How to Make Your Own Floor-Fillers
The art of coming up with classic club bangers comes easier to some than others. There will always be those DJs who don’t seem to be able to put a foot wrong, whatever they do.
Once you’ve come up with your signature sound and got enough people hooked on the way you do things, it becomes much easier to create your own floor-fillers. In the meantime, you need to get to grips with the logistics of basic club bangers, in order to steer things in the right direction.
As for the good news - all you technically need to start coming up with your own floor-fillers is a laptop and a pair of headphones. Speakers and audio interfaces are technically optional, as for the time being we’re talking about practicing at home.
Plus, if you have a decent library of music in your collection and a genuine passion for dance music, you’re already halfway there. The rest is basically about following a few simple rules, paving the way for your very own signature club bangers.
Whether you are starting from scratch or simply facing a bout of creative block, here are four top tips from the pros on how to put your own floor-fillers together:
Use Plenty of Samples
What’s great about incorporating samples in your own unique club bangers is how they add familiarity to the whole thing. Just the briefest burst of something people recognise while doing their thing on the dancefloor can be just the thing to set the whole place on fire. The technicalities of using samples are fairly easy to negotiate - the difficulty lies in knowing which samples to bring into your mixes.
Test, Test and Test Some More
Don’t wait until you have put an entire track together to see how it sounds. Each time you complete a short section - a build, a drop, a bridge, a breakdown or anything else, test it out...and test it some more. If you’ve the capacity to do so, test your in-progress tracks in a live performance setting (without the crowd, of course) to see how they stack up in the real world.
Compare Your Tracks With Those That Inspire You
If you’re aiming to pull off the same overall effect as a DJ or artist you admire, pick out a track of theirs that’s close to the one you’re working on. At various junctures along the way, take the time to listen to their mix in full and compare it to your own. Not with the aim of ripping off their work wholesale, but simply to see when, where and how your track may be falling short sonically.
Don’t Overcomplicate Things
Last up, don’t make the mistake of making the whole thing more complicated than it needs to be. Remember that you are working on club tracks - not some masterpiece of a symphony for classical music connoisseurs. What you’re coming up with needs to be more about enjoyment than masterful musicianship or precision. If it gets people dancing, you’ve done your job - it really is as simple as that.