Professional history with Sam, new approach, songwriting, structure, simplicity, drums, synth
Guitar, intro vocal sample, lead vocal chain, effects, vocoder processing, delay tracks
Vocal recording, microphone characteristics, preferences, preamp, compression, workflow
Relationships with artists, complementing one another, introducing collaborators, staying fresh
Dancing with a Stranger
Sam Smith and Normani(07 min / 33 min)
Welcome back for another series led by the hit-making production and songwriting team Stargate! This instalment focusses on the creation of 'Dancing With a Stranger', the 2019 chart-topping single performed by Sam Smith and Normani.
Tor and Mikkel revisit their introduction to Sam and collaborative history, then explain how they opted for a “less safe” approach to writing this song. The duo takes you through the multi-track session to explain how the parts were formed, revealing the synth patches, drum samples, and plug-in settings used to craft the sound of the record. Furthermore, they share their opinions on vocal microphones, elaborate on their tracking and ITB chains, and discuss key aspects of their highly efficient workflow!
Subtitles in English, Spanish
Tor Erik Hermansen is the co-founder of Stargate, a prolific record producing and songwriting team. Working alongside Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor has been a driving force behind an array of massive hits in the genres of pop, hip-hop, and R&B. Stargate was established in 1996 in Trondheim, Norway. The duo broke into the American recording industry in 2001 with the release of 'One Night Stand' by Mis-Teeq, which peaked within the Top 5 of the Billboard Dance Charts. In 2006, Stargate had their first...