Dave B wrote:So, I had a listen when the post first went up and decided to see if some others could give sensible advice first. Because I'm struggling a bit with what you are aiming for here. What are you trying to achieve?
If it's bringing an old 80s tune into the 21st century, then I'm fairly ambivalent - some of your instrumentation is cleaner sounding and creates a mismatch in sounds.
If it's just re-working a tune for the fun of it, then I'd say that the vocals are too low. Vocals should always be the focus imho.
If it's turning it into a modern dance track, then I'm totally out of my comfort zone here. For all I know, the balance you have is the new, happening sound that I'm just not up on.
So is this supposed to be in a certain genre? Or is it just having a playground with an old vocal line?
FWIW, if you're just doing it for the sheer fun of it, I'd advise stripping it back and re-building it a few times to get variations of approach and see which fits the song best. But I like to fiddle :)
My intentions were to have fun, but create something that would still sound good and hopefully be something people would enjoy as well. I guess I wasn't really going for a dance track, although I can see how it sounds super dance-y during the verses. I was inspired by a genre called Tropical House, which is usually more chill music (and honestly I may have botched it and just created my own distorted view of it). I see the contradiction between the verses and chorus, but that's what I like about it, the contrast. But that's just my taste sometimes lol. When the chorus hits, it just kind of chills out, but still has a good groove to it, imo. I'm afraid I didn't notice the bass sounding out of tune because I heard it over and over and just sort of got used to it and comfortable with it, but idk. When you say some of my instrumentation is mismatched, does that seem to be a mixing issue? Because I feel like I'm still like, total novice when it comes to that. I'm afraid I listen to it so many times while creating and then mixing that it all starts to sound good and normal, even though it's not. Anyway, thanks to all of you for the replies, it's great to hear professional feedback, I really appreciate it!!! :D