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“Too many tracks nowadays sound like they have been made in a day. In this time of throwaway music, too many producers have adopted this ideal and used it as there mantra for making music, why?
“Most of my tracks take weeks, even months of road testing and refining to get the finished article. If you want to write a record that you’ll still be pulling out and playing in five years, here are some simple tips.
“After a day in the studio always bounce down the track at whatever stage you are at and listen to it on your way home. You hear it in a completely different way – as a piece of music rather than an arrangement on the screen. It's best to do this straight after the session as you’re still hearing the detail.
“Go in the next day and work through your list without listening back. Try ‘road testing’. If you’re in a position to play a record out you should take as many opportunities as you can before committing to the master, refining all the way. If you’re not, make a mix tape and insert the track in the mix where you wouldperceive it being played out.
“Does it match up to the track you’re aspiring to? When working on your final master always look at the record and think, ‘Can I get another 10% out of this? Could the drop have more drama? Is the mix down the best it can be? Is the arrangement completely on-the-money?’