Hello to all of you Teekers! Things are still going crazy in the music world! Rumors are spreading that Lenny Kravitz is going to take Steve Tyler’s place with Areosmith while Steve takes a little brake. I loved hearing that because I think Lenny can sing his butt off! But Lenny did the right thing by saying no to the offer, because there is no replacement in that kind of situation. All things aside though I’m still getting great submissions, so let’s teek this cool sample piece called “Peace Out” by Kai Lavatai.
INTRO: This intro is so in your face with the beat! I like that you use this as the beginning, it creates a strong intro and give great expectations for what is to come in the song! The sampling going on here is clean and the rhythm you are using create a great tease. Then you stop for a bar before going into the verse. This is very good arranging so far Kai!
VERSE: Now you add in all the main instruments that are will be in the song. I love this great vocal sample and cool bass line! The strength is still there and we are about to hear the chorus.
CHORUS: I’m waiting for something big here but you decide to go the other way. I heard the drum beat back off and you add in an arpeggio type of synth sound, which is good because it tells the listener that you are in the chorus; however I would of kept that awesome drumbeat going and changed the bass line to be more aggressive to let the groove rise above the strength of the verse. You really had it going there you should have just kept it going.
2ND VERSE: Now your back into the verse but it sounds just like the first verse. I would suggest adding in another synth sound to show that you are building the song as it progresses. Also having a variation of the melody here would be good.
2ND CHORUS: The vocals should definitely be stronger along with some adlibs. Your energy is there but not quite to the level of where it should be because of the way that you introduced the song to us. The background melody in the chorus is very catchy and very hypnotic, and I dig it!
3RD VERSE: You did shorten this verse which is very good. Everyone of you writers that do a third verse please make it short so you can get to the chorus ASAP. All though I think you should of done your break down here before going to the chorus, which allows you to end the song strong with the chorus, I would have written a bridge here, instead of a breakdown.
LAST CHORUS AND OUTRO: You repeat the chorus here with a breakdown, it does work for a little while, but you keep on doing the same thing without building or breaking down more to end the song. The vocals are great and the background melody is really good but they are standing still.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: This is a very catchy song! Arranging is the most important thing to think about if you want to keep a listeners attention. Kai, I’ve teeked your material before and I think you are very talented and that’s why I picked another song of yours! Just do these little things and you will be kicking some butt! Kai you have just been TEEKED.
SHOUT OUT: This past Sunday I was invited to NYC for a Grand reopening of a Sam Ash Music Store on 48th street in NYC. I saw a lot of people in the business that I have not seen in a while and it was great seeing them all. I was able to meet my colleague Greg Orsby. He’s a great guy and I just wanted to say It was really nice meeting him! The Grand reopening party was great. Please try and pass by to see what they did to the place, it looks Awesome! I also want to give a shout out to Richie and Sammy Ash. Your Family did a great job. I’ll see you next week everyone, and as always keep on playing that music!