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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. Thanks for your feedback, @ImKeN, @Richard Tracey, @Sreyashi Mukherjee. I've turned down the kick a bit, and I also tweaked the bassline a bit as some notes were just plain out-of-tune. That's it as far as tweaking this thing for now. I can't listen to it anymore!
  2. The verse chords are Am, Am/G, Am/F, and Am/E.
  3. This song's good! The hook in the chorus is really catchy. I really like the verse, especially the keys. The chorus went in a direction I didn't expect at all. But it made sense when it went back to the verse again. I think it's mainly the choice of instrumentation. It's rock and pop in one song, two completely different moods. I realise this is what you're going for, but I think in order to smooth the transition from one to the other, perhaps have some overlap in the instrumentation between verse and chorus.
  4. I like the vibe here. I prefer the lyrics of this version more than the itsy-bitsy spider lyrics of the previous version. But I'm not a big fan of the drums. The snare sounds too dry to me for this type of tune. It also all but disappears from the mix when the chorus comes in. There's something weird going on with the EQ of the piano. Maybe that's the sound you're going for, but it sounds too hollow to me. Apart from that, I like the song! PS: Haha at the door creaking in the second verse.
  5. The new mix is so much nicer to listen to. It all sounds nice and clear and defined, and breathes a lot more. I didn't think the strings coming in on the first chorus to too abrupt. I did think that the vocals are a bit too loud in the first verse. I would also add a little more reverb to the vocals as the song opens up in the chorus and onwards. Sounds really good!
  6. Thanks again for your feedback all. I've incorporated many of your suggestions, and have posted an update for those of you interested. It seems it was good enough for a promoter to repost it to over 1 million people, so I'm rather happy with that! https://soundcloud.com/will-sketches/superking-electro-funk-remix
  7. I really like this song. I used to listen to the Smashing Pumpkins quite a bit back in the '90s. But actually, this song reminds me of a song from another band, which I'll get to in a bit. The one main thing that I think is currently lacking from the mix (not the song itself) is that it is lacking in energy a bit. I think this is mainly due to the following: The guitars are atypically low in the mix for a song in this genre. I would bring them up quite a bit. I notice that you turn the one on the left down when the vocals come in, but I don't think this is necessary. The guitars are a bit muddy and as a result sound undefined. The muddiness is a result of too much energy in the 150-250 Hz range. You can EQ quite a bit off all of the guitars there. I would also make the tone more aggressive, a little more bite, but simply turning the guitars up, might be enough to get the energy going. The drum and bass are also conflicting a bit. I would roll off the bass quite aggressively from 50-80 Hz downwards. The drums could also do with some EQing as a whole. They sound a bit too boomy at the moment. Also, the lead guitar melody is ever so slightly flat. This type of song could really do with some real drums. The programmed drums don't sound angry and dirty enough. A real drummer would hammer the sh*t out of their drums on this song. I would raise the velocity on all of it, and add some more variation in the choruses. You could accomplish this by adding some more cymbal work, and playing a ride rhythm in certain sections towards the end, to increase the energy. One song that this reminds me of, in terms of energy that your song could have, is "Never the Machine Forever", by Soundgarden. Notice how Matt Cameron plays a similar kind of toms based rhythm, and incorporates a lot of cymbal work. He's also whacking the living cr*p out of his kit. The guitars are also more prominent in the mix. This combination (and Chris's excellent vocals, of course) really adds punch and energy to the song. In all, I think this is a really good song. If you could get the mix better, it could be a great song.
  8. Yeah, that's a nice vibe. The synth for me, too, is still a little jarring, but I got used to it by the end of the song. It could do with a little reverb to push it away from front-centre a bit, because it competes for space/attention with the vocals at the moment. I have no problem with the lyrics either. I have used, and have heard people use, many of those words in everyday conversation, many times. Granted, I live in a town that is home to one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but somehow I don't think people whose vocabulary doesn't extend much beyond that of street slang would get much out of this type of music anyway. But that's just my opinion, of course. Great work!
  9. I like your song. But I had to stop listening after a while, because, as others have pointed out, the mix is quite full-bore sounding. There's a lot of compression going on and as a result it is lacking in dynamics, which is taking away from this song. It's like I'm listening to something from inside a cramped space; it feels almost claustrophobic. Everything should breathe more. That means push the strings into the background, roll off some low-end, add some more reverb. EQ the vocals to make them lighter; add a touch more parallel reverb going out to the sides of the stereo field. Really make use of the entire '3d' audio space with this song. It's ok for the song to start off sounding 'small', but after a while it should really open up, and be fully open towards the end of the song.
  10. Your vocals are so captivating, it takes me on a journey every time, with every song of yours I have listened to. In terms of sound design, I actually really like the synth in my left ear. But, the main reason I think I like this is because it reminds me very strongly of a sound they used in the song of an old SNES game I used to play when I was a teen. It took me straight to nostalgia city. I think the main 'issue' with your choice of synth sounds is that -- to me -- they tend to create a vibe that conflicts with the main vibe of the song. Your vocals and main instrumentation in the centre create this really strong ethereal, dreamy kind of vibe, and it's wonderful. Any type of synth sound that you choose to add on top of that should accentuate that vibe. But at the moment, and I'm mainly talking about the 'swirly pulse sound' in my right ear, it is going against the vibe, creating its own little thing on the right, taking away from the main vibe. It's like I'm being pulled in two different directions. I think you could keep the swirly pulse thing, but create it with an instrument whose timbre matches the rest of the soundscape more closely. Something like what Jenn suggested: a cello or warmer synth sound. Anyway, the song itself is strong, again, like the previous one is. You also seem to be getting away with not using any drums. I didn't miss them!
  11. I find it almost impossible to give feedback on something that is missing the key ingredient of a song: the melody. This song could either turn out good or bad, there is no way to tell. I would say that even some of the best rock songs in history are reduced to something quite repetitive and boring if you were to take out the vocals. Doesn't matter if the guitar riff is "Highway to Hell", or "Enter Sandman". That's not to say that a riff can't be the main hook in a song (I could listen to the second groove riff part of Pantera's "Domination" on repeat, no problem), though, but at the end of the day, it's all there to support the vocals. I will say one thing and that is that I think the riff of the chorus isn't that much different from that of the verse. It doesn't help that they both start with the same chord. But again, this might not be a deal breaker at all if the vocals are right!
  12. Great vibe. I like how it opens up over time. The sitar(?) makes this. It does get a bit repetitive after a while. A mix of Eastern backing vocal melodies and an English-sung verse and chorus would make this more interesting. The whole song definitely conjures up images of travelling along a long desert trail (*), so you have definitely succeeded with capturing that vibe. (*) I don't have first-hand experience with this; the closest I have ever got was a short trip on a camel's back in the blistering sun in Egypt many moons ago. But this song would have suited that perfectly.
  13. Thank you for your kind words, @kenapayne. Yeah, things are cyclical, aren't they. A certain sound/production/style reaches a peak, becomes overused and cliche, and years later people dig it again. In the past 10 years, we've had a resurgence of '60s, '70's, and now '80s sounds. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we'll be having a bit of a back-to-basics '90s grunge thing in a few years' time.
  14. Haha, assumption is the mother of all... Nice find, @HoboSage!
  15. The soundscape hangs together really nicely on this one. Really good choice of sounds there. Yes, the synth on the left is icy-sounding; if there was a polar opposite to a warm Rhodes, that synth wouldn't be far off the mark. But it fits the tune well. I like the vocals, and the chorus is good. The vibe that the synths create, together with the slightly hip-hop sounding beat, reminds me of early 2000s Dido.