Charlie Puth and Jon Bellion Should Have A Child

Hey friends. What’s happening, what’s up, what’s fresh?

The title’s weird and a little bit alarming, just roll with it, it’ll make it a whole lot easier on all of us if you do.

Basically. If you know anything about me and my life outside of this blog, you would know that I am a musician. It’s one of the many slashes in my ever-changing title, and I’m working hard to make it legit.

How?” you ask, well by somewhat attempting to make music, make better music, and make music that people actually enjoy, and it’s taking it’s own sweet time in happening, but I’m having heaps of fun while we get there.

One of the things I’ve been doing to better my limited production knowledge, explore my style a bit more, expand on what I know and what I don’t, is research. Since ordering one of my most wanted items on my wish list a few weeks back, the AKAI MPK Mini midi keyboard, I’ve been looking into how other people are using it, the way it works, how to load sounds up, and ultimately that usually leads me down the YouTube music and production rabbit hole.

One of my favourite things to do, is watch how producers make their songs. There are some amazing producers who work with some of my favourite artists, and channels like Rolling Stone and Genius on YouTube have heaps of videos that show the thought processes and construction of some of the most popular songs at the moment.

However.

My favourite of these videos, are the ones where the artist and the producers, are one. For example.

I couldn’t keep track of how many times I smiled during that video from sheer awe of the genius and intuition and innovation in the man. I’ve never listened to anything by Charlie Puth and not enjoyed it, but it’s very clear that a lot of his recent music is vastly different from his older music. Attention was the song that really made me say, ‘Hell yeah, I’m a Charlie Puth fan‘. AND. Voice memos. My life. It’s great seeing people’s eyes widen when they see the amount of voice memos I have on my iPhone, purely for the same reasons as Charlie, I can’t read or write music, so if I forget a melody or a harmony or anything, I’m screwed.

I also definitely made my dad stop his actual business work so I could explain how impressed I was with the simple idea of how he set up the guitar in the introduction, similar to a way I’ve seen Jon Bellion ‘record’ trumpets, but we shall get to that man in a bit.

It’s just the whole process is full of ideas and small bursts of genius that make so many things outside of what was supposedly the realm of realistic expectations of a musician who can’t read or write music, possible.

Sorry for my tangent.

And then you watch this, with Mura Masa.

My favourite part is is explanation of the steel pans and how they come to be such an integral part of the song. Also, his explanation of all the vocals that he cuts up and pitches up and down, it’s super duper inspiring and interesting to watch. I got so many shivers watching that video in particular.

Like I said though, Jon Bellion, for me, is in a whole different world. The musicality, the vocabulary, the voice, the way his entire body jolts and shifts when he hits upon something good. When he talks about the lyrics it’s literally as if he’s doing a spoken word performance.

I may not mention it as often as you would assume I probably should, but Guillotine, will forever be one of my favourite songs. Ever.

There’s also the contrast between John, and the last two artists, Charlie and Mura Masa, in how he’s very intent on bringing the live music element into it, rather than recording and producing solely electronically, and there’s nothing wrong with either, but I love how videos like these can highlight the versatility and potential in both. He’s also so appreciative of everyone who jumps in to help him, and you can see how excited he gets when they bounce their ideas back and forth.

I don’t know if it’s too much to share that I cried at the end of this video when they pieced it all together…

x

Priya

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13 thoughts on “Charlie Puth and Jon Bellion Should Have A Child

  1. Loved this post. I couldn’t see the pictures/videos in the post. Weird. But I enjoyed reading this. Love the fact that you are a musician. Amazing stuff.Hope you make it. 🙂

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  2. Uh the second I saw the title of this post the little voice in my head screamed YES. I don’t even know who Jon Bellion is, but he seems a good looking guy and of course, Charlie Puth is one of my celebrity crushes so of course, I was all for this post. This was such an interesting idea and I love how you’ve gone into depth with the process behind the songs rather than just the music itself, this was so intriguing!! xx

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    1. Hahaha I was hoping to pull some people in and GIRL you need to listen to some of his music, I feel like you’d love it – especially his lyrics and words, he’s in my top ten artists of ALL TIME hands down! So glad you enjoyed this post girl, it was heaps of fun and I definitely got way too carried away watching at least thirty of these types of vids haha xx

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  3. Priyaaaaaa oh my god I swear we must be connected or something. I watched that Mura Masa video TODAY before I saw your post. This is sooo weird. I love him. I think he’s such a creative influence in the music industry and I hope he continues to make his mark! He’s kinda cute too in this “grungy crazy creative vibes london underground” (but still someone your mum would love) kind of way. Does that make sense? I don’t know. I CAN’T GET OVER THE FACT THAT YOU POSTED THIS ON THE DAY I WATCHED THIS VIDEO AAAAHHHHHH

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    1. ummmmm sorry but that’s too freaky to accept??? And 100%, grungy crazy creative vibes london underground cute is a perfect description for him. still so weirded out about that coincidence! xx

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  4. I love this, your passion for music and the craft of it really shines through! Can I recommend you take a look at how Jack White makes his music? That guy is a fucking artist and he does pretty much everything manually (idk what that even means but i read an interview with him where the interviewer was just mindblown and i in turn was mindblown) xx

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    1. You have no idea how much that comment means to me, I’m so glad it gets through in my posts because I feel like sometimes I suck at articulating my thoughts and my passions as concisely as I would like, it’s good to know it comes through – and definitely. The name rings a bell, so I will be looking into that straight away! xx

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