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Subb-An on the making of his Culprit deep house bomb, ‘What I Do’
How did the track begin?
The track was inspired by the idea of making a dancefloor record with some signature sounds that people would remember. The foundation of the track was started with the key elements, the bass and the vocal. Everything else fell around it. To be honest it’s a simple track; I like to keep things simple but effective.
How did you finish it and what instruments/plug-ins did you use?
Once I’d got the main element the finishing touches on the track were the arrangement and the main break. It needed one last sound to finish it off, which was the keys I use on the break. I made the track nearly two years ago, but if I remember correctly the bass I used was the Albino VST and for the stabs I used were from an Arturia VST.
What’s the best piece of advice you can offer new producers?
I learned to make music as I went along, but if I could change anything, I would have learned how to use the tools as much as possible so that the creative energy in making music can be released in the right way when working on tracks. There are so many ways to produce and make music that it’s really just a case of finding what works for you. Hardware, digital, a bit of both, dancefloor tracks, non-dancefloor... picking the right route for you comes through spending time developing your skills, so if I could give advice on anything it would be to devote as much time as possible to learning how to make music.
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