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10 Songs That Grew From the Seed of Garageband

Whether it began with a simple drum loop, a voice recording or a four-chord progression, it’s all about the app.

Diamond Edwards



“I ain’t goin’ to the studio until I got a situation

A subject, I need a beat, I need the producer

Wh-who gonna be on the hook?”

Here we have a Lil’ Wayne excerpt from the opening of “Star 67” that playfully mocks the attitude for a handful of individuals who aspire to make music these days. But these days aren’t like the old days:  these new days have brought new ways and an application called GarageBand.

Somehow, a perception has been created that artists need an elaborate setup to create songs that will probably cap at three to four minutes and only contain digital sounds. Alternative facts. No one needs a studio setup that calls for tens of thousands of dollars — nor the talent of a musical prodigy.

Below are 10 songs that were created on GarageBand in some capacity. Whether it began with a simple drum loop, a voice recording or a four-chord progression, each of the tracks below were birthed by the iOS application.

  1. Kendrick Lamar – Pride
  2. Dan Tedesco – “Maybe I Should Do More Drugs”
  3. Rihanna – “Umbrella”
  4. Cole – “Foldin Clothes”
  5. The Ultramods – “Put it Online”
  6. The Internet – “Curse”
  7. Prince Harvey – “The Sometimes”
  8. Chance the Rapper – “Good Ass Intro”
  9. Grimes – “Vowels = Space and Time”
  10. Erykah Badu – “Honey”

Not many artists are recruiting a full symphony orchestra to complete a project. Many are becoming more self-sufficient with a single instrument and an electronic device.

So, if you really want to start working on that mixtape or that EP and have an Apple device, there really is no excuse. Close the abundance of other apps and make the most out of GarageBand.

Everybody has to start somewhere.

If you obsess over singers and bands, and are one of those people who make a playlist for every occasion, join CMN’s Music Journalism Course and get real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to music industry insiders, and a great place to display build your portfolio. Get all the details on the Music Journalism Course here.

Diamond is from Dallas, Texas. She is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University where she earned a double major in English and Performance Studies. In addition to writing, she plays piano and drums, and stays up to date on all hip-hop and R&B music.

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