I listen to all forms of music on a daily basis, but these 10 tunes listed below shaped my view of how I hear, perceive and compose music.
1. M83 – Midnight City
This song to me is special, this is one of those songs that I was afraid to tell people that I liked a few years ago, when I was at the point were I thought genres were cool, and I had to listen and like a certain type of vibe. This song is what made me not want to make any specific genre of music. I was like there’s too much good music out here to make the same shit over and over again. I never heard a tune like this. So when I heard this it kinda blew my mind. This song gives me a natural high and makes me feel good every time I hear it. This to me is the epitome of a good song. I don’t consider this EDM, I just think its beautiful and a very well produced song. Without this song, I don’t think I would’ve appreciated melodic content in electronic music as much as I do now. This tune was a big game changer for me.
2. Metallica – Enter Sandman
This is def one of my favourite tunes. This blew my mind when I heard it. I just like the raw edge and vibe of this one. I’m into a lot of aggressive and dark stuff and this one is just one of those tunes you have to appreciate as a musician.
3. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
This tune is the game changer. One thing I can honestly say is that this went over my head when it first dropped. I wasn’t able to appreciate their genius until years later. The production on this is so forward thinking and left field. I love how there is a sample from every genre in this tune. Prodigy proved decades ago, that you can mash genres together and be successful at doing it. It’s hard to pick one song from them. But this is the one, production-wise, that blew my mind
4. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
This tune is the song that made me fall in love with rock. The whole tune is very emotional, and the content is so on point. I think this is one of those tunes that people can sing word for word, and not even realize they know the words. Just such a good tune
5. Pablo Gad – Hard Times
This is one of my favourite reggae tunes of all time; those deep reggae vibes, the baseline, and the content. One of my favourite tunes to blaze to.
6. The Diplomats – Dipset Anthem ft. Cam’Ron, Juelz Santana
This is one of those tunes that I played 15 times a day. When I first heard it I lost my mind, I never heard anything in hip hop like it. The reggae sample, the energy from start to finish. This tune is just a classic and the beat will always be insane
7. Jay-Z – Can I live
This is my shit right here, this tune is more about the content for me. The beat is rocking as well. But the content was almost like a reflection that was a little too real and vivid. Besides being one of my favourite rappers, this is like that transformation tune. When you stop giving a fuck and just accept things for how they are and keep moving forward. Dope tune
8. Bob Marley – To be Loved
I’m all about reggae music. The hardcore stuff, but more importantly the positive stuff, with content. I think reggae music is the most purist music left. This tune is very special, the beat is on point, and the content is very important. This song still holds true even today. I just love how the message spreads positive vibes.
9. Doctor P – Sweet Shop
This tune blew my mind when I heard it, from an innovation stand point and song structure. I never heard anything like this. I was like WTF. There are a handful of tunes that I wish I had made and this is one of them. This tune is just amazing. It’s old now, but it was very influential and made me want to find out more about electronic music. I just love the contrast in the tune.
10. Skrillex – Scary Monsters
This is the 2nd EDM tune that had me like “wow”. I was like wtf is this… I never heard anything like this. I didn’t know what was going on but yet I was able to nod my head and follow. One thing about me is that I’m kind of an extremist. I either like the chill shit or straight aggro shit and the stuff in the middle never works for me. But back to the tune. This is pretty innovative, whether you like it or not. When this dropped you’d never heard anything like it before. That’s what being an artist is about, trying different shit, and being innovative and placing your emotions into your music. For me, this tune is the epitome of whatever innovation is. It’s just being “you” and making weird next level shit.
DAVID HEARTBREAK is a Generation Bass son but is now signed to Skrillex’s label OWSLA.
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