Hi, thanks for sending this track. I really like the flow and must say that the vocals are very well in combination with the melody and instrumentation. One thing that I really like about the track is the short lick at the end of the chorus. It really hits me. Two things that stand out in a negative way for me are the change in instrumentation at 0:25 (why?) and the outro. You could finish the track at 3:30 instead of letting it run another 25 seconds. Best, Victor
Hi Chrisèe, thanks for sending me this track. I have to be honest, it's one of the most beautiful tracks I've received through Fluence so far. The things that make the track stand out to me are the wonderful voice, which reminds me of Adele a bit (in a good way), the great buildup with the addition of strings and the choir along the way and the story that is told through the song. If I'd have to give one piece of critique, it would be that I expected drums in the end to resolve the tension that was built, but they didn't come. I expected them in the part when the choir came in. Thanks a lot! Best, Victor
Hi Micah, thanks for submitting your song Give Me More to me. For starters, I'm very happy with the overall sound of it. It has a good rhythm, starts with a catchy hook Ed Sheeran would be jealous of and your voice reminds me of The Weekend, which is a good thing. There are two things that in my opinion would make the song a little better: the instrument that's in right before the break (0:47) sounds a little off combined with the other instruments used. I'd suggest a deeper sound or something less hard and sharp. Also, the snare in the last part of the song (around 2:30) is a bit to dry and sharp for me, I'd put an effect over it to make it softer, so it fits your voice better. A good song, you're very talented, it is well written and the mixing has been done very professional. Thanks. Victor
Hi Aaron and Austin, thanks for the submission of your track The Grand Scheme of Things on Fluence. First of all, it's a very good and consistent track. The mastering and mixing has been done very well and that's very welcome to hear. One point of critique could be that there isn't that much dynamic - it goes on in the same pace and same loudness over the whole track. Which could make it become boring if you listen to it too often. The lyrics are good, I like the wordplay on patients' patience and foreword forward. It grabs my attention and that's a good thing. Vocally, the harmonies sound great and the higher notes are hit in a good way. One thing coud be that it's technically a bit too good. If I don't listen to the words I don't really get an emotion of what the song is about. The rhythm and chord progressions in the song are fine as well, you can really hear the work that has been put in making the song. If I could name one thing, it's the intro that takes quite long (around 40 seconds) and the solo's that are a bit long. All in all, a good song which will have some potential on the middle-of-the-road radio stations. A bit like the Wallflowers in their best days. Thanks, Victor
Hi Dree, thanks for submitting this song to me. As a Jamiroquai-lover, I'm instantly hooked on the guitar strum and the violins that you used on the song. Well orchestrated! Also, my compliments on the great voice and lovely harmonics in the dubbed parts. If I have to give you one point of feedback or critique, it is that the beeps in the intro feel a bit disconnected to the rest of the song and that the song has a lot of breaks, which get you out of the rhythm of it, which makes it less dancable. Overall: great song. Well done, good luck in your career, with this voice you're blessed with.
Hi, thanks for the submission. First of all, I like the track. Especially the overdubs you did are great to hear, and the chord progressions are good. The basics are great. What I like less, is the amount of bass and the way the drums have been recorded. I think, that with a little more bass and fuller drums, well balanced with the other instruments, your voice can stand out even more. It makes a track that's good to a track that's great.
Hi, despite the strange intro I think the sound is good. I especially like the chord progression and the way the melody and lyrics fit the rest of the song. It won't be a mainstream hit but it's a great start with a very own sound. If I could change one thing about the song it would be to let the vocals stand out a little bit more in the mix. Great production. Best, Victor
Hi Bo, Thanks for sending this track. It's very funky and has a good soul vibe and orchestration. Well done! One piece of advice: the voice fits the music good but can stand out some more in the mix, it feels like the singer isn't on stage front-center but somewhere behind the trombone and sax. The guitar solo is good and fits the song. I think the song has a lot of live potential: the break with handclaps is good for live audiences to clap along and the end of the song has the potential to become a jam that last for minutes and give the musicians the opportunity to introduce themselves or do some short solos or improvisations.
Hi, thanks for sending me this video. It's a beautiful video, very well edited and shot. About the music: The intro is great, the voice of Celeste reminds me of Adele in a good way (though it feels a little thin and fragile sometimes) and the arrangement is very good. One small piece of advice is to arrange the climax (at around 3:25) a bit heavier, so the but-up tension is relieved a bit more. Because the climax is what I was waiting for but it wasn't as good and intense as I expected. The ending was good as well, just like the intro.
Hi Will, very outstanding technique in playing your guitar. Try not to get it in the way of your songs. When people listen it on radio, spotify or anywhere else, they can't see the way you make the sounds. As for the video, it would help to have more steady shots. I see it's being shot with a handheld which makes it feel very indie, but more steady shots would make the chance of spreading or even going to television a bit bigger.