I'm interested to hear how you guys start a new track. Where do you start and what's the process to build the track to complete?
I often start with inspiration from a track i've really enjoyed recently, and I set about trying to recreate a thing I like from that, be it the groove, a particular type of sound design, style of drumming or whatever.. the process of getting that down usually leads to more experimentation and ideas and it flows from there, usually sounding nothing like the track I set about imitating.
Generally I'll try get a 16 bar loop of drums, bass, and synth befoer I move on. Then I'll try changing the synths or bass. get a few different versions down and pick the best one. Usually scrap a lot of things that weren't good enough.
So generally its heavily based around experimentation! Ocassionally I have an idea and plan a track from start to finish before i start, but thats pretty rare
I tend to work on lots of tracks for several years rather than starting and finishing one and then moving on to another. This gives time for new inspiration for directions to take these tracks, and allows improvements in my skills to be reflected in all tracks rather than just the most recent.