Welcome to our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production of Clan Brude’s latest release, ‘Be My’. We are thrilled to have the talented music producer join us today to shed light on the creative process behind this energetic and uplifting track, his unique sound and captivating beats have garnered the attention of listeners all over the world, making ‘Be My’ an unmissable listening experience for his fans.
Join us as we delve into the inspiration, production techniques, and personal insights that brought this exciting track to life.
Hi Clan Brude, how are you?
All very well thanks. Just back from a break, down in south China which was dynamic, restful and inspirational.
Can you walk us through the production process of ‘Be My’? What was the inspiration behind it?
It’s quite an unusual track for me. This is mainly due to it being in a major key, whereas I generally prefer minor progressions. Once I had the big piano riff as a loop, I was basically looking to build around the vibe of it being a big hitting crowd pleaser…again … not necessarily something I veer towards, normally. This track really is with on the four-to-the-floor remit with no profound or hidden meaning, more simply just a highly upbeat piano led House sound.
What software and equipment did you use to create the track?
So, for this one I set up with my default template in Ableton with some nice reverb and delay return channels. Using sampled VSTs including Arturia synths, I got the piano and synth layered sound which brings in the motif for the track. The main vocal hook is a highly spliced up sample! This was programmed to my midi keyboard from which a recorded into the DAW.
How long did it take to complete ‘Be My’? Did the track come together quickly or did it take some time to perfect?
Pretty fast. As mentioned, once I had the piano hook down, it was basically building on that. I layered the hook with some synths and brought in the spliced up vocal sample.
Is there an element of the track that’s your favorite?
There are a couple of things that stand out for me, the piano riff is big and flows through the track while the spliced vocal hook cuts through and provides the driving energy.
How do you decide on the arrangement of a track like ‘Be My’? What goes into deciding when to introduce new elements and when to bring them back later?
As it’s a short 3-minute blast, the arrangement wasn’t that intricate. The main vocal hook doesn’t start until nearly a minute in and really lands proper at 0:55. The first breakdown floats along on the root chord before we go again. I did want more variation with the hook, so there is a bridge section which mixes that up a bit by splicing the sample differently. The second breakdown brings in a different progression before we hit again with the main hook and into the outro.
What was your favorite part of the production process for ‘Be My’?
The premise of the track is based around the simpler inspired vocal breaks. There’s nothing particularly new in using the simpler on Ableton Live in conjunction with a midi keyboard, but there’s no doubt that it’s very fun.
Were there any challenges you faced during the creation of this track? If so, how did you overcome them?
This one was pretty straight forward and came together relatively fast. Normally, on a track I might face a delay if I’m collaborating with, for example, a vocalist, but on this occasion, it was just me in the studio. I might also hit creative walls when producing, but again on this occasion, the melody and then arrangement came quickly. I think it’s just how it goes, at times a track is done (in demo form) in a day or two, and at other times can go on for a few months…and then you never know when starting out whether it’ll be the former or the latter.
How did you approach mixing and mastering ‘Be My’? Were there any specific techniques or tools you used to achieve the final sound?
I do have a general mastering chain which goes through EQ, analog saturation, cheeky bit of Ozone dynamics and exciter, then on to the limiter. Full disclosure on this one though, I did get a second pair of ears (never a bad a thing) to give it a once over in terms of clarity and club loudness ready for final release.
What message do you hope listeners take away from ‘Be My’?
This is simply a four to the flour big piano House track. Have fun, dance, workout, get hyped for the day… it’s a feel-good track to take with you.
What can we expect next from you in terms of upcoming releases or projects?
The next single ‘Visions of How’ has just come out! It came out in quick succession in the end and with quite a contrasting vibe to ‘Be My’. This is a return to my more Melodic style with minor key and less immediate drop. It’s subtle with a catchy little pitch bend hook. Look out for that one! Very excitingly after that I have an EP ready to go which highlights my experience of living in Shanghai during last year’s hard lockdown…more to follow on that one!
our interview with Clan Brude has provided an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production of ‘Be My’. We learned more about his creative process, inspiration, and dedication to creating energetic and uplifting music, Clan Brude’s ability to blend genres and create captivating beats continues to resonate with fans worldwide.
We look forward to his future releases and the continued growth of his musical journey, so, stay tuned to Clan Brude’s social media for updates on upcoming projects. Thank you, Clan Brude, for sharing your insights with us.
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