Just like writers, #music producers sometimes come face-to-face with the horror of writer's block. "Producer's block" happens and I don't need to remind you how stressful it can become. When your DAW is endlessly looking back at you, when melodies don't manifest, when the rhythm of the night just doesn't have that groove, it truly sucks.
Lucky for us a great way to combat producer's block is by listening to music, specially the classics. It makes us get perspective and appreciate the craft, often giving us the push we need to make the perfect beat. If you are currently in producer's block my fellow producer, here are 10 throwback jams that will have you stacking kick drums in no time.
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10. Madonna - "La Isla Bonita"
Madonna's "La Isla Bonita" has beautiful vocal harmonies accompanied by a combination of Latin American drums, guitars, romantic melodies and that signature pop snare drum from the '80s. Sit back, relax and vibe away!
9. David Bowie - "Let's Dance"
Why is the late David Bowie's "Let's Dance" so groovy? This funk song is the perfect remedy for instant inspiration. Go ahead, groove away!
8. Rick Astley - "Never Gonna Give You Up"
I'm very serious. Rick Astley's hit jam may be the internet's greatest meme (Rick Rolled), but it's still one of the best songs to listen when stuck on a beat. Sometimes you just need to dance too and oh, it happens, trust me.
7. Enrique Iglesias - "Bailamos"
The 1999 hit song has one of the catchiest chord progressions ever. If you want to make a house track with acoustic elements and a bit more of an analog feel, then listen to "Bailamos" and let inspiration strike you like a drum.
6. Maroon 5 - "Makes Me Wonder"
The musical arrangement behind "Makes Me Wonder" is absolutely fantastic. The song combines electronic sounds with a rock and classic house drum pattern. On top of the percussion the rhythm guitars are reminiscent of house hits of the past and the bass guitar has a life of its own. "Makes Me Wonder" has it all!
5. Nina Sky - "Move Ya Body"
The twin sisters duo destroyed the dancehall scene with their hit song "Move Ya Body." The song's beat was also used by Pitbull and Lil Jon in their smash hit song, "Culo." The best thing about "Move Ya Body" is its simplicity. The beat doesn't change, but it never gets boring. It continues on one constant pattern while at the same time feeling fresh and unique. Keep it simple, my friends.
4. Kevin Lyttle - "Turn Me On"
Remember 2003's summer jam? "Turn Me On" made everyone dance and still does so today. The song utilizes an upbeat soca drum pattern with exquisite island sounds. Listen to the song and feel the love, then apply that inspirational fire to your next beat!
3. Billy Ocean - "Caribbean Queen"
What's there not to love from Billy Ocean's Caribbean hit? The post-disco track is pure tropical waves made for the dance floor. "Caribbean Queen" will give you the energy required to produce again.
2. Mr. Zivago - "Little Russian"
Italo-Disco needs a comeback! I don't know how many time I've listened to "Little Russian," but man is it a lot! Whenever you are on producer's block or just want to listen to great music, put on some Mr. Zivago and enjoy the tune.
1. Willie Colon - "Sin Poderte Hablar"
Sometimes all you need to do is close your eyes and listen to Willie Colon. The salsa artists was a worldwide superstar in the '70s and '80s and his music still prospers today. Have a listen, my friend. You can thank me later.
What are your favorite songs to combat producer's block? Let me know in the comments below!
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