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Deconstructing Hit Songs: Drum Production

Producing Drums in Different Genres

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This course will give the viewer a better idea of how drum beats are constructed in some of the biggest songs in various electronic music genres. The viewer will learn how to analyze drum beats and transcribe them so it is easier to recreate drum beats they hear, and they will also learn more about how drum beats are arranged throughout the course of a song. During this process they will learn about what drum kits are typically used as starting points for certain genres, how to program drum fills of different types, and how to import and warp songs they may want to transcribe in the future.

Lessons topics include:

  • Importing and Transcribing Beats
  • Transcribing: “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar (Hip-Hop)
  • Analyzing the Arrangement: “Humble”
  • Transcribing: “How Deep is Your Love” by Calvin Harris ft. Disciples (House)
  • Analyzing the Arrangement: “How Deep is Your Love”
  • Transcribing: “Open Your Eyes” by Carl Cox (Techno)
  • Other Tricks in “Open Your Eyes”
  • Transcribing: “Make it Bun Dem (Laudz Trap Remix)" by Skrillex & Damian Marley (Trap)
  • Fills and Arrangement: “Make it Bun Dem”


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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