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Where Did UK Drill Start? The History of UK Drill

Where Did UK Drill Start? The History of UK Drill

UK drill music originated in London, specifically in the South London area, in the early 2010s. The genre is heavily influenced by Chicago drill music, so before we dive into UK drill it's only right we talk about Chicago! Chicago drill music was popularised around 2010-2011 by artists such as Chief Keef, Lil Reese, and Lil Durk, who were among the first to gain mainstream recognition for their music. These artists, who were primarily from the South Side of Chicago, began to gain a following through their music videos on YouTube and their mixtapes on platforms such as Datpiff. Chicago drill was...

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How To Pick The Best Drum Samples For UK Drill Beats

How To Pick The Best Drum Samples For UK Drill Beats

When it comes to creating UK Drill beats, the drums are arguably the most important element. They provide the backbone for the entire track and set the tone for the entire production. Choosing the right drum samples is crucial for creating a polished and professional sound. In this blog post, we'll take a look at some tips for selecting the best drum samples for your UK Drill beats. Consider the tempo of the beat: UK Drill beats typically have a tempo range of 140-160 BPM. If you're using any sort of MIDI or loop to start the groove, make sure...

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The ULTIMATE guide to Royalty Free Loops & Melodies

The ULTIMATE guide to Royalty Free Loops & Melodies

If you’ve ever come across a “Royalty Free” loop or melody you might’ve asked yourself one of these three questions: What the hell is a royalty? Do I have to pay the original creator anything? Can I officially release music if I’ve used a royalty free loop? You’re not alone, and with the rise of loop-makers and sample library companies over the past few years Producers are constantly targeted with marketing campaigns for royalty free loops, melodies, and MIDIs, but what does it mean? What is a royalty? Let me start with explaining what a royalty is: “A royalty is...

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Are FREE BEATS really free?

Are FREE BEATS really free?

Are FREE BEATS really free? Have you ever seen or downloaded a beat labelled as “free” online? If you’re an Artist, chances are you have, whether it was from on YouTube, BeatStars, or a Producer’s website.  But what does the term “Free Beat” actually mean? And are they actually free to use in your works? Here I break down the differences between free beats and paid ones, and what to look out for when shopping for productions online. I’m a full-time Producer who leases and sells beats online, but that hasn’t always been the case. Years ago I started my...

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