There are many electronic dance music producers and DJs today, many searching for a way to be found. That’s why every week we search for the best songs on our EDM social network and share them in blog articles. “Take Me Home” was one of these songs.
The vocals are sung by Wolf, who collaborated on the song with Will He Be. The two electronic producers who went to high school together but never really chilled. Until randomly one day Wolf went to a party at Will He Be’s house and they began discussing music production. What happened next is the song you are about to hear.
“Take Me Home” not only has deep bass that will knock your socks off, but also has a great melody and lyrics. Switching back and forth between mind bending melodies and filthy dubstep wobbles, “Take Me Home” incorporates influences from dubstep, trap, and bass music.
We got a chance to ask Wolf some things about his new song, music, electronic music production, and much more.
Tell us a little bit about your new song ‘Take Me Home’ / How did this song come alive?
“Take Me Home” was actually a track that was really unplanned. It’s a collab with Will He Be. We’re both from Los Angeles, but the track was started in Colorado. We actually went to High School together, but we never really hung out. My friends and I somehow ended up at a party at his apartment and we started talking about sound design. We just sat down and I was showing him how to build a growl bass. I built a little rhythm and looped it, then he went in and changed it into a cool riff. That riff became that first intro drop in the track.
The song was built on a pair of headphones in a room full of drunk college kids. Haha.
What inspired you?
The song is really centered around the lyrics. It came from not being in a great place in life, and they were written for someone very important to me. It’s sort of about having everything go wrong, and needing someone to lean on. I really think that all a human being ever needs is to be loved, supported, and appreciated, whether it’s from romantic love, family, or close friends. If you have that, it’s a lot easier to get through tough times.
How did you get into music production?
I first started in music production when I was in rock bands in high school. Paying for recordings was expensive, and I almost always had a problem with the producers we worked with. I learned how to record basically out of not trusting anyone else with my music. I started on electronic music originally as a hobby while still trying to do the rockstar thing. Over time, the band I was in grew apart and dance music was more of a central focus than a side project.
What is your favorite digital audio workstation (DAW) to use today? why?
For me, nothing matches Ableton Live’s workflow. I’ve used 3 different DAWs throughout all of my production and although Pro Tools and Logic have their strengths, neither of them allows for the same expediency when it comes from getting your ideas from your head into the program. Ableton has amazing built in plugins. I’m not someone who really uses any presets in synths, so even though Live is a little light on them it’s never really an issue. I’m also a major sucker for the macro knobs when it comes to sound design.
Do you have a favorite VST, synth, or music equipment?
I was team Native Instruments for a long time. For the first few years of production I used Massive and FM8 for everything. Honestly, they’ve pretty much both been replaced by Serum. Steve Duda designed the perfect synth. It’s like FM8 and Massive put together but with a modernized look. I think Xfer’s Serum and Live’s Operator make up 90% all of my synths nowadays.
What was your mindset when producing ‘Take Me Home’?
Once we decided to make a song out of the little riff we had worked on, we just wanted to make a dope hybrid track. We were definitely shooting for that mixture of Dubstep and Trap. When we first started, I had no idea it was going to have the softer vocal sections, but when we were writing it just felt right. It’s super important to let your song go wherever it wants to, and although it might not have been what we were planning on, I think those sections really ended up making the song.
Any tips for upcoming artists or producers?
Make something different. It’s the kind of thing you hear all the time when you’re first starting out, but it really rings true. Don’t try to be Skrillex. You will never be a better Skrillex than Skrillex is. No one is gonna want to listen to a worse version of an artist they like. Taking inspiration from other artists is inevitable and necessary, but you have to avoid being a carbon copy. A really good way to do that is to make your own synth sounds. I’m not someone who has ever been big on presets, and this is a major reason. There are literally tens of thousands of Massive and Serum dubstep presets. I know it can be tempting, but if you’re using them and only them, you’re gonna sound like every other artist who dropped $40 on the new “SNAILSOWSLABASS” pack. Also, an experienced producer can tell when you’re using presets for all your sounds. Remember that you’re writing a song, not a preset pack demo. Don’t sacrifice creativity for cool sounds. You might fool some people into thinking you’re good, but most people who actually have the capacity to help you (labels, tastemakers, other producers) will see right through it. No one is an amazing producer right away. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you’ll see real growth in your skill.
What can we expect from you in 2016?
Hopefully big things. I have some awesome collabs in the works, and there might be a new EP on the way. It’s hard to say exactly what’s gonna come, but I know it’s gonna be the best music I’ve ever written.