The Theory & Arrangement Behind Disclosure’s Omen

Welcome to the 15th installment of my article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, I look at the theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work. In this breakdown, we’ll look at Disclosure’s track Omen featuring Sam Smith. Omen is a perfect example of Disclosure’s pop-friendly writing style. It’s […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Droeloe’s Many Words

Welcome to the 14th installment of my article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, I look at the theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work. In this breakdown, we’ll look at Droeloe’s track Many Words. This breakdown will look a bit different then previous articles in this series. […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Petit Biscuit’s Problems ft. Lido

Here’s the issue: Make catchy, pop-like music and you get ridiculed by producers because it’s too “simple” Make complex, impressive music and you fail to get traction as an artist because no one can connect with it What do you do? Find the middle ground, which Petit Biscuit and Lido do in Problems. This track […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind San Holo’s “One Thing”

Welcome to the twelfth installment of my article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, I look at the theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at San Holo’s track One Thing. Like most San Holo tracks, this song is a streaming friendly […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Louis The Child’s “Better Not (ft. Wafia)”

Welcome to the eleventh installment of my article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, I look at the theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work. In this breakdown, we’ll look at Louis The Child’s track Better Not, featuring Wafia. After receiving a ton of requests to cover a […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Ekali & Medasin’s “Forever (feat. Elohim)”

Welcome to the tenth installment of our article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, we look at the theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work. In this breakdown, we’ll look at Ekali & Medasin’s song Forever featuring Elohim. In a departure from my previous more theory heavy track breakdowns, […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Louis Futon’s “Royal Blood”

Welcome to the ninth installment of our article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, we look at the theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at Louis Futon – Royal Blood (feat. Keiynan Lonsdale). Louis Futon has established his career with a […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still (Medasin Remix)”

Welcome to the eighth installment of our article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, we look at the theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at Medasin’s remix to Portugal The Man’s “Feel It Still”. If you’re wondering how to write soulful, […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind ODESZA’s “Say My Name”

Welcome to the seventh installment of our article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, we look at the theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at Say My Name by ODESZA. ODESZA is known for their emotional, arithmetic writing style. They beautifully […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Flume’s “Say It ft. Tove Lo”

Welcome to the sixth installment of our article series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, we break down the music theory and arrangement behind popular songs, ultimately showing you what makes each song work.  In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at Say It by Flume, the fifth track off his Grammy award winning album Skin. Let’s get […]

Track Breakdown #5: Together We Are by Arty & Hindsight by Audien Pt. 2

(This is part 2. For part 1 of this article, click here) Learning the Dorian Mode Let’s look at the A minor scale, which is all white notes starting on A. There is only a one difference between minor and dorian: the sixth. In a minor scale, the 6th scale tone is a minor sixth […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Madeon’s “Imperium”

Welcome to the fourth installment of our tutorial series, Track Breakdown. In this series, we take a take a popular song, dissect it, trying to figure what makes that song work. I aim to teach you the techniques used in each track so you apply them to your own productions. In this breakdown, we’ll look […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Kaytranada’s “Got it Good”

Welcome to the third installment of our tutorial series, Track Breakdowns. In this series, we take a look at a wide variety of popular tracks, dissect them, and discover why they work. Ultimately, we aim to teach you the techniques used in each track so that you can apply them to your own productions. In […]

The Theory & Arrangement Behind Cashmere Cat’s “Mirror Maru”

Hey everyone, welcome to the second installment of our newest tutorial series, Track Breakdown. In this series, we’ll take a look at a wide variety of popular tracks, dissect them, and discover why they work. Ultimately, we aim to teach you the techniques used in each track so that you can apply them to your […]