If you’ve even considered making music of any kind, including electronic tunes, chances are it’s because you’re already deep into the scene in one way another. In fact, it would be very odd if you decided you wanted to be behind the scenes creating electro bops if you’re not already devoting a lot of time to listening to music from many different artists working in many different genres.
If you’re not already doing a lot of sonic exploring when it comes to listening to everything you can get your hands on (which should be pretty much everything, as streaming platforms like Spotify have made accessing songs easier than ever), you must. If you are, great! But it might be time to start organizing how you listen and thinking about what you’re hearing as well.
Take some time to create a list of everything you want to hear, and then slowly begin ticking items off. Lookup lists that highlight the most innovative, most important, or simply just the best electronic songs and albums of all time. Look at what tracks have gone on to become big hits, or which records have won major awards. You might not get to everything worth hearing all at once, but these rankings and advice from experts can be great places to start.
While you’re listening, don’t just enjoy the tracks, think about them. What elements can you hear coming together in the background? If you’ve already started playing around with production software, can you tell what instruments and samples were used in the creation of a song? Also, think about the lyrics (if there are any), about what makes them interesting, what hooks you as a listener, and what these tracks have that yours do not.