Regularly supported by Radio 1 and BBC Introducing, Draper has already made a name for himself as a prolific and sought after producer who has penned tracks for a number of big names including Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, All Saints, Lapsley, and Twin Atlantic. More impressive though, has been his solo project over the past year which has seen his music taken to new heights..
His new track “Worst of Us” has just dropped on M:UK, so we took 5 minutes to chat with the Kent-Born producer about his top 5 studio tips.. Check them out below.
Producing on a computer creates endless opportunities to get weird with your production. Do whatever you want because there are no rules.
Don’t Add For The Sake of Adding
During the writing process it’s easy to add and keep adding till it sounds right, but that’s quite hard to come back from as the project can get convoluted. Try and stick to just a few core synths that really make the track and refine them to the point that they sound the way you wanted them to when you were adding other synths to it.
Try Out New Plugins
Plugins are a great way of enhancing your writing process, it’s a quick way to create unique sounds and finding a character to your track. There are tons of free plugins, try before you buy, but please do support the developers by buying the plugins that you use a lot.
Know the Character of a Song
The producing process becomes a lot easier when you figure out the character of the track; what sonics will work best and how you want it to feel. The character might just be one element that makes the track unique but when you have it you’ll have a eureka moment and finish the track in double time.
Perfect The Character of a Song
There’s a misconception that mastering makes the track sound better. Mastering enhances the track, probably adds the last 10% polish needed but the mix is where the real skill is at. Your mixes may not sound quite right at first but nothing comes easily, it takes practice. Reference your mix against tracks that have similar sonics. Mixing is a skill in itself and eventually you will master it by working on getting good at it.
Stream his new single here