Electropolis: Naturally Synthetic

We all know how difficult it can be to mix acoustic instrumentation into a synthetic track. However, there are a few producers that can do this exceptionally well. Although they might not have played the instruments themselves, their talent derives from the ability to mesh the natural and synthetic into one gigantic club mix. Below are some production demonstrations and music videos for a few artists that do this very well.


Chris Lake’s “If You Knew”

“If You Knew” is an example of blending acoustic instruments into an otherwise dirty house jam. Using “soft synths”such as a piano patch, Chris Lake is able to incorporate unique textures otherwise heard in other forms of contemporary music. The song is driven by vocalist Nastalae’s disco feel – bringing to life the deep piano parts while providing extra emotion. Due to its hint of ’80s influence, some may consider the song nu disco. However, it does lack the heavy use of sampling most commonly heard in this genre. If you like soloing, at 2:20 Lake shows us his piano skills.