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Lose My Mind
on: March 03, 2019, 15:56:21
« Last Edit: March 03, 2019, 22:54:44 by Zedd »
Hi Kitcheners...


Every now and again a certain madness takes hold of me and I take on a mix that is more than just piano and vocal(s). And of course I leave so long between mixes like this that I have to relearn all the stuff I learned last time and I do go slightly demented during the process. This one has taken a long time - largely because I put it down a number of times and have worked on it in fits and starts.. It is appropriately called "Lose my Mind", built around the first two lines, uttered to me by a football fan after suffering defeat in the All Ireland final after their 11th (I think) loss in a final since their last win in 1951! This is not, however, a song about football  ;D ;D


Huge thanks to @Jambrains for his patient advice in the background as I asked him stupid questions and made him listen to crappy mixes  :ok: ..


All and any comments very welcome.


https://soundcloud.com/monnodb/lmm


Lose my Mind


It's not the losing that I hate
It's the constant hope that's killing me
As I pick myself up off the floor
I find I want to try once more
I close my ears to logic
Cos the odds are not what's willing me on
It's my crazy stubborn need to show you
I'm the one who wants it most


Watch me lose my mind in pursuit of my soul
Seek perfection but want so much more
As I chase unattainable goals
I walk away alone


It's not the winning that I crave
It's the fear of giving up that's driving me
So what if my delusion gets right under your skin
Don't you know that I am happily ignoring
All of your advice for me
Cos I'd rather own my failures and listen to my sage within


Watch me lose my mind in pursuit of my soul
Seek perfection but want so much more
As I chase unattainable goals
I walk away alone


I walk my walk and you won't stop me
Just sit back, enjoy the ride
To know best must be a burden
Throw it off and take my side




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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #1 on: March 03, 2019, 16:41:18
Hi @Zedd... I'd got two thirds through a post about this then click the wrong button and lost it all.
So I'm doing it all over again.  :doublebonk:

I like the piano sound in the intro, it has a bit of drive or distortion in it that gives it a nice edge
The hi-hat comes in just at the right place.
I'm finding the snare hit a bit too much, I even lose a bit of the intelligibility of the first line as you seem quite back in mix at this point.
A nice hand over from piano to guitar.
Something weird happens with the drum pattern at around 0:53, it makes you think 'what happened there' ( and in a few more places at times)
Driving piano is good again
I like the synthy descending, maybe the driven beat could be backed off or changed to give more dynamic contrast in this section.
It also sets you up nicely then for when the guitar comes back in as you would get a dynamic lift then.
It shows in the synth section how you can hear the Vox much more clearly so maybe you need to boost Vox in the first verse if you want ot keep the insistent snare.
Love the guitar in the bridge
Ummm the more I get on I feel the drum track actually lets down what is a fine song. It would be great to get a real drummer to play in a part for you.
You always do a good job on your harmonies and this time is no exception.
It's nice to hear a fade as it works on a track like this.
Interesting lyrics and well sung too.

Good Job

 ::OSMAN:: ::OSMAN:: ::OSMAN::






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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 13:03:14
I know you've been grinding on this one.  ;) Are you ready to grind on it a little more?

Here are my thoughts:

The piano intro is processed differently than the rest of the piano and it doesn't transition quite right to my ears. Could be as simple as a gain adjustment but I think it has something to do with the processing. I really like the rest of the piano a lot.

I love these vocals...especially how you mixed in the supporting vocals.

I also love the supporting synth stuff...very cool movement there.

I agree with @MrBouzouki about the drums.....there are a few spots where they distract. I think with some careful editing (nudging) you could solve those issues. The song would not work without the drums, though.

I love the song......it's definitely you. Love the fade out.....I might even stretch it for longer.

You could happily ignore all his advice and listen to your sage within and still have a good song.  ;) ;D

 :) :) :)

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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 18:54:48
Hi @Zedd

I love the freshness of this work, I love it.
That voice is more than enough as an instrument!
A truly danceable pop, easy to hum ... and the chorus is immediately put on your tongue...  ::thumb::
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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #4 on: March 06, 2019, 13:48:50
Really like this.  Interesting mix, cool vocals  and really like the lyrics!


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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #5 on: March 06, 2019, 17:37:06
Thank you @DavidHutton - much appreciated..


@Mora Amaro La Loba - thanks so much - you are too kind!


@Leonard Scaper Thanks a mill... I've changed the piano and brought it in line with the piano in the first verse and brought the level down a bit. I actually had it that way first but backed off the reverb a bit and I think I overdid it. The piano later after the choruses is a little dryer but I don't think I want to change them... hmmmm..


The drums... I find the drums really really hard and I agree they're needed here and I hear you and @MrBouzouki .... but I'm not sure I have the skills to make any significant improvement.. I'll give it some listens to see if anything jumps out at me that I can adjust... or just get a real human drummer :)!!


Thanks Mr B for the detailed listen and comments. Very much appreciated..


Thanks again all!


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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #6 on: March 06, 2019, 17:56:33
That piano intro really sounds right to my ears now. Nice work there


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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #7 on: March 08, 2019, 18:59:22
What a strong lyrics! Zedd you are wonderful  ::heart:: ::heart:: ::heart:: ::heart:: ::heart:: ::heart::
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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #8 on: March 09, 2019, 17:49:42
Thanks @Leonard Scaper .. v much appreciated..


@Goatrelated - thanks so much! Always an honour to get a  ::heart:: or two from you. You, in fact, are wonderful to support us all! Thank you!




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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #9 on: March 10, 2019, 00:27:44
As others have said.. great piano playing... I love the off-key vocals....
Nice.


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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #10 on: March 10, 2019, 02:04:57
@Zedd  !! You've been mixing again!! Cool!
I must say I think I can hear you are more and more into understanding how that process works, sounds great imo! No nitpicks from my side, I just hear personal unique choices that sound great to me.
First impression: nice song, unusual chord progression is what comes to me. And I like that a lot!
Have to listen a few more times to come up with useful critique. What's the parts/choices you're sure/unsure about?
Anyway I loved listening to a new original from your camp!! Keep them coming!!  ;) ;)
Cheers!
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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #11 on: March 12, 2019, 17:10:07
Hi, let me first say that I like your sound,. I like the sound of your voice, the sound of your piano playing, I like the lyric a lot, and most of all I like the sound of the recording. With such a wonderful recording sound I would love to do a collaboration with you if you would want to.

Lovely song.

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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #12 on: March 12, 2019, 19:37:56
@Zedd  what a great song!!!  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::

that synth sound is awesome

absolutely stunningly lovely this song, in the first part, first half of the track the vocal could 'shine through' even more, volumewise
in my opinion, or....on this listen i just had  ::headphone:: ::headphone:: ::headphone:: ::headphone:: ::headphone::

and, i agree with @Leonard Scaper ....the chorus repeats at the end could go on longer, just stunning  :o :o :o :o :o :o  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #13 on: March 13, 2019, 22:24:09
Decent rock tune, good stuff


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Re: Lose My Mind
Reply #14 on: March 15, 2019, 22:58:59
Thanks @realkevm - decent works for me :)!


@irwin  - thanks for your lovey comments, particularly on the production (I'm not used to that :)! ).. Sorry I have no time for new collabs I'm afraid but thank you for thinking of me..


@Mar T. - ah thanks... No nothing specific, just anything that pokes your ear really... Thanks re the production stuff...... I find it so hard, it's great to get some good feedback on it..


@Dutchbeat thanks so much! Hear you on the volume of the vox - still tweaking it would appear :)! Much appreciated!


@jmacdon - thanks a mill, although I'm not sure that "love" and "off key" belong in the same sentence  ;D ;D


Thanks all - delighted with the feedback, and working on the suggested tweaks..


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