Why your drops SUCK Pt. 1: Call and Response | Production Tutorial

  • Published on Sep 9, 2019
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Comments • 301

  • Barely Alive
    Barely Alive  2 months ago +524

    I’ve always wondered why our drops suck. This video explained everything, thanks!!!

    • not an animation channel
      not an animation channel 2 months ago +2

      I loved behomoth, but found it a bit plain as I listened to it more

    • xaswadx
      xaswadx 2 months ago +1

      why all of you in disciple just making riddim only ??? :(

    • Juan Blas Ulloa
      Juan Blas Ulloa 2 months ago

      Scary monster and terror squad you love this songs thats funny

    • Lilbruh
      Lilbruh 2 months ago +3

      Bruh he hearted his own comment

  • Jose Meraz
    Jose Meraz 23 hours ago

    I don't see any comments about those BEAUTIFUL flowers!!!!!

    BITFYRE 12 days ago +1

    I always use call and response in my drops. But they still suck, it's like I know EXACTLY what tone I want in a bass or overall rhythm, but when I try to execute that its either super muddy or just mediocre overall.

  • James Hainer-Violand
    James Hainer-Violand 20 days ago

    Great first 10 seconds.. love the creativity.. keep it gritty..and ADHD

  • Doctor Mìx
    Doctor Mìx 24 days ago

    I finally found the right platform

  • Nexus [GD]
    Nexus [GD] 26 days ago

    pretty flower :)

  • Jelani Smit
    Jelani Smit Month ago

    are those midi patterns on the skyscrapers in the background in the intro?

  • Metawolf
    Metawolf Month ago

    so here it is that, thank you, 10 years I puzzled over this question)))

  • RSK
    RSK Month ago

    yo i like crankin like that alot. gives it a sliding feel. i dig it.

  • Erosin
    Erosin Month ago

    Drop part 2 boys

  • henrik kruse
    henrik kruse 2 months ago

    So Skrillex made the first dubstep.😂😂😂 better keep your paperroute😂.
    Dubstep originated from England in the 90´.

    • Chief Big
      Chief Big Month ago

      Zomboy* stupid autocorrect

    • Chief Big
      Chief Big Month ago +1

      henrik kruse that’s the joke. Especially when he refers to zombie being the second person

  • Sam Borton
    Sam Borton 2 months ago +1

    thinking zomboy is an example of good dubstep FeelsWeirdMan

  • Pharmalade Cream
    Pharmalade Cream 2 months ago

    Nice. A decent Dubstep tutorial only 5 years after I quit producing dubstep :P

  • PathFinder
    PathFinder 2 months ago +1

    that's an epic flower

    anime uwu

  • Houston7001
    Houston7001 2 months ago +1

    Yooooo, when you releasing that version of Crankin?

  • TriggerMode
    TriggerMode 2 months ago

    Bro can we get a template?

  • Y0nex
    Y0nex 2 months ago

    Thank you barely alive!!

  • Decayed Dash
    Decayed Dash 2 months ago +2

    That is one pretty badass flower.

  • Freezeツ
    Freezeツ 2 months ago


  • Cornelium
    Cornelium 2 months ago

    So basically tension and resolution from Andrew Huang?

  • M1ntberrycrunch
    M1ntberrycrunch 2 months ago

    the second one is "terror squad by zomboy". So Skrillex made the first 2 dubstep drops

    • TheRealThugnificent
      TheRealThugnificent 2 months ago

      They're just two guys doing as best they can in a very competitive business.

  • Ralf Rauhe
    Ralf Rauhe 2 months ago

    Nice shirt dude

  • tibo
    tibo 2 months ago

    Haha yee i can imagine you standing there thinkin ‘man if i make a video on drops, maybe these guys will get good’ hahahahahaha

  • Neural Tech
    Neural Tech 2 months ago

    Bruh, did you make a video for yourself... that shit is whack.

  • Acker Kartoffel
    Acker Kartoffel 2 months ago +5

    when your drops duck make progressive music

    • Drew K
      Drew K 2 months ago +1

      thats a silly pun I like silly puns :- )

  • Mikausitis
    Mikausitis 2 months ago

    U suck!

  • Raigou
    Raigou 2 months ago

    LOL "call and reponse came from africa" - that's when i stopped watching.

  • Shane
    Shane 2 months ago

    You were joking about the Skrillex invented dubstep comment right?

    • Dubbsteppa21
      Dubbsteppa21 2 months ago

      obviously skrillex would have been about 8 when dubstep was invented

  • Onauc C
    Onauc C 2 months ago +1

    So how does Silence play into this? I make DnB, and very often have some huge growly bass playing that often goes for a bit more than 2 bars, with a reverb tail. Then, the rest of the 4 bar section is silence with only the drums going on and the reverb tail, maybe. Would the silence there be concidered as "response" or is that something different? I also add some other basses sometimes, to keep it interesting, but don't concider them really part of the "base structure" and mor like "earcandy".

    • Y0nex
      Y0nex 2 months ago

      I believe silence could be considered the response too, I think it depends if it's flowing with the rhythm and stuff like that :D

  • R. H.F.
    R. H.F. 2 months ago

    i actually really fuck with the closing song, stripped back it has somewhat of a psytrance feel if you know what i mean.

  • Amershot
    Amershot 2 months ago

    What are some examples of bad drops?

  • Dab Council
    Dab Council 2 months ago

    Did you say Nice Sprites was the first dubstep song ever created? Please tell me you didnt say that

  • Matthew Abeyta
    Matthew Abeyta 2 months ago

    Thank you

  • Nobody
    Nobody 2 months ago +3

    time for food: he drink a pepsi... lol

  • ramiro sambueza
    ramiro sambueza 2 months ago

    Nice flowor

  • Brodie Matthews
    Brodie Matthews 2 months ago

    Mastering yes or no? please

    MDKAI 2 months ago

    Thank you for explaining this and going through it! So many producers I tell this to have no idea what I mean! (Also because in hilariously bad at teaching lol)

  • Neko
    Neko 2 months ago

    This video Is a complete bullshit men

  • hevquip
    hevquip 2 months ago +1

    That Sudden Death track does have call & response tho: kick drum is the call, bassline is the response

  • dad?
    dad? 2 months ago

    Thanks, skipper. I never could've imagined that deep American slavery undertones would be in a dubstep tutorial.
    10/10 would watch again

  • Draco Dubstep
    Draco Dubstep 2 months ago +6

    I hope hes joking when he said that skrillex and zomboy made the first dubstep songs, they didn't make the first dubstep tunes they popularized it...

    • Maelseom
      Maelseom Month ago

      Are you new here? 😂 It's Barely Alive dude of course it's a joke

    • Drew K
      Drew K 2 months ago +1

      You must be fun at parties

    • Nathan the Pensive
      Nathan the Pensive 2 months ago

      yeah me too

    • Triple _ ST
      Triple _ ST 2 months ago +2

      I was thinking the same think

  • Ellie Skye
    Ellie Skye 2 months ago

    The first song is the judgement in 2003

  • Temmie ;3
    Temmie ;3 2 months ago

    that t-shirt thought

  • a human
    a human 2 months ago

    tfw u realise the only reason Crankin' is one of your favorite BA tracks is because of a concept he just taught you

  • The Greeny Guinea Piggy
    The Greeny Guinea Piggy 2 months ago +14

    me coming out of area 51 knowing how to talk music



  • Ferdinand Madsen
    Ferdinand Madsen 2 months ago +3

    First dubstep song from Skrillex? Tf,no. First one I know is a rare one is from 1999. Cant remember name though

    • Shane
      Shane 2 months ago

      @ben g cool bro

    • ben g
      ben g 2 months ago

      @Shane Matt said that (incorrectly). Ferdinand Madsen corrected him, saying that dubstep has existed for much longer. I added to Ferdinand's comment and identified the cause of Matt's misconception by indicating that, while Skrillex did not invent dubstep, he both popularized it and revolutionized it.

    • Shane
      Shane 2 months ago

      @ben g he says Skrillex invented dubstep

    • ben g
      ben g 2 months ago

      @Shane How is that not what he said?

    • Shane
      Shane 2 months ago

      @ben g not what he said

  • Hidden Hope
    Hidden Hope 2 months ago

    I believe skream invented dubstep

  • Kroenoss
    Kroenoss 2 months ago

    I like your anime uwu shirt

  • brando dubs
    brando dubs 2 months ago

    yoooo this was actually super helpful, thank you

  • Christyn Pienaar
    Christyn Pienaar 2 months ago

    History of dubstep - skrillex aint the first , maybe in america - not world - loso.estranky.sk/clanky/history.html

  • Deadflash Bros
    Deadflash Bros 2 months ago

    Nice flower

  • Дмитрий Левандовский

    > always high synths is suck
    Listen to Getter's What the Freak EP

  • Jesus Soto
    Jesus Soto 2 months ago

    WoW the last 2 songs hit the spot

  • shivam singh
    shivam singh 2 months ago

    It's just me or RIDDIM sucks!?

  • Finn Prince
    Finn Prince 2 months ago

    Another trick for drops: make it get really intense, then get it to settle down. So theres an epic riser, then SSSSSsssss...... (hard to explain). I made a track when i was 11 and i sucked at drops so i used this tactic. Its pretty useful. Im not plugging my soundcloud, this is just an example. this is the track i made when i was 11:


  • Bryce Becker
    Bryce Becker 2 months ago +1

    Please make more video tutorials like this

  • Applehead Defender
    Applehead Defender 2 months ago

    Nice shirt :D

  • Wsh
    Wsh 2 months ago +11

    The flower is really pretty :)

  • Nick Neutronz
    Nick Neutronz 2 months ago


  • AguaCado
    AguaCado 2 months ago

    I'd like to entertain the idea that behemoth does have very strong rhythmic call and response. In it's most basic sense, call and response can simply be a repetition of what was already "said" with some variation. That variation could anything from simply repeating it twice similar to what behemoth actually does. Call and response is really just another way to categorize the essential elements of story telling which is rise and fall. The first two "1-2-3." Beats of that main sound in behemoth are conclusive, and dont really have much tension other than the fact that its repeated twice (once on kick, another on snare), but when we get to the 3rd beat where it goes "1-2-3-4, 1-2-3", that "1-2-3-4" section contrasts with the previous two beats because it has that 4th hit which "leads" the ear to the first hit of the next little "1-2-3" bit. Because it has that leading beat and takes away the silence of the 4th beat (which GIVES the "1-2-3" that conclusive feeling), its tenses the phrase a bit, preparing for the next "1-2-3" hit. I think I would consider this the most baseline form or call and response.