I was listening to Good Life by Kanye West ft. T-Pain this morning as my morning musical inspiration and realized that I wasn’t just listening to the song in leisure, but I was dissecting the drum pattern and really analyzing the arrangement on the record.
I do this a lot when I am listening to music and I found that I apply some of the same elements to my music. I am a student of not only the music business, but of music itself. It has been times where I pull up the hottest song out at the time and listen to those elements like the way the the drum pattern is constructed or just the over all “pulse” of the song to attempt to capture that same energy.
I picked up this habit from a Grammy award winning producer. We would be in the studio and the first thing he would do is go to the DJ turntables and play some vinyl. He wouldn’t always sample the song, but he would capture the “pulse” of the record; the energy and then start producing a new record based on that “pulse.”
I thought that sharing this would hopefully inspire you to seek out those same “pulses” and energies and maybe capture them in your music. You might be surprised at what you come up with.