1. Be emotive. Emotions set human beings apart from the rest of the living species on our planet. We experience life through our feelings of emotion whether it’s joy, melancholia, excitement, etc. Remember this when you’re making music. Listen back regularly to what you’re creating and ask yourself if you are appealing to the emotional side of your listeners.
2. Louder is not better. Research has shown that there is a correlation between the volume of a track and how good the track is. As a musician and producer myself, I’ve seen this quite often. There’s always the guitarist who has turned his amp all the way up above the levels of everyone else in the band, belting out solos. And while many will be covering their ears in anguish, you will undoubtedly find somebody in the audience that thinks this guy is a god. I’ve also heard “finished ” tracks on beat selling sites and YouTube etc. where the song is so loud it’s almost distorted. This is not sexy. Keep your levels below clipping! Just because it’s louder, it doesn’t make it better.
3. Be yourself. With all of the different genres in music, it is very likely that you will draw inspiration from your favorite few and while it can be a good learning process to try and emulate your favorite artist when you first start producing, you should always speak from your own musical soul. Not only does this set you apart from being just like Skrillex or just like Doctor P or just like Armin Van Buuren, people will appreciate your own uniqueness and as you get better, this quality of yours will stand out more.
4. Implement some sort of structure. Every song has some structure to it. A good song should ebb and flow and have some sort of musical dynamic whether it is changes in volume, feeling, rhythm, melody etc. A song should have some sort of change in it to make it more than just…well…boring. Most songs have a verse and chorus at the least. If you’re making electronic music that is all instrumental you will find that there are still structured changes within them. Do some research and chart out some of these changes and use them in your next song. When you’ve familiarized yourself with some of these structures, you can start making up some of your own.