drums are super tight, i feel like it wants to run a little faster - would be interesting to hear this at 130! every now and then there's a little bit of empty space in the drums (e.g. 1m11s) which feels kind awkward because it doesn't follow or set a precedent for the rhythmic development of the track.
would be good to maybe bring all the synths down before hitting the mastering process cause they do a bit of trampling on each other once everything builds up a lot. the main rhythmic chord thing is getting a bit crunchy on the buildup ~3m43s, mainly when it echoes into the left speaker - if ur delay plugin has saturation you could probably ease up on it
anyway i like the overall vibe, definitely nails uplifting without being too po-faced - actually it's kinda sassy w/ that really blue chord progression under it. good job!
Thoughts while listening:
Little slow to start...and the lead-in brings us to something that sounds like it should be on a runway. I will admit, you're better with the percussion than I am! There's some wonderful subtlety in it, and I love the syncopation at around 1:30. I'll be honest, it sounds like you found a nice pad and button-mashed it for two minutes before bringing in the melody. And finally a front-and-center melody at 3 minutes. Very subtle build-up at around 3:40...that must've been a bitch to do! Percs only breakdown at 5:25 makes for a suitable outro...
Thoughts after listening:
This is overall very well-done. No complaints on the mixing/mastering. You percussion is wonderfully subtle, and the structure is solid.
Stuff to improve-
The overall tone is, well, unmemorable. This sounds like what you'd expect as stock music for a fashion montage in a sitcom (which will still get you paid, if you sell it to the right buyer, so don't feel like this is an insult). You clearly have the talent and mixing ability to make solid music, so the real push for you should be to get in a hook that I can't get out of my head. Something I can whistle to a DJ, and have him say, "Yeah, I got that track!" This part is HARD, and I have to work on it myself. I also feel like you took 6 minutes to say what should have taken 2. Personally, I want a vocal (probably high, female, and singing in some European language) to make this really pop.
Very solid skills shown here. You are clearly able to work your way smoothly around the grey grid and make something slick. It's time to make it stick in my head so I can't get it out!
I often spend a lot of time on mixing drums and percussive elements, so much so that I get burnt out mixing other parts of the track, but I spend so much time crafting my drum loops that I feel that it's necessary.
This is sorta like a rough draft, I'm definitely gonna sort some stuff out, I might even change up the melody a little bit, but I'm definitely adding more sounds to it to try to bring it forward without drowning out the mid range.
also I really like the melody. I feel like I can add some flavor to it and make it more memorable, but this is kinda the first melody I came up with in with the chord progression, and threw it in just to I could hear it in context.
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.