Moving to the West to push her club music boundaries even further, producer, songwriter, and recording artist Good Trouble teams up with Forti for their latest banger, "Breakdown."
Good Trouble, a.k.a, Cristina Melendez, is constantly reaching new heights with her skilled, talented, and lively electronic tracks. Some notable achievements for the young producer are gaining attention from major acts like Fight Clvb, Teez, and Uniiqu3 while getting featured on Diplo & Friends, Sirius XM. She's even had the chance to support other big names like Sander Van Doorn, Henry Fong, Mercer, and more.
We genuinely understand why Good Trouble has seen such success in her solo career, especially through tracks like "Breakdown." Teaming up with jungle terror electronic producer and music composer Forti, both artists bring the heat and take us to the club in this ferocious banger that's bound to pump up any party.
Hitting play on "Breakdown," the song shatters open with a fast and massive kick drum that crashes through our speakers like it's on a mission. Forti and Good Trouble waste no time in this jungle-terror-meets-hardstyle-meets-juke-house bop and take us straight to the build where Steve Aoki-like synths ooze in anticipation alongside the quick drum breaks, reaching the song's climax.
Good Trouble and Forti unleash a squeaky and high-pitched beat drop that leaves us jumping around the room. There's a certain nostalgia that comes with this song's synths, but the entire arrangement and beat drop scream modernity. While both producers take us around the drop one last time with a fiery vocal chop, they leave us moving and grooving until the very last beat.
Liven your days with help from Good Trouble and Forti's latest single, "Breakdown," now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Good Trouble, and Forti. We can't get enough of the blazing beats and scorching synths in your latest single, "Breakdown." When did you begin executing ideas and sounds for the new song? How long was it in the making?
GT: Thanks, guys! I actually started the track over a year ago. Technically it was finished and sounded completely different. It was originally a bass-heavy track but it didn't fit the vibe I was going for. I've always been told if you don't love it, don't release it - so I didn't, and I kind of just shelved it for a while. Fast forward to a couple of months ago I found the project and wanted the opportunity to work with another artist so I sent the idea to Forti. When he sent it back, it was the Breakdown we all know and love today minus a few small additions and I fell in love with it. He made it bouncy, and more of a club banger which was really what I wanted.
What was it like teaming up with composer and producer Forti for "Breakdown?" How did you two work off each other to reach your end goal?
GT: Forti made this hands down one of the easiest collaborations I've ever done. I told him my thoughts about the original track and what I was going for and hardly had to say anything else. On the first go-around, he gave me what I was looking for. and I didn't have to ask for any revisions. He's super talented and I had been wanting to work with him for a while so when I found this track again I knew he would do it justice and he totally did.
We gave it our best shot at attempting to determine what subgenre "Breakdown" falls in. Where would you say the song lies on the broad spectrum that is electronic music?
GT: Okay this is such a hard question, lol. As a new artist, I'm trying to take a lot of genres and mash them together. The first drop is more of a housey, jungle, electro kind of feel, and the second drop takes it to jersey club which is the genre I'm known for. So technically there are two/three genres - electro house/jungle terror and jersey club.
On a more personal note, what's it like being a female producer in a male-dominated industry? What words of advice would you offer young women aspiring to be producers?
GT: I'm gonna be real here...it's not easy. I probably have about 1-2 mental breakdowns a month telling my best friend I'm gonna quit, but I love music and have always loved music and I just want to make someone feel the way I felt when I was in front of a festival stage for the first time. My best advice? If you love it, you'll find a way. Just don't take no for an answer and ignore what everyone else says. People told me I couldn't make it if I kept making jersey club music and here I am, 50,000+ streams and over 2,000 followers across social media later and it's just the beginning for me. Keep going.
What's next for you?
GT: Well, I'm gonna continue releasing music throughout the year of the course. I've got a couple of songs lined up so far and I'm really taking it out of my comfort zone and trying different things. I'm also starting up a youtube channel where I'm gonna be vlogging and discussing the realities of what it's like being a plus-sized, female music producer in a male-dominated industry. You really are gonna get to see the struggle first hand. & hopefully, I'll be playing more shows since that truly is my first love. Nothing makes me happier than being behind those CDJ's.