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This is a step by step process of how to sync the Akai MPD18 to FL Studio 10 SliceX using two methods.
When it comes to making beat instrumentals, there’s an inner duality of being original or just going with the trend. So I ask Is there a way to make something catering to the pop industry but without losing your signature sound?
Hip Hop Meets Pop
One of Hip Hops prominent producers, DJ Premier, known for his boom bap beat instrumentals produced an album for American pop singer Christina Aguilera. These two artists from different genres were able to pull it off successfully without jeopardizing their artistic expression. Even-though Premier went R&B , he was able to keep his signature sound and the admiration of Christina fans. Primo also collaborated with R&B singers such as Craig David and D’Angelo.
Which Do You Choose
I guess what it comes to is a choice. Do you wanna make beat instrumentals for the heart and soul or the dollar ? In this industry there’s either a”trend-setter”or “trend-follower”. I believe people crave that unique sound that no one else has, but who wants to take that road ? It takes guts no glory to separate self from the norm and say “to hell with everyone else, I’m gonna do it my way”. The road can be a lonely one at times but is it worth the journey ?
Taking A Chance
As a hip hop producer, I believe that it’s alright to take a chance into the abyss. For a couple of reasons: It challenges my versatility in the studio. I’ll never know what other styles I’m capable of when making beat instrumentals. Now I’m sure there are many producers who would say “Quality” over “Quantity” ;however, If someone were to offer you $100,000 for a “pop rock country” beat knowing that it’s not your usual craft, would you really say NO ? Sometimes words don’t really mean much until you’re actually in that situation.
The Price To Pay
Being enticed by the monetary side of the business can be a day to day struggle. It’s know wonder why artists begin their venture with uniqueness and originality and then “sell out” after a couple of albums. At the end of the day, all speculation set aside, It’s all about what’s most important to you.
What are your views on this topic ? Feel free to leave a comment