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#1 ClaytonG.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 01:39 PM

i've been making beats for a little more than a year now and i'm lookin to start working on my first beattape, any advice?

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 11:30 PM

are you going to release this tape to the public?

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 12:31 AM

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 12:54 AM

My advice? Switch your shit up alot. Don't let any single part ride for more than three bars/measures without some type of switchup, no matter how minor. Don't let your shit get stale for the headphone listener. If it rocks a club, its heavy, but NEVER forget about the headphone/hifi listening music fan.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:36 AM

do whatever you think sounds good. inspiration is good, but don't try to copy other peoples style, it might sound good, but it's not satisfying (not for me at least). throw a sick collage together in photoshop. don't use comic sans for the album title. put that shit on bandcamp for free download!

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 10:19 AM

View PostDJ Primate, on 27 October 2012 - 11:30 PM, said:

are you going to release this tape to the public?

yes

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 10:36 AM

what do you guys think? should a beattape have a theme throughout it, with a similar style of beats. or should it be all over the place?

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 12:12 PM

View Poststrange vice, on 28 October 2012 - 09:36 AM, said:

do whatever you think sounds good. inspiration is good, but don't try to copy other peoples style, it might sound good, but it's not satisfying (not for me at least). throw a sick collage together in photoshop. don't use comic sans for the album title. put that shit on bandcamp for free download!

isn't that what everyone's doing anyway?

draw your own cover with crayon pencils and upload that shit on box.com

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 12:36 PM

View PostClaytonG., on 28 October 2012 - 10:36 AM, said:

what do you guys think? should a beattape have a theme throughout it, with a similar style of beats. or should it be all over the place?

make what sounds good to you

if you don't like your tape enough to bump it beginning-to-end 10 times straight, don't put it out.

go ahead and bite other people's styles. learn from the greats. develop your technique. put your own flavor on it. there are no rules. this is music.

go ahead and make your album cover in ms paint if you like. go wild.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 03:22 PM

If you feel you have the proper skills and that you've mastered at least some aspects of the sound you're looking for in just 1 year, then good for you man. I've been at this for 3-4 years and haven't released any albums or beat tapes to the public cause i know I have a LONG way to go before I master my craft. Don't release your music to the public out of desperation cause in the end that may be the very thing that fucks you over in this industry. Look at it this way, you only have one shot to impress people with your music, are you sure now is the time to pull the trigger and release the beat tape?

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:57 PM

View PostDJ Tav!k, on 28 October 2012 - 03:22 PM, said:

If you feel you have the proper skills and that you've mastered at least some aspects of the sound you're looking for in just 1 year, then good for you man. I've been at this for 3-4 years and haven't released any albums or beat tapes to the public cause i know I have a LONG way to go before I master my craft. Don't release your music to the public out of desperation cause in the end that may be the very thing that fucks you over in this industry. Look at it this way, you only have one shot to impress people with your music, are you sure now is the time to pull the trigger and release the beat tape?
I am nowhere near a master and i'm well aware i have so much more to learn and a very long way to go in developing my sound. I don't really feel desperate or the need to make a tape and release it to impress other people. I just wanna have fun creating and expressing myself. But who knows, this might be something i'll hold off on for a while. Just lookin for some advice and input from others. I can see where you're comin from. i appreciate the advice!

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:37 PM

View PostClaytonG., on 28 October 2012 - 04:57 PM, said:

I just wanna have fun creating and expressing myself.

You, sir, are doing it right.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:49 PM

View PostGrifty-Rodriguez, on 28 October 2012 - 12:54 AM, said:

My advice? Switch your shit up alot. Don't let any single part ride for more than three bars/measures without some type of switchup, no matter how minor. Don't let your shit get stale for the headphone listener. If it rocks a club, its heavy, but NEVER forget about the headphone/hifi listening music fan.

Unless your not making it for listeners but rather rappers. Too many switchups when writing can throw off the MC sometimes. It really just depends on what you are nlooking to do with it, but everything everybody has said is valid and correct. Best of luck young one!





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