Making music depends on one thing, an artist who can compose and perform a piece of work. Even better is an artist with the ability do this with a certain level of mastery. People want music that will last forever, and it's the artist's job to deliver a product that will stand the test of time. Think of all the greats that you literally never get tired of hearing, even after years of having the CD in the car with you … the same artists that you go out and buy every album they put out, and it always seems to wind up on repeat for the next month and a half. They have reached thatought after level of skill, and if they are good they can hold it for many years before they lose it. How many new artists do you know of that hold a candle to the names you just thought of?
It's no surprise that these artists all had the ability to incorporate great riffs, hard-hitting beats, and catchy melodies into their music. What most people do not realize is that's more than half the battle to creating a timeless masterpiece. Think about it, no matter how good the vocal track is, if it's over a badly played instrumental with a sloppy beat behind it NOBODY IS GOING TO CARE.
The sign of a truly great artist is making music that will last for generations. To do this they have to learn how to bring the beat and the lyrics together to convey a message that is relatively easy to relate to for a large number of people. Another mainstay is the artists ability to be versatile, using a wide variety of rhythms, styles, or song concepts to keep the audience captivated from one track to the next. If you can not keep them coming back you become what is known as a “One hit Wonder”, and while better than nothing nobody wanted to be forgotten after a 2 year run.
In Hip Hop a great song is heavy with poetry and imagery, has lyrics that make sense and convey a meaningful message, and a memorable beat that is recognizable as soon as the track starts to play. If the artist works with a group there should be a sort of chemistry between the members that makes you feel they belong together. If they have no In House producer then the producers they choose to work with should compliment their style of music. Due to the internet this is becoming a much more common occurrence than a band having a single producer for the entire album. Either way the tracks they record should make you feel something as a whole, not just have you bobbing your head to the beat or enjoying the wordplay.
A well-written song is largely dependent on the instrumentation placed behind it. To be catchy to the listener everything must blend well and sound like it goes with the lyrics as much as the lyrics go with the beat. It does not matter what the tempo of the song is, which genre of music you happen to be listening to, the rules of good music stay the same. They cadence and rhythm of the track should fit perfectly with all of the other elements of the song. Only then can an artist be truly successful and stand the test of time, the greatest compliment paid to any performer at any time is someone knows your song by heart.
If you are reading my articles chances are you're an aspiring recording artist or musician yourself. With the current state of the industry there is no better time to start grinding independently, and there is no better promotions platform than the internet. Just make sure that everything you put out has the potential to be a hit one day and you'll be off to a great start.
Thanks for sitting though another one of my rants, I hope you found this informative in some way.