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    New to producing and my main interest is producing Rap beats, but one thing Id like to know from other producers is do you think you should always know what sub-genre you want to produce when starting a session? E.g trap etc...

    Or is it best to just open up and start doing what you do and making music?

    I much prefer the second option, but interested what you all do.

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    Normally option #2 but recently I've been forcing myself to stick to a particular style and sound that I have in my head BEFORE starting a session... but in general yeah it's a free-for-all haha.
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    Usually is great to have ,,rough'' concept and ideas sketched, and the rest will flow.
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    "being dope is always in fashion"

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    For me, music that is interesting and exciting is music that references and draws influence and inspiration from outside its own boundaries... how can anything "new" happen otherwise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalKillaz View Post
    how can anything "new" happen otherwise?
    This exactly - if you already box yourself in before even starting, chances are that you're gonna be in an even smaller box when you're done.
    Last edited by krushing; 08-20-2018 at 04:05 AM. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark.ThisBeat View Post
    New to producing and my main interest is producing Rap beats, but one thing I’d like to know from other producers is do you think you should always know what sub-genre you want to produce when starting a session? E.g trap etc...

    Or is it best to just open up and start doing what you do and making music?

    I much prefer the second option, but interested what you all do.
    This issue seems to be creating your OWN sound / identity.

    I just make music I like. Idec if someones tryna pay me I dont intentionally copy nothing.

    Some ppl say I take all my shit to THE TRAP lol. I could be playing Soul/RnB chords but
    ima still do MY style of drums/bass/808s type shit all that arrangement.

    So to me its more about finding YOU. take from everybody else and make it yours.....
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    Like nenopro says, if you got this rough idea of what you want to achieve, just get started. Could be a specific sound or a genre, or emotion, or an experiment. I like the fusion of what I wanted to make at first and what I discover and incorporate during the production process.

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    It's simple.
    If you want to make a specific style you need to now where you want to go.
    If you don't you can have fun and go as mad as you want. You don't have to release everything you make either.

    When I started out with producing I was just making collages of the weirdest noises and soundscapes, lil recordings timestretched to death. Too bad its all gone

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    I focus bout what i have in my head.

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    My suggestion is to be able to do both. If you're working with someone looking for something specific, you want the ability to deliver on that sound. Other times starting with no preconceived ideas can be fruitful.
    The groove baby, the groove...

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