The intro was creative. I like the sense of climax into :47. It’s a catchy piece, albeit with some pretty generic synths. The minimalistic drop lasted a bit too long IMO, but the part at 1:50 was pretty enjoyable and more melodic. The mixing is pretty good, and overall it’s a well-structured and smooth piece. My main problem overall is that it’s pretty cliche, and the texture isn’t always as rich as it could be (you use reverb to fill in the texture, which I’m pretty ambivalent about). I also don’t think the piece needed to be 5 minutes long. The drop section isn’t really varied much the second time around, except for the bit at 4:20, which you pretty much use as an outro anyway. Overall, though, it’s not entirely bad, just not unique. Going forward, you might have to push yourself to expand beyond your comfort zone more. As for now, pretty solid work. ;)
The leads don't need such deep sidechain. Remember they are higher frequency elements, so there should be a high chain. They don't feel too natural since they are compressed so heavily.
The melodies that come in later on are quite wonderful, but could use stronger chords to back them up.
I think you can easily make it into NGADM with this piece, but try to make something more melodic when the next round begins. From what I learned last year, the judges will rate your piece mostly on composition. Mixing is surprisingly not a huge factor.
Best of luck!
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