Reply To: Stuck in a creative rut – suggestions for these three WIPs?
I think Virul has pointed you in the right direction here, it’s not that you’re stuck in a creative rut, you just don’t seem to know how to create a full arrangement of a song yet. Sounds like you’re heading in the right direction now but don’t get caught up in thinking you have to start with a loop or groove, there are plenty of ways to go about it. Personally i often start with an intro, build chords and a bassline and melody that works with the chord structure and let the song build itself. When you listen to the intro you’ll have an idea in your head of what the drop should sound like and then you can create it. For me it’s all about the story of the song, expressing what you or it is trying to say to the world, for others it’s about simply about creating a groove and building everything around that.
With regards to structure, if you want to create DJ friendly club tracks then you’ll be expected to adhere to certain criteria (32/48/64 bar intro into the first drop etc), but if you’re writing for yourself, don’t feel that you have to follow those rules; do what feels right to you. Some of the most interesting songs often have the most unexpected structures.