The Making Of A-Trak's ``Believe`` Featuring Quavo & Lil Yachty
A-Trak recently recruited Lil Yachty and Quavo for his new single “Believe,” which is quickly becoming a hit. The song has already racked up 1.6 million Spotify streams since it dropped two weeks ago and is one of the most popular songs on A-Trak’s SoundCloud page. The Canadian DJ and producer sat down with Genius to explain how the track came together for the latest episode of Deconstructed.
As he explains to Genius, the song was in the works for quite a while. “A couple of years ago I started something that became a ritual over the years, which is just to go down to Atlanta to work on music for a couple of days at a time,” he says. “With the song ‘Believe,’ that was recorded a year ago. I just put the files on my hard drive and came home and didn’t touch them for months, for some reason. I don’t think [Yachty and Quavo] anticipated necessarily that I was gonna change the song as much as I ended up changing it. To them, it was just like, ‘Oh, we made a track’, you know?”
After fiddling around with the beat for a while, he finally had a breakthrough. “Initially when I was at Promnite’s crib, it didn’t have the notes in the beginning,” he explains. “It was just steady chords. And I just moved those notes. I like when the first instant of a song is recognizable and having that made it more unique than just a straight chord… You wanna create the illusion that that’s the only instrument you’re hearing, but there’s a piano and a synth in there. But you’re not even supposed to notice.”
He even drew some inspiration from a classic Nickelodeon cartoon. “You might notice this sound… I call it ‘Rugrats.’ That’s what this track is labeled. That’s a category of sounds for me. Piano chords in the hook. Then there’s this little hit. Like those little percussions.”