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Diesel Lullaby by Franchise

Benjamin Groff

Hey Franchise.  Thanks for the submission.  I LOVE the song title.  Sometimes that's half the puzzle.  My overall comment is I don't feel the song quite "lands" and says "here's the chorus"   It kind of happens with the drums coming in at 2:00 but as a listener i really want to feel an obvious moment where the song says "this is the part your're supposed to sing along with" as a chorus.  Great voice.  Recording sounds great.  Musically it's all there ... Its all very epic but I still come back to the central part of the song.  For instance, I couldn't come away from the song being able to sing it at least to my ears it feels / sounds like a lot of musical sentences rather than paragraphs. (and a repeatable paragraph) that I can sing back.  Don't be afraid to be a little more obvious or repetitive!  ; 0  Hope that helps.  

Scott Cohen

Good track.  Lyrics relate to everyone.  Who hasn't had this happen?  Well done.

Hugh McIntyre

This was really cool. Everything, from the name to the actual execution, shows you are original and you have talent. There was a little something missing, in that it sounded a bit amateurish (as in I don't imagine I'd hear this on Top 40 radio), but that is likely just a mixing/mastering tweak. Otherwise, really good!

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Benjamin Groff

Hey FRANCHISE...good cover here and putting some tempo behind it.  As a music publisher at Brill Building i'm always looking for originals though so I'm not sure if I can do something with it.  As a music blogger at We Are: The Guard we rarely post covers and if they do they likely are that one next level of unobvious or taking an entirely 180 degree twist on something, which is where I think you can win with covers.  The recording and vocals sounds really strong though and nice work on this one.  Just not sure if i can find a place for it in my current activities.    

Scott Cohen

Cool cover.  I would love to hear one of your tracks.

Hugh McIntyre

Always loved this song, and this is a cool rendition. It's not perfect--the ending struck me as a bit strange--but you were definitely on to something neat.

Brian Hazard

That voice! 👍🏻

Fantastic vocal performance! Wow.

That said, the vocals are way too loud in the mix. All of them, not just the lead. I can barely hear the bass. It's really pronounced when the vocal drops out and returns at 1:35.

I suspect you could do a lot more with the arrangement. It feels super truncated. The overall vibe is like a Calvin Harris or David Guetta vocal feature, but the music is totally shortchanged to highlight the vocal, which I don't think you can get away with in pop EDM.

So it's not quite shareworthy for me at this point, but it's got a ton of potential! I'd focus on making a musical bed that's strong enough to stand on it's own, and then insert the vocal about 3 dB lower and compare to similar mixes. Maybe Zedd would also be a good reference.

Hope that helps! I really like what you're doing.

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them)

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

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