From my point of view, the Kick is one of the most important tools/sounds of the track. I will easily not play a track in my set if I don’t like the kick in it, it changes the whole atmosphere in the room for me for better or worse. In many of my productions, when the track is almost finished, I find myself replacing the kick and trying and searching for the best kick results, and with every different kick I try, something new comes up from the track. Don’t be lazy with it (like I was many times in the past), it’s always worth trying to switch it up.
This is super important when you finish your track before you send it to labels or artists in the hope of them playing it out or signing it. Play it in a club/bar with a good PA system, or ask your friend/another DJ to play it and go to the front of the PA to listen. Many times you will find that even though you thought your mix was perfect at your studio, many elements and sounds need to be changed in the mix if you want it to sound good in the club. I always do it, and 90% of the time I’ll be writing notes and go back to the studio to make some changes.
Everyone loves to have good speakers and to feel the best vibes in the studio with high end and expensive monitors. Most of the premium expensive monitors are very good, as they separate the frequencies perfectly and help you to make a better mix. But one thing you should always remember; the room itself will affect the sound you will hear. Sometimes the most expensive monitors will sound very bad in some rooms, then you will have to put a lot of money in acoustic layers. My advice here is not to rush and buy before trying some out first. You can find in almost any budget monitors that fit your room – choose wisely and ask to try it in your room before you buy if it’s possible.
There are so many of them, and for me, in this case, less is more! I set up a simple start template that includes 3/4 instruments that I like the most and I can easily find good and interesting sounds and same with the dynamics comps/EQ/ filters. For me too many of them is a waste of time instead of working on the music, especially when I start a new track; it’s important to me that things will go fast and smoothly from the beginning, otherwise, I can easily get stuck and drop out the track. Keep it simple!
All the parts in a track are important. Every small change counts and you have to treat every layer/sound in the track carefully and wisely. But for me, although I am a melodist and the musical issue is in my DNA as an artist, I can tell you easily that if the groove, beat, and the bassline aren’t there, I can’t create anything. In almost every track, I find myself working on the groove much more than all the other layers of the track. My basic rule is, if you have a killer groove in your hands… the rest will follow.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, that’s how I learn. These are tips only from my experience. There are no rules or boundaries in music. Be yourself!!!