Keil Corcoran from hot new band STRFKR tells us about the killer sounds on their lead single from new album ‘Miracle Mile’...
“‘Leave It All Behind’ began as an eight-bar guitar/drum/synth loop Patrick wrote on his Akai MPC 2000XL. The main chords you can hear in the song were created using the MPC's note-repeat function. I also used the note-repeat function on an MPC 1000 to create the chords in 'Malmo'.
I wrote the verse bassline in Ableton Live using a combination of Operator (for sub bass) and a Roland SH-09 through a MIDI/CV converter. Josh wrote the chorus section using various Roland synths, including a Juno 106 and a SH-1000.
“We neglected to record drums for this song when we went into the studio, so I ended up using the studio one-shots to build a Drum Rack in Ableton Live. I used Live's Random MIDI effect to cycle through multiple samples for each drum in order to make them sound more organic.
I layered these with samples from our Sequential Circuits Drumtraks and a Roland TR-808 for the kick. I used a V-Drum kit in my apartment to record the MIDI into Live.
“Josh recorded our vocals for the track using a vintage Electro-Voice RE16 mic through a Universal Audio Twin Finity 710 Mic Pre. This song made its way through four different DAWs before it was finished (Logic, Live, Acid, and Pro-Tools), and was pretty much the first song we ever collectively wrote as a group. Hopefully you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it!