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  1. MargeInTheLargin

    MargeInTheLargin Well-Known Member

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    Check this out, this is the first time I've been a producer on an actual hip-hop song. One of my good friends has been a freestyle rapper for many years and people love him for it, but he's never done a single studio recording at all. He like gets all weird about actually writing but he actually wrote something a few years back and I finally basically forced him to come out (he lives in OH, I'm in TN) and lay it down and put that shit out there. I really like it and I enjoyed working on it.

     
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    It’s got all your spooky vibes!
    Clearly he went through a bad break up.
     
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    MargeInTheLargin Well-Known Member

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    haha yeah man, gotta do my thing! And actually, my friend is a HUGE video game nerd, so I had to incorporate a bit of the "8-bit" sound which was fun. He actually wrote this song years ago and is currently married to a different girl of course. I asked if his wife if she thought it was weird he was basically making a revenge song about an ex girlfriend, she was totally cool with it. She was basically just happy he's finally actually doing something with his talent and not being afraid of making a real recording.

    He's also the goofiest fucking guy in the world. So far a lot of people have been surprised something so "dark" was the first song he made. I actually tried to get him to do something else first, but, this song is like the one thing he actually has written and prepared.
     
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    Here's something I made with Acid DJ. If you're not familiar with it, it's basically a really simple program that allows you to arrange pre-made clips in layers so you can pretend like you're a musician. Super generic music arranging program. I didn't "make" any of the clips that I used in these "songs". I just arranged them in layers, altered their pitch, clipped them, messed with the volume, things like that. It's still fun, though.

    This one was inspired by that "zone" you get into when you're playing video games, (or doing anything really), and you're unstoppable. The two games I had on my mind at the time were Wipeout XL, and Unreal Tournament '99.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YE3BvWWhhTPcM41Mv0uczUe4ZTMxnCuy
     
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    MargeInTheLargin Well-Known Member

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    Before I ever started making my own music, I used to fuck with stuff like this. I don't think I used Acid DJ, but, similar shit. Some of that experience still applies today believe it or not.
     
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    That's sweet. I guess I can see how the general idea would remain useful. It's like photoshop, or Adobe Premier, with layers and effects. I just need to learn how to create the sounds in the first place rather than use those free, pre-made clips. Although, I do hear a lot of those clips in movie intros. :p
     
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    So apparently I can record drums, play it back and play a guitar in time. I refuse to Photoshop the tracks, but the songs are relentlessly difficult. I've decided that perfection for one person this way is impossible. What's that best to get shitty sounding versions to resonate with other musicians without them misunderstanding I'm doing all of the shit? I just want to avoid ignorance and get people to critique about the music, not the audio quality.

    Also, if I'm doing rap with gangster rap edge, mixing the grunge with some jazz/blues melodies in Omaha, how do I not get boxed in as the guy trying to be Nick Hexum? I sound and my music sounds nothing like his.
     
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    MargeInTheLargin Well-Known Member

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    So are you saying you basically just want to record demos with the intent of having other musicians learn the songs to be able to form a band, play live, etc? If that's the case then it should be no problem conveying that to whoever you play the music for. I've done that before when I was in bands, just putting together demos so they can learn the riffs and shit but with the understanding there will be mistakes and that sort of thing. It was a non-issue. If I'm incorrect in my assumption here then let me know.

    As far as doing music that you hope to not be compared to Nick Hexum for, should be as simple as if you don't sound like him/311 then again, non-issue. Being from the same place shouldn't be the basis of anything. Hell, I live in the Nashville, TN area and my shit certainly isn't country music so I couldn't think anybody would ever compare me to whoever the hell does country these days.
     
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    Thanks for the great advice! Of all my vocal influences, I try to sound the least like Hexum. It's just I overhear that about me when people havent heard the music. That im trying to be Hexum. It's a stigma that I need to over because rap is a integral as grudge and blues these days imo.
     
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    Basically my answer to that is, fuck those people. Who cares? I used to play in a reggae/rock type of band 10+ years ago. We also incorporated some hip-hop and surf influences. I am not really that big of a fan of Sublime and we did not sound like them. But sure enough, a lot of people would see our shows and be like "I can definitely hear the Sublime influence!" or just the general "You guys remind me of Sublime!". They were being complimentary so I did not "correct" them or anything and appreciated the support, but really they were just saying that out of ignorance. Sublime was closest approximate thing to what those people knew and so they said it.

    So basically it always comes back to "you do you". If you like what you're doing and are happy with what you're creating then don't let other people who have essentially a narrow scope they are looking through make any difference to you. At times, I'd even use those Sublime comparisons to have conversations about other bands that person should check out that were real influences to me. I'd be like yeah they're ok but hey check out Passafire, John Brown's Body, etc.
     
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    Thanks, man! You lifted my confidence. If I think I sound too much like someone, I found that a good way to deviate from their influences. So in Hexums case, I go back to Bad Brains, Prince, Rhcp etc. I honestly think my latest songs has that vibe with more grunge, blues, and psycadelic/gangster rap.
     
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    Sounds like cool shit man, keep doing your thing.
     
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    I did a total synthed-out revamping for the instrumental of a song my wife and I made for our first ever Halloween single 3 years ago. That song was all guitars with just some synth in the bridge. Now there's no guitar at all and all synths instead and of course no vocals since its for my instrumental library spookiness.

     
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    My band, Virgin Mary Pistol Grip.
    We all have very different influences... I’m pretty much the only one into 311 out of the 4 of us
     
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    Over a year later I’m replying Lolol. I play bass
     
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    Sounds good man. Sort of reminds me something that'd be on the radio in the mid 90's.
     
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    Thanks man! It’s kinda what we’re going for I guess haha
     
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    This is pretty good stuff imo. (Not 100% my style, but really good)

    And to the other comment bout a 90s vibe?... well could be, but it would totally fit with waht the 'alternative ' radio station is playin in CT today.
     
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