I first became a fan of Phoenix after hearing their track, “Too Young”, in the 2003 movie, “Lost in Translation”. I was struck by how tastefully this French band combined dance grooves, rock guitars and pop melodies. Typically, this blending of genres is a recipe for disaster (apologies to The Bravery) but Phoenix pulls it all together in a very refreshing and musical manner. Perhaps it’s all of the coq au vin and Bordeaux?
Today’s loop is heavily inspired by Phoenix and their approach to combining a pulsing, dance beat along with the grittiness of a rock groove. To achieve this sound, I used a lot of gating on the individual tracks, some sub bass on the kick, and an amp simulator on the overheads.
That’s all I’ve got today. My right hand is still gimped up and I’m in the middle of upgrading my studio with more RAM.
On this loop, I was going for a sampled, dance vibe (but on a live kit… with one hand). To achieve this, I cranked up my 6 1/2″ x 14″ brass snare and taped one of my LP jingle sticks to the batter head. I loosened the heads on my 22″ kick as low as they’d go (without wrinkling) to obtain as much attack and low end as possible. I placed a Shure SM57 in the far corner of the room and combined this track with a bit-crusher to add some dirt. I then gated and compressed each individual drum track until some club kids with glow sticks started to knock at my door.