Broadjam Artist: Produca X
Song: Everybody Got A Story 2 Tell
Reviewer: Calico King
Positive Comments: So with a blind listen to this track: whether you intended this, I think you might be on to something if you want to pitch this for background music for a reality TV program. The BPM is nice and stable, It has enough bounce, and digital synth noises to blend behind something you’d hear being played on an MTV/BET/CMT type show, which is where the money is. I think the quality of the beat recording is decent, the kicks are nice and low, the snare has pop, and the hi-hats are crisp.
Constructive Comments: If you’re intended purpose for this beat was to pitch it off to a rapper, I think the beat needs a little bit of work. I say that because I took make instrumentals (at least, I try to) and I wouldn’t want to get insincere advice so I won’t give it. The main hang up I have with the beat is the redundancy. You have one bar of a drum loop with a couple fills, one low synth bass line, a very rudimentary synth mid pitch arpeggiated synth, another simple higher pitched synth that comes in and out a few times, and then those swoosh sound effects peppered in . It sits in e-minor for the entire 3 minutes, and because the only changes up are essentially when you hit the kill switch on a track, it affects the structure/organization of the track if you wanted to pitch this to a rapper. The synth licks/drum loop you have on here isn’t bad, it’s just not enough to call it complete. There’s nothing to differentiate sections, and it’s not even clear when the hook is and when the verse is, and though catchy, it’s not catchy enough for 3 whole minutes. There is a lot of things you could do with this (some quick fixes, some larger structural changes) to make it more unique, and much more dope. You could use all these parts you have here for the verses, but i wouldn’t even do it twice with out layering another track on for the second verse. Don’t be afraid to try out some other instruments/drumlines. Again, take this with a grain of salt, but as i’ve started to learn how to make beats, I like to break up the beats in to a few sections. I’ll devote 4-12 measure for an intro section, a section for a verse 1, a hook that has a distinctly different melody line or even a chord change- then repeat section for verse 2 (but a lot of times with added layers or drum switch ups to make it funky, give each verse a uniform, but let them have their own identity) hook repeat, then i’m a big fan of a break down, or “Crescendo” where the beat either has a switch up, a drop, time change, new instruments or samples, sometimes a chord change. then I resolve back into the hook, and put an outro on there. This beat has bounce, but it could use more involved drums, more defined melodies, and some switch ups. It’s not only because I like my beats with some flavor, but imagine your beat was being bought by 2-3 rappers, or a rapper and a singer for the hook: If you give them essentially the same back drop, it will be hard for the artist(s) to really through expression on to the same loop because it’s not moving or evolving. Put changes/alterations/distinctions in it not just for the sake of making your productions more dynamic, but to facilitate any future collaborator’s own swagger and distinction. If you are running low on samples take a look at splice.com – killer selection of packs on sound packs. I’d also lose a lot of those whoosh and high pitched fx noises that come in and out. But to end on a good note, I think if you chopped length down to about 45-55 seconds and added some sort of flair on to what you have, you’d have something to market for ad cues. Keep it up the good work!