topline writers in EDM
Old 15th May 2012
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topline writers in EDM

What is your approach to songwriting in this genre?

Are you writing the whole song in the "traditional manner" I.e. with a typical structure?

Do you find the hook first and fill in the blanks later?

Melody first, words later?

Subject matter is pretty generic most of the time (at least in Trance)... It's always about finding those visual twists in the verses that's the challenge IMHO

Thoughts?
Old 30th May 2012
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I often write without vocals or lyrics at all and then shop it to preferred vocalists. Any style, too, doesn't matter what but they all require a different approach depending upon what you are trying to end up with. (pop-ish? club stuff?) Sometimes the vocalist is in the room but often times they're in LA or something.
Old 1st June 2012
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it's the same process as songwriting for any genre, but more keyboard intensive (this is because midi controllers are mostly designed as keyboards). the most straight forward way of writing would be to sit down at a piano and compose a chord progression.
Old 1st June 2012
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I'd say the vast vast majority of vocal dance music has the producer come up with the beat first. If the vocalist comes up with a melody beforehand, you run the risk of it not fitting on top of one of the twelve or so generic dance progressions.

The hook is everything--coming up with a new spin on an old cliche. The verses are just an afterthought that fill in the rest of the details. So with Gaga in "Just Dance", the verses explore in more detail her predicament of being messed up at the club. With trance, it's all about reflecting what the 18-22 year old club goer is feeling on whatever concoction of substances they've taken. Typically: immediacy (tonight this..tonight that...), celebration, freedom, euphoria, rapture, heaven, love/unity/timelessness (constant references to 'forever').
Old 1st June 2012
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Lol... you should write an e book!
Old 1st June 2012
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Pop/most vocal-based music: If no decent-to-great melody hook, delete the project.
Non-vocal stuff, like most EDM: Anything goes, have fun. Actually avoid making it too complex so the dancers don't get confused.
Old 1st June 2012
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Wonder what kind of music "bath salts" will generate... although given recent events, maybe the black/death metal guys have that sewn up already. So to speak.
Old 2nd June 2012
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Hook first nowadays. Earlier i wrote on top of a 4-chord progression and the melody HAD to fit the chords. A lot of writers have great success with that; Ryan Tedder is one - but I like to think melody first nowadays.
Take a listen to the chorus melody of Super Trouper (ABBA). Watch the chords that goes along with that melody. No doubt in my mind Benny A. wrote the melody first on that one. He also did; judging from an interview I saw with him a year ago.
Chorus/Hook first. After all it´s the only part of the song that is gonna be repeated over and over again.

Last edited by Heyclown; 2nd June 2012 at 04:59 PM.. Reason: The normal Mumbo Jumbo
Old 2nd June 2012
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Originally Posted by jdsowa View Post
I'd say the vast vast majority of vocal dance music has the producer come up with the beat first. If the vocalist comes up with a melody beforehand, you run the risk of it not fitting on top of one of the twelve or so generic dance progressions.

The hook is everything--coming up with a new spin on an old cliche. The verses are just an afterthought that fill in the rest of the details. So with Gaga in "Just Dance", the verses explore in more detail her predicament of being messed up at the club. With trance, it's all about reflecting what the 18-22 year old club goer is feeling on whatever concoction of substances they've taken. Typically: immediacy (tonight this..tonight that...), celebration, freedom, euphoria, rapture, heaven, love/unity/timelessness (constant references to 'forever').
Yes, please write an e-book on the subject!
Old 2nd June 2012
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Wonder what kind of music "bath salts" will generate... although given recent events, maybe the black/death metal guys have that sewn up already. So to speak.
Man... that's dark!

apparently one of the nicknames for that stuff is "scarface"
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