DADA LIFE LISTENS TO YOUR DEMOS: ROUND 3

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Well well well… we didn’t expect to get as many as we did in 24hrs. Over 1,500 demos!!! It’s taken us a while to get through as many as we can. Not possible to go through them all so stay tuned for Round 4. Overall the level of production is really good, less dubstep tracks than the last time we did this. We would say the main tip for people is to simplify ideas in the song.. overall too many ideas in one track. Stick with one good one and expand the idea from there!

If your song is mentioned, please feel free to add a link to it in the comments so people can listen, we didn’t want to offer a download of your tracks unless you were ok with it!

Here are the Round 3 Awards

  • Dada Land Citizen Award goes to: Auratic – The Beast
  • Best Surprise Drop Award goes to: Ayin M – Go High
  • Best Melody Award goes to: John Bauman – The Nerve
  • Best Name Award goes to: BalaclavAntelopes
  • Best Overall Best Track Award goes to: Classic Roots – Coconut Kills



  • See if your track made he cut…here’s as many as we could get through!



  • 4th Effect – Energy – Nice Deep house melody and groove.. not something we’d play, until they forget the bananas on the rider!
  • 5olDios – Lucid – Sounds like one of the synths are out of tune.. interesting as digital synths.
  • Albaek- Genreless – Nice piano and sound design… not one we’d play but a cool track.
  • Ale Q – Yeah – Nice track!
  • Alex Chen – Castaway – Need to replace that snare and work on the overall mix
  • Alex Now – Fire – Like this one… but animals bleep and tsunami synth two good sounds, not sure when you add them it makes it twice as good.
  • Alex Orange and Ozan Yk – Holy Shit – Very nice track..
  • Alexander Stjarnkog – Creatures – Like the melody and chords a lot.. quite poppy but nice. Sounds like an old arcade game, and we like arcade games
  • Apecz – Devastator – Work on the mastering to balance the build up and the drop
  • Ason ID – Memories – work on the kick to sit better with the whole track
  • Auratic – The Beast – AWESOME! Such a fun track.. nice chords, sounds and production. Certainly different! You’re a pro, we like your sounds.. if we owned an elevator, this would be the music we play.
  • Ayin M – Go High – Like it, interesting Formant lead first drop. Cool!
  • b3artrax – Zero 2 Sixty – We love stops and the overall idea of the song is solid, but when you combine but the sound you use to fill the gap, change to something with more edge and not so generic.
  • Batashi – Euphrobeat – Nice melody sounds like 1998, drop sounds like 201.. not sure they play well together.
  • Bagro – Ardor – Artist and track name sounds like two characters from Lord of the Rings! Nice tension in the build up. Track is good.. need to work on the overall production to step it up. We would have played this if it had better production.
  • Basshous3 – Call 101 – If you want to be called Basshouse, need to work on the bass.. lots missing down there!
  • Ben Rowdy – Rawdica – Harmonies are trying to be advanced, but perhaps too different it doesn’t work.. nothing to hook onto in it.
  • Brouengo – Drop It – Lot of a good ideas in here, just need to work on the production. Use a new snare sound also 😉
  • Brobot – The Apex of the Vortex – Good idea, keep working on the mix
  • BTRK – Must Be It – We love distortion, but it sounds like the monitors are broken
  • Buscher – New Year’s Eve – The track never starts, just a massive break.. give us a drop! Extra point for the female vocal sample, we like that!
  • Buzz Yeagger – Moonlight Rising (Dubstep Remix) – No comment
  • Cairo’s Underground – ABBOUD – Wins the award for the shortest track.. we did say finished tracks only!
  • Caius and Fabian – Absolute Riot – Nice!! Good melody, good sounds (but not the Nintendo sound, can loose that)
  • Candy Drops – Sweet & Sour – Melody and harmony sound familiar, which might not be a bad thing… the drop could sound great in a club, hard to tell on our studio speakers.
  • ChaseKyle – Magic – No every sound needs to be in front, try to make room for each sound
  • Christian Navar – One Night In Memory Lane – Like the feeling of a old computer game, just don’t like the sound of it.
  • Chubby & Sebastian – NOSD – Don’t phase invert the guitar to achieve stereo width.. instead record two guitar takes. Press the mono button and you’ll hear what we mean;)
  • Cloudy – Sky – Replace the drums sounds (except the kick).. like the stutter, choppy sound.. that’s nice
  • Club DP – Bells From Heaven – Good title, but no bells! Wins the Nobells prize
  • Classic Roots – Coconut Kills – Love the goingy sound.. old techno vibe. GREAT TRACK! We might start playing this track.
  • Cymantik – Beautiful Build – TOOOOO LOOOONNNGGGGG
  • Dack – What’s The Remote – For us, the side chain was a little too much
  • Danieloski – If Only – Check the harmony, goes out of key for a moment there. Lead line is a big annoying after a while, switch up the sound
  • Damian M – Stars – Amazing productions for the drop, the sounds are great.. the melody isn’t that interesting, but it’s close!
  • David SC – Hey! – Again only finished tracks (oh and please use stereo)
  • Deep Space – 1-7-14 – Feels like it’s slower than the tempo it is and that’s not a good thing.. but extra points for writing a song in a major key
  • Demo MG – ONLY ORIGINALS
  • Disco Dancer – GDM – like the humor in the track, but it’s not fun
  • DiZy – Turbine – Find a better piano sound and add some reverb. But keep going!
  • Dharma Initiative – Mary Poppins – Needs to be original! But like the title
  • DJ Ethan – Emergency – Keep working on your mixes.. simplify the idea down
  • DJ Faded Tosto – Fade with the music – Watch the tuning on the synths and keep the track in one key.. unless they are related keys.
  • DJ Bughy – Earthquake – Ideas are there, work on the production
  • DJ Gnirts – Give It Some – Like the jungle sounds, not the drum and bass style, but the actual jungle
  • DJ Modeo & Authryse – Energy – the the dynamics in the piano.. good it’s not on full velocity. Did you know the piano was the first instrument that could be loud and quiet.. was originally called the Pianoforte
  • Dmitry Hertz Carton – Haven’t heard that snare fill since 1990 with the synth.. too many ideas in the song.
  • Dub Chemist – Total Destruction – keep working on this mix
  • Duo Excimo – Parallax – Work on the mix, replace that lead synth sound
  • DyLan – Transport – Sounds like a best of track from the last few years.. pressure remix, Avicii, triplet drop
  • Epic Cheesy Toast – Framework – I want a epic cheesy toast..hmmm. Like the lead hooks sound, but just can’t connect with the track, sound gets a little tiresome after a while.
  • Espectro – Nicotine – Don’t like that cymbal sound, maybe use a snare. But overall sound groove on this track.
  • Fabian Azzano – Meteor – the “Pyong” sound needs to much more unique or edgy.. track is only bass and that sound so it needs to stand up
  • Gack – Break Free – Not always complex rhythms work.. try dancing to that! 🙂
  • GiraphosorusFunk – Giraffes With Guns – Don’t like this track, but do like the name!
  • George B feat Gabby Carreiro – Rock ’n’ Rave – Vocals! Repeat the vocal phrase at 1:50 one more time into the drop.. that’s catchy! Really nice track and production overall.
  • GeorgeMuzz – Inception – Sounds like Tiesto – Flight 643.. too much like that
  • Grabbitz – When The Beat Drops – Production is really good.. stab in the drop is great! Simplify the ideas in the song.
  • Grand Lvx – West Coast – Like the vocal, reminds us of 90’s hardcore dance… could sounds massive on a club sound system
  • Harry Ristesky – ID -hollowing in the low end.. Missing around 120hz
  • Heiner Solis – HeiMark – Keep making music, this one’s not so good, but nice ideas in there
  • Hilmi – BITCH – You’re going to get there.. put more time into the production
  • Houzebr3aker – Bowl – Not a finished track
  • Jace Mek – Twirl – we like melodies
  • Jack Patsalos – Dust – Really nice track.. keep making music
  • Johan Lindback – Open Skies – You have the ideas, but you need to improve the production
  • John Bauman – The Nerve – REALLY good melody in the break.. but the drop isn’t connected to the break, like two separate tracks. Maybe just add the melody back over the drop.. Work on that and you could have a great track
  • Johnny Goodboy – Inspiration – Break is good, drop needs to be simplified
  • Karon and ELP – Stunning – Change the limiter so it listens to the low frequencies for the compression, right now it’s listening to the clap too and pushing that down too.
  • Klubba and Trigger – Show it Off – Nice old school rave melody.. that’s about it
  • Laero – Hype it Up – Needs a fork!
  • Lawrence T – BalaclavAntelopes – Work on the production and use some side chain
  • Let7ing – Every Body Fckn Jump – Keep working on the mix, melody is pretty good
  • Lucena – Release – Crazy music!
  • Lundback & Lindeman – Launch – It was a little muddy and use less reverb
  • LXTZ – Night Falcon – Needs a melody to go over the ostinato synth line
  • Magic – Supermodels – Too repetitive
  • MAI – Zepplin – I like that the lead synth sounds like a angry flea
  • Manuel Costa & Ken Svard – Gladiators – Well produced, but doesn’t sound original
  • Marat Antonov – No Brain No Pain – Sounds out of tune but extra points for having a vocal
  • Mark Albano – Hercules – Not a great track, but keep producing..
  • MartinHalldin – Never Ending – Sounds like 128BPM, but it’s slower.. different sounds for different speeds
  • Mathias D – What the Fuck! – something good in there, but dones’t quite impact
  • Miguel Martin – Destiny – Melody is too random
  • Mike Vincent – Cat ’n’ Mouse – Love the title..nice sound design and groove.. keep making music, you’re good at it!
  • Mike J – Spectrum – Like the horror sounding harmonies, but too many ideas
  • Mister Parker and Stefano Lasne – Nosedive – Nice idea, work more on the drop to get the lead synth to groove more and sound a little more unique, nice overall production
  • MIXAM – Live For This – Do we need to hear more Massive modern talking sounds?
  • Mnich – Rzeszow – Sidenote, love the tracks length… 3:03
  • Moonstruck and Past Promise – Now and Then – Like the vocoded vox.. nice chords too. Solid production
  • NEVOX – Upperground – Sounds like old Brooklyn bounce… the melody of the break needs to cut through more.
  • NiQW – Levitate – nice harmon and mood
  • Novo – Not Today – Nice chord, work on the individual sounds, too close to presets.
  • OllyOllyOxenFree – Origins – Melody was all over the place, if you can’t humm it.. no good 😉
  • PeeDlaa – Lost in Wild – We like it!
  • Peacemakers – Bounce Planet – Sounds like the lead sound is not in key w/ the bass. Pretty boring track.. need to work on the melody
  • Peter Orr, Mark S, Christian Davis – Tocalo – Love the sound in the break, make the drop more original.. less like the tsunami sound
  • Playbeat – Mirage – We want to hear a goingy sound added
  • Rage Life – Zero Gravity – Try to find a slightly different sound for the drop, then keep working on the mix and you have it.
  • Reatch – Make The Crowd Go -We like the snare drum
  • Reuben Keeney & Fast Foot – Epidemic – Production is really good..
  • RRRIGHT NOW – nice rave lead sound and melody.. too much happening
  • Rodrigo Acuna – Impulse – The ostinato synth sound could develop more, stats to get old. Overall decent production.. just develop the melody and harmony some more
  • SADY – Stay In The Party – Solid idea.. develop it further.
  • sajD – I Like It Dirty – Like the tempo change, keep working on the mix
  • Samisung – ID – Track doesn’t sound finished to us, keep going!
  • Scott Dro – Night Owl – Break sounds really promising, but the drop we loose interest
  • Shaut – Unison – Award for most random drop ever!. But it grows on us
  • Slube – Confucius Say – Like the vocal-sample, super cool… but drop doesn’t hit hard enough
  • Something Scandalous – Midnight – Go over your reverbs one more time, nearly there
  • Spunkie Bruester – Haunted Mansion – EPIC! Nice idea, but try to condense into one really good one.. keep going
  • SultanSoundS – Blur the Lines – VOCALS!! Yes – check the video for feedback
  • Syred – Wakokai – Different sound.. but not all different sounds are good. Keep going!
  • Tobi Scholz – I Like Honey – Nice idea, keep working on the mix.
  • Trilane – Morse – Decent.. work on making the drop stand out more from all the other tracks out there.
  • The Cobs – Bass in your face – Nice arpeggio. like the sound in the drop.. cool track!
  • The Old School – Illuminated – Keep going, production needs work.. nice ideas
  • The Only Juan – Barrel Roll – Work on the mix some more
  • Tv4TheBlind – BotCot – Love the vocal chopping in the break
  • Vakvald & Jenrix – Friday – OFFICE PARTY OFFICE PARTY.. Big track, good work! Extra point for that vocal sample
  • Vampy, Cr3ckzor, Lucca Buassi – Rock & Steady – Really well produced, good job! You could probably get this released somewhere.. solid track.
  • VEMON – Like the first sound, not in key though… I think it’s a new genre “Asylum house”
  • Vires X – Dying Twice – Clap is nice, rest of the track.. not so much for us
  • Voldemort – Simfonia – I didn’t know Voldemort was Nicky Romero 😉
  • Wee-O – Starfucks – Track needs a little bit more top frequencies
  • Whoop! – It’s super simple, rhythmically and melodically. but somehow you’ve pulled off making it sounds interesting
  • Zakii – Rebirth – Nice sound design, simplify the drum programming and work on the overall mix.. could be cool track!