All posts tagged “Pop”
Kirsten Price’s music is likely already familiar to you. With TV licensing placements to high profile shows on VH1 and MTV, Price has thrived in the modern music business landscape where publishing is the key to longevity. Her style is eclectic, yet focused. Whether it’s a rock track, a pop ballad, or a hip hop tinged beat it sounds decidedly like a Kirsten Price track.
We met up with Kirsten at a studio in Los Angeles to talk with her about her production work. Fresh off her recent album’s release, Brixton to Brooklyn, Price was already at work on her next project. She walked us through the production, sound by sound, and shared her thoughts about the nature of musicians in general.
Semothy Jones was 8 years old when he heard a record that showed him the meaning of life: producing music. Admittedly unable to sing or rap, young Semothy faced a somewhat existential crisis: “I make beats, what am I?”
The answer soon revealed itself to him when his beats were sought out by UK artists like Little Boots and Professor Green. When Green and Jones decided to do a remake of the 90s hit “Dub Be Good to Me,” they had no idea that pop-royalty Lilly Allen would jump on the chorus and take the song to number 2 on the charts.
Since being introduced to Reason in 2002, every Semothy Jones production starts and ends inside the Reason rack.
Printz Board, the musical director for The Black Eyed Peas, welcomes us into his self-proclaimed “lab” to witness him creating a song from scratch. In this eye-opening look at the creative process Printz begins like we all do: File — New. After glancing around the random technology on his desk he settles on an arbitrary title: Rewind. And in a matter of minutes he has built up a catchy song sketch with a hook you’re sure to find you self singing after seeing this.
If you’ve ever found yourself singing nonsense words while trying to come up with a lyric, air drumming to figure out how to program a fill, or meandering through presets until inspiration strikes then you’ll definitely want to check this video out. You’ll see you’re not alone. We kinda all do that stuff.
Kudos to Printz for walking the tightrope without a safety net live on camera. Writing a catchy pop song in minutes is no easy feat.
When we interviewed Printz he shared some amazing stories about the formation of the band, the break-out success they had, and the pressures of following up on that success. We didn’t want to litter the cutting room floor of history with these stories and leave them untold. So enjoy these deleted scenes!
When “Alors on Danse” became a massive summer hit across Europe and several other countries around the globe, many people were surprised by its overnight success. Perhaps most surprised was Belgian producer Paul Van Haver. Now known to the world as “Stromae,” Van Haver had revived the anthemic and fun qualities of 1990s dance music with a modern hip-hop twist. Audiences couldn’t get enough of it.
“Alors on Danse” was produced in Reason along with all of Stromae’s music. The now iconic bass line? That’s the NN19. The drum beat you’ve probably bopped to is coming from the Redrum. The NN-XT provides the synth hook that has audiences numbering into the tens of thousands singing out. And in this special interview, Stromae shows us how the track is constructed inside Reason.
As musicians, we all start from humble beginnings. In fact, many people begin by making beats in mom’s basement but few of us ever went directly from mom’s basement to the #1 spot on iTunes, deafening internet chatter, and a sold out US concert tour. However for Adam Young, better known to everyone as “Owl City,” that dream has truly become a reality in the last two years.
Adam is a Music 2.0 success story. While working each day at a factory warehouse, he was busy leveraging social media sites like MySpace to distribute music direct to fans and hone his song-writing/production skill by getting instant feedback from listeners. Each day, Adam would rush home from the warehouse and sit down to capture whatever melody he had been kicking around all day. When Adam sat down to create music, he launched Reason.
We recently spoke with Adam about Reason during his US Concert tour when he stopped by the legendary Fillmore club in San Francisco, CA.