Nicki Minaj's "Right By My Side" is a song I heard the core of something beautiful in.
I decided to record it as an in studio YouTube video after an older gentleman came up to me following a gig. He commented on enjoying it, and asked if I wrote it, and where he could buy it. If it had been her recorded version he heard he might have turned a deaf ear to the song.
I used live steel pan, electric bass, keys, and had the keys do the string pads. The arrangement ended up having a dramatic yet uplifting feel to it.
With YouTube comments like, “The way you put the rhythm in your flute is beyond everything I have seen done on a flute” and ” Wow! This sounds amazing” I decided to make it an official release.