Creating a new song usually requires some planning. Sure, you want to be spontaneous at times and just go with what you’re feeling, but there is so much more to it. I am not saying you need a full blueprint or outline. However, you do need some starting points.
Let’s take a look at some of the key foundations used in the production of most modern music.
What is Your Inspiration?
It is important to think about why you want to create a new song. Some of us sit down with ideas in our head and already know where we want to go with it. If you don’t, then this is an important step.
What kind of song do you want to make and why?
You want to ask yourself this question. It will help you determine how you are going to move forward. Think of it as a launching point for the creativity that will soon follow.
Figure this out and you will be ready.
Hash Out Your Theme or Message
It’s ok if you don’t have a super detailed theme, but you should have at least a generic idea.
- Is this song supposed to make a political or social statement?
- Are you telling a story?
- Do you want the audience to feel an emotion?
- Is it about good vibes and partying?
Think about this for a minute and come up with at least one central theme or a few loose concepts. This does tie into your inspiration, so use that if you want.
Determine the Genre
Most of us have preferences on genre. We tend to lean on certain styles of music that normally we would listen to in everyday life. Do what you love, love what you do.
Genre is also important for knowing some of the basic ground rules and which rules are available for you to break. Remember, we want to express our creativity while partially replicating what has already been done before. This will determine the range for the songs tempo or beats per minute (BPM). Certain genres have style types and instrument preferences. Which ones do you want to use and which will you disregard?
Key and Scale
I will not cover much in the way of music theory, but this is at the very least essential for most modern electronic music.
You want to establish some form of foundation for the melodic content in the song. This can be changed as needed, but a basic starting point will help in the long run.