In a time where everything depends on the internet, many artists still prefer to go old-school. However, for what it’s worth, the age of technology has more benefits than we could fathom. And the best example of this is a digital audio workstation by Apple, GarageBand. For budding artists, this DAW has enabled them to create music without the hassle of spending money on per-hour visits to recording studios. A virtual studio, GarageBand, does not only help aspiring artists but is popular among the best of the lot, all over the world.
As the musical specialist, GarageBand is behind some of the most astounding music that we’ve ever come across. Presenting a compilation of such songs and albums:
1. Pride by Kendrick Lamar:
Kendrick Lamar’s producer, Steve Lacy, likes to create music wherever he is, he said in an interview. And using GarageBand, he came up with the music for “Pride” from the album Damn. As it turned out, Lamar’s album was later nominated for the Grammy’s.
Fun Fact: Steve later joined The Internet and was responsible for creating the beats for “Curse” and “Gabby” for the album Ego Death, using GarageBand.
2. Love In This Club by Usher:
Although “Love In This Club” has its major track loops from the Apple Remix Tools JamPack since these were designed to be used in GarageBand, all credits go to this DAW. Originally, the track received some criticism for the heavy sounds, however, producer Polow da Don had gotten it right, the song was an absolute hit. “Love In This Club” topped the music charts, with #1 tracks in the US, and #4 in the UK.
3. A Hundred Million Suns by Snow Patrol:
A fan of the Apple DAW, Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol’s frontman, shared during an interview that he uses GarageBand as much as he can, even if it is just noise. As a result, Snow Patrol’s fifth album, A Hundred Million Suns, was based on the laptop recordings on GarageBand.
Fun Fact: Lightbody had about 220 songs in his GarageBand, during the Eyes Open tour, which he later had to cut down to about 30 songs, finally recording 20 of them.
4. Some Kind Of Trouble by James Blunt
Not many can follow him, but James Blunt fans fall under an entirely distinct category. A regular with GarageBand, James Blunt understood that it was an easy-to-use recording studio. Hence, in 2011, the third album, Some Kind of Trouble, was demo-ed to the T on GarageBand since it helped him remember things when a studio version of the recording took place.
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5. Folie à Deux by Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy is yet another band that knows the importance of GarageBand. The band’s guitarist Joe Trohman and singer/guitarist Patrick Stump were very public about the fact that they used GarageBand in the initial recordings for Folie à Deux, a 2008 album. In an interview, Joe said that having tried other software, they always came back to GarageBand.
Fun fact: Apparently, Patrick did the initial work, sending across the files, and Joe would do the guitar part of the music later. He also added that GarageBand’s quality made demos sound like real recordings, and hence a favorite among the band.
6. Cross by Justice
Xavier de Rosnay of the Justice band, a duo, is yet another admirer of the GarageBand’s functioning. In an interview, Rosnay said that a lot of people considered the use of GarageBand wrong, however, we think otherwise, it is an amazing tool. Released in 2007, the album Cross by Justice turned out to be a critically acclaimed debut for the duo. And yes, even this hit was created with the help of GarageBand. What more, the band also clarified that they’ll continue using GarageBand for future projects.
Fun fact: The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album, and the 2007 Shortlist Prize.
7. Umbrella by Rihanna
Now, last but not the least, a song that every 90s kid has heard and lip-synced to. The top song of the pop industry, Umbrella by Rihanna, used a drum loop, i.e., the Vintage Funk Kit 03, from the Apple DAW’s program. The loop was tweaked into the song, making it reach the top charts, the same year it was released.
Fun fact: Umbrella won a Grammy, reached #1# spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Also, it a well-deserved spot on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.
So, all and all, GarageBand has been more than just a software and led to some of our favorite repeat-mode playlists.