Sometimes you need a soundtrack to get in focus mode whether you need to write a term paper, read a book or concentrate otherwise. The problem I face with the music I commonly like to listen to is that the songs contain vocals in most cases. The vocals’ melody and lyrics interfere my concentration because they include too many information and are too vibrant to act as ambient music. Therefore, instrumentals are a good choice. In my case, I like to listen to urban instrumentals (hip-hop/rap and R&B) because of its loop-ish structure and grooviness. Try out my new BEATS Spotify playlist and see if you can increase your concentration and kill the dull silence around you! 😉
If you start your journey in the big world of music production and beat making, you probably feel a bit lost. Even if you already learned how to handle somehow your DAW, you quickly feel disappointed by the onboard drum and instrument sounds that come along with it. A huge step forward is to get better, and high-quality drum sounds that make your speakers bouncing and take your hip-hop, r&b or urban pop beat/production to the next level. Those genres are extremely beat-focused, so the drum sounds have a significant role in the sound design of the track. A good start for beginners or semi-professionals is to learn from the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated producers and how things need to sound like. This article will tell you where to get drum kits from key players of the urban music sector and present you four of my favourites. Enjoy!
As I work day and night on the mixes of the actual “von Berg” studio EP project, you are possibly laying in a hammock at a beautiful beach or sipping a tasty cocktail at a bar. But maybe you are just at home on the couch taking a break from the everyday life. I am sure that this begs for a playlist – you really need a soundtrack for your situation… 😎☝🏼
A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine at the media agency came up to me in the lunch break and told me “Hey Benjamin, this might be interesting for you! Take some minutes and check this out”. What she presented to me definitively mesmerised me! To reveal the secret, it was the new Gimlet Media‘s podcast called “Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty” which was launched in mid of June 2017. Every Friday a new episode of this podcast will be released. You can listen to it on Apple Podcast, Spotify (not for all countries available) or directly on the Gimlet website. From my point of view, it is comparable to a high quality and professionally produced BBC documentation which I really like. Just audible and with a big portion of urban flair. So what is it about?