It’s that age old question. The debate that re-surfaces on twitter at-least once a year. Everyone has their own opinion on it. Even legendary music producers get in on this debate. Well, we’re here to bring some facts and to spill some sauce.
“Using Samples is Cheating” = 🤡
Well, someone had to say it. However, before I dive in I want to make one thing clear. I’m not trying to convince people that they should only use samples and never learn how to write a chord. I believe knowing how to use samples and create music from scratch are both equally important as a modern music producer. On the other hand, I do want to shed some light on one key advantage about using samples in 2020. While I did my research I noticed no ones touched on this one advantage yet.
Using Music Samples In 2020 Is Almost Necessary
As we approach the new year we must analyze what has changed in the past few years. There is one thing that has changed drastically in the music industry. That is the high demand for large quantities of music. Dr. Dre just came out and spoke about this topic. Saying the music industry has turned into quantity over quality. You can check that out here.
Now this is something we’ve been aware of for a while. Smoke Purpp came out and said he goes through 50-100 beats per day. Wait, hold up. Did you just read that? 50-100 BEATS PER DAY. The crazy part is he’s not the only one. We went into a studio session with rapper Cousin Stizz and the whole time his manger was just skipping through 100s of beats until one caught Stizz’s attention. Then even when one caught his attention he usually would quickly lose interest and move on to the next. This is how music is being made now.
Maybe a decade ago you could’ve became a successful music producer by making 1-2 amazing beats per month. But during this time you have to crank out 50s – 100s of beats per month if you want a shot. So how do you make 100s of beats per month that are actually good? You use samples, loops, MIDIs. A lot of today’s biggest producers understand this. Producers like Southside literally have a team of producers who just make loops. It’s almost a no brainer to use samples at this point in time.
Lastly, I want to emphasize that you only use royalty free samples. Ripping samples off youtube or reddit won’t get you far. Even if you bang out 100 beats with youtube samples and Drake uses one you’ll hit a road block. You’ll be required to clear the sample and most labels try to avoid sample clearance at all cost. In the end the sample creators usually take majority of the profit anyways. So use royalty free samples only. You can start by browsing our FREE samples here.