We caught up with one of our idols, songwriter and producer Emre Türkmen of the British synth-pop act Years & Years, to chat about his songwriting methods and inspiration. Sometimes, it can all start with a beat...
I got into music through The Beatles and then I wanted to become a guitar player, so I bought myself a Les Paul knockoff which weighed a ton, and started learning guitar. I learned the Nirvana MTV Unplugged album back to front.
I just made music in my room. I was too shy, but that meant that I had to learn how to do everything myself, so by the time I got to a place where I was like ‘I’m getting bored, I want to do something with other people,’ I was sort of ready.
I generally start with beats, I could sit around making beats all day.
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You can audition a kick sample for 5 hours instead of writing a song. When you have a DrumBrute Impact you’ll be surprised by how much variation and opportunity you have. You’ll be ten times more creative than if you have ten times more options.
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We were incredibly grateful to chat with Emre, and wondered if he had any parting advice to musicians out there who are struggling to find, or keep their musical inspiration going.
Doing something is better than thinking about ‘what’s the right thing to do,’ because coming up with ideas isn’t easy, but that’s the fun bit. But finishing stuff is the difficult part, and what you’ll find is if you finish things you’ll be absolutely shocked as to where it leads. Even if it’s something I think Years & Years won’t like, I finish it.
A) You’ll feel better.
B) You’ll likely end up with something that’s great.
C) You’ll end up learning something.
If I was going to have a t-shirt with a slogan about recording, it would be ‘FINISH IT.
Years & Years are currently on their Palo Santo 2018-19 World Tour, so be sure to catch them in a city near you!
If you’d like to find out more about Emre’s latest beat-making flame, check out our dedicated DrumBrute Impact page.