Ellis Track From Scratch TUTORIAL
In his exclusive course in partnership with Monstercat, Ellis gives us a special detailed view into his workflow and how he gets inspired and stays inspired throughout the production of his music.
After playing the bass guitar in a band for years, the 21-year-old ellis moved into electronic music back in 2016 for the purpose of creating and writing his own music and songs. the London based producer and musician grew to learn how to play the decks next to his bass guitar.
Ellis quickly made a name for himself within the wider electronic house scene, with steady releases like “Clear My Head” and his viral remix of Ed Sheeran’s “shape of you” stacking over 70 million total views on youtube today. The young producer and musician is working hard to share his music across the global electronic scene putting forth one strong production after another characterized by catchy top-lines, engaging bass lines and funky drops.
With official remixes for the likes of Lost Frequencies, James Blunt, Zedd & Katy Perry, NOTD and most recent his official remix of Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love,” Ellis puts forward only the best of the best in electronic music.
Influences by music from early 2000’s such as Zero 7 to modern day influences like Madeon combined with an increase in studio sessions & productions with and for songwriters and musicians across Europe, have resulted in a new emphasis on funk, musicality and indie influences in his sound. Ellis released his debut EP “recollection perspective” this past August.
Total runtime: 3hrs 13mins
DAW: Logic Pro
- Intro Part 1
Ellis starts with the project setup with chords and a beat and bass are laid down to get this track up and running in very quick fashion.
- Intro Part 2
In this chapter, percussion, pads and impacts are added for warmth and atmosphere as the track develops more.
- The Guitar
Light processing is added to the drums and a guitar is picked up, recorded, and processed.
- Pre Chorus
- Creating The Drop
A hefty beat is layered and built to make for a very effective signature drop.
- Building Off The Midi
Continuing to improve the drop, additional chords and bass are added using the initial chord progression as a foundation.
- Working The Bass
Ellis reworks the new bass line for punch and character and additional harmonies are included to liven and drive the track.
- Recording Bass
Ellis records live bass guitar licks to accentuate the track.
- Processing The Bass
Ellis shapes and edits the bass recording with more mixing and effects processing.
Ellis adds additional guitar licks to pair with the newly recorded and processed bass.
- Adding Elements
In this chapter, Ellis adds fills, more sonic layers and transitions to sweeten the entire sound track.
Ellis further enhances bass and guitar elements to bring them out in the overall mix.
- Preparing To Mix
Improvements are made to the piano and various other elements to clean up the project and prepare the track for a proper mix down.
- Finishing Touches
- Final Mix + Master
Ellis does final mixing tweaks and a basic mastering chain complete the entire musical idea.