committed to artist development since 1997
Andrew Nast has been working in the music industry since 1997. Major credits as engineer under production power houses The Matrix and Tim and Bob. Production, mix and writing credits for top 40 radio and network TV. Looking for the next big thing; passionate about artist development.
- artist management, mixing, mix engineer, record labels, music publishing, music production / mastering, music composition, sound designer, artist development
- hip-hop, electro, punk, electronic, folk, singer/songwriter, edm, music, reggae, pop, dance, post-hardcore, acoustic, post punk
Nice! Have you guys ever heard "Double Nickels in the Dime" by the Minutemen? Or "Commercial Album" by the Residents? It would be cool to hear a record of arrangements like those by you guys. Let me know if you find yourselves needing to make a record, or have one mixed. I'd love to be involved!
I think a different mix would help this track. What makes dub step exciting (for me anyway) are the rhythm elements, and this mix is putting too much emphasis on the pads and bass for my taste. Speaking of bass, this track uses a smoother bass then I'm used to hearing in dub step, which could be really cool, but I feel like it's taking up the wrong spot. Over all, I think there a few moments you should experiment with flipping the entire two track to make evolutions. This will help give the track more dynamic, which is critical since it's instrumental. I like the arrangement over all, and I dig on the chords and vibe. This is not far away from being "done."
I would try and play with how your drums are introduced, and perhaps have them move to different sonic spaces. For example, you have a short whip (air blast thing) that you could be using as a transition to put the drums in a different place (and extreme EQ, or flanger, or Kaoss Pad). When the track gets heavier and the drums pick up, I would try external gates on some or all elements. The break down just after could use more left to right motion, possible with FX. Think mondomod, or flange with pan FX. I personally would make some of those leads even nastier, and put them more up front. Overall another very nice track. You guys make really cool stuff!
It's nice to hear your work with a vocalist on it. I need to have a better understanding of the intent of the track to give you the right feedback. If you wanted to reach a pop format, there are some changes. I could use the "changing mirrors" phrase that happens about 1:40 as a repeat every bar or so in the intro, and also at the 1:40 mark. I would process the vocals a little differently as well; more up front, with automated fx moves for certain parts. Overall this as a concept of something commercially viable is much closer then the last track. Feel free to e-mail me, and we can have a back and forth dialog that may be the most productive for you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Same as other, these are strong songs! The dynamic of this once mixed will be unreal, and I would LOVE to get my hands on it. One thing though; at 3:00 you modulate in a way that isn't working for me. I think you'd be better off to just modulate the whole track a step or step and a half to lift it. The way it's rolling now makes it rub... like someone isn't along for the ride. Strings? Vox? Could be an amazing moment.
My initial react is like! Has a NIN/Skinny Puppy vibe I dig. My first recommendation would be to find a vocalist; I hear a female. In your B section, the music moves a half step-i would avoid this unless you are making a modulated progression that continues upward (and for this track, that doesn't make sense. For TV tracks, thats a great move to build tension.) The break down parts are a great relief and leave an excellent chance for a vocal hook- as a pre or post chorus. The way is goes starting at 3:40 or so I can imagine as a bridge build, I would work the elements to build tension there. 4:40 brings that mod part back; I think those should be your "verses" and the breaks could be an easy "pre hook." The part that follows makes sense for a hook, you need the vocals to define which direction to take, and then another instrumental element to make the part different/lift from the rest of the song. The entire piece is arranged as an instrumentalist would arrange something; my opinion is to get a vocalist involved, and then take a fresh look at your arrangement overall. Follow me on twitter - @apnmusicgroup - I like where this is headed a lot, and may be able to recommend some vocalists for you, as well as help out with your mix/arrangements. Thanks for sharing!
This is really strong! The song and video are both great, I think you guys have a sound that can be widely embraced. My only note is your groups name, which I will now scroll up to remember...CMBSTN, its just a lot of letters to remember. I don't know that I will be able to tell someone in conversation later today what your band name is. I'd love to be involved with your project, send me an e-mail and let's chat about it. email@example.com