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What Makes This Song Great? Ep.18 MAX MARTIN

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In this episode of What Makes This Song Great? we feature the music and production of Max Martin. BUY THE BEATO BOOK HERE → http://bit.ly/2uTQFlo **Advanced Harmonic Concepts for Composition and Improvisation Video Course** → http://bit.ly/2nl5Qky GET THE BEATO YOUTUBE TRANSCRIPTIONS VOL.1 HERE → http://bit.ly/2jfkyaB SUBSCRIBE HERE → http://bit.ly/2eEs9gX BEATO MUSIC FORUM → forum.rickbeato.com —————————————————————————————————————— My Links to Follow: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/RickBeato Artist Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rickbeatopro... Personal Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rick.beato.1 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rickbeato1/ Follow On Twitter - @rickbeato www.nuryl.com
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Canindian (1 hour ago)
Another...What makes this song great video by Rick Beato to demonstrate what makes Rick Beato Great. Thanks for sharing. Like SMASHED!
Walter Pavlik II (19 hours ago)
This is so insanely good in terms of a DEEP dive into the production that makes great pop music. And let's face it, while Ariana is singing the song and has an amazing voice, this is ALL Max Martin to make this the hit is was. Clever to title this as a Max Martin WMtSG. The layers upon layers that make this song, are just so well put together.
blshit (20 hours ago)
Pleaaaase do God Is A Woman by Ariana!!!!
Great to look into a session and production like this!
Michael H. (5 days ago)
They all learned from mozart to create. This amazing sound carpets ......(:-.......
MusicPancho (11 days ago)
Christina Fazeera (14 days ago)
I do appreciate Max Martin's production although sometimes it can get cheesy but he is real genius. This is one of his masterpiece. TRULY. Hey Rick, I would like to see your takes on Max's Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) or 4ever by The Veronicas.
Romulo Ferreira (16 days ago)
go to hell man, this is absurd, oh my god
8jordan9 (17 days ago)
I just love music. All of this is so amazing.
Sanja Brown (17 days ago)
Thank you Rick !
Chaz Smith (26 days ago)
not being a hater here but cmon talk about trying to dress up a pig. This is like sonic vomit. I'm glad you're able to find some nuggets here and there but it really sounds like vapid trash.
Jattie de Beer (26 days ago)
Where did Rick get the stems to do this analysis?
Simply Joseph (29 days ago)
Max Martin and RedOne both are Swedish and the number 1 POP Music Producers of this ERA
David Parenteau (1 month ago)
Sorry if I missed an earlier response to this, but how did you get these stems Rick? Amazing video and thorough as always, thank you so much!
Gabriel Savage (1 month ago)
check out ma songzz :)
Achiwo (1 month ago)
NICE where did you get the stems?
Richard Odzgan (1 month ago)
6:08 most badass moment.
Robban Johansson (1 month ago)
Check out the Swedish band.. Its Alive. Song title.. Sing this blus away. Singer.. Martin White aka Martin Sandberg aka Max Martin. It whas a band Who playd a lot in Stockholm in the 90is. That gay realey can sing.
Titiana Rasputin (1 month ago)
I like how you break down every part of the song and explain what's going on, but then you never tell us what is so great about the song. Sometimes a song is so good that it's obvious, and sometimes you get really enthusastic about a particular part of a song, but I'd like to see you come right out and say things like "this piece here stands out because x", or "here's something that most songs don't do" or "this is a difficult arrangement because y" or "the skill demonstrated here is phenomenal", or any number of insights you can give us from your vast knowledge and experience. You can slice and dice an ariana grande song all day long, but i'm not convinced there's anything special about this particular piece of work. Tell me why I should be impressed with the song! Give me something!
Funk Smith (1 month ago)
Brilliant demo! Appreciate the break downs very much
Murky Bongwater (1 month ago)
Max Martin ? Shouldn´t his name be Max Money? He is a 48 year old geezer sucking money from teenagers using tallanted young girls to sell the same song over and over and over again.Max Money is not a genious... He is a moneydriven geezer...
Alicia Sky (1 month ago)
OMG this was amazing! Learned so much from this. Max Martin is a genius. You did such a great job breaking it down!
x24 ! (1 month ago)
I hope one day you will talk about sia and her usual producer greg kurstin. This video it's mindblowing
Chris George (1 month ago)
most helpful music production video on earth, and probably in the universe
Jeff Halsey (1 month ago)
Rick getting into that groove.. i was doing the same thing.. like a guilty pleasure.. hahaha.. the sound choices are awesome and little ear candy everywhere that switches the song up to keep rocking.. idk how the heck you keep getting stems like this but kudos! Keep it up good sir!
Justin Fontaine (1 month ago)
Hard to believe that this the top of the music food chain. So mediocre.
Lewi (2 months ago)
Where do you get these tracks? I would love to see more tracks of Max Martins songs but if you don't want to do them then is it possible they're available for public?
fl fl (2 months ago)
Ariana Grande - Into You
7 7 (2 months ago)
nice break down Rick ..honestly , my ears tell me Ariana has a lisp & doesn't enunciate vowels & consonants properly .. ,, this is a nice soft girly sound.. but I find it annoying,, like some one mumbling or chewing their words.. of course I like the music ,,I love a lot of music , it has clever build ups & contrasts to create depth ,, & effects to create movement .. it's a killer track. but it also sounds unnatural .. synthetic.. I watched a live version of this song & it is exactly a backing track of this recording. no real band anywhere to be seen. Tweek master Max has hit apon a good way to create ear candy .. & his art has proven popular .. but I have to say , it.. I feel this synth pop music along with it's carefully crafted lowest common denominator lyrics , is contrived & lacks humanity,, being too pretend perfect for my ears & so , ultimately meaningless. my "real" recommendation , "Roberta Flack , killing me softly".. " Rory Gallagher , bull frog blues , " " Tom Waits - goin , out west" .. Joni Mitchell - turbulent indigo" " John Martyn - may you never ( also an incoherent mumbler when he got drunk.. & stoned.. ) but it had lots of feel.
Lewis Briese (2 months ago)
How did you get the track in such a way that you could solo the components. That's amazing!
John Jordan (2 months ago)
Love this series! Thanks Rick!
Roman Maestas (2 months ago)
Rick - I’d love to download these tracks so I could mess with them - I know it’s probably not allowable but could you post them somehow?
gilwe (2 months ago)
Great video/s Rick! I wonder where you get these projects/tracks from... ?
Soundmasters (2 months ago)
Where did you get the stems? :)
Henrik Ismarker (2 months ago)
Great vid. Thanks!
airTrek (2 months ago)
Just letting you know how much I appreciate being able to learn from this material, Rick. It really is absolute gold - your whole channel. The complexity of this song is amazing and the fact that all of that detail is unmasked in your video is priceless! My favorite part has to be the lofi vocal and the foundational ducking groove of the whole track. Ariana's singing is absolutely beautiful. I hope people realize that.
aumfer (2 months ago)
Is the glass percussion actually driving the sidechain for all the synths? Cause that's ridiculous
Paweł Dąbrowski (2 months ago)
Haha, Billy Jean! Genius! You should do a Quincy Jones one Rick ;)
Jason Merrill (2 months ago)
RIck, when you say Lo Fi vocal, can you explain how this is accomplished? Roughly
Илья Дубков (2 months ago)
Matt Houston (2 months ago)
Oh cool I didn't know the stems were available!
André Hansen (2 months ago)
Ariana <3
Marshall Studios (2 months ago)
yes yes yes rick, even if you dont like pop you have to give it to them! max and co make pop music really fun
Nick Chase (2 months ago)
Max Martin production is nothing special in therms that there is something unbelievable new in his production. He adds so much little sounds in order to fill up spectrum image all way around. No powerful sounds, just simple sounds that add little bit at the time.
Mark Donald (2 months ago)
Juan Pablo Miranda (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for doing this one! Really amazing... a master class in production
Nicolas Derome (3 months ago)
You might like to do "Red" by Taylor Swift. Not her biggest hit although still 2x Platinum - I'd say it's rather pop/rock leaning for a country-song with some synths, layered vocals, some kind of auto-tune vocal effect, guitar solos... Practically every 2 seconds there's something new going on with the string section. Several different instruments too - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar, ganjo, bass guitar, cello, fiddle, upright piano, synth, b-3 organ, and drums/percussion.
Galore Globe315 (3 months ago)
He’s a better producer Max Martin
Lil Meme (3 months ago)
Wow pedophile much, little girls should not be listening to these lyrics.
NextSongs4God (3 months ago)
Yeah strip it all down to sex bumpin’ with the chick singin’ about her body! That’s not why I’ve been listening to music since 1960 buddy....🤨
Monkey Robots Inc. (3 months ago)
why is it that every bitch pop singer is always yelling about the most idiotic, empty, soulless thing imaginable?
Monkey Robots Inc. (3 months ago)
2:12 pffffft. if maxine marten is so good, why didnt he cut the hissing airy noisy high end out of the kick?
Colin Hawks (3 months ago)
How in the world do you get these stems!? I want them too...
Barrett Maki (3 months ago)
Max is absolutely incredible. He’s a self-proclaimed lazy writer but he knows how to write a hook, he knows how to phrase lyrics, and he knows his theory. He also has such an expansive list of tricks such even having singers sit while they sing. One could say that he knows how to bring out the best in each artist he works with. Personally, I don’t think there is anyone out there who does a better job of writing pop songs than he does which is why he has been so successful and will surpass the Beatles.
Jimmy Hansson (3 months ago)
What a great breakdown of the track! Genres aside, this is so freaking well produced and mixed. Really enjoyed getting an insight into Max Martins genius attention to detail.
IngeBall (3 months ago)
Clicked the wrong link and now subbed! Awesome breakdown, thanks =)
Jim Byrne (3 months ago)
A total classic episode Rick.
Oscar Estrella (3 months ago)
I think he's using sidechain compresion on the reverb channel, so the reverb tail only grows at the end of each frase.
Plainglasswindows (3 months ago)
I hate this fucking song, but damn the track is impressively produced. It’s like a well-built luxury vehicle.
redel37 (3 months ago)
'90 eurodance
Erik van zanen (3 months ago)
i also use a 'ghost note' for the sidechain. usually just a synth with an envelope. this way you can completely control the shape of the sidechain and the lenght and pump
David Duffield (3 months ago)
This is so awesome!!! Can you do more pop ones?!!!
YouCanBeTheBass (3 months ago)
Do more of these with other pop songs
Eden Meidan (3 months ago)
dude these episodes are great!! how the &#@% did you get the stems!????
Nikolai (1 month ago)
Eden Meidan I’m a lil late but almost her entire “Dangerous Woman” album stems leaked. They’re all here on YT.
sgim43 (3 months ago)
you're way over emphasizing Max as a producer. He's actually a songwriter first. He's not some producer that gets songwriting credit bc they're adding a lot to a song that's already written, essentially making it into a hit, which happens a lot. He's a songwriter who does production as well.
Cambodia69 (3 months ago)
This is the kind of music that will ensure humanity will never progress to a Type I civilization.
Daniel (3 months ago)
Rick, can you please do more dance and electronica. I do love your stuff!
Pat Lajoie (3 months ago)
Hmmm nice lesson about the production wiz, shame about the song!
Nautic Juan (3 months ago)
15:10 Rick turns into DJ Beato.
Nautic Juan (3 months ago)
How do you get the tracks???
Mike Charidemou (3 months ago)
Hi Rick. Absolutely LOVE you YouTube videos. I'm sure you've been asked a million times. Where do you get those backing track with separate streams. If it's a trade secret, I'll understand :)
hq409 (3 months ago)
Anyone else feel like BGV 3 sounds A LOT like Halsey????
Peaches Chrenko (3 months ago)
This was a fascinating, educational & inspiring curtain pullback look into Max Martin tracks! Thanks alot Rick🙂 This really inspires me to be even more creative with sounds & vocals in the studio . I love all of your 'What Makes This Song Great' eps (and All your vids) and would love to see another Max M tune analyzed. Don't know how people like me would get to hear these stems if it wasn't for you.
Jarran Zen (3 months ago)
This is great! thank you so much for using stems and really diving deep!
7ViewerLogic (3 months ago)
Great video!
th3giv3r (3 months ago)
This is the first YouTube channel I've rung the bell for, and I've been on this site for almost a decade.
Flux Cluster (3 months ago)
Well bugger me. Is it wrong to say Im now a Grande fan? Cheers, Rick. Amazing as always.
nebstaism (3 months ago)
Rick where to you get the pro tools session files of all these big songs with all the stems in them from ?
wifimanboy (3 months ago)
Does anyone know how he gets these stems?
jneiberger (3 months ago)
I wish I could "like" this video about 20 times, because that's how many times I'd have to watch it to really get a handle on all the things Max Martin did on this track. It's genius, and Rick does a fantastic job breaking it all down.
Ludovic Diaz (3 months ago)
Hi Rick, I love your videos... But this one kick my ass!!! It's awesome! And by the way, where do u find the track? Tks you so much.
Scott T (3 months ago)
I love it when Rick does these. I am split on the creative contribution of this kind of pop music. Sure, it's not my cup of tea, I suppose, but it makes people lots of money. Most pop music like this is extremely formulaic musically speaking (only so many diatonic chords, etc) - so, it really NEEDS a clever producer to make it sound so appealing and consumable. So, the musicality or musicianship is not there for me but I do see the great value of a clever producer like Max Martin, even if his songs structurally are rinse and repeat.
Tommy Moore (3 months ago)
you should do an episode on Clean Bandit!
Big Family Homestead (3 months ago)
How the heck do you get all of these Iso'd tracks? I mean, I know you are the BOSS, but are you getting the original tracks?
Will U (3 months ago)
This video is 5 years of studio experience in 30 minutes...nice job Rick!!!!!
Danky McSwag (3 months ago)
Do Pitbull and Redone.
Pimento cheese (3 months ago)
Ridiculous production.....holy
erand droory (3 months ago)
Rick don't forget a big part of this song is the mix done by Serban Ghenea..
Maurer Aleixo (3 months ago)
hey rick where do you get the track files from? is it like copyright friendship or a friend of a friend ? pleaaase lol
Hans Baier (3 months ago)
Where do you get the separate parts from?
Kere Amohau (3 months ago)
How did you get the stems for this track?
Sarahtonin (3 months ago)
Frank Ryan - "Almost"? :-) Sorry, man, nothing against Rick, but I've watched the steady degradation and sad homogenization of pop over the decades, and the music biz's profit-driven substitution of technology for talent and creativity. I LIKE pop music, when it's based on actual songwriting, which I would hate to see become a lost (as in ignored) art. Hypnotic, predictable, quasi-sexual pubescent squeaking over an electronic, formulaic "wall of sound" seems to be the current mode, along with vapid rap. Where are the songs? I'm just tired of all the auditory junk food, so I think my comments are appropriately "reductive" and deservedly "contrarian." But I appreciate your comment. Definite food for thought. I could be wrong. It's all opinion, isn't it?
Marcos Racca (4 months ago)
God Man. You're truly gold. I wish i had a teeacher like this in my music conservatory.
Eddie Wagner (4 months ago)
so this is how it sounds like when womerns get ready for LOVE.
404-E (4 months ago)
This dissection of Martin's genius work is one of the most inspirational things I've ever come across on youtube as a producer
Enrique Vidal (4 months ago)
How are you getting the stems for this songs??????
Alex Mercy (4 months ago)
Hey man, thank you for the video! Wonder where did you get these tracks? )
F. Valguarnera (4 months ago)
I’m sorry, but this is the first video in the series that has convinced me that this song is far from great. Yes, Grande is a good singer, but the music and arrangements sound uninteresting to me.
F. Valguarnera (4 months ago)
@Rick Beato It wasn’t meant as criticism to you. I really appreciate your channel and the series. You have taught me a lot of interesting things about music and I am better off for it. That said, I don’t think that this song is on par with other works you have rightfully labeled as “great”. Sometimes you have managed to make me appreciate songs and genres that I usually would dismiss (Green Day being one example). In this case, you breaking down the song just made its banality more obvious. That is my opinion and you’re right: Max Martin and Ariana Grande don’t care. But I honestly don’t care that they don’t care. I’m here to discuss with other music enthusiasts, not to hand over notes to musicians. To summarize: I am a great fan of your work (in fact I am going to buy your music theory book as soon as I come home from some work related traveling), I didn’t mean my comment to sound offensive and I hope you will take criticism less personally in the future.
Rick Beato (4 months ago)
Nobody cares bro especially Max and Arianna.
Skyler Felix (4 months ago)
I love the comments that always start with “not my favorite music genre, but.......” “I didn’t vote for him, but......” “I don’t agree with his policies, but......” Can’t we just comment without useless disclaimers????
mi o (4 months ago)
Yes... I think Max Martin is a scourge on music. His effect on the market has been detrimental to variety and diversity.
Skyler Felix (4 months ago)
Max Martin is one of If not the greatest modern pop producer of all time. He’s responsible for *NSYNC, BSB, Britney.... he only writes hits, it’s insane actually.

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