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Behind The Scenes Of George Kwali’s ‘Dance With You’

George Kwali takes us Behind The Scenes of his new track 'Dance With You'.

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George Kwali really shot to fame over the last while through his mighty release ‘Crank It’, which landed alongside Kideko. Now George has revealed a brand new track, bringing the sounds of ‘Dance With You’ and this features on the Tech House market. But to get a little more about George and his new track, we go Behind The Scenes and talk about production processes, initial ideas and much more, check this out.

‘Dance With You’ is the latest track to come from George Kwali, following on from the massive ‘Crank It’. Can you tell us a little about how the track came about, the idea behind it?

Well the first idea I had for the track was the lyrics, I came home from a night out about a year ago and I had the words ‘red light pink light purple blue’ stuck in my head. The next day I still thought this could be a good idea for a hook so decided to try and write some other lyrics around it.

I tried a few different options for the vocal like text to speech and the initial draft was my voice saying the lyrics but it didn’t sound very good haha. In the end I asked my girlfriend if I could record her saying the lyrics as she is pretty good at accents and they just stuck!

When entering the studio, do you have a specific sound which you would like to record, or is it a matter of entering the studio with nothing and coming up with the track?

I rarely go into a studio session with a proper idea for a track. Usually I know the type of song I want to make or the vibe I’m going for but I mostly just mess around with sounds until I find something that I like.

As mentioned, ‘Dance With You’ is your latest track. Can you tell us a little about the production process behind the track, how each layer came about?

I always start my tracks by building the drums first, then once I have an 8 bar drum loop on the go that I’m happy with I put a bass down and try to build around that. I usually start my tracks at the drop and try to work from there to get a vibe. The production behind this track is pretty simple to be honest, nothing crazy. The vocals were recorded on my Rode NT2A Microphone with an Audient iD 22 interface. The bass is made using Uhe – Diva synth and the other synthy layers are made in reason using the Maelstrom synth.

Was there any specific hardware or software which you used in the production of the track? Is there any key hardware or software which is your number one “go-to” in the studio?

It’s a pretty simple track if I’m honest and my home studio is nothing special. I produce using a pair of Neumann KH 120a monitors, a pair of Yamaha HS 50m reference monitors, an Audient id 22 soundcard, an Alesis midi keyboard, a Rode NT2A which I mentioned earlier and a MacBook pro laptop.

And the track is one which provides that gritty Tech House like sound, perfect for the intimate dance floors. Was this sound always a direction which you wanted to deliver?

Yeah this is definitely the direction I wanted to go with this track, I’m really feeling the Techier stuff at the moment.

The vocal sample works extremely well within the track, fusing in with the background production work. How easy is it for you to work with vocal samples, or vocalists themselves?

Yeah I love working with vocalists, I always find it fun starting an idea from scratch with vocalists in sessions because you can both build something that shows who you are together.

TMTR is the label which you are releasing ‘Dance With You’ on, and is the label where hit single ‘Crank It’ arrived. What is it like to work with the label?

Yeah I like working with TMTR, Shivas the guy that runs it is a massive g and he knows what he’s doing so happy times all round!

Finally, rounding things off. What would be your one piece of production advice you would give to an upcoming producer, looking to make their own tracks in the studio / makeshift studio?

Use what’s available to you at the time, for example in this track I wanted a female vocal so I asked my girlfriend if I could record her and it turned out quite cool.

And for George Kwali fans, what can they expect to see from you over the course of the year?

Lots more shows coming up this year, a few festivals and dates in Ibiza and more music coming soon!

‘Dance With You’ is out now, you can download your copy here

For more information on George Kwali:
https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeKwali
https://twitter.com/GeorgeKwali
https://soundcloud.com/georgekwali

Dance With You.

George Kwali really shot to fame over the last while through his mighty release ‘Crank It’, which landed alongside Kideko. Now George has revealed a brand new track, bringing the sounds of ‘Dance With You’ and this features on the Tech House market. But to get a little more about George and his new track, we go Behind The Scenes and talk about production processes, initial ideas and much more, check this out.

‘Dance With You’ is the latest track to come from George Kwali, following on from the massive ‘Crank It’. Can you tell us a little about how the track came about, the idea behind it?

Well the first idea I had for the track was the lyrics, I came home from a night out about a year ago and I had the words ‘red light pink light purple blue’ stuck in my head. The next day I still thought this could be a good idea for a hook so decided to try and write some other lyrics around it.

I tried a few different options for the vocal like text to speech and the initial draft was my voice saying the lyrics but it didn’t sound very good haha. In the end I asked my girlfriend if I could record her saying the lyrics as she is pretty good at accents and they just stuck!

Dance With You.

When entering the studio, do you have a specific sound which you would like to record, or is it a matter of entering the studio with nothing and coming up with the track?

I rarely go into a studio session with a proper idea for a track. Usually I know the type of song I want to make or the vibe I’m going for but I mostly just mess around with sounds until I find something that I like.

As mentioned, ‘Dance With You’ is your latest track. Can you tell us a little about the production process behind the track, how each layer came about?

I always start my tracks by building the drums first, then once I have an 8 bar drum loop on the go that I’m happy with I put a bass down and try to build around that. I usually start my tracks at the drop and try to work from there to get a vibe. The production behind this track is pretty simple to be honest, nothing crazy. The vocals were recorded on my Rode NT2A Microphone with an Audient iD 22 interface. The bass is made using Uhe – Diva synth and the other synthy layers are made in reason using the Maelstrom synth.

Dance With You.

Was there any specific hardware or software which you used in the production of the track? Is there any key hardware or software which is your number one “go-to” in the studio?

It’s a pretty simple track if I’m honest and my home studio is nothing special. I produce using a pair of Neumann KH 120a monitors, a pair of Yamaha HS 50m reference monitors, an Audient id 22 soundcard, an Alesis midi keyboard, a Rode NT2A which I mentioned earlier and a MacBook pro laptop.

 

And the track is one which provides that gritty Tech House like sound, perfect for the intimate dance floors. Was this sound always a direction which you wanted to deliver?

Yeah this is definitely the direction I wanted to go with this track, I’m really feeling the Techier stuff at the moment.

The vocal sample works extremely well within the track, fusing in with the background production work. How easy is it for you to work with vocal samples, or vocalists themselves?

Dance With You.

Yeah I love working with vocalists, I always find it fun starting an idea from scratch with vocalists in sessions because you can both build something that shows who you are together.

TMTR is the label which you are releasing ‘Dance With You’ on, and is the label where hit single ‘Crank It’ arrived. What is it like to work with the label?

Yeah I like working with TMTR, Shivas the guy that runs it is a massive g and he knows what he’s doing so happy times all round!

Finally, rounding things off. What would be your one piece of production advice you would give to an upcoming producer, looking to make their own tracks in the studio / makeshift studio?

Use what’s available to you at the time, for example in this track I wanted a female vocal so I asked my girlfriend if I could record her and it turned out quite cool.

And for George Kwali fans, what can they expect to see from you over the course of the year?

Lots more shows coming up this year, a few festivals and dates in Ibiza and more music coming soon!

‘Dance With You’ is out now, you can download your copy here

For more information on George Kiwali:
https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeKwali
https://soundcloud.com/georgekwali

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