An opening song - then straight off with a rush. No crazy built-ups, just a short intro and you're straight into it.
"Taking trance music to new highs" - Reidt
How The Song Came Together
I wanted to blend trance and psytrance with more rock elements. And I had an idea. We talk about pressure in music but what if we represented that musically? How would that sound?
I knew it needed 3 things - Tension, Release, consistency. This to me makes up what I feel under Pressure. It's the constant tension and release motion creating the pressure. So when the drop hits, it's very quick - piercing through. But then it releases.
What makes this special is the production. Going from a mono (Central) to a wide stereo picture. So the release moves in and the tension expands wide into the stereo field. But it's not that simple. Pressure can we interpreted in many ways and this is where the cymbals and drum n bass elements come in.
Forming the backbone of the piece is psytrance. This helps it push through and you feel the pumping. But when you incorporate elements of drum n, bass the piece takes a new form. Things are flying left right and centre - but now lets add my signature GTR leads.
Engineered to sound like piercing heavy machinery - the GTRs are screaming at you. But then all of a sudden it's all over. And a Cathy sparkling lead takes its place. It's the release. I want to feel like I'm floating. that I'm weightless - a lot light-headed. As things take a new turn.
Trance is a symbol of euphoria. Originally meant to be a GTR solo section, but with such heavy GTR I wanted something more vulnerable. A friend of mine plays the basson and we decided to give it a go. A beautiful breath instrument and something we should experiment more. With low tones of brass but the sweet sutility of a violin - it worked perfectly.
From that moment, I wanted to take things in a different direction,. Listening to your heart, the muse. That's what helped me create the unique breakdown section. There are no genres or frames to put music that you create from your heart. It's a moment of joy when you feel a sense of happiness. Blending the old with the new, a trance love note.
Letting the tides to swing, the effects to take over - something that was created in the mixing stage. Yes that's right - the original didn't have that. It was a moment in the mixing process that we experimented with and it worked out well to blend things together.
Building up into the closing section - a reimagination of the first drop. But now it's a moment of control. This is what I wanted to represent. Yes, you experienced Pressure but throughout this journey, you developed and matured and now you can experience Pressure in a new perspective - and what may have felt uncomfortable or even overwhelming at first now becomes a pastime and you pump your way to heaven.
What you'll notice is two differnent version of Pressure. Part 1 and Part 2. This is because the first one was mixed and mastered by Luca Pretolesi - a renowed mixing engineer. And the other through Nix pr from Panara Mixing.
Why the use of external mixing engineers?
Well quite simple, you need to know when you need help and this one of those songs. There were cretain things within the first mix I wasn't 100% on and I knew the direction I wanted to go in but was having diffucilty figuring that part out. How do I get it to the place I know it can be.
Nic was a huge help with this - it took a lot of back and forth. A time when we couldn't leave the house, that didn't really help much. But we found a way and perservied.