So off the back of the cover of Bastille – The Anchor
me and Liv Baker-Mendoza started working on some of her original material.
One of the first songs we worked on together was this track, Break The Tie. Originally it had a completely different vibe, almost like a country song, but that wasn’t quite what we were looking for, so we left it for a few days.
Then one day I for some reason had an idea to put a sort of early 2000s beat behind it, something like “I’m Like A Bird” by Nelly Furtado. So I laid down the drum pattern and bassline, and them came up with the hook while playing around with some Sylenth1 presets.
I should mention here that I’m planning to do a video doing a full breakdown of the mix, explaining the plugins and sounds I used etc, so stay tuned for that.
The next day I sent what I had to Liv, and she loved it. She rerecorded her demo acoustic guitar, as this new version of the song had a totally different groove to what we’d been previously working with. Originally the song was called “News” and was about how people process the news they see on TV and social media, and how this news can be very deceiving sometimes. Liv ended up completely rewriting the lyrics and changing the meaning of the song.
Over the next few weeks we added more and more layers, the lyrics and instrumentation gradually settling in to the song it is now. Liv did the final vocals at Pirate Studios, and after a few more mixing and mastering decisions the track was done.
Check out the track below, and stay tune for possiblly some more stuff from Almost Unique…