So you just bought your new sound kit and you're ready to start cranking out some dope tracks. After you get about 5 or 6 beats into your project, you're stuck. Absolutely stuck with no more creative juice left.
You made a Boom-Bap Beat.
You Made a Trap Beat.
You made a Grime beat.
You even played around with some of that EDM stuff.
What do you do next?
Well, it's not glamorous, but I have a solution for you that, when timed correctly, will help you get more out of the beat's you've already done. This method will help you to double, triple...completely max out your beat potential after just a few sessions. So, Strap in, hold on tight, and try to keep an open mind while I guide you through my list of ideas.
1. Stick to the Tempos.
I wrote a whole article about tempos, and how they can help you maximize exposure for DJ's. You can check that out HERE. But the idea is that if you make your beats closer to popular tempos, they will be more likely to end up on a DJ's playlist later down the line. So after you've made a cool track, try cloning it and then changing the tempo in combination with this next tip.
2. Remake old works with a new Sound Kit.
I listen to Beatmakers by the library, and one thing I notice a lot, is that some songs (if not all) get remade, but with a different Sound Kit. it's the same (or similar) drum pattern with a different bass line, and new synth lines. Not a bad way to quickly turn a riff into a full beat.
3. Remake a Popular Song, but with a twist.
WARNING: There's a big difference between using a song as inspiration, and plagiarism.
I CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH, SO I'LL SAY IT AGAIN!! Plagiarism is SIN!
I'm not advocating you be as lazy as possible and just copy someone outright. What I AM saying is that you can get some really cool ideas from other works outside your genre. Look for something to springboard your ideas. Try using that synth you heard on another song or try to find out how they did that cool effect, and then duplicate that technique. The key is that people SHOULD NOT be able to tell where you're inspiration comes from unless you outright tell them.
[ex.] I once constructed an entire song from the vocal melody of 'Tom Sawyer' by Rush. I turned to vocal line into a bass line, and then went an entirely different direction.
[ex.2] Another time, I completely reconstructed 'Panic Switch', by The Silversun Pick-Ups in a different genre, and with a completely different set of sounds. I didn't use this for anything yet, but I may use part of what I learned in this exercise for a new song someday.
4. Build Templates
It can take me 15 minutes to a few hours to find samples and settings for a new track, depending on distractions and