'Better Days' was one of my first forays into deep house music! I remember this because I (very creatively) titled the track 'New Beginnings'. For the longest time, 'Better Days' was a bit chaotic – there was a lot of reverb, echoes and compression, but I liked the way it sounded.
Prior to scheduling its release, I decided to remove elements and see how the track still worked. The idea was to remove as much as possbile while stil retaining the original energy and vibe of the track.
Its digital midrange is one of my favourite things about it; if I'm remembering correctly, it's actually an Ableton stock bass pitched at a higher register with a bunch of effects on it.
I also wanted to mess around a bit more with the tempo and movement of the track, and ended up with the breakdown the way it is now. If there's one thing I've learned through my decade-or-so of producing music, it's that there's no right way to do things, so you might as well have fun with it.
The idea of 'New Beginnings' was twofold for me. I completed this track in early 2020, which coincided with my moving to Melbourne to study my Master's degree. I remember my first day in Melbourne, recording everything to use as footage for the music video; alas, it never came to be seeing as how I ended up in and out of lockdown for two years.
The title reflects that. We're in better days now. When I was in it, it didn't feel like there were any better days. It didn't feel like new beginnings. To be honest, it didn't feel like anything at all. But you realise, usually after the fact, that it's temporary. Better days are always ahead.
The photo for 'Better Days' is from Federation Square, and is a picture of one of the steeples of Southern Cross Station. It was on a day where I was out with a friend of mine, walking and talking – it doesn't sound like much, but there was joy and laughter and stupid fun. Simple things. Things that reminded me that, yes, we are in better days now.
Better Days will be available on the 14th of March! Please use the button above to pre-save the link on Spotify as it helps with the algorithm.