In Point Blank’s most recent masterclass, they were joined by UK drum and bass boss Kove to find out how he made his haunting dnb track, ‘Echoes’.
Kove has well and truly secured his reputation in the drum and bass scene, with his tracks gaining attention from the legendary duo Chase & Status who signed him to their label, MTA Records. He’s toured the US with big hitters Netsky and 12 Planet and is constantly in high demand for the European festival season, having played at the likes of Hideout, EXIT, Creamfields, Reading and Leeds and more. His Spotify streams exceed the millions and that’s no surprise due to his emotive, kinetic tracks which keep the genre sounding fresh as ever. With years of experience under his belt, beginning music production roughly 10 years ago, Kove has plenty of tricks up his sleeve which he’s kindly shared. If you’re interested in learning more about the techniques demonstrated in the video below, Point Blank offer courses in Music Production, DJing and more at global locations including London, Los Angeles, China, Ibiza, Mumbai and Online.
During the track breakdown, Kove, real name James Rockhill, shows exactly how he created the track’s organic-sounding guitar distortion using Logic’s inbuilt pedalboard. He follows this up by demonstrating his go-to techniques for manipulating, stretching and warping audio, which is perfect for an audio-heavy track like ‘Echoes’. Trying to get your bass and vox to sit comfortably in the mix can sometimes be difficult – but don’t worry, Kove is a master at this and shows exactly how he creates his deep, wide sounding basses and polished vocals using his plugins of choice. The UK-producer and DJ also drops some serious knowledge on how imperfections and mistakes can add beautiful character to your tracks.
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