1. This may seem obvious but what does the beat sound like?
Does it sound like real instruments?
Subconsciously we know when a song sounds cheap… and so will your fans, so don’t short change them, spend some time training your ear by listening to classical rock or some soundtracks which use live instruments.
Is it believable?
Look for things like volume that changes to create emotion along with the the hi-hat and snare hitting differently to create movement. These are just some examples, the sky is the limit.
Are there special moments?
Yes, we all know about the famous drop but listeners, especially in today’s day and age, need to be recaptured throughout the song or else they get bored.
Look for a special moment around the 2 – 2 1/2 minute mark and the occasional sound effect doesn’t hurt none.
2. Here’s An Easy One For You, What Does The Beat Drop Feel Like?
The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind proved, scientifically, that people love beat drops. As per this article by The Huffington Post it is easier for people to follow deep bass sounds. Think Mask Off by Future.Think of a great producer and study their songs for the best drops.
3. Do You Feel It
If it’s “your” type beat and you feel it, chances are your listeners will feel it as well.One thing you can ask yourself is, “Is it in my genre?”You are in the process of branding yourself so don’t confuse your followers by picking a hot country beat when you do hip-hop.
For Those Serious About Their Music Career