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Roll With It (NGADM) [Round 1]


Author Comments

Here's my entry for the NGADM (2020) round 1. Unfortunately it's inspired by recent events. You see my lady friend and I both lost our jobs the week round 1 started. (So... I have a sob story now and I think that means they kinda have to let me win. ;p ) Anyway, despite all the bullshit we've been faced with, she has kept me focused on my music. It's the best kind of catharsis for me, so I love her for it. Style wise I've tried to fuse what I used to do, with what I do now and I have to say, I dig how it's turned out.

Oh and good luck to everyone competing! Fingers crossed I'll face some of you in round 2. :)

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This week it started so weirdly,

With a boom and a bang,

And then you took my hand,

And now I'm sat here singing,

Hey brother,

You ain't got the time to suffer,

You know ya gotta roll with it,


I see my weakness so clearly,

And I know I'm missing a fang,

But when you take my hand,

I'm just back here singing,

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yeah man!

This is good, it's one of your best, and it could be improved. In my opinion, the vocals could be slightly improved, that's it. I love this song and I'm so sorry you and your lady friend lost your jobs, I hope everything is ok. <3

AkioDaku responds:

Thank you 🙏 we're surviving, Carissa (my lady friend) had a job interview today so fingers crossed she gets it and I'm managing teaching a couple of lessons a week and odd bits. ❤️

The beginning of the song sounds interesting and almost as if the song would go in an entirely different direction.

The vocals are fine as they are. One thing that I feel is off is the bass groove. I feel there could have been a more active bass rhythm to carry through the song. During the "breakdown" like area, I think it could have used a solo of some kind ending with quick hi hat hits to end it.

The claps used in the latter part of the song don't sound like they belong, if you replaced the claps with maybe something else, the sound would seem smoother in my opinion. The use of the scratchy type sounds before the vocals stop for brief periods are really out of place on this one and kind of ruin the ending for those vocal lines.

Overall, not a bad piece but could be better as well.

I really like the style and message of this song! I'm sorry that you've lost your jobs and hope that you're alright. Stay cool.

AkioDaku responds:

Thank you so much for the kind words. ♥️

Credits & Info


4.57 / 5.00

Aug 8, 2020
5:17 PM EDT
File Info
6.2 MB
2 min 43 sec
  • Massive
  • Reaper
  • Addictive Keys
  • T-RackS
  • Renaissance Bass
  • Saturn
  • DT 880 PRO
  • NS Bass
Misc. Kit
  • DigiTech - Bass Whammy
  • spear gladius guitar
  • Korg - MicroSTATION
  • Image Line Software - Sakura
  • Reasamplomatic5000
  • Ibanez acoustic guitar
  • Tweakbench - Peach Synth
  • Waves - Infected Mushroom Pusher
  • Sony Oxford Plug-ins
  • tc helicon create xt
  • behringer xenyx qx1002usb
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP
  • Superlux S241 Microphone
  • Beyerdynamic - TG v35 s Microphone
  • Pioneer CS-767 Speakers
  • TEAC A-H500i Power Amp
  • Tanglewood Jetstream Guitar
  • zoom b3n
  • digitech bass squeeze
  • EHX nano bass big muff pi
  • zoom MS60b
  • VHT Special 6
  • palmer pdi-03 speaker simulator
  • JOYO JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive
  • JOYO JF-01 Vintage Overdrive
  • lexicon pantheon
  • Waves - Renaissance Vox
  • isp decimator
  • Traben Chaos Attack 5 Bass
  • keFIR Cabinet Impulse Loader
  • recabinet impulses
  • Palmer Pan 01 Passive DI Box

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.