Deconstructing Hit Songs: King's Dead

by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake

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In this course, we deconstruct production techniques from the hit song, “King's Dead”, by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake. The 2nd half of the song starting around 2:32 brings in a completely different oddly syncopated beat with distorted 808 kick drums, a reversed flute or synth sample, and at several moments in the arrangement the lead vocal has an overdub that is an octave lower. The objective of this course is to demonstrate various ways that these techniques can be accomplished in Ableton Live.

Your Instructor

Thavius Beck
Thavius Beck

Thavius Beck is an electronic musician, producer and performer that's worked with countless musicians including Nine Inch Nails, Skylar Grey, Saul Williams, The Mars Volta and many more. Thavius is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer and has instructed hundreds of Live students through teaching courses at several music institutes, giving one-on-one lessons and holding dozens of Ableton Live workshops throughout the country.

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