Katy Perry "Hot N Cold"
“Hot N Cold” is interesting because the kick drum is so loud. But it works. Extra punchy, it keeps driving and pounding the entire song. For other mixes, I’d wanna hear this turned down at least a couple dB. But this is a perfect example of carefully thinking about the CONTEXT of the lyrics of a song when mixing and mastering. This song is about back-and-forth, tug-o-war, up and down, etc. The music video is playful and action-driven. And so this song doesn’t necessarily need warmth or beef or extra fullness. It’s about drive and EXCITEMENT. Which is exactly what that punchy kick accomplishes throughout.
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“Hot N Cold” Copyright Katy Perry, Capitol 2008