Once again our friends at Point Blank Music School have deconstructed a massive track, this time it’s the colossal Dance Monkey by Tones And I.
In this instructional video, Point Blank Content Developer Risa T uses Logic Pro X to completely break down the elements of Dance Monkey, then shows how to recreate this undeniable banger from the ground up. She starts off by looking at chord progression then the track’s unique bass pluck and percussive finger snaps. With the chord progression, plucks and percussion laid down, she moves on to the 808 which she programmed in Native Instruments’ Massive. After that Risa shows how to easily create your own sweeping sound effects which are perfect for build-ups. Towards the end she works through Dance Monkey’s chorus – the part which features that big Moog-style bassline we’re all familiar with.
As with just about all Point Blank track deconstructions, this one is ideal for aspiring Producers looking for tips on how to structure their tracks and proves that you can create a hit with just a few catchy elements.
For those unfamiliar with Point Blank, they feature an award-winning music school with online courses and also physical campuses in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza, China and Mumbai. Voted ‘Best Music Production & DJ School’ by DJ Mag several years running, at Point Blank you can study music production, sound engineering, DJing and much more via their online courses or in person at their state-of-the-art studios.