When it comes to creating and learning electronic music production, deconstruction videos are one of the best learning methods available. Point Blank caught up with London-based producer and songwriter TIEKS – the man behind last summer’s smash “Sunshine” ft Dan Harkna. Despite his modest solo discography, TIEKS has production credits with a host of artists and certainly masters the craft. Check out the video below for one of the most information-packed videos as TIEKS takes us through the project on Logic Pro step-by-step. If you’d like to get into producing using Logic yourself, there’s no better place to start than with Point Blank’s Intro to Music Production course.
TIEKS made his name as a producer in the more traditional sense, working with the likes of Florence and the Machine and Duke Dumont (he worked on the former’s ‘Hardest of Hearts’ from her breakout debut and on Dumont’s number one track ‘Need U (100%)’). While his solo career may only be few releases deep, all of them have been certified bangers. “Sunshine” was released on Ministry of Sound and it soon became 2017’s summer favourite for many.
In this deconstructional video, TIEKS goes through each element of the track with remarkable thoroughness, passing on tips on the make-up of the drum pattern, it’s relationship with his bass parts along with mixing and effects flourishes that really give the rhythm section movement. One fascinating aspect is his breakdown of the parts that are essentially inaudible but improve the track almost intangibly, in this case backing vocals from Kelly Lee and long single-note lead lines in the mould of many a Chicago house classic.
TIEKS also extolls the virtue of his favourite plate reverb from the 1960s and the use of virtual tape machines, and he drops several priceless nuggets of information via metaphor, including why producing is like cooking and gain staging should be considered the onions and garlic of the operation. Perhaps most importantly, he tells us about the conceptual make-up of the song, the balance between light and dark and why you must put the needs of the song before your own whims as a producer.