Sometimes you might create a build-up which is simply massive, all guns blazing. If you’ve already turned everything up to 11, where do you go from there? Although it’s the climactic moment, a killer drop doesn’t have to be the fullest moment of the track – by starting smaller at the drop, you create some headroom and give yourself the remainder of the track to ramp things back up again towards a big ending. See which sounds are really keeping the beat pulsing, and let the drop kick in with only those parts at first. Drum ’n’ bass records use this technique to pull things back after an intense frenzy during the build-up – listen to the reintroduction of the beats in Camo & Krooked’s Climax ( bit.ly/CKclimax), which make it feel like the track has dropped… but really, the good stuff is yet to come!