Hey guys, I am writing about XXXtentacion today. Very few artists in the industry has made left a mark with sad songs. X is one of them!
XXXTentacion's real name was Jahseh Onfroy. He was an American rapper, producer, composer and a singer. He began writing music after being released from a youth correction center.
He was one of the most versatile rapper in the industry and his music was very much relatable to people who suffered from depression and alienation. His best must listen songs, according to me are:
Look at Me
Everyone dies in their Nightmares
XXXTentacion became famous due to his YouTube channel, where he uploaded music constantly. His songs mostly contain sounds which are heavy and distorted. Distorted guitar sounds with a BPM of about 80 can be heard in his tracks.
Drake stealing a part from his SoundCloud song Look At Me! helped him gain attention as well.
He was deeply influenced by music of
The Fray, Papa Roach,
I wanted to also share how he made music. He could bee seen producing in fl studio many times.
Fl Studio is a software that is used for music production. It is also known as Digital Audio Workstation. There are several other DAW's in the market. However, Fl Studio is known for its easy to use interface.
The software has three main sections: The playlist, the piano roll and the Mixer.
The playlist is the place where you get to arrange the tracks. We can easily understand that each part of the track (pattern) is arranged in the place. The patterns are arranged in each bar. The screenshot shows that the track is about 55 bars in length. When the track is arranged, we can play it using the play button. It isn't hard to find. Or is it?!
We can render ( save ) the song using the FILE menu. Find out where it is located in the screenshot. But before we save the song, we also need to know how we need to enter notes and create the patterns that we are arranging. For that we need to check out the piano roll section. Read below to know more.
This is how the playlist looks like.
The Piano roll and the Channel Rack is the place is where you can enter notes using the computer's keyboard or a MIDI keyboard.
We can clearly see in the screenshot, how the youtuber is inserting notes into the piano roll. The big lines are the chord progression, and the melody is being done with small notes.
Its not mandatory that we insert chords and melody in the same page of the piano roll. For that we can also create a different piano roll which is also known as a Channel. The channel rack lists all the channels being used and each of them will have a piano roll of its own. We can right click on the each channel and open the piano roll. We can see that in the second screenshot below.
The Mixer is the place where you can add the sounds and make them more fat and lively. This is one of the most important section of any Digital Audio Workstation. This is the part with which we get to mix and master the track.
In general it is done for each channel being used in the track and then some effects can also be added on the master of the full track. I will go in depth of the mixing and mastering techniques in my other blogs.
This (below screenshot) is how it looks. We all have seen a similar device in pictures of recording studios. This is just the same. Its the soft version and not a physical one.
Each volume knob that you see are there for us to add each channel onto them. And then use the slots to add different effects on the channels. Equing, reverb, delay, compression are important mixing and mastering effectors.
Read my mixing and mastering blogs to know on how to do it. It's easy.
If we can master these three sections, we can actually produce our music in very short period of time.