Magic… Its a word often used by not really intimately understood by the general population. Magic is the process of making amazing things happen strictly based on the will and spirit of man. Magic exists…really. Forget David Blaine and Copperfield, I mean magic in life and specifically in any craft of artistry. The Mona Lisa, the great pyramids and other monoliths are all examples of magic. Magic is an idea, a creative idea externalized in a tangible format for all to experience. An up and coming producer once asked me to mentor him and asked “why is it that your music is felt by so many and so real?” I replied, “magick!”.
The look on his face was incomprehensible before he walked away dumbfounded. If you make beats, look at them as full songs or productions. Songs capture magic of the moment, so should you beats. Hip-hop beats, are unique from other forms of production in lots of ways. First off the bar structure and tempos allow lots of subliminal punch to be added. Dig up som records and get some great “sounds” to add nostalgia to you rap beats. Sampling is okay in hip-hop remember? Be sure not to use any samples that may get you sued. Don’t sample “sex machine” by James Brown or something super obvious. A great composition or song not only contains the heart and soul of an idea and its creator but also skill techniques that cannot be learned precisely, but felt. I consider composition and engineering and my techniques a form of Alchemy.
Strategically manipulating sounds to cause reactions in ones mind and soul simply from sound, it’s “magic”! Music has been proven in laboratory settings to affect brain activity, increase dopamine or decrease them and even affect heart rate! Church service and prayer has been proven to do the same. With mastery of the alchemy of music production comes great responsibility!
Your externalizations affect others as your music is an extension of you. You ever notice some music fits the mood of what you are doing or what mind state you are in? It’s not an accident, its done deliberately. Some music fosters lawlessness, some order and humility. Would you listen to gospel music while leaving the club at 2am after a night of mischievous fun? Probably not. That music would vibe with your souls direction at that moment, Juicy J or Young jeezy would be more fitting. I love music and creating it. I can’t imagine not being an artists. Read, study, and do some research you will discover a strong connection between music, alchemy, Magic, etc. Do your own research, don’t take my word for it, after all…. I’m just a magician
About Joey Cutless
Joey Cutless is a Music Producer, Composer & Engineer that has been a pioneer in online beat sales, TV licensing, and marketing of all things production related for over 15 years.