Jaytech is one of our most popular mentors for good reason. He’s wildly creative and incredibly knowledgeable in the world of dance music.
In this video, Jaytech goes over the top questions he receives the most often. We’ve listed them out with their condensed answers below in case you prefer to read rather than watch.
1. What’s missing from my music?
Most often this is the FX section. This includes whooshes, crashes, and other elements that build tension, provide release, and intrigue the listener’s ear in any way.
Color all of these sounds together so you can visually tell if there are enough of these elements in your production.
2. When comparing my song to a global hit, mine falls flat. What’s wrong?
Probably nothing. It’s completely normal to sound different than a globally acclaimed artist who’s been doing it for a long time and/or has a massive team behind them.
It’s better to compare your music to a handful of tracks that are in the same style and overall level as yours.
3. How should I go about getting my music out there
Get your inner circle listening to your tracks.
Post your music on Soundcloud, your personal socials, etc to start getting feedback from your immediate network.
This also moves the project from a work in progress to something that is being consumed and enjoyed by an audience.
Furthermore, if you’re intention is to shop your music to labels, don’t put all your hopes and dreams into one track. Create an E.P. with a few tracks to help give them an idea of your overall style and taste.
4. Why isn’t my mix working?
It could be a few reasons. To help understand why try building your mix without effects first. Even if you used reverbs, extreme EQs, and effects in the writing process, switch them all off and make your mix work without them.
Try using only the volume knob.
Try listening in mono out of one speaker when building the dry mix.
After you’ve got it feeling better, add back in the wet effects gradually, using sends and busses.
5. What do I look for in good sound selection?
A good mix is built on a foundation of good sound selection.
Jaytech’s number one test is listening to each sound in isolation and deciding whether he likes it first or not without any other elements.
Build your own sound sets so that you can audition each sample and then find the ones that work well within your mix.
6. Should I get my music mixed and mastered before shopping it to labels?
Generally, no. Get your mix to 85% because when you get signed, the label will want to change things and remix/master anyway.
7. Based on the music I’m showing you now, do you think I could make a career out of this?
Yes! If you want it.
Music is something you work on every day. It’s like a garden that you tend to and over time it will grow and flourish.