In any form of electronic music, texture is just as important as the notes you are playing. Combining multiple layers can create a thick sound and interesting texture from simple musical ideas.
Pretty basic chords can sound much more exciting if they are played by sounds which fill the frequency spectrum and have some movement. By using EQ we can take the parts that we want from different sounds and mix them to seem like one pad.
This video shows how I use this idea to make a full intro for a DnB track by layering a simple E minor chord with various pads. Please excuse my mumbling, coughing and occasionally covering the microphone. I’ve got a long way to go before I become a Youtube pro!!