The build-up doesn’t necessarily have to be a reduction and restatement of the main groove. Instead, take a more ‘poppy’ approach and join two sections together, just like a typical verse/chorus arrangement. Kink’s remix of Marc Romboy & Blake Baxter’s Muzik ( bit.ly/MRBBmuzik) essentially moves between an A and B section in this way. Other tracks feature a similar approach, where the drop section has a completely contrasting vibe to the build-up. Typically, this takes the form of an extremely melodic build-up, which then slams into a muscular, monotonous beat-and-bass combo. Lead your audience into the different sections and tie things together by either revealing elements separately, or via bridging sections to smooth the transitions – remember, contrast is great, but you don’t want things to feel disjointed.