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Will Sketches

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    Prince, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Soundgarden, The Prodigy, George Benson, The Police, Oscar Peterson

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  1. The End Of The Skyline

    Really nice harmony, especially the sus2 in there. I quite like the current arrangement, to be honest. It's raw and poignant with just vocals and piano, and I really think it suits the song. Arrangements are tricky, because it's so subjective. I could also hear this song with some straight forward drums and a simple but powerful bass line, coming in after a while. And some strings. Though I think it would be easy to turn it into something cheesy. It would require some careful balancing. There's a '90s song that I'm thinking of, that has a similar feel and a suiting arrangement, but for the life of me I can't remember the name. Edit: Ah, it's this one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1VinBlssgg
  2. Don't Make Me Say I Love You

    Oh yes, It's that voice again. So captivating. I think the vocal and piano balance in the mix are perfect. The whole mix does sound like it's being played through a thin piece of cloth, but that's most likely because of Youtube's compression algorithms -- it's missing high-end sparkle. The occasional microphone(?) buzz is distracting. The piano mic is fine, but maybe play around with the placement a bit. I think it could be better, but it's hard to say for sure; it could be the sound of the piano itself. Really these are just minor issues. It really depends on what quality level you're going for. For a Youtube video the sound is fine. But for a hi-fi recording, it's missing some clarity. The song's beautiful. Your voice is great as always.
  3. Think

    I actually think your voice suits this song really well. But I appreciate that you have a certain vision of what the song should sound like in your mind, and then it sometimes comes out a different way. I really like the synthy sounding guitar. What kind of lead playing did you have in mind?
  4. Electronic tune with '80s bits

    Thanks all. @Giora Tal, I position the backup vocals to suit the specific song or section. Sometimes that means it's right 'behind' the main vocal, if it should play a more prominent role; i.e., because it is an integral part of the main vocal melody. Sometimes, they're panned slightly to (either) the side of the main vocal if it's more of a supporting role. I find it helpful to imagine where real singers would stand in relation to the main singer in a choir. That's what helps me decide where to place the BVs.
  5. Think

    I like this. It's got vibe. I don't think there's too much reverb on this. Too much reverb (on certain elements, mainly vocals) can make a mix sound amateur-ish, but I don't get that with this song at all. If you mixed everything to be drier, it would still work, but then the vibe would simply be different. At the moment, I'm reminded of certain '90s style music. It's relaxing, and cool, and I can see myself listening to this through headphones while I'm walking on a beach in some warm country. There's not much variation going on throughout the song, but again, it suits this type of song, IMHO.
  6. Words Away

    Well, I just love this. The performance is great. The mix is good. Yeah, again, it could do with some more dynamics. But it's your voice that is the star here. Some of the late-phrase inflections you use and the vibrato you employ reminds me of Chris Cornell. And he is hands down my all-time favourite rock singer (no one, in my book, can beat '90s Chris Cornell in terms of vocals). So that's definitely contributing to my enjoyment of the song. I really believe the performance, song, and mix as strong enough to make any comment more a matter of taste than something that would improve it.
  7. All In Vain

    I like it. The way you drag out some of the words made me think Thom Yorke straight away. I also got some hints of Soulwax's "Leave the Story Untold"; i.e., before they went electronic. Yeah, it does feel like you're being bombarded by the instruments at points. Especially the clavichord/clavinet(?) and the guitar. All instruments are full-blast, in your face, there's very little in the way of dynamics. If you correct that, build the song up from somewhere a little less loud, to a crescendo, I think it'll sound a lot better. Not that it sounds bad at all. The vocal and instrumental performances are solid, there's some very obvious skill and talent there. I can't say I agree with the way Fernando formulates his response. "[...] all these sounds and singing [...] Please stop doing this" ? Actually makes me chuckle a bit. But yeah, not the most constructive feedback. Good stuff man. PS: Just listened to your other song on Soundcloud. Wow, really like it. Your voice is frigging great.
  8. Sreyashi- Together

    Really good vocals. Not a big fan of the drums, to be honest, neither the snare sound (too much snap for my tastes) nor the busy sounding rhythm. I find it very hard to place this into a single genre. It's definitely not pop. There's some rock elements in there, the synth bass a bit '80s sounding (Airwolf anyone?), and then some of the single note organ a bit '90s dance sounding (and the chords more blues-y). But it definitely has vibe, and that's mainly down to the vocals, and the ambient sounds.
  9. Lost Children

    Ah, happy times then. Yeah, I can picture a scene where the camera's panning across several areas/rooms of the destroyed house. I'm assuming this would play during the aftermath of the destructive event. The choir pad gives it a sense of emptiness and sadness, and the bell sound reminds me of children's play toys. I would actually add something to the second half of the song; a sad single melody violin or something, to make it even more poignant. But what you have now evokes the right emotions, so I think it suits its purpose.
  10. Lost Children

    I find it hard to give feedback on this, because I am missing context. Could you describe the scene or type of situation in the cartoon you have in mind for this song?
  11. Electronic tune with '80s bits

    Thank you, @crystalsuzy!
  12. Cell Phone Junkies!

    Love the sarcasm created by the lyrics juxtaposed with the hectic-sounding arrangement. (that sounds way more pretentious than how I mean it to sound ) "It’s a part of me now, like an udder on a cow", seriously, LOL! I like how you've managed to mix different musical styles. It works well, and adds to the sentiment of the lyrics -- i.e., the world's gone mad, running around frantically, carrying these devices with us wherever we go. I mean udders. LOL I agree with what others have said about the mix. Good stuff. I'm gonna have another listen!
  13. Loud & Clear

    I interpreted "Please don't make me be alone again" in a kind of dark way. It's the "don't make me" that's kind of ominous sounding, as if he's going to do something to her to get rid of her, and "be alone again". It's kind of quirky in the way that "Hit me baby one more time" is quirky (also written by a non-native English speaker). It gives the lyrics extra depth -- some mystery, something dark. I don't have a problem with the song being two chords at all. From the minute it starts, it's clear this is a dance-oriented song. And so I automatically pay less attention to chord structure, and I'm sure a lot of people will do the same. It's just not as important in dance as in other genres. The beat's there, the melody is there. Sure you can add an extra chord or two, or even a bridge. It will make the song different, perhaps appeal more to a non-dance audience, but won't necessarily make it better, IMHO.
  14. Loud & Clear

    This sounds great. There's nothing in the mix or production overall that bothers me, it all hangs together really nicely. I like the drums. They're different from what one would expect, but they fit well, in my opinion. Really like the little syncopated percussion thing going on towards the end of the song. Yeah, there are things I would suggest to do differently, or add, in terms of the production (e.g., some more depth to the vocals in the chorus). But this would only change the song, not make it better, necessarily. It's great as it is. Nice!
  15. And that's fine. I don't like rules either. I don't think you have to see it as a set of 'rules' per se, though. I believe there's two stages to the creative process. The first one is: get it all out, no rules, no overthinking, just let it flow. The second stage is: edit what you've got. The second stage works best with a fresh pair of ears (i.e. give it some time, a day, a week, whatever). Then what and how you edit ultimately depends on what you want to achieve. Mass appeal? Think of the 'rules'. Purely one's personal gratification? Think of yourself. Then there's a middle road. The middle road is key. It allows as wide an appeal as possible while maintaining the song's integrity, and that of yourself as an artist. So, you can create without rules. And then afterwards redact with some rules, depending on your goal. That's what I think at least. Sorry, extremely off-topic, so I'll stop. PS: Having said that, I really enjoy your music on Soundcloud. There's an energy to it. A similar energy I get from listening to really early Soundgarden (UltraMegaOK, in particular). I think if you spent some time promoting it, you'll find wider appeal than you may think. But that's just my opinion of course.