Maisy Brown – “This Is All On You”

Super excited for this one: “This Is All On You”, the latest single from Maisy Brown, produced and mixed by me.

We worked on a bunch of songs together at the start of 2023, and this one was always the favourite. It’s another example of an acoustic guitar and vocal demo growing in to something completely different, in this case in to a pop ballad with layers of synths and keys.

We were listening to lots of Folklore by Taylor Swift, and pretty much all of Holly Humberstone’s releases that were out at the time during these sessions, and I think you can hear that influence on this track.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

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Almost Unique – Better Days

Another new single just dropped from Almost Unique, produced by me!!

This one has been around since about 2021, but in a completely different style. The lyrics were pretty much exactly the same, but the production was much more electronic, whereas this version, while still very electronic, is much more rock influenced. There wasn’t a single electric guitar on the original version, and now most of the track count is made up of electric guitars!

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Almost Unique Releases Sanctuary EP

Some readers may remember some tracks I produced with an artist called Almost Unique back in 2020, including Break The Tie and Wanna Feel Alive.

Almost Unique just released the Sanctuary EP, which features these two tracks, along with an alternative version of Break The Tie, and the title track, which has never previously been released.

All these tracks were produced remotely by Almost Unique and myself during the 2020/2021 lockdowns here in the UK. It was fun to look back at these tracks, especially “Sanctuary, which I personally haven’t heard in a very long time.

Speaking of Sanctuary, a big thank you to James Berry for his amazing choir presets used on this track. Go subscribe to him on YouTube!

All tracks on this EP were produced by Almost Unique and myself, and mixed by me.

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Sunrise – Almost Unique X Anne Wille Ft. Liv Elwood

This is a collaboration between myself, Almost Unique and some other very talented musicians. This was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed producing this track. It was very much a collaborative project, with recording taking place in various different locations and everything being done remotely, but we all love the end result.

With thanks to Charlie Barnes for his invaluable feedback during the creation of this track.

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How I Produced “Embrace” by Almost Unique

Here’s another breakdown video, this time breaking down Almost Unique’s second single “Embrace”.

Hope you like it. If you do, please like, comment, subscribe… All that kind of thing.

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Also, by request, on this video and on the “Break The Tie” Breakdown Video I have added links to all the third party plugins I’ve used in the description, so hopefully some of you will find that of interest. I’m planning to do this with future breakdown’s as well.

More videos coming soon…

“Wanna Feel Alive” By Almost Unique

Almost Unique dropped another single last month called “Wanna Feel Alive”. This track was a lot of fun to create, and there were some interesting challenges to face.

As per usual, I was sent an acoustic guitar/vocal demo, and as soon as I listened to it I knew I wanted quite small sounding drums, but bigger sounds as the song went on. I achieved this by using one Battery kit through more or less the whole song, then in the second chorus I added a second Battery kit, and for the last chorus I added some acoustic drums from Abbey Road Modern Drummer. The tom fill that joins the different sections of the song together also came from Abbey Road Modern Drummer, with heavy treatment from flanging.

Next came the piano intro, played with Alecia’s Keys, which I then continued to use throughout the song. This was quickly followed by two bass layers from Sylenth1, and then a pad from FM8. I then happened to be flicking through and messing around with some other sounds from FM8 and stumbled across the stab sound, which also features throughout the whole song.

To help lift the chorus’s and add some variation I played the same part on two different synths, one being Sylenth1 (I like that one, can you tell?) and the other was Xpand!2. They’re very similar sounding, so playing the same part on both and panning them out and adding some pingpong delay provided a nice touch to the chorus’s.

This done, I added some smaller parts, like the messed up brass stabs that play in the verses and the bridge, which I played using a stock Logic brass sound and heavily manipulating the audio, and a little synth part in the second verse from Massive.

We then ran in to the issue of what to do to make the bridge sound interesting and different from the rest of the song. I decided to try making it completely different sounding, so I kept the pad from the rest of the song, but played a more intricate part on it, almost like a solo, and moved it up an octave. Next I used an 808 bass sound from Arturia’s Analog Lab, and added a new beat using some bigger, harder hitting drums from Polyplex.

To come out of the bridge we used the classic technique of dropping out everything aside from the piano and vocals, and adding the guitar in the second half of this section to give it more of a build up. Of course, Rise And Hit had to be the transition from this section to the final chorus. Just like on “Break The Tie” I added a low octave piano to add some energy, the acoustic guitar played by Liv (Almost Unique) that had played throughout the whole song became stereo as we added a second one, and the final touch was a choir preset created by James Berry, which sounded wonderful and really added something special to the final chorus. Do go Subscribe To James On YouTube and Follow Him On Twitter

I plan on doing a video on this track as I did with “Break The Tie”, and “Embrace”, so watch out for that!

Go check out “Wanna Feel Alive”.

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Bastille – Divide (Stormers Collaboration Edition)

This project happened shortly after The Anchor – Quarantine Edition.

Luke Penning (AKA Sagittarius) approached me with this idea, and asked if I could co-produce and mix. I agreed, and Luke set about looking for vocalists. The whole idea behind this cover was to bring people together, and to promote the idea that, in these strange times, we should unite together, and not divide.

Again, all the people involved came from the Bastille Stormers Facebook group. Joshua Ulysses and Leah Knight, who had both sung lead vocals on The Anchor, were involved in this project as well, Leah once again doing some lead vocals while Josh handled the artwork. Luke also got Elfie D-Dieth, Verronika Brandauer and Mia Hovinga involved to do some vocals.

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, all the vocal recordings were done from their homes, so the quality of microphones varied, but we managed to work with what we had. Luke, who was working in Ableton Live, did some drum programming and also provided the pad you hear at the beginning of the song, along with a few other pads throughout the song.

For my part, I played piano on the song, and added a sub bass to help fill out the track. I also added some acoustic drum samples to Luke’s electronic drum sounds, making them sound more impactful and dramatic.

If you have any further questions about this project, feel free to ask via my social media links.

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“Embrace” By Almost Unique

So Almost Unique just dropped her new single “Embrace”, which is another collaborative effort from Almost Unique (Liv Baker-Mendoza) and myself.

This one’s based off an old idea that Liv came up with in 2014 or 2015, and honestly we stayed pretty faithful to that initial demo. The lead synth sound was already in place, as were some of the drum samples, but this demo featured Liv playing bass guitar, rather than the bass synths we ended up using.

Liv only had a bounce down of this demo, and no longer had the project file (I believe the demo was made in Presonus’ Studio 1), so she had to go back in to Studio 1 and recreate the demo completely. Luckily, she remembered all the sounds she used, and having recreated the demo she sent me over the stems, which I then imported back in to Logic to start working on the track further.

I should mention that this demo only went as far as just before the first chorus, so once I’d added some other tracks to the stems Liv sent me, Liv began working on lyrics for the song, as well as writing a chorus, second verse and, later on, the outro.

Over the course of the production, much like Break The Tie the lyrics and production evolved and grew, the constant goal with this track was to create a something that had the vibe of Freya Ridings track “Love Is Fire” , something that was powerful and energetic and something that could be the first song in a live set.

I ended up using a lot of the original parts that Liv sent, in some cases using Logic’s built-in drum replacement tool to trigger other drum samples. This way I was able to use the parts she had programmed and sent to me, but with my samples as well as hers. The kick drum, for example, ended up being a blend of her original kick sound, plus an electronic kick sound from Logic.

Again, like Break The Tie, I plan on doing a breakdown video of this song, so stay tuned for that.

If you missed the Break The Tie video you can watch it here

Check out the track below:

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