by Claudio

Mar 23, 2017

We look into how to structure a track for the dance-floor: intro, build-up, breakdown, drop, ending.. the whole thing ūüėČ


Put yourself in the shoes of a¬†DJ:¬†it’s useful to have a little intro of just rhythm to transition from the previous track to your track. That’s why it‚Äôs a great idea to just start with just drums. 16 bars or 32 bars will give the DJ enough time¬†to mix in your music.


A great idea with dance music is to deliver that sense of constant evolution of the sound to keep the audience engaged. If you start with just a kick drum, then you can add the hi hat, and then you can add in more percussion, then you can add the bass, keyboards, and more elements before the vocals. Use the elements of the song in a way that in each section something new happens.


If you’ve been on the dance-floor before, you know that after a long and repetitive¬†drum roll something is sure to happen! It may be a drop, it may be the beginning of a new musical section. Every moment of suspension implies an imminent resolution.¬†As you get confident with building dance¬†arrangements¬†you can play with the audience expectations in whatever terms or style you decide.


Break it down.¬†Then build it up, and¬†up, and up… and then¬†hit the dace-floor¬†in the face with a fat drop ūüėȬ†Give¬†your¬†public a little¬†break.¬†Let them¬†catch their breath.¬†Build up tension again and then release the hounds!¬†The breakdown section of a dance track is where you can make people go nuts.


Once the intro is gone, you’ve¬†presented your groove, you’ve presented your melody.¬†You made people dance and¬†you broke it down –¬†then it‚Äôs time for your finale!¬†A very effective way is to play all of the elements of¬†the arrangement together and have them drive the song¬†right up until the end. Having the fullest part of the song¬†for the ending¬†is a great way to close your track. Then you might want to consider adding 16 more bars of¬†just drums again, or maybe drums and just one harmonic¬†element. This will give the DJ a comfortable way to mix the next track in.

On our video course ‚ÄúHow To Produce House Music‚ÄĚ, we explain in detail how to structure a song for the dance floor. Click here to find out.

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