Steve Tidebeck has been very busy, for a person who doesn’t exist. As part of an experiment, he decided to see what would happen if he grabbed some vocals and then wrote songs around them. The usual way most musicians compose songs is to create a chord progression, then add bass, drums, and additional parts to get the sound and mood established. The vocals are usually added after.
But what happens when you start with a vocal part only, and then add the chords around it? In fact, what happens if you use a vocal track without any idea of what the original song sounds like? That is the experiment that Steve Tidebeck, a funky white boy from Sunshine Island, has been up to. Combining his favorite elements of retro house style and electro pop, he is putting together a catalog of house diva mixes until his Blend account is full.
There’s something about pop music that’s just plain fun, and Steve finds it rather enjoyable to knock out a mix late at night every couple of weeks. Not too dense, sparse and steady, just like the music played in clubs before the advent of EDM and chick-a-boom songs that never modulate. A drum fill every once in a while. Vocals without the trendy and annoying auto-tune digital processing that makes otherwise perfectly good vocalists sound like aliens.
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