Watch: How to recreate Calvin Harris’ ‘Slide’
Calvin Harris‘s hit-single ‘Slide‘ has been nothing short of incredible. Reaching Platinum certification in 8 different countries, the track was one of Harris’ most successful songs of 2017, leaving producers and DJ’s alike, wondering how Harris fabricated the summer feel-good anthem. After Harris posted a short video in late-March last year, showing the song’s production process, London-based music college, Point Blank Music School have delivered a video of their own, giving fans a deeper insight into the famous track’s creation.
Hosted by lead course developer Ski Oakenfull and his assistant, Carly, the two delve into each of ‘Slide’s individual elements. The video starts off with the description of the synths Harris used for the song; Sequential Circuits’ Prophet 5, the PPG Wave 2.2 and Roland’s Jupiter 8. Using Ableton Live 10 and the Ableton Live Push hardware, Ski begins explaining the track’s chord progressions and even gives a quick lesson on music theory. Ski also uses a variety of plugins including Arturia’s Prophet V3 and Native Instruments’ Kontakt 5 to achieve the most accurate sound possible.
After leaving his ‘Funk Wav’ sound in 2017, Calvin Harris has kicked off 2018 with a brand-new sound. His latest release ‘Nuh Ready Nuh Ready‘ takes a step in a direction fans aren’t accustom to. While the track initially caught fans by surprise, Harris’ reluctance to return to his ever-popular EDM sound came full circle, when he explained his displeasure with EDM festivals in a recent interview.
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