The EDM Prodcast

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Weekly episodes with electronic music producers, engineers, and music industry experts. Hosted by Connor O'Brien and Sam Matla.

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#142: Cosmic Gate on the Secret to Sustained Success in the Music Industry
00:45:23
Show Notes: edmprod.com/142 This week, DJ Bossi (one half of the duo Cosmic Gate) sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Cosmic Gate is a Grammy Nominated electronic music duo who’ve been at the top of the dance music industry for over 20 years. In this episode, we start off with Bossi’s background, discussing what the DJ and production scene was like for him during the 80s and 90s. We talk about the chance encounter he had with Nic Chagall, whom he teamed up with to create the Cosmic Gate project. We discuss their early vision for Cosmic Gate (or the lack thereof), and how they successfully turned it into a full-time career. We spend a while discussing the decisions that have helped them stay relevant in the music industry, focusing on how they stayed true to their original vision for the project while adapting to the evolving scenes within dance music. We also discuss how they maintain motivation to continue to grow their Cosmic Gate project, and what their focus is in 2020. On the production side, Bossi offers his best advice on how to find your unique signature sound. He also discusses what he does and doesn’t like about producing in the box, diving into the pros and cons of working in the digital domain. Connect with Cosmic Gate: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cosmicgate Twitter: https://twitter.com/cosmicgate Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realcosmicgate/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ySxYu68zTsO5ghsThpGtS Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cosmicgateofficial
Jul 09, 2020
#141: Max Vangeli & Denis Hiller (NoFace Records) on How To Build an International Brand
00:56:45
Show Notes: edmprod.com/141 This week, Max Vangeli & Denis Hiller from NoFace Records sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. NoFace was originally launched in 2016 as a partnership with Armada, and they recently brought it back as a label, distribution, and education platform. Max Vangeli is well known his classic releases on Armada and Size Records, and his collaborations with artists like Tiesto, Steve Angelo, and AN21. In this episode, we start off with Max & Denis’s background, discussing how they both got their start in the music industry. We look at how they grew Max Vangeli’s brand to an international level with minimal connections in the music industry. There’s a lot you’ll be able to learn from the DIY, entrepreneurial mentality they put into growing Max’s artist project. On the label side, we discuss their initial concept for NoFace Records and how they transformed it last year to create the record label they wish they had early on in Max’s career. We also discuss their production school and distribution platform NoFace Academy, and why aspiring artists shouldn’t shy away from indie labels. Later on, we discuss the importance of building a community for your artist project, and why gaining DJ support does next to nothing for your project growth. We also talk about the importance of the right living environment, as well as their advice on starting a music business from scratch, whether it’s an artist project, a record label, or something else. Connect with NoFace Records: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nofacerecordsofficial/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoFaceRecords Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nofacerecords Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nofacerecordsofficial
Jul 02, 2020
#140: PLS&TY on Chasing Your True Sound and Accelerating Your Growth
00:24:44
Show Notes: edmprod.com/140 This week, PLS&TY sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. PLS&TY is a DJ and producer known for his pop-influenced dance records. Getting his start with viral remixes, he’s now hit #1 on the US iTunes electronic charts three times, and he’s also been remixed by industry heavyweights including Morgan Page, Rusko, Cazzette, and more. We start off with PLS&TY’s background, discussing his evolution from DJing into production. We discuss why he avoided DJing until he had his own original music, and what his growth strategy was early on in the project. He also talks about why he dropped out of film school after one semester, as well as his main takeaways from attending the Icon Collective music school in LA. On the production side, we discuss how PLS&TY found his unique signature style. We talk about how he blew up off a throwaway track, and how he dealt with the expectations that came with that track’s success. We also look at his approach for finding unique samples, getting creative with layering, and adding organic textures into his music. Later on, PLS&TY discusses how he’s using the pandemic to reset and focus on his personal health, an invaluable lesson during this turbulent time. He also offers his advice for artists who want to write vocal driven music but struggle to find quality original vocals. Connect with PLS&TY: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plsandty Twitter: https://twitter.com/plsandtybased Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plsandty/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/14byx2nRysWNtgauCXscKT?si=Wsz_YeaHQ12NRu1Lbd-DCw Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/pls-ty
Jun 25, 2020
#139: Lindgren on Honing Your Writing Skills & Breaking Into The Music Industry
00:56:09
Show Notes: edmprod.com/139 This week, Lindgren sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Lindgren is a multi-platinum music producer and songwriter from Berlin, Germany. His lengthy list of credits includes Dua Lipa, BTS, Halsey, Sia, Cheat Codes, and Illenium. We start off with Lindgren’s background, discussing how he fell into writing and producing pop music. We discuss what he learned attending the renowned Pop Academy in Germany, and how he built his first connections in the music industry. We also discuss the importance of writing camps to his development as an artist, both to help him sharpen his skills and to connect with other artists. On the music side, we dive deep into Lindgren’s songwriting workflow. We discuss where he finds inspiration for his music, writing alone versus with collaborators, and why speed is essential to his writing workflow. He breaks down where he picked up his lyric and melody writing skills, offering his best advice for songwriters looking to improve their skill set. He also discusses what he’s learned working with producers like Yoad Nevo and Virtual Riot, and some of the other lessons he’s picked up from his many collaborative writing sessions. Later on, Lindgren explains how to know when your music is good enough to release, how he picks what projects he does and doesn’t work on, and why he doesn’t have a solo artist project. He also discusses what a typical week looks like for him, and how he balances writing with everyday life. Overall, Lindgren offers heaps of advice for aspiring songwriters, whether they’re looking to develop their technique, build up connections, or simply to start releasing music. Connect with Lindgren: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindgrenofficial/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MisterLindgren Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamlindgren/
Jun 18, 2020
#138: Steve Void on Building a Successful Music Business and Breaking Through The Noise
01:04:17
Show Notes: edmprod.com/138 This week, Steve Void sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast Steve Void is a music producer based in the Netherlands who’s also the founder of the popular record label Strange Fruits. Although Steve Void is a talented producer with over 4.5 million streams on Spotify, he wanted to focus this episode around his early growth and what he’s learned creating and running a successful label. We start off with Steve Void’s background, looking at the early experiences that led him to pursue a career in music. We discuss attending the renowned Herman Brood Academy in the Netherlands, which features Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan as alumni. He actually was mildly depressed during his first semester due to the steep competition in his class, and we talk about how he overcame that pressure to move from the bottom to the top of the class. Next, we look why he created his record label Strange Fruits and how he grew it early on. We discuss how he learned the skills necessary to run a label and what he looks for in people he hires to help run it. We also focus in on the unique marketing and promotion strategies Strange Fruits has in place that has resulted in the tremendous growth they’ve seen over the past few years. Later on, we discuss what it takes to manufacture a hit record and whether or not you should release with a label. We also discuss Strange Fruits' other creative ventures, including their upcoming restaurant as well as their Strange Fruits characters that they’re developing into a full animated movie. Connect with Steve Void: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voidmuzik Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevevoidmusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevevoidmusic/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3WSK3JppX3N41XHVwQp7Gt Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/stevevoidmusic
Jun 11, 2020
#137: Villem on Innovative Sound Design, Sticking to One Genre, and Building Your Musical Confidence
00:52:15
Show Notes: edmprod.com/137 This week, Villem sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Villem is a Drum & Bass producer based in the UK who’s released on DnB heavyweights like UKF, Spearhead Records, and Drum&BassArena. In this episode, we look at how Villem initially got into DnB and what made him decide he wanted a career in music. We discuss the various music schools he went to and, looking back, how he would have approached his music education differently. We talk about the first steps of launching the Villem project, which took longer than it should have because of the anxiety he had sending out his music. We later look at the lengthy process it took for him to turn music into a full-time career, diving into the multiple streams of revenue he’s built up over the years. On the production side, we dive deep into Villem’s songwriting and sound design workflow. We discuss the two different ways he starts a track, and how he knows whether or not an idea is worth finishing. We talk about his favorite analog synths, his unique parallel distortion approach, as well as his detailed bassline processing. We also discuss how he gets creative with background textures, advice for anyone who struggles with arrangement, and why he doesn’t spend much time in genres outside of DnB. Later on, we discuss the common issues that come up during the one-on-one mentoring sessions he has with producers, his series of best-selling sample packs, and the keys to his Spotify playlist success. We also discuss how he manages his time for music with his family, as well as his approach towards music during the pandemic situation. Connect with Villem: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillemUK/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/VillemUK Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/villem_murkt/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3mupfXo95OeusJKhAJVCUf Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/villem
Jun 04, 2020
#136: Lenno on His Mixing Workflow, Improving Your Musicality, and Making Money Without Shows
01:08:13
Show Notes: edmprod.com/136 This week, Lenno sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Lenno is a Finnish producer and songwriter who’s well known for his disco and funk inspired dance tracks. Outside of his impressive catalogue of solo releases, he’s remixed dozens of big artists like Zayn and Tove Lo, and he’s also a sought after co-producer, regularly working with artists such as Oliver Heldens and Seeb. With over 100 million streams on Spotify alone, Lenno is a staple in the dance music industry. In this episode, we start with Lenno’s background, discussing his classic music upbringing and the shift that made him take electronic music seriously. We discuss how he fell into remix work early on, and what the process was like to find management. We later look at how he built a financially viable career in the music industry without relying too heavily on live shows. We also look at the burnout he had with the Lenno project, and how he fell into the healthy writing balance he has now. On the production side, Lenno dives deep into the technical side of his production and mixing workflow. He walks step by step through his drum bus processing, how he mixes his synths, and his favorite guitar chain. He also discusses the importance of microvariation in your arrangements, his favorite virtual analog synths, and where he falls on the analog versus digital debate. Later on, we discuss the importance of finding and sticking with a unique sound, how he began co-producing for Oliver Heldens and Seeb, and his advice for producers looking to improve their musicality, even if they don’t play an instrument. He also discusses the importance of proper monitoring and acoustic treatment, as well as brand new Splice pack. Connect with Lenno: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lennomusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/helloimlenno Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helloimlenno/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4IRw3ME1D0lYOyFyXAjDv7/about Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lenno
May 28, 2020
#135: Kandy on Finding Your Identity and Keeping Things Simple
00:39:40
Show Notes: edmprod.com/135 This week, Kandy sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Kandy is a Brooklyn based DJ/producer who’s currently signed to Thrive Music. Alongside his billboard charting solo releases, he’s collaborated with artists such as Nervo and released official remixes for artists such as Katy Perry and Selena Gomez. We start off with Kandy’s background, discussing his evolution from attending raves to taking up music production. We discuss the early days of the Kandy project, and his evolution from writing heavier bass music to the pop-friendly dance tracks he’s making now. We also discuss the hiatus he took back in 2018 that helped him to reflect and redefine his sound. On the production side, we spend a while discussing Kandy’s approach to songwriting and arrangement. He offers advice on how to write music on a more emotional level, a focus that has made him much happier with the music he’s writing. He discusses how to keep things simple with your productions and arrangement, and why he avoids hoarding synth and effect plugins. He also discusses how to identify a creative direction for your music, and where he looks for creative inspiration (especially during the current pandemic situation). Later on, Kandy offers insight into his social media content strategy, why every producer should download TikTok, and the biggest lessons he’s learned in the eight years of this project. Connect with Kandy: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisisKANDY Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisKANDY Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisKANDY/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4mPFPLedaotlYFB3GLn6r7 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thisiskandy
May 21, 2020
#134: Wuki on Finding Your Sound, High-Profile Collabs, and Creative Distortion Techniques
00:53:22
Show Notes: edmprod.com/134 This week, Wuki sat down to chat on the EDM Podcast. Wuki is a Grammy nominated producer who’s collaborated with industry heavyweights including Diplo, Skrillex, Kayzo, Valentino Khan, and Anna Lunoe, and he’s released music on imprints such as OWSLA, Atlantic Records, Fool’s Gold, and Ultra. We start off with Wuki’s background, discussing his band Innerpartysystem and the golden era of Myspace. We talk about his transition into EDM, looking at the tracks and bootlegs that launched his career. We also discuss how he found his signature sound, and why after 7+ years of this project he’s decided to release his debut album. On the production side, we discuss how Wuki gets creative with distortion, looking at the Max for Live and 3rd party plugins he relies on. We also talk about how he mixes his kicks and bass, recording vocals on his iPhone, and whether or not you should use Sausage Fattener on your master bus. Later on, we discuss what he’s learned collaborating with artists like Skrillex and Valentino Khan, what he’s learned during his Twitch feedback streams, and what to expect from his debut album. Connect with Wuku: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAMwuki/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wuki Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wuki/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Se1y4vDcu9fVHLqdj1N3q Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/iamwuki
May 14, 2020
#133 Niiko x Swae on Leveling Up Your Production and Crafting Memorable Live Shows
00:58:22
Show Notes: edmprod.com/133 This week, Niiko x Swae sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Niiko x Swae are a DJ and production duo based out of LA. They were recently a 2019 Hakkasan Group Resident, allowing them to open up for some of the biggest artists in the industry at one of dance music’s most important venues. We start off with Niiko & Swae’s background, looking at their journey from DJing frat parties in college to playing clubs all across the US. We discuss how they built relationships with promoters and club owners, which allowed them the opportunity to play increasingly bigger venues. We also talk about the years they spent crafting a live show that truly resonates with audiences, a process that’s been tantamount to the success they have. On the production side, we spend a while discussing songwriting and arrangement tips for producers who aren’t too knowledgeable about music theory. Niiko x Swae also discuss practical tips and strategies for producers who struggle with the last 10% of a track. They also dive into the 3rd party plugins that helped level up their production quality, as well as what they’ve learned from the talented producers at Prodigy Artists. Later on, we discuss their strategy for social media content and how they’re making the most out of the current quarantine. They talk about the lessons they learned being mentored by Randy Jackson, as well as their overall strategy when it comes to networking. Connect with Niiko x SWAE: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/niikoxswae/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/niikoxswae Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/niikoxswae/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7ui1kBUIbujvJnIXxDjoWz Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/niiko_swae
May 07, 2020
#132: KSHMR on Staying Motivated, Building a Successful Brand, and Being an Authentic Artist
01:35:57
Show Notes: edmprod.com/132 Download & Stream 'Bruk It Down': http://bit.ly/BrukItDown-DL-Stream Sign up for Dharma Studio: https://www.dharmaworldwide.com/ This week, KSHMR sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. If you’ve been producing dance music for more than 30 seconds, you’re surely familiar with him, whether it’s from his classic dance tracks like Secrets or My Best Life, his chart topping sample packs, his production tutorials, and most recently his very own plugin KSHMR Essentials. We start off with KSHMR’s background, looking at how he built his production and songwriting skills by himself early on. We dive into how he fell into producing for rappers and singers, and how this led to him creating The Cataracts project, widely known for their hit single ‘Like A G6’. We spend a while discussing KSHMR’s transition into EDM, and how he took everything he learned in the pop world and put it into his ideal artist project. KSHMR explains the keys to his early success with this project, and what separated him from other producers that were making the switch to EDM. On the production side, we discuss how to balance the technical and emotional aspects of production. KSHMR mentions how producing EDM has hurt his ability to write music on an emotional level, because he, like so many producers, is overly concerned with the technical aspects of production. We talk about how to deal with this issue, focusing on how he crafts emotive and expressive tracks within the dance music sphere. Later on, we talk about his new education platform Dharma Studio, as well as his brand new plugin KSHMR Essentials. We discuss why he loves teaching music production, and the lesson he’s learned helping out thousands of producers. KSHMR also lists off his favorite uncommon 3rd party plugins, a few of which you've likely never heard of but will blow you away. Connect with KSHMR: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KSHMRmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/KSHMRmusic Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/kshmr/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/kshmrmusic?si=fVfUAZZzSt-66WekFg0Eqg Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kshmr
Apr 30, 2020
#131: How to Break Through as a New Artist with Morgin Madison
00:52:47
Show Notes: edmprod.com/131 This week, Morgin Madison sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Morgin Madison is a fantastic producer who’s unique brand of atmospheric house music has landed him on outlets like Lowly Palace and Parametric Records. We start with Morgin Madison’s background, looking at his progression from corporate lobbying to pursuing a career in music. We dive into the lengthy journey to find his current sound, which included a previous artist project and several rebrands. As he was independent for the first few years of this project, we discuss what he learned about marketing, promotion, and branding that helped him grow his artist project essentially by himself. We also talk about being comfortable with wanting to be a musician, an idea many producers struggle with due to external pressure from friends and family. On the production side, we cover a several aspects of Morgin Madison’s production workflow. He’s currently sitting on 40+ finished tracks, which you can bet he was asked about. We discuss how he’s able to write so much music, diving into his default template, his songwriting process, and his approach to sound design. He also dissects his approach for mixing kick and bass, how he adds dense reverbs to his tracks without muddying them up, and unique approach to layering sounds. Connect with Morgin Madison Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morginmadison/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/morginmadison Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morginmadison/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1WrO4cGKIG6EgYqyHNReej Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/morginmadison
Apr 23, 2020
#130: It's Never Too Late to Become an Artist with Mickey Valen
00:51:38
Show Notes: edmprod.com/130 This week, Mickey Valen sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Mickey Valen is a classically trained musician and producer who’s released on labels like CloudKid and Lowly Palace, and his song Meet Me (feat Noe) currently has nearly 60M plays on Trap Nation’s YouTube Channel. We start off with Mickey Valen’s background, looking at his late entry into the production world. He studied music in college, but he didn’t start producing until after school while he was working a corporate 9-5. We look at how he grew his production skills on the side, and how he eventually made the leap to working full-time on music. He got his start producing for vocalists, and he reveals how he built these connections early on without an artist project. On the production side, we spent a while talking about his songwriting process. Even though Mickey Valen is classically trained, he feels this hurts him at times. He discusses how all producers, no matter their theory knowledge, should approach songwriting. He also walks through his favorite distortion plugins, how he adds creative and background textures, and what his writing process looks like when working with vocalists. We also discuss how to embrace the difficult and annoying parts of being a producer, the pros and cons of moving to Los Angeles, and some of the hidden streams of revenues available to producers. Connect with Mickey Valen: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mickeyvalen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mickeyvalen Twitter: https://twitter.com/mickeyvalenxy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mickeyvalen/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2tLI4kPsmsxQQv6zr2jbgt?si=VGDMZYLRR1iBJ4V3bC2nSQ
Apr 16, 2020
#129: Developing a More Creative Mindset with pluko
00:59:23
Show Notes: edmprod.com/129 This week, pluko sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Pluko is a talented producer with releases on labels like Foreign Family Collective and Future Classic, and he’s released official remixes for artists like Tycho and Odesza. We start with pluko’s background, looking at his ambitious start to producing music in middle school. He discusses how he developed his skills early on, leading him to start touring by the age of 17. In terms of growing his project, Pluko really emphasizes the importance of marketing yourself early on, believing it to be just as important as the music itself. He also discusses how to know when to sign to a label, what the relationship with his management is like, how to forge your own path in music (and life). On the production side, we discuss pluko’s mindset towards creating music that helps him generate a ton of ideas. If you’re short on musical ideas or consistently run into writer’s block, pluko offers his best advice on how to stay creatively inspired. Later on, we also discuss his favorite analog synths, how he uses the Ableton Push, and his approach to creative resampling. Connect with pluko: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/plukomusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plukomusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/pluko Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pluko/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/01qbSocTDAe2DmKayS89A5
Apr 09, 2020
#128: How to Make Your Brand Stand Out with DLMT
00:47:34
Show notes: edmprod.com/128 This week, DLMT sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast DLMT is a DJ and producer based in Toronto with releases on labels like Armada, Confession, Dim Mak, and Musical Freedom, and his track So Cold hit #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart just last year. We start with DLMT’s background, looking at his progression from metal bands in high school to producing on his own in college. We look at how he built his career early on with no connections, and how he curated a solid fanbase to turn his passion for music into a career. On the production side, we discuss DLMT’s writing workflow, looking at how he separates writing from sound design and mixing. He reveals his favorite techniques for drum programming and processing, his approach to curating his own sample library, and how he adds movement to more minimal tracks. DLMT also dissects his mixing workflow, offering advice on crafting a full mix with minimal elements, as well as the single best mixing tip he’s been given. Later on, we discuss the long-term ramifications that the pandemic situation may have on the music industry, especially given the large amount of show cancelations. DLMT also offers great advice on how to build a solid brand and stand out as an artist in 2020. Connect with DLMT: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dlmtmusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dlmtmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/dlmtmusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dlmtmusic/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5rG00A9pRANrMDzVI3DrmF
Apr 02, 2020
#127: How to Stop Overproducing With Black Caviar
00:45:12
Show Notes: edmprod.com/127 This week, Black Caviar sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Black Caviar is a Grammy nominated production duo based in New York with releases on Republic and Atlantic, official remixes for artists like Lizzo and Tiesto, and music in the latest Spiderman and Charlie’s Angels movies. We start with Black Caviar’s background, looking at the organic development that led to them working as a duo. Jared from Black Caviar was formerly an A&R at Casablanca Records, so he talks on the importance of experience in the music industry and what he learned working at a major label. Their project also started as a purely fun hobby for them, so we talk about how they developed it into a sustainable career, and how they keep the project fun with the increased pressure that’s come their way. On the production side, we focus heavily on how to build a catchy and full track with a minimal production. If you’re a fan of their music, you’ll know they do a lot with a stripped back production. They talk about how they’ve developed the ability to do this, and they offer advice for producers who are guilty of overproducing. Later on, we talk about their approach to managing creative block, the balance between releasing originals versus remixes, and how to deal with the fickleness of the music industry. Connect with Black Caviar: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/realblackcaviar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/realblackcaviar Twitter: https://twitter.com/realblackcaviar Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realblackcaviar/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1wqW0IQWC7V7jktcjVHID6?si=B0x_igxFSOmWmifJ7mT9xQ
Mar 26, 2020
#126: Finding Your Sound Design Flow & Building Online Connections With Slippy
01:01:25
Show notes: edmprod.com/126 This week, Slippy sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Slippy is an electronic producer from Florida who’s well known for his popular releases on Monstercat. If you wish the guests on this podcast dove deeper into technical production concepts, this episode is for you. We start with Slippy’s background, looking at how he built up production knowledge from scratch. We talk about the small producer group that he’s a part of which he attributes a lot of his success to. He discusses why it’s so important to have other artists to grow with, not just from a promotion standpoint, but to learn and gain motivation from. On the production side, Slippy dives deep into the technical aspects of his production workflow. He discusses the synths and effects he uses for sound design, and his approach for creating sounds from scratch. He breaks down his layering process, and his best advice for leveling up your mixing. He also discusses his current writing workflow, which helps him get solid ideas down quickly, which ultimately helps him finish more music. He also discusses separating sound design and production, and how he resamples from his own music and from sample packs. Connect with Slippy: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/slippy_music Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slippymusic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/slippy_music Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slippy_music/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3gxGPuGK6DOpv7XVp8V6jG?si=ClDG7UnZSPyFKav0zmNwgg
Mar 19, 2020
#125: How to Find Your True Musical Style With Attom
00:55:25
Show notes: edmprod.com/125 This week, Attom sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Attom is an indie-electronic music producer who’s released on labels like Ultra, Foreign Family Collective, and Lowly Palace, and released official remixes for artists like ODESZA, Selena Gomez, and Jai Wolf. If you’re currently struggling to find the right genre or style for your artist project, this is the episode for you. We discuss Attom’s background in music, looking at the lengthy road he took to find his unique sound. Attom had early success in a style he didn’t love making, which is more common than you might think, so we talk a lot about the importance of finding a style of music that both you enjoy writing and fans respond to. We also talk about his early success with remix competitions, the importance of finding validation early on in your production career, and what he learned taking a gap year to focus on music. On the production side, we dive deep into his writing workflow, looking at how he effectively builds ideas from scratch. We discuss how he creatively uses Splice samples, his approach to layering, and why trusting your taste is critical for your growth as a producer. Later on, we discuss how he creates music that’s built to be performed live, and how to deal with the perpetual overwhelm that most producers face. Connect with Attom: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/attommusicofficial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/attommusic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AttomMusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/attommusic/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Xq5wasmlEwC6TqCqJtP5o
Mar 12, 2020
#124: Expert Advice from Industry Veterans With the Disco Fries
01:15:58
Show Notes: edmprod.com/124 Mixing for Producers: edmprod.com/mixing This week, the Disco Fries sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. The Disco Fries have been a staple in the dance music scene for over a decade, with releases on all the big electronic labels, collabs with artists like Tiesto, and dozens of high profile remixes for artists like Usher, Katy Perry, and Selena Gomez to name a few. Given how long they’ve been around, they have a ton of experience and advice to share with producers of all levels. We start with their background in music, discussing how they met at the Berklee School of Music and why they decided to form a duo. We talk about how they dealt with the fear that most music school students go through, which is “how am I going to make a living once school is over”, and how they quickly transitioned into actually making a living off the Disco Fries project. Outside of releasing music and touring under the Disco Fries brand, they generate revenue off of music in a number of ways, including writing for film and tv, running a record label, running a publishing company, mixing and mastering for other artists, and a whole lot more. If you’re keen to find ways to make a living off of music that doesn’t include streaming or shows, you’ll take away a ton from this episode. We also talk about the balance between making music for fun versus making music for a career, and how to avoid developing a resentful relationship with music. They offer their best advice for younger producers trying to break into the industry, as well as producers in their late 20s or 30s that worry they’ll never make a career in music. On the production side, we talk about their collaborative workflow, which for the past few years has been primarily remote. They currently live in different cities, so if you’ve ever struggled to work with another artist remotely or remote collaboration is something you’d like to get into, there’s a lot to learn from the way they’ve refined their collaborative approach. They also talk about their mixdown tutorials in Mixing for Producers, EDMProd’s flagship mixing course. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thediscofries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thediscofries Twitter: https://twitter.com/thediscofries Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thediscofries/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7G7KvDCLdVG0Ok511Iqc9U?si=E-w_wkdjR5WBj7v-VJwAbA
Mar 06, 2020
#123: Taking Music Seriously and Creating What You Love with Hanz
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/123 This week, Hanz sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Hanz is a talented producer based out of Norway who’s released on labels like Majestic Casual, Foreign Family Collective, and Lowly Palace. We start off with Hanz’s musical background, diving into the lengthy process before he started releasing music. He actually started this project as a bit of a joke to prove to his coworker that producing Trap wasn’t that hard. After a while, he began to connect more with the music he was making, and after hearing a certain EP from another artist inspired him to take music more seriously. We discuss the importance of identifying with the vibe or mood of your music, and advice on finding your music niche. On the production side, we talk a lot about his songwriting workflow, looking at how he writes music that’s both unique and relatable. We talk about how to write better verses, and how to approach writing second verses and choruses, something a lot of intermediate producers struggle with. He also dives into his favorite synth and effect plugins, including a little known plugin he uses to build dense, atmospheric textures. Later on, Hanz offers his advice on how to be unique in the ‘lofi-hip hop’ scene, and how he’s built up a fanbase in a genre that’s great for streams but not for follows. We also discuss why he collaborates so often, and his process for collaborating on music remotely. Connect with Hanz: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/hanzbeats Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hanzbeatz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HanzBeats Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hanzbeats/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1eL4DVwObeAZjGOVjASAXd?si=CT_vWvnxTL2V4VXqeC3kKw
Feb 27, 2020
#122: How to Push Through Musical Roadblocks With Glacier
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/122 This week, Glacier sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Glacier is a talented artist and producer who’s well known for his original releases on Monstercat. If you feel stuck right now at school or work, you’ll want to carve out time to listen to this episode in full. It’s been a lengthy journey for Glacier to get where he’s at right now with both work and production, and there is a lot to learn from the way he’s handled and mishandled different situations. We start off with Glacier’s background in music, looking at the methodology he used to quickly learn new instruments. We talk about him going to and dropping out of college, his experience attending an audio engineering school, and the various part time jobs he’s held while growing his artist project. We talk about the balance between pursuing your craft and financial stability, and how he’s struck a good balance with his current working situation. On the production side, we talk about how to develop a consistent writing workflow, how to add more complexity to your music, and the importance of learning music theory. We also talk about the right way to win a remix contest, what plugins he can’t live without, and what he learned teaching at an audio engineering school for two years. Connect with Glacier: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/glacierofficial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlacierOfficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlacierTunes Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glacierofficial/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7DS9AJjKnseiE7nVofoULL
Feb 20, 2020
#121: Switching Careers and Finding Balance with BeauDamian
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/121 This week, BeauDamien sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. BeauDamien is a Dutch producer who’s released on outlets like Monstercat, STMPD RCRDS, and bitbird. Aside from his more EDM-focused productions, he’s also an award-winning film and game score composer. We start with BeauDamien’s background, discussing the lengthy journey he took to discover that he wanted a career in music. He breaks down his unsuccessful artist projects before launching the BeauDamien project, and how he found his happy niche in the music industry. We talked about how he got connected with San Holo and the bitbird family, and what he learned from the other artists on that label that helped him grow his career even further. While discussing his background, Beau consistently emphasises the importance of self-care as an artist. It’s tough to find a healthy balance between work, school, friends, relationships, and music, and Beau talks about what did and didn’t work for him to find the healthy balance he has now. On the production side, Beau talks about the keys to his songwriting, sound design, and mixing success. He breaks down his melody writing process, offering his best advice on writing more catchy and memorable melodies. We also look at the plugins he uses for sound design and mixing, and what helps him achieve clear and full mixes. Later on, Beau talks about his musical inspirations, and how he perpetually stays excited to create more new music. He also discusses the importance of having musicians in your circle to learn from, to grow with, and to gain motivation from. Connect with BeauDamian: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/beaudamian Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeauDamian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeauDamian Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beaudamian/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5VjPvMZB9D6b9XEeXMg8SB?si=yzr8Ow7VTIuBJ9sUwqSrlQ
Feb 13, 2020
#120: Monetizing Your Music The Right Way with Gill Chang
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/120 This week, Gill Chang sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast Gill Chang is a Taiwanise producer based in LA who’s released music on outlets like Trap Nation, MrSuicideSheep, and Proximity, and he’s also known for his best-selling Splice sample packs. We start with Gill Chang’s background, looking at how he transitioned from his 9-5 into making music full-time. We talk about how he built up multiple revenue streams on the side, which enabled him to quit his job to pursue music full-time. We talk about the early stages of the Gill Chang project, and how he grew the project to where it’s at now. On the production side, Gill dives deep into his production workflow, talking about his approach to sample selection, sound design, layering, and mixing. He explains what his default mastering chain looks like, how to add organic textures to your music, and how to stay original in genres that are quite repetitive. We also discuss the pros and cons of using mixing engineers, and whether or not Gill thinks you should outsource the mixing and mastering for your music. Connect with Gill Chang: Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/gillchang Facebook: facebook.com/officialgillchang/ Twitter: twitter.com/iamgillchang Instagram: instagram.com/iamgillchang/ Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/7p24N1hqcZaGRNmaYMCTjx?si=6ayY51ZBRHicFUq97x7LbA
Feb 06, 2020
#119: How to Launch an Artist Project in 2020 with Arcando
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/119 This week, Arcando sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast. Arcando is Dutch producer who’s released on labels like Sony, Armada, Revealed Recordings, and Trap Nation, and he’s released official remixes for artists like Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, and R3HAB. If you listen to the podcast often, you’ll enjoy this episode as we talk a lot more about branding, marketing, and social media than we normally do. We start with Arcando’s music background, discussing how he built his career from the ground up, including his first release on Armada Trice that, believe it or not, he produced in GarageBand. We talk about how he pivoted from the big room sound he started with into a more open style, a turning point in the growth of his career. If you’re looking to launch an artist project soon, this episode is for you. We talk about how to find the right brand for your project, how to choose the best label for your music, and how to leverage unofficial remixes to build a fanbase. Later on, Arcando discusses why he feels quantity is as important as quality, and why focusing on a signature sound could be killing you creativity. He also breaks down how he would build an artist project from scratch in 2020, a goldmine of advice for artists struggling to grow their fanbase. On the production side, we spend a while talking about his mixing workflow. He breaks down how he uses multiple projects for mixing, and how stem mastering has made it easier for him to achieve clean and full mixes. Connect with Arcando: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/arcando-official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arcandomusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcandomusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arcandomusic/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ycvq8upLhNmddPdQXhLOy
Jan 30, 2020
#118: Making Music That’s Uniquely Yours with On Planets
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Show notes: edmprod.com/118 This week, On Planets sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. On Planets is a producer and vocalist based out of Vancouver who’s known for his introspective electronic productions. If you’re not familiar with his project, you should be, as his music is a refreshing blend of acoustic and electronic influences. We dive deep into his music background, looking at his early influences and his journey to creating the On Planets project. A lot of producers get stuck in the ‘hobby’ approach to music, neglecting to put intention and purpose behind their productions. A big shift occurred when On Planets realized this, setting him on the musical trajectory he’s following now. Later on, we talk about his year and a half music hiatus, which he took after gaining solid traction with his artist project. He went through both a musical and personal burnout, and decided it was best to put the project on hold. He talks about what he learned during this hiatus, and how he built up both the confidence and routine to again start releasing music. On the production side, we talk about his typical writing workflow, including how he wrote and produced his latest single Sticks. He dives into the analog setup he uses, revealing the inexpensive gear he used early on. He’s currently working a full-time job, and we talk about how he balances both work and music to keep a consistent musical output. We discuss how 9-5 jobs are often undervalued, and the benefits of having a traditional job that supports your creativity. Connect with On Planets: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/onplanets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weareallonplanets Twitter: https://twitter.com/onplanets Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onplanets/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5uz8HDS6eOsefdqSyMlTzi
Jan 23, 2020
#117: Songwriting, Live Performance, and Mixing with Anomalie
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/117 This week, Anomalie sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Anomalie is a classically trained keyboardist and producer based in Montreal, Canada. He’s well known for his jazz and classical inspired electronic productions, as well as his viral live performance videos. Anomalie talks about his unique musical upbringing, discussing how he pivoted from his classically trained background to producing electronic music. He had a non-linear journey from musical school to launching the Anomalie project, from playing in a house jazz band to doing commercial writing. He discusses how he got into production and how he developed his production skills to the point they’re at now. On the production side, Anomalie explains the unique four step writing workflow he uses in the studio. He talks about the various roles a producer serves, and how he separates the writing, production, and mixing of a track. On his North American tour last year, Anomalie did a 1-hour masterclass before each show diving into his production, writing, and live performance setup. He summarizes what he covered in these masterclasses, discussing the main takeaways his students left with. We also discuss how he built his first connections in the music industry, his approach to developing and writing an album, and how he deals with creative block. It’s refreshing to hear that someone as musically literate as Anomalie also deals with creative block, and he offers some great advice on the subject. Connect with Anomalie: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/anomaliebeats Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anomaliebeats Twitter: https://twitter.com/anomaliebeats Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anomaliebeats/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ev6Cd0yJVCcpf2zezEQ8Z
Jan 16, 2020
#116: Keeping Music Fun and Using Analogue Synths with Teen Daze
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Show notes: edmprod.com/116 This week, Jamison aka Teen Daze jumped on the podcast. Known for his ambient and soothing approach to electronic music, Teen Daze has been making music for over a decade. We dive into his background and how he made a lot of music by just having fun with the process, and how that helped him reach a higher standard of music over time. During this process, he also talks about things he wishes he did, like set a plan in order for what he wants to achieve. Later we get more technical and talk about his studio setup, including a few of his favourite synths and plugins that he uses, like the Korg M1. We dive into how you can use existing sounds in new contexts to inspire creativity and inform your own sound as an artist. He ends the podcast by talking about some upcoming projects for film and book, as well as new music as Teen Daze and his dance-oriented side project, Pacific Coliseum. Connect with Teen Daze: Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/teendaze Facebook: facebook.com/teendaze Twitter: twitter.com/teendaze Instagram: instagram.com/teendaze
Jan 10, 2020
#115: Maintaining A Long Career in the Music Industry with Morgan Page
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Show notes: edmprod.com/115 Morgan Page's Footprints Remix Package: https://ARMAS1682.lnk.to/FR This week, Morgan Page sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Morgan Page is an electronic music veteran with hits like The Longest Road and a solid discography of remixes for big name artists like deadmau5 and Flight Facilities. Beyond his music, he's known for running the MP Quick Tips page on Twitter, where he offers out advice he's learned over his decades of experience in the industry. Over his years in the music industry, Morgan has seen a lot of shifts in the way music is written/produced, how it is marketed and how people have adapted. An increase in quantity can be good, but quality can be hard to find, both in music and in music education. He shares his perspectives on this and also his own struggles with music even to this day. Beyond this, Morgan talks about recent developments in the music production gear space and how he uses this equipment to improve his music in his own unique way. He finishes on some upcoming projects that you should definitely keep an eye on. Connect with Morgan Page: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/morganpage Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morganpage/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/morganpage MP Quick Tips: https://twitter.com/mpquicktips Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morganpage/
Dec 19, 2019
#114: Growing Your Brand and Finding Your Niche with Asher Postman
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Show notes: edmprod.com/114 This week, Asher Postman sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Asher Postman has released on labels such as Armada Music and is well known for his viral YouTube remix videos. His Walmart Yodeling Kid [Trap Remix] video has over 20 million views on YouTube, and his Dubai Was Lit [Trap Remix] video has over 10 million views. Every artist project needs an entry point, and after years at failing the Soundcloud game, Asher turned to Facebook and YouTube videos to jumpstart his growth. This worked well, and now he’s making a living off of music and releasing on top labels. Given Asher Postman’s unique entry into the music industry, this episode is both insightful and refreshing. We dive deep into Asher’s background, discussing the struggles and failures he experienced early on. He talks about how he dealt with that rejection, and how he came to terms with the incredibly low odds there are to succeed as an artist. We then get into his inspiration for creating his first comedy video, and how with a minimal following and $7 in Facebook ads that first video reached over a million views. We look at how he grew from that first video, establishing a core fanbase that enabled him to make a living off of music. We also discuss the direction for his artist project and how his YouTube channel fits into his vision for the Asher Postman brand. Later on, we discuss how to stay both productive and sane on social media, tips for avoiding music burnout, and Asher’s best advice for new producers. Connect with Asher Postman: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/asher-postman Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asherpostmanmusic YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZs2DmLnyunAf9tQrZoXLg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asherpostman/
Dec 12, 2019
#113: Making More Creative and Experimental Music with Zes
01:22:54
Show Notes: edmprod.com/113 This week, Zes sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Zes is Dutch producer known for his futuristic and experimental electronic productions. He’s released music on labels such as Cloudkid, Fog Mountain, and The Sound You Need. We talk about Zes’s background in music and how he transitioned into pursuing music full-time. Part of what helped him go full-time were a few big sync placements for companies like Apple and Huawei. We discuss how he got into sync licensing and how it helps him make better music for his Zes project. On the production side, Zes breaks down his full production workflow, from the analog and modular gear he has to the typical processing chains he uses in the DAW. He dissects his songwriting workflow, discussing how a simple shift has made him more productive in recent months. We also talk about how it’s important to find the right scene in the music industry and to find the right collaborators and partners to grow with. Later on in the episode, Zes discusses how he handles creative block, and why creative block is often a sign that things are moving in the right direction for your music. He also mentions how financial stability can affect your creativity, an important but often under-discussed aspect of being an artist. Connect with Zes: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/zesmusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Zesmusic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/officialzes Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zesmusic/
Dec 05, 2019
#112: Building a Team and Finding Your Niche with Dirty Radio
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/112 This week, Waspy from the dance-R&B group Dirty Radio sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. They’ve released three full length albums and a ton of successful singles on labels such as Spinnin’, Mad Decent, and Majestic Casual. Dirty Radio has been releasing music for over a decade, so Waspy has a lot to share on what he’s learned over that time and looking back, how he would have done things differently. There are three core members of Dirty Radio, so we talk about how they came together, what their roles are, and how those roles have developed over time. Dirty Radio is a songwriting forward project, so we focus in on how they start and develop ideas. A lot of producers open the DAW and wait for inspiration to strike, and Waspy talks about why this is often a bad idea and what he does to start tracks off the right way. Overall, he offers a ton of valuable advice on production, marketing, and networking, especially for those of you that haven’t really stepped out of the electronic scene Connect with Dirty Radio: Dirty Radio - Nobody Does It Better: https://lnk.to/nobodydoesitbetter Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dirtyradiomusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DiRTYRADiOMUSIC/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dirtyradiomusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtyradiomusic/
Nov 28, 2019
#111: Finding Your Sound and Filling Out Drops with Nurko
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/111 This week, Nurko sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Nurko has released on Armada, Proximity, and Trap Nation, and has high-profile remixes for artists like Morgan Page, Lost Kings, and Dabin. We cover a lot in this interview, starting with his background in music and how he discovered the distinct sound his project has. Instead of trying to force through a certain sound, Nurko let it come naturally to him, working in different genres until a sound came out they he enjoyed making and people respond well to. If you’re currently struggling to find your own unique style, Nurko has a ton of valuable advice for you in this interview. On the production side of things, we dive deep into his workflow and production process. We spend a while talking about how he finds the right layers for his drops, what he does to make them more exciting, and how he adds several layers without muddying up the mix. Nurko also offers his best advice for newer producers, discussing what helped him accelerate his growth early on. Connect with Nurko: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nurkomusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NurkoOfficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/nurkomusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nurkomusic/
Nov 21, 2019
#110: Building Your Creative Confidence with laxcity
00:49:22
Show Notes: edmprod.com/110 This week, laxcity sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Laxcity is an extremely talented producer based out of Bristol that’s curated a strong fanbase with his unique brand of emotional, melodic electronic music. He’s an introspective artist and human, which clearly comes across in this interview. We discuss how laxcity discovered his unique sound and style, and how this fits into the overall direction of this project. He talks about how he’s historically struggled with anxiety and self-doubt, and how he’s overcome this to turn his passion for music into a career. On the production side of things, we talk about his complete writing workflow, why he stays away from 3rd party plugins, and his approach to crafting more memorable and unique sounds. Overall, if you’re someone who’s struggled with self-doubt or anxiety with music, and let’s be honest, who hasn’t, you’ll find a ton of value in this interview. Connect with laxcity: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/laxcitymusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laxcitymusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/laxcitymusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laxcitymusic/
Nov 14, 2019
#109: Derek Sivers on Creative Process, Originality, and Smart Career Building
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I mention that this is episode 110 in the intro, but it's not. I was wrong. It's 109. And it's a fantastic interview with one of the most insightful and creative people I know: Derek Sivers. Derek is best known for his work at CD Baby, but before that he was a full time musician. We stay away from talking about his CD Baby story in this interview (as it's been discussed elsewhere), and focus on how musicians and producers can be more creative, driven, and intelligent when it comes to making music. Connect with Derek Sivers here: https://sivers.org/
Nov 08, 2019
#108: Finding Your Sound and Perfecting Your Workflow with Bronze Whale
00:58:17
Show Notes: edmprod.com/108 In this episode, I have a chat with Aaron and Benny from Bronze Whale. If you’re not familiar with their project, their music is a unique blend of pop, hip-hop, and electronic influences. Their debut album Shape of Things dropped earlier this year, and it really showcases their unique sound and style. We spend a while talking about their background, discussing how they met and why they decided to form a duo. We also talk about the writing workflow they’ve developed that helps them stay productive in the studio. They have a unique approach to starting and developing ideas, so if you’re someone gets stuck in the 8 bar loop trap or get intimidated by a blank project file, there is a ton of practical advice for you in the interview. We also discuss how they've worked to develop their unique sound, how they ensure they aren’t overproducing a track, and some of their favorite production tools and techniques. Connect with Bronze Whale: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebronzewhale Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebronzewhale Twitter: https://twitter.com/bronzewhale Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bronzewhale/
Oct 31, 2019
#107: Breaking Through as a Duo with Two Friends
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Show notes: edmprod.com/107 In this episode, I have a chat with Matt and Eli from the duo Two Friends. They have original releases on Spinnin', Armada, and Dim Mak, as well as over 27 # 1 tracks on Hype Machine. They’re also known for their viral remixes of tracks like Trap Queen and Mr. Brightside which have gained tens of millions of streams on Soundcloud. In the episode, we dive deep into how Matt and Eli grew their production skills and their career while they worked remotely in college. They had big dreams for this project from the very start, so it was great hearing how they hustled for themselves, treating their artist project as if it their own start-up. Naturally, we talk about the workflow of being in a duo, diving into how they split up work to make sure they're being as efficient as possible. We also talk about the logistics of building the right team around your project, and why they’re glad they remained independent for as long as they did. On the production side of things, we talk about how they stay productive in the studio, making sure they focus on the big picture instead of getting lost in the details. They also talk about how they stay excited and motivated to finish songs they’ve been working on for a while, which is an issue nearly all producers run into. The Two Friends just announced a massive North American tour with Matoma that kicks off early next year, which you can find more about here - http://smarturl.it/campsuperdope Connect with Two Friends: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/two-friends Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twofriendsmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/twofriendsmusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twofriendsmusic/
Oct 24, 2019
#106 (Part 2): Breaking Down Your Production Workflow with Pierce Fulton
01:10:45
Show Notes: edmprod.com/106 This week, Pierce Fulton sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Part 1 of our interview (which is already out) is all about his background and journey as an artist. Part 2, which is what you're on right now, covers all things production. In this episode, Pierce breaks down his full production workflow, discussing how he starts tracks, how he decides if a loop is good enough to turn into a full track, and what that actual process would look like. He also discusses his favorite synths and effects, what sounds he used on some of his biggest tracks, and how he approaches layering to fill out a mix. Connect with Pierce: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/piercefulton Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/5p0zkKpBuRguKebwRe0RI2 Facebook: www.facebook.com/PierceFulton Twitter: twitter.com/piercefulton Instagram: www.instagram.com/piercefulton/
Oct 17, 2019
#106 (Part 1): Finding Happiness and Success in the Music Industry with Pierce Fulton
00:56:45
Show Notes: edmprod.com/106 This week, Pierce Fulton sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Part 1 of our interview, which is what you're on right now, is all about his background and journey as an artist. Part 2, which will be out in a few days, covers all things production, including his workflow, favorite plugins, and advice for producers. In this episode, we really dive deep into his journey as an artist. We talk about how he decided to quit college to pursue music full time and how he ended up feeling lost immediately after, how his track Kuaga came about and how he dealt with the pressure that came with its success, and how he’s since worked on chasing what inspires him in music and what makes him happy as an artist. This was one of my favorite interviews to record because Pierce is extremely honest and reflective about his success and struggles throughout his career. No matter where you are in your production career, you won’t want to miss out on this interview as Pierce offers a ton of value and perspective on finding both happiness and success in the music industry. Connect with Pierce: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/piercefulton Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5p0zkKpBuRguKebwRe0RI2 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PierceFulton Twitter: https://twitter.com/piercefulton Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piercefulton/
Oct 10, 2019
#105: Getting Creative with Sound Design and Arrangement with Duumu
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/105 This week, Duumu sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. We start with Duumu’s background, talking about what got him into production, what tutorials he watched at the start, and why he’s glad he released music right away even though it wasn’t that good yet. We also talk about his approach to sound design, what his favorite synths and tools are, and how he approaches layering to fill out a mix. He offers a ton of advice specifically for intermediate producers, so if you’re someone who’s been producing for maybe a year or two and can’t break through that wall to finding an original and polished sound, you won’t want to miss this interview. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/duumu Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6q8cRPrSLahGAZSVnjIYjF Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/duumu_/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/duumu Duumu's Talk! EP - https://monstercat.ffm.to/talk-vq7k
Oct 03, 2019
#104: How to Succeed in the Music Industry with Kill Paris
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Show Notes: edmprod.com/104 This week, Kill Paris sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. In this episode, we talk about how he got his start in music, going to university for audio engineering, becoming an ableton certified trainer, how moving to LA helped save is career, and how he’s been able to build a lasting career in the industry. We also really dive into his production workflow, how he starts tracks, what his ableton live template looks like, what his sound design process looks like, what his approach to layering is, as well as his favorite creative plugins. Connect with Kill Paris: SC - @killparis FB - www.facebook.com/killparis TW - twitter.com/killparis IG - www.instagram.com/killparismusic/
Sep 20, 2019
#103: How to Kickstart Your Artist Career with Jay Pryor
01:23:47
Connect with Jay Pryor: @jaypryormusic Show Notes: edmprod.com/103 Jay Pryor is a house music producer who currently releases on Positiva, which is the home of artists like Avicii, Marshmello, and Tiesto. He got his first big break co-producing Steve Aoki’s track ‘Just Hold On’ which currently has over a half a billion streams online. Since helping produce that record, he’s released official remixes for artists such as Niall Horan, Zayn, Seeb, Bastille, and lots more. Outside of his high-profile remixes, he’s racked up millions of streams with his original releases. In this episode, we dive deep into Jay Pryor’s background, looking at how a kid from Dublin with zero connections worked his way up to signing with a major label and producing for some of the biggest artists on the planet. We talk about how he got into music production, why he’s glad he took a gap year after high school to focus on music, getting rejected a lot early on and dealing with rejection, as well as how he organically gained the attention of several major labels. We also talk about his production workflow, how he approaches layering, his keys to a clean and big mixdown, and his best advice for newer producers. This is a longer interview, but trust me, you won’t want to miss any minute of it.
Sep 12, 2019
#102: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Dark Art of Mastering with Blake La Grange
01:02:38
***Register for our FREE mastering webinar with Blake here: edmprod.com/mastering In this interview, I sit down with Blake La Grange. Blake is an accomplished mastering engineer (chief engineer of Mercury Mastering) and the founder of Mastering.com. Here's what we talk about: - How Blake kicked off his full-time music career by leveraging Myspace and Blink 182 - The economics of mastering compared to mixing - Going out on your own vs. working for someone - Why producers should strongly consider mastering their own work - Blake’s opinion on automated mastering services like Landr. Blake La Grange on the web: www.mastering.com www.blakelagrange.com www.instagram.com/blake_lagrange www.mercurymastering.com/ Want to learn more about mastering? Register for our live webinar next week: edmprod.com/mastering
Sep 05, 2019
#101: How to Crush the Work/Life Balance with Enamour
00:34:38
Show Notes: edmprod.com/101 In this episode, I have a chat with progressive/deep house producer Enamour. He's fresh of his latest release "Ruby" on Anjunadeep, and he just released a full start-to-finish course on how he made this track on Sonic Academy. In this interview, we chat about how he got his start in the music industry, how he finds time for both production and touring with a full-time job, and how he approaches songwriting and arrangement. Connect with Enamour: soundcloud.com/enamourmusic Sonic Academy Course: https://www.sonicacademy.com/courses/ruby-with-enamour
Feb 01, 2019
#100: Boosting Your Musicality and Developing a Live Performance with Haywyre
00:49:23
---For 20% off EDM Foundations, visit edmfoundations.com and enter promo code HAYWYRE --- Show notes: edmprod.com/episode-100 For our 100th episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the amazingly talented producer Haywyre. He is a fantastic pianist who incorporates his classical and jazz background into his productions. In this episode, we talk about how he stays so productive in the studio, how to create more harmonically and melodically complex music, and what to look for in a default template. He also shares tips and advice on getting into live performance. ------------ Connect with Haywyre @haywyre
Jan 15, 2019
#99: How to Find Your Signature Sound with Anki
01:08:39
Show notes: edmprod.com/99 In this episode, I sit down with Anki, a fantastic producer based out of Bristol. Anki just released his second full length album titled "Bloom" on Enhanced Recordings. In this interview, we talk about the creative process behind his recent album, infusing his rock and indie influences, and his analytical approach to developing a unique sound. Connect: @ankimusic
Nov 28, 2018
#98: How to Push Through Writers Block and Finish More Music with Apashe
00:57:36
Show Notes: edmprod.com/98 Get a free month of samples from Splice Sounds by visiting splice.com/edmprod and using the promo code “EDMPROD”. In this episode, I sit down with APASHE, a phenomenal bass music producer based out of Montreal. We chat about his background in music, studying electro-acoustics, his creative workflow, how he pushes through that last 10% of a track, studying classical music, and much more. Connect: https://soundcloud.com/lindien
Sep 21, 2018
#97: A Framework For Becoming a Better Producer with Hyperbits
01:20:06
Show Notes: edmprod.com/97 Get a free month of samples from Splice Sounds by visiting splice.com/edmprod and using the promo code “EDMPROD”. In this episode, I sit down for the third time with Hyperbits. If you haven't listened to the previous two episodes, be sure to check them out first(episodes 15 and 27). We chat about the similarities between being an artist and being an entrepreneur, how to best carve your learning path, what people should look for in an online school, and how to go from an intermediate to an advanced producer. Connect: @hyperbits
Sep 14, 2018
#96: How to Let Emotion Drive Your Music with JNTHN STEIN
00:54:36
Show Notes: edmprod.com/96 Get a free month of samples from Splice Sounds by visiting splice.com/edmprod-create and using the promo code “EDMPROD”. In this episode, I sit down with JNTHN STEIN. He's a fantastic producer who you may know from his Ableton Push 2 videos. We chat about his background, crowdfunding a recording studio with half of the the Grammy award winning duo Brasstracks, linking up with Team Supreme, as well being featuring in the Ableton Push 2 launch. We also chat about how he connects the emotional and technical sides of music, a concept that is sure to open your eyes about the songwriting process. Connect: @jnthnstein
Aug 30, 2018
#95: How to Crush It as an Independent Artist with Anden
01:04:57
Show Notes: edmprod.com/95 Get a free month of samples from Splice Sounds by visiting splice.com/edmprod-create and using the promo code “EDMPROD”. In this episode, I sit down brothers Pete and Tom of Anden. They've released on labels such as Zerothree and Colorize, receiving support from the biggest names in the industry (names like Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren). In this episode, we talk about how they got into music, how to properly grow yourself as an independent artist, working as a duo, navigating the club scene in New York, and much more. Connect with Anden: @weareanden
Aug 24, 2018
#94: How to Grow Your Brand and Produce Full-Time with Daniel Grimmett
00:54:33
Show Notes: edmprod.com/94 Get a free month of samples from Splice Sounds by visiting splice.com/edmprod-music and using the promo code “EDMPROD”. In this episode, I sit down with Daniel Grimmett. He is a full-time business consultant who helps music producers get more clients. He also runs a production company called the Songwriting Team. We talk about the first steps he takes to help grow a client's business, the difference between pros and amateurs, as well as how to build authority and trust in the industry. Connect: http://danielgrimmett.com/
Aug 17, 2018
#93: How to Forge Your Career in the Music Industry with Jameson Shelnut
00:45:24
Show Notes: edmprod.com/93 Get a free month of samples from Splice Sounds by visiting splice.com/edmprod-music and using the promo code “EDMPROD”. In this episode, I have a chat with Jameson Shelnut. He's an events management expert and has been the tour manager for acts such as Rezz, Drezo, and Destructo, and is currently the VJ for San Holo. We talk about how to best network with other artists, how to get into event management, and how to forge your own career in the music industry.
Aug 10, 2018
#92: Creative Sound Design & Tackling Perfectionism with Tisoki
00:39:48
Show Notes: edmprod.com/92 In this interview, I sit down with the talented and accomplished producer Tisoki. He's released originals and remixes on labels such as OWSLA, Monstercat, and Spinnin'. In this interview, we talk about how he got his start in music, what his workflow looks like, his approach to sound design, how he deals with perfectionism, and much more. Connect: @tisoki
Jul 26, 2018
#91: How to Balance Work, School, and Production with Syence
01:01:29
Show notes: edmprod.com/91 In this episode, I have a chat with Zach, half of the production duo Syence. He's a very talented producer based out of Los Angeles, and is a core member of the Hyperbits Masterclass team. In this episode, we talk about how he got into production, how he got good at production while being a full time student, whether or not you should move to LA, working on the Hyperbits Masterclass, and much more. Connect: @syence
Jul 19, 2018
#90: Perfecting Mixdowns and Finding Your Artist Direction with Bad Computer
00:37:53
Show Notes: edmprod.com/90 In this episode, I sit down with Australian producer Bad Computer. After signing to Monstercat last year, he's made waves with a number of fantastic originals. We chat about how Monstercat discovered him, his workflow, how he approaches his mixdowns and sound design, the importance of artist direction, and much more.  Connect: @badcomputer
Jul 06, 2018
#89: How Producer Fytch Stays Ultra-Productive in the Studio and Makes Unique Music
01:18:55
Show Notes: edmprod.com/89 In this episode, I sit down with the very talented producer and musician Fytch. This show is packed with a ton of valuable advice from the recent Berklee College of Music Grad. We chat about workflow and creativity, his approach to sound design, what to do when you're struggling to finish a track, and much more. Connect: @fytchmusic
Jun 28, 2018
#88: Sound Design, Creativity, and Timeless Music with Jaysounds
00:31:19
Show notes: edmprod.com/88 In this episode, I have a chat with Jaysounds. He's an extremely talented producer out of Sydney, working in a genre he calls Warehouse Bass. In this interview, we chat about his workflow, his sound design process, working in commercial music, his thoughts on creativity and much more. Connect: @jaysounds
Jun 21, 2018
#87: Crowdfunding, Music School, and Sample Packs with Mike Casey
00:48:48
Show notes: edmprod.com/87 In this episode, I sit down with saxophonist and jazz musician Mike Casey. He has a valuable and insightful perspective coming from a different scene in the music industry. We chat about how he got into music, attending music school, crowdfunding an album, his Splice sample pack, and much more. Connect: @mikecaseyjazz http://www.mikecaseyjazz.com/
May 25, 2018
#86: Touring, Persistance, and Self-Awareness with Travis Terrell
00:51:32
Show notes: edmprod.com/86 In this episode, I sit down with Travis Terrell. He’s a musician and one of the CEO’s of Soundstripe, which is an online platform for filmmakers to access royalty free music. We chat about how he got his start in music, how he deals with fear, his best advice for new artists, and much more. He’s got a wealth of experience in the industry, so you surely don’t want to miss out on his advice. Learn more: http://www.travisterrell.live/ https://soundstripe.com/
May 17, 2018
#85: How to Turn Your Passion into a Career with KRANE
00:50:38
Show Notes: edmprod.com/85 In this episode, I sit down with the very talented producer KRANE. We chat about how he got into music, when he decided to quit his 9-5 to pursue music full time, what his collaboration process looks like, his number 1 advice for beginners, and much more. He's extremely well spoken, offering heaps of valuable insights and advice. Connect with Krane: SC: @KRANE Website: kranemusic.com
May 11, 2018
#84 Workflow, UKF, & Rebranding with Oliverse
00:24:24
Show Notes: edmprod.com/84 In this episode, I sit down with UK producer Oliverse. He's a phenomenal dubstep producer who's been making moves as a late. In this interview, we talk about his background, his workflow, production tips, networking remotely, and much more. Connect: @oliverseuk
May 03, 2018
#83: James Ruehlmann - Teaching at ICON, Sync Licensing, and Advice for Beginners
01:00:43
Show Notes: edmprod.com/83 In this episode, I sit down with producer/teacher/guitarist James Ruehlmann. He produces under the name Mutrix, and originally got his start in the music as a touring guitarist for the band At The Throne of Judgement. In this episode, we chat about starting a music career from scratch, why sync licensing is one of the best (and easiest) ways to make money, and what he's learned teaching at Icon Collective. This interview is filled with invaluable advice you won't want to miss. Connect with James Ruehlmann (Mutrix): @mutrix
Apr 19, 2018
#82: Arrangement, Songwriting, and Motivation with $aturn
00:37:24
Show notes: edmprod.com/82 In this episode, I sit down with the talented producer and vocalist $aturn. He makes incredible music, which is even more impressive when you learn he's just 19. We talk about how he developed so quickly, his motivation for making music, the best way to learn proper arrangement, and much more. I had a blast recording this episode, and I hope you'll enjoy it too. Connect: @officialsaturn @itslanirose
Apr 12, 2018
#81: How to Build a Career as a Producer/Engineer with Maro Music
00:37:44
Show Notes: edmprod.com/81 In this episode I sit down with producer/engineer/hardware developer Maro Music. He's worked with leading hip hop artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and Redman, and has placed music in advertisements for companies such as Coca Cola, Absolut Vodka, and BMW. He's got a wealth of experience in the industry, and offers real, practical advice about how to establish yourself as a producer or engineer. Connect: Maro Music: @maro-music
Feb 20, 2018
#80: Crafting Live Shows and Setting Trends with Laura Escude aka Alluxe
00:41:41
Show notes: edmprod.com/80 In this episode, I sit down with with the very talented Laura Escude aka Alluxe. She's a producer, controllerist, and violinist who's worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Drake, Cirque De Soleil, and more. We chat about how she got her start in the industry, how she became the first ever Ableton Live Certified trainer, and how she balances work with music. Find out more about Laura Escude aka Alluxe. Music: @alluxe Website: https://www.lauraescude.com/
Feb 13, 2018
#79: Sound Design, Layering, and Workflow with DROELOE
00:40:55
Show Notes: edmprod.com/79 In this episode, I sit down with the extremely talented Dutch duo DROELOE. We talk about their background in music, how they met, and why they decided to form a group. We also discuss their approach to sound design, layering, drum programming, and more. Follow DROELOE @DROELOEmusic www.facebook.com/DROELOEmusic www.twitter.com/DROELOEmusic www.instagram.com/DROELOEmusic
Jan 30, 2018
#78: Branding, Image, and Graphic Design with Greg Gammino
00:44:26
Show notes: edmprod.com/78 In this episode, I sit down with veteran graphic designer Greg Gammino. He recently started his own design firm, building on a decade of experience working with brands like Canon, Ferrari, Walmart, and more. We talk about what to look for in a designer, how your image can make or break your career, why you need a logo, and much more. Connect with Greg Gammino: Alchemy Design Co. - http://www.alchemy.gg/
Jan 23, 2018
#77: Discipline, Motivation, and Self-Actualization with Auvic
00:52:31
Show notes: edmprod.com/77 In this interview, I sit down with the talented producer Auvic. This episode dives deep, as we discuss the importance of knowing yourself, knowing your strengths/weakness, and knowing how you learn as an artist. Auvic also discusses his thoughts on formal education and why Berklee wasn't the right fit for him. He's extremely insightful, offering up practical advice on inspiration, motivation, and much more. Connect with Auvic: @auvicmusic
Jan 12, 2018
#76: Monoverse on Persistence, Burning Out, and Grinding at a Career for 9 Years.
00:50:11
Show Notes: edmprod.com/76 In this episode, I chat with an amazing trance producer known as Monoverse. Santos is a good friend of mine, and he was one of the first guests on the podcast over 2 years ago.  In this episode, we break down how he's managed to struggle and grind for over 9 years. We discuss how he manages to stay persistent and how he's dealt with burnouts. We also talk about his new label, Parallels, which is a sub label under Future Sound of Egypt. Connect with Monoverse: @monoverse @fsoeparallels
Nov 27, 2017
#75: Q&A with Sam Matla & Joey Suki (and How to Build Your Career)
00:46:55
Show Notes: edmprod.com/75 This episode marks a historic moment for the podcast, as it's our first ever in-person interview. This interview is with return guest Joey Suki, former world touring artist and current artist coach. I flew to the Netherlands to work with Joey on our latest course, Build Your Artist Career, and while there we recorded this episode. It's a Q&A episode, featuring a series of questions about how to find the perfect mentor, where you should invest your money and time, whether or not you should go to college, and much more.  Joey Suki: @joeysuki
Nov 14, 2017
#74: Sam Matla on Starting a Business, His Most Influential Books, and Building Success as an Artist
00:54:35
A few weeks ago, my friend Serik (aka Hyperbits) reached out to me and proposed an idea: what if he interviewed me on the EDMProdcast? I loved the idea. So for this episode, I'm the one in the hot seat. We talk about a range of topics, such as my background, how and why I started EDMProd, my favorite books, my daily routine, and much more. Show Notes: edmprod.com/74
Nov 08, 2017
#73: Willy Joy on Ignoring Trends, Starting a Movement, and How to Excel as a New Producer
00:49:22
In this episode, I have a chat with producer and fellow Podcaster Willy Joy. He's been in the industry for quite a while, working with acts like Major Lazer, Flosstradamus & A-Trak, releasing on labels such as Fools Gold and Firepower Records. Willy Joy offers expert on advice on topics such as networking, how to excel as a new producer, and where industry experts think the music industry is heading. Show notes: edmprod.com/73 Connect with WIlly Joy @willyjoy
Nov 02, 2017
#72: Vintage & Morelli on Songwriting, Industry Trends, and Balancing Success & Satisfaction
00:33:34
In this episode, I sit down with Vintage & Morelli. We talk about a range of topics, including his songwriting workflow, his thoughts on where the industry is going, and how to set big goals while not being intimidated. Show Notes: edmprod.com/72 Connect: Vintage & Morelli - @vintageandmorelli Songs: Sweet Surrender (Intro) - https://soundcloud.com/silkmusic/silka020-9 Contrasts - https://soundcloud.com/vintageandmorelli/vintage-morelli-contrasts-radio-edit-anjunabeats
Oct 18, 2017
#71: How to Add Human Groove and Feel to Your Music with Slynk
00:28:19
"You can get by without music theory, but you're going to sound like a tourist with a phrase book.”—Slynk In this episode, I chat with Evan Chandler, aka Slynk. He's a talented funk/glitch producer, as well as a well respected music educator. We chat about topics such as how he achieves his characteristic funk groove, fighting creative block, common beginner mistakes, and much more. Show Notes: edmprod.com/71 ★ SLYNK ★ Bandcamp - http://slynk.bandcamp.com Soundcloud - http://www.soundcloud.com/slynk Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/4V7ap2HEMGNvgwdmOv4dth Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/evanslynk Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/slynkdnb
Oct 11, 2017
#70: Ego, Berklee, and Working With BT: Lessons from Matt Lange
00:50:44
Berklee. Mau5trap. Matt Lange went from playing piano at age 5, to working with the renowned BT for a year. He also graduated from Berklee College of Music. Rare. Here are three things you'll learn in this episode:  - Why it's normal to have an ego as a successful artist (but what you need to do to keep it in check) - The # 1 takeaway from working with BT for a year - Two ways to break through creative block and enjoy making music again Matt Lange: @mattlange Shownotes: edmprod.com/70
Oct 04, 2017
#69: Beating Depression and Launching a Career with ILIVEHERE.
00:43:54
In this episode, I sit with Tim Biesta, better know as ILIVEHERE. He's well known for his releases on San Holo's label bitbird. We talk about serious topics such as depression and dealing with self-doubt. Later, we dive into the technical side of things, discussing some of the techniques he uses to achieve his characteristic sound. ILIVEHERE.: @iliveheremusic Show Notes: edmprod.com/69
Sep 27, 2017
#68: Get Unstuck In Your Projects With This 4 Step Framework - Interview with Bass Kleph
00:48:11
In this interview I sit down with established producer Bass Kleph. He's been in the industry for nearly 2 decades, from being a drummer in a major label signed band to releasing on the biggest dance music labels. We talk about the difficulties of running a label, what to look out for in label contracts, and the benefits of having a coach or mentor. We also dive into his 4 step framework for writing and finishing songs. Bass Kleph - @basskleph and @taisunmusic Show Notes: edmprod.com/episode-68
Sep 14, 2017
#67: The #1 Thing You Need to Be a Full Time Artist — Advice from Bonnie X Clyde
00:52:03
In this interview, I sit down with producer/vocalist duo Bonnie X Clyde. We talk about the importance of planning your artist career, as well as how to connect with fans and grow a following. They’re open and honest about what it takes to break out in the music industry, offering the story of how they were able to make a career out of music. @bonniexclydeofficial Show Notes: edmprod.com/67
Aug 30, 2017
#66: How to Make Your Artistic Vision a Reality — Lessons From Au5
00:52:16
In this interview, I sit down with producer Au5. We talk about how he got his start in the industry, how he built connections, and how he found his voice as a solo artist . We also dive into the technical side of production, covering his workflow, sound design, and drum processing. Show Notes: edmprod.com/66
Aug 22, 2017
#65: Q&A Episode - Making Money, Balancing Work & Music, and Learning Sound Design
01:07:14
In this episode, I sit down with EDMProd's Product Manager Connor, author of the Ableton Workflow Bible. We take on some questions about topics such as making a living off of music, making music while working full time, and the real way to learn sound design. Show Notes: http://edmprod.com/episode-65/
Aug 17, 2017
#64: KJ Sawka On Building Connections, Struggling to Make a Living, and Working With Rob Swire
00:52:10
In this episode, I sit down with legendary drummer KJ Sawka. We talk about what how he got his start in the industry, his advice on how to breakthrough in today’s crowded scene, and what it is like to work with Rob Swire (Pendulum/Knife Party). We also talk about why he turned down a full ride from the Berklee School of Music, and how he crafted his own music curriculum. Find out more about KJ Sawka: www.kjsawka.com Show Notes: edmprod.com/64/
Aug 08, 2017
#63: Said The Sky on Workflow, Collaborating with Seven Lions, and His Live Setup
00:50:16
In this episode, I sit down with the extremely talented producer Said the Sky. We talk about a range of topics, including his workflow, why he left Berklee School of Music, the struggles of going full-time, and how to approach bigger artists. Find out more about Said The Sky: www.saidthesky.com Show Notes: http://edmprod.com/episode-63/
Aug 02, 2017
#62: Ian Shepherd: The Loudness War - How to Fight It Properly
00:57:26
I sit down with mastering engineer and blogger Ian Shepherd to talk about the loudness problem in today's publishing industry, how to combat it, and whether mastering is worth learning as a bedroom producer. Find out more about Ian Shepherd: http://productionadvice.co.uk Read full show notes: www.edmprod.com/62
Jul 27, 2017
#61: Rick Snoman - Taking Music Production Seriously
00:38:12
In this interview, I talk to Rick Snoman, widely acclaimed producer, ghost producer, and author of the Dance Music Manual. If you know who Rick is, you’ll know he’s been around for a while. The Dance Music Manual was first published in 2004 and continues to be the “go-to” book for electronic music producers looking to get into the craft. In this interview, we talk about a range of stuff including: - How limitation breeds creativity - Why you need to stop putting so much pressure on yourself - Treating production as a job - And how Rick approached networking (this is my favorite topic) EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Head over to www.dancemusicproduction.com (Rick's website) and use the code 'edmprod20' on anything storewide (excluding the new mastering tutorial). Code expires August 4, 2017. Full show notes: http://edmprod.com/61
Jul 21, 2017
#60: Blowing Up, Burning Out, and Pivoting to a New Career: The Story of Joey Suki
00:30:33
Winning a DJ contest set everything in motion for Joey Suki, who went on to tour the world, playing his own music to thousands of fans. But it got to the point where he didn't enjoy it. Not only didn't he enjoy it, it almost destroyed him. This is a story about success, burnout, and reinvention. Learn more about EDM Foundations: www.edmfoundations.com
Jul 11, 2017
#59: Frequent on the Painful Process of Producing an Album
01:17:40
In this episode, I sit down with Frequent to talk album creation, dealing with producer envy, why you need to be patient as an artist, and much more. Learn more about EDM Foundations: edmfoundations.com Full show notes: edmprod.com/59
Jul 04, 2017
#58: Give It 100% And Be Self-Reflective — A Chat With Dennis Sheperd
00:49:17
In episode 58, I'm joined by German trance legend Dennis Sheperd. He had his first vinyl release in 2005, and made a hit soon after. We talk about that, and also discuss the importance of rest in a stressful line of work like DJing/producing. We also talk about: - Whether you should learn sound design or not - Advice for mixing - Why you shouldn’t skip the hard work or take the easy path - How Dennis built his network before Facebook existed - The stress that comes with being an artist, and how to deal with it - His ‘Trance Retreat’ event This episode is brought to you by EDM Foundations (www.edmfoundations.com) Read full show notes: www.edmprod.com/58
Jun 26, 2017
#57: Arcane Echo - The 'Snapshot' Problem, Bad Managers, Advice for Smart Artists, and Much More
02:42:14
Josh Jett, better known as Arcane Echo, is a button-pushing producer and performer based in Brisbane Australia. In this episode, you’ll hear about Josh’s history with Australian mega-duo Mash’d ‘n’ Kutcher (and why he left the group). You’ll gain insights into the dark side of the music industry (it’s not all sunshine and rainbows). And you’ll also gain a more realistic view of what it really takes to make it in today’s industry (and whether you should even strive to do so). We cover a ton of stuff in this episode, including: - Josh’s definition of success - The intense workload of an artist - Why you shouldn’t trust anyone, ever… - How successful artist/manager relationships work (and why most of them don’t) - The two epiphanies I had while listening to Josh - Why you need to HUSTLE - How to work faster in the studio (hint: there’s no secret formula) - Josh’s technique for staying grounded. I really like this one, we talk about it right at the end of the episode. This episode is brought to you by EDM Foundations (www.edmfoundations.com) Read full show notes: www.edmprod.com/57
Jun 18, 2017
#56: Amidy on Telling Stories Through Music
00:51:33
In this episode, I sit down with Nolan Atkins, better known as Amidy to talk about storytelling through music, comparing yourself to others, and the importance of learning music theory. Read full show notes + takeaways: www.edmprod.com/56
Jun 07, 2017
#55: Can You Still Make it in Music? A Chat with Jorge Brea
00:49:40
Intro song: https://soundcloud.com/enhanced/lycii-declan-james-saturn How does distribution work? Is it harder to make it in today's industry than 20 years ago? Should artists be self-releasing or still rely on labels? Jorge Brea, CEO of 21-person company Symphonic Distribution joins me as we talk industry, challenges involved with distribution, and more. Symphonic Distribution discount code for listeners: 'EDMProd' This code waives the $25 signup fee. Use it here: www.symphonicdistribution.com/artist-pricing/ Full show notes: http://edmprod.com/episode-55/
May 31, 2017
#54: Force Yourself to do Creative Work (Lessons from Mr. Bill)
01:25:16
Mr. Bill is a multi-genre producer from Australia (now based in Colorado). He's well known for his tutorials and membership platform, which offers video content, samples, project files, and more. In this episode, I'm joined by Bill as he talks about his background, what his schedule looks like, and his thoughts on creative block. Read full show notes + my takeaways here: edmprod.com/episode-54
May 23, 2017
#53: Jesse Brede on Success Habits, Creative Structure, and Networking
01:22:15
Jesse Brede is the founder of Gravitas Recordings, Gravitas Create, Pivotal Talent Agency, and Lion's Share Digital. In this episode, I'm joined by Jesse as he shares what it takes for artists to "make it" in today's industry: a long-term strategy, daily habits, and a rock-solid mindset. Read full show notes + my takeaways here: http://edmprod.com/episode-53
Apr 25, 2017
#52: Finding Your Niche & Maintaining Positivity With Ryos
00:49:09
Today's guest on The EDM Prodcast has stormed onto the progressive house scene under his alias Ryos. We discuss a variety of topics such as his rapid success, the ups and downs he's faced along the way, and how he's sculpted his unique sound. We also talk about: - The importance of learning music theory - Mistakes newer artists might make - Developing a strong work ethic - Maintaining positivity and motivation as an artist Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Ryos In The Studio: The Making Of 'Where We Are' Part 4 (Mixdown & Mastering): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB9RTjZYhUM Ryos on the web: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ryosofficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyosOfficial SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ryos Website: http://www.ryosofficial.com
Apr 19, 2017
#51: What It Takes To Make It In Music with Conro
00:39:13
Many talk about sacrifice, but how many producers can you think of have moved to a farm just to have a studio to pursue their dream? Today's guest on The EDM Prodcast, Conro, has truly gone all-in to successfully achieve his dream. We talk about his journey, what it's taken to get where he is today including the ups and downs, his daily schedule and much more in this insightful interview. We also talk about: - Transitioning into new genres of music - Focusing on originality in the creative process - The collaborative process - Dealing with the challenges of over-saturation in the music industry - Parallels between music and one of Conro's other hobbies, cooking Conro on the web: Facebook: https://facebook.com/conromusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/conromusic SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/conromusic Website: http://conromusic.com/
Apr 05, 2017
#50: Ten Takeaways From 50 Episodes
00:44:42
Link to show notes/text version: http://edmprod.com/episode-50 Well, we've reached episode 50. I thought it would be nice to look back over the past 50 episodes and share my key takeaways. Things I've learned that you, as an artist, can benefit from. I share 10 key takeaways, then 4 bonus takeaways, and end the episode with some of my favorite excerpts. A huge thanks to all listeners. Appreciate you telling others about the Prodcast, supporting the guests, and just being awesome people. Keep grinding.
Mar 14, 2017
#49: Making Unique Pop Music & Producing Full Time with Fabian Mazur
00:59:47
Denmark's platinum-credited Fabian Mazur is a household name in trap music, continually pushing the boundaries of his sound. In today's episode of The EDM Prodcast, we look at the routine Mazur has created to sustain his artistry, his creative processes in making unique music, and the importance of experimentation. We also talk about: - Creating a daily structure to make the best music possible - Critical advice for aspiring DJs - The pressure of being a full time artist - Maximizing studio time by separating processes - Steps towards finding your sound Fabian Mazur on the web: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FabianMazur Twitter: https://twitter.com/FabianMazur Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fabianmazur SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/fabianmazur
Feb 28, 2017
#48: Prioritizing Quality Music & Taking Initiative with Hellberg
00:32:34
One of the most prolific producers under the always impressive Monstercat imprint is today's EDM Prodcast guest, Hellberg. As a full time musician, Hellberg has blown us away with an impressive discography of originals and remixes supported by the industry's largest taste-makers. In this episode, we cover everything from building a proper musical foundation as a producer, to marketing, to workflow and much in between. We also talk about: - Why the quality of your musical 'product' is most important - The day to day struggles of a full time artist - Taking initiative in your own branding and marketing - Dealing with unreliable people in your musical journey Hellberg on the web: Website: https://www.hellbergmusic.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hellbergmusic Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hellbergmusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hellbergmusic SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/HellbergMusic
Feb 22, 2017
#47: Building Doors & Mastering Marketing with Louie La Vella
00:56:29
Episode 47 of The EDM Prodcast is an interview turned impromptu master class with music marketing mastermind Louie La Vella. La Vella's incredible background in marketing and nightlife industries shines while he shares impressive insights on entrepreneurship, building relationships, outside the box marketing tactics, and where artists should focus their efforts on the business side of their journey. Simply a must-listen episode. We also talk about: - How labels need to adapt to remain relevant - The importance of approaching networking properly - Telling your story as an artist - The necessity of being deeply involved in your own branding Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Music Marketing Lab: http://lavel.la/2j83yix Louie La Vella on the web: Website: http://www.louielavella.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louielavella Twitter: https://twitter.com/louielavella
Feb 10, 2017
#46: How to Systematically Learn Music Production with John Lavido
00:36:38
LINK TO FULL CASE STUDY: http://edmprod.com/case-study-systematically-learn-music-production-john-lavido/ John Lavido on the Web: Website: http://www.johnlavido.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnlavidomusic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnlavido Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/johnlavido/tracks YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCizKW2noMn1v____Cnu5trg
Jan 15, 2017
#45: Lucas James — Genuine Relationships, Transparent Communication & Reaching Major Outlets
00:40:36
In this first Prodcast episode of 2017, I am joined by Lucas James: the label manager at Seeking Blue - the imprint associated with the massive promotional network, Mr. SuicideSheep. Much like their network counterpart, Seeking Blue has proven to be one of the most forward thinking electronic music imprints and another impressively successful venture by this group. Lucas details much of what has fueled that success for the label, what makes their imprint so distinct, and offers invaluable advice for aspiring producers hoping to reach an outlet for their music. We also talk about: - What changes the music industry faces and will face in the near future - The importance of quick communication in the music industry - Why being genuine and transparent will greatly benefit an artist - How labels can work with an artist on their creative vision - Building a personal relationship between artist and label - Why Seeking Blue doesn’t ever sign artists exclusively Lucas James on the web: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aeuria Twitter: https://twitter.com/aeuria Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/aeuria
Jan 05, 2017
#44: Sebastien Lintz — The Changing Face of Technology, Getting Demos Signed & Social Media Advice
01:45:57
In this interview (one of my favorite to date) I sit down with Sebastien Lintz, artist manager & digital strategist at Sorted Management and label manager at Revealed Recordings (yep - he works two jobs). If there's one way to sum up Lintz, it would be "ahead of the curve." And we talk about exactly that in this interview—how to stay ahead of the curve. We also talk about: - How labels will need to adapt to the changing industry in order to survive and thrive - Where music consumption is heading - Whether Beatport has a future - How to get your demos heard by labels and curators - Blockchain technology and how it will help artists - What NOT to do on social media - Sebastien's "Industry Defining" projects Cool stuff mentioned: - DailyVee (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfA33-E9P7FA-A72QKBw3noWuQbaVXqSD) - Revealed Recordings (http://www.revealedrecordings.com/) - Sorted Management (http://sortedmanagement.com/) - Sebastien's Medium Blog (https://medium.com/@sebastienlintz) - Blockchain Tech (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain_(database)) - Amazon Echo (http://amzn.to/2hXi3I9) - Phillips Hue (http://amzn.to/2hXiOBb) - Sonos (http://amzn.to/2ihAAvb) - If This Then That (https://ifttt.com/) Sebastien Lintz on the web: Facebook: www.facebook.com/SebastienLintz Twitter: www.twitter.com/SebastienLintz
Dec 22, 2016
#43: Dave Winnel — Keeping Simplicity In Music Production
00:29:10
Dave Winnel has had a meteoric rise to success in the electronic music world, and for good reason. Having remixed giants like David Guetta, Adam Lambert, Axwell & Ingrosso, and recently collaborating with Armin van Buuren, Winnel is seemingly unstoppable. Having given back to the music production community via his ‘For The Win Samples’ with Splice, Winnel was the perfect guest for this episode of The EDM Prodcast giving a concise interview packed with value. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - The differences in creating original material versus remixes - Approaching remixes, both official and unofficial - Building relationships with record labels and colleagues - The various challenges, technical and otherwise, of the creative process - Tips for streamlining the learning curve of music production - Finding inspiration and dealing with writer’s block - The importance of simplicity in the production process Cool things mentioned in the show: - Dave Winnel’s ‘For The Win Samples’: https://splice.com/sounds/splice/dave-winnel-for-the-win-samples Dave Winnel on the web: Website: http://www.davewinnel.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davewinnelmusic SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dave-winnel Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davewinnel YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/davewubbek
Dec 15, 2016
#42: Austin Kramer — Getting The Most Out Of Spotify
00:20:22
Austin Kramer, Spotify's dance music curator, is a notably influential figure in electronic music. Formerly programming for SiriusXM's BPM, Electric Area, and Tiesto's Club Life, he is a seasoned radio curator now at the forefront of the streaming advent. He provides our listeners with a look into what it takes to maximize your Spotify experience, how labels may have to adapt to the changing industry, and advice for any individuals looking for a start in the electronic music scene - artists and otherwise --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - The benefits of Spotify and streaming technology - The many great potential for reach in today's music industry - Getting the most out of Spotify as an artist - What it takes to make a great playlist - How streaming may change in the future Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Send your music to Kramer: http://bit.ly/kramify Austin Kramer on the web: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerbpm SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/kramerbpm Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerbpm Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kramerbpm/
Dec 04, 2016
#41: Audiofreq — Becoming A Disciplined Music Producer
00:53:14
The EDM Prodcast has prided itself on having a diverse selection of artists, yet oddly enough episode 41’s guest is the first from the Hardstyle end of the electronic music spectrum. Sam Matla sits down with the prolific Sam Gonzalez, better known to the world as Audiofreq. Considering his impressive discography, as well as his own series of invaluable tutorials and in the studio videos, it is no surprise that this episode is packed full of useful tips and incredible insight into Audiofreq’s career and creations. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - How to reference commercial quality releases without discouraging yourself - Looking past stylistic preferences to learn from genres outside of your tastes - The pros and cons of the homogenization of the electronic music industry - The unique creative process behind Audiofreq’s ‘Audiology’ album - The challenges in the making of an album - How to make hardstyle kickdrums - Maximizing productivity in the studio - The importance of having a regimented schedule for music production - Identifying and understanding the source of writer’s block Audiofreq on the web: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/audiofreqdj SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/audiofreqdj Twitter: https://twitter.com/audiofreqdj YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/audiofreqdj
Nov 01, 2016
#40: Sean Tyas — Mastering The Art Of Sound Design
00:50:18
Continuing the trend of legendary guests from the trance realm on the EDM Prodcast, this episode we are joined by Sean Tyas. Recently releasing his multi-genre album, Degeneration, Sean has become an icon in the trance community as one of the strongest sound designers. It is no surprise that this interview covers a heap of technical knowledge, from masterfully crafting kick drums to the inner workings of his sound design for his trance productions and beyond. This episode is certainly for the more technically inclined producers, but all will find value in this interview with Sean Tyas! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - The creative process of writing an album, as well as the pros and cons - Releasing singles versus releasing albums - Techniques for crafting better kick drums - How important it is to be familiar with sound design - The difference in sound design approach through various genres - Reverse engineering patches as a ‘tutorial’ - Balancing production, touring, and family life - The difference in culture today versus the early trance scene - Using sound design to overcome creative block Sean Tyas on the web: Website: http://www.seantyasmusic.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/seantyasmusic Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/seantyas SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/seantyas Download for free on The Artist Union
Oct 13, 2016
#39: Andy Moor — Creating Depth In Electronic Music
00:37:14
Grammy nominee, label founder, and production extraordinaire are some of the titles associated with Andy Moor, but legendary is likely the word you would choose to describe him. This episode of The EDM Prodcast jumps into a loaded conversation about production techniques and workflow, as well as general life and career advice from this truly impressive musician. An absolute must listen for aspiring creatives and seasoned veterans alike. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Andy Moor’s techniques for creating his unforgettable vocal chops - How to create a strong sense of depth and space in productions - Achieving balance between producing music and daily life - The creative process from the beginning to the end of projects - Considering music for live sets and record label releases Andy Moor on the web: Website: http://www.andymoor.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andymoor Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/djandymoor YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/andymoortv
Oct 07, 2016
#38: Marcus Santoro — The Importance Of Analytical Listening
00:53:16
Some producers shy away from branching out of their comfort zone, while Marcus Santoro has thrived under the pressure of reinventing his sound. From monstrous progressive house to emotional progressive trance, Marcus has carried his style between genres flawlessly - and plans to continue to do so. While there might not be one singular reason for his success, this interview certainly has many gems that might shed insight. We talk about his minimalistic approach to mixing and layering, his technique to analyzing and referencing various different songs, and his love of organic sounds amongst the digital soundscapes. This episode of The EDM Prodcast has valuable information for novice and experienced producers alike, so enjoy! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Branching out into different styles of music and reinventing your sound - Using organic sounds to create warmth and contrast between more digital sounds - Approaching the mixdown process minimalistically - The importance of listening to many different songs attentively - Choosing select sounds that compliment each other Marcus Santoro on the web: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/djmarcussantoro Twitter: https://twitter.com/djmarcussantoro Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/marcus-santoro Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marcus_santoro Download for free on The Artist Union
Sep 20, 2016
#37: Stephen Kirkwood — Approaching Education Holistically
00:47:15
Have you ever felt as if you could be doing more with your music, or life in general? One look at Stephen Kirkwood’s accomplishments across different ventures may send you running, or, inspire you to be as productive as him. There’s much to be said about a person who is a successful entrepreneur while actively releasing his own music, engineering tracks for others, and doing A&R for record labels - and much of it is covered in this insightful interview. To seal the deal in this episode you get two for the price of one, as Stephen is joined by his partner at SKapade Studios, Steven Galloni. This one is well worth the listen! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Organically transitioning from passion to business - Adjusting the educational mindset to maximize potential - “Act locally, think globally” - Building the busiest part of a track first to increase workflow - Pushing through the learning stages to achieve mastery - Approaching education holistically - The benefits of being genuine as well as appreciating negative feedback Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - ‘Think And Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill: http://amzn.to/1XXfdhC - ‘How To Win Friends And Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie: http://amzn.to/2boL1OO - ‘Entrepreneur Revolution’ by Daniel Priestley: http://amzn.to/2bq2cL3 Stephen Kirkwood on the web: Website: http://www.stephenkirkwood.co.uk Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/djstephenkirkwood Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenkirkwood Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/stephenkirkwood YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/stephenkirkwood Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephenkirkwood SKapade Studios: http://www.skapadestudios.com Download for free on The Artist Union
Aug 26, 2016
#36: Budi Voogt — How to Crush Music Marketing (and Life)
01:07:35
Check out Budi's book: http://edmprod.com/soundcloudbible If there's one person I have immense respect for, it's Budi Voogt. He's the smartest, most driven person I know. He's the co-founder of Heroic, a label and management agency. Instructor of the Music Marketing Academy, and author of the Soundcloud Bible. He's taken guys like WRLD and San Holo to a new level through his management expertise, and helped empower many more creators, which is at the heart of his vision and mission as an entrepreneur. In this episode, we talk about a range of things including: - Orfium: can it replace Soundcloud? - Soundcloud Go - a feature made out of necessity? - How to do your best creative work and beat resistance - Budi's book - The Soundcloud Bible Third Edition - Should you have a friend manage you? - Why you should gain traction indepedently BEFORE trying to get a manager - How co-management works - What you should look out for in a manager (what to be wary of) - The Fan Funnel: How to Build Your Audience (How to Gain Superfans) - Should you use all social media platforms? - Empowering creators Get Budi's book: http://edmprod.com/soundcloudbible Things mentioned: - Turning Pro (http://amzn.to/2aXeSc9) - Deep Work (http://amzn.to/2bakLpU) - War of Art (http://amzn.to/2bal83X) - Droeloe (@droeloemusic) - Bitbird (@bitbirdofficial) - Heroic (@heroicrecordings) - Printful (www.theprintful.com) - Marcus Aurelius (http://amzn.to/2balV4M) - The Song Machine (http://amzn.to/2aZef4S) - The Four Hour Workweek (http://amzn.to/2aYrEXV) Budi Voogt on the web: Twitter: https://twitter.com/budivoogt/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/budivoogtofficial/ Website: http://budivoogt.com Intro/Outro song: https://soundcloud.com/heroicrecordings/subliminal?in=heroicrecordings/sets/heroic-i-lumen
Aug 16, 2016
#35: Bjorn Akesson — Listening To Your Creative Instinct
00:36:12
In this 35th episode of The EDM Prodcast, Sam Matla chats with legendary trance artist Bjorn Akesson. A veteran of music production, Bjorn takes us through his journey from starting with simple software and hardware through until today, and offers valuable advice for novice and skilled producers alike. Having perfected his sound while freely experimenting with it, he shares extremely important insight on the creative process and manipulating energy in productions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - How to find the right constructive feedback from the right people - The importance of following your instincts in the creative process - Dealing with negative response and elitism within musical subgenres - Creating and manipulating energy in your productions - The differences in creating original music versus creating remixes Bjorn Akesson on the web: Website: http://www.bjornakesson.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bjornakessonmusic Twitter: http://twitter.com/bjorn_akesson Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/bjorn-akesson YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/bjornakesson Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/bjornakesson
Aug 11, 2016
#34: Noah Neiman — Being Realistic About Your Music Career
01:33:38
Noah Neiman is a full-time doctor and producer. How does he do it? I don't know. He doesn't just "manage" to produce alongside a demanding job, he excels at it. His latest release "Toldja So", a collaboration with vocalist Anna Yvette that's found its home on the renowned Revealed Recordings is a prime example of that. And he's back on for a second episode. In this interview, we discuss A LOT. It's a long one. But we both like 'em long, and I'm sure you do as well. Some of the topics we talk about: - How to balance music production (among other things) with a full time job - Why great music is the bare minimum - The collaborative process behind Noah's latest release - How to approach other artists for collaborations (and how not to) - Why you should keep your day job, even if you want to go full time Cool things (and people) mentioned: - Sign Now app (https://www.signnow.com/) - Waves YouTube tutorials (https://www.youtube.com/user/danielwaves) - Izotope YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/izotopeinc) - Matthew Steeper (https://www.facebook.com/matthewsteeperofficial) - Mike Schmid (http://www.mikeschmid.com/) - Anna Yvette (https://www.facebook.com/annayvettemusic/) Noah Neiman on the web: - Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/noahneiman - Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoahNeiman - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noahneiman/ - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noahneimanmusic
Jul 19, 2016
#33: Getting Started In The Music Industry & Avoiding Imitation With Genix
00:30:58
Damion Houchen is a man who needs little introduction to the electronic music world, as he’s one of the forefront Anjunabeats artists with a rich reputation in the music industry. In episode 33 of The EDMProdcast, Sam Matla explores the inner workings of the former Passion UK resident DJ, promoter, and Guinness World Record holder for longest DJ set. Damion provides a wealth of knowledge on the music industry and electronic music production in this short but sweet interview. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - How to get started in the music industry, or subsequently, transferring to different areas of it - The importance of pulling inspiration versus directly imitating other artists - Understanding writer’s block as a natural obstacle - Balancing and developing both technical and composition writing skills - Starting projects with a blank canvas to actually improve workflow - Working on one project versus working on multiple projects simultaneously - Layering and processing synths to form bigger, more lush sounds Genix on the web: Website: http://www.genixmusic.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/genixmusic Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/genixdj Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/genixdj
Jul 13, 2016
#32: Pushing the Boundaries with Zac Waters
00:43:36
It speaks volumes for the talent of a producer when they can create across multiple styles and genres, and in Episode 32 of the EDM Prodcast, Sam Matla sits down with Zac Waters who has masterfully done exactly that. Pioneering his own sound fusing Melbourne influences with other genres like trance, and even recently having a majorly successful psy-trance release on Armada Music’s Who’s Afraid Of 138!? Imprint, Zac continues to push the boundaries of his own personal style. This interview shines an important spotlight onto the creative processes behind his growth as an artist, some of the tricks he uses in his productions, and valuable advice for artists following their own path and creating their own, unique sound. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Finding your individual workflow and effective work times - Referencing genres of music outside of those you produce - How to push the boundaries of your music while within the ‘confines’ of your genre - Creating your own unique sound while heavily using sampling - How to layer sampled bass sounds to create heavier sounds - How to deal with criticism, both constructive and not Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Ryan Enzed’s YouTube Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/user/nzmusic101/videos - Waves Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqhtOY7NWt8uTJjqE-bXk-KkzSHtBwc-K Zac Waters on the web: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zacjwaters Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Zac__Waters Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/zac-waters Download for free on The Artist Union
Jul 06, 2016
#31: How To Learn Sound Design & Set Realistic Goals With Multiplier
01:01:04
In the latest episode of the EDM Prodcast, Sam Matla chats with the Jack of all music production trades, Multiplier. Even a quick look at Multiplier’s background will show you the intricate web of valuable music production resources he has contributed over time alongside his own releases. In this interview, we discuss the importance of artists bringing value, like Multiplier has, to the community and creative ways to do so. Beyond that, the chat shines light on many useful resources and techniques producers can use to monetize their work and grow their networks. We also cover guidelines for producers to start out with in jumping into sound design, and the importance of being a personality as well as an artist and educator. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - How to monetize your music consistently outside of touring - Creative ways to add value to the music industry - Balancing the use of ‘clickbait’ and quality-focused content to grow your network - Presenting content in an entertaining way - Where to begin learning sound design - The parallels between being an artist and an entrepreneur - Approaching your goals realistically yet ambitiously - Benefiting from producing for quantity over quality as a novice Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - ‘Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator’ by Ryan Holiday: http://amzn.to/296v7q2 - ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki: http://amzn.to/291O66d - ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ by Timothy Ferriss: http://amzn.to/29aMUhv - 'Profit First' by Mike Michalowicz: http://amzn.to/296v2CC - 'Gonzo Marketing' by Christopher Locke: http://amzn.to/291O1zi - The ‘Comedian’s’ Comedian Podcast: http://www.comedianscomedian.com - Pensado’s Place: http://www.pensadosplace.tv Multiplier on the web: Website: http://www.multipliermusic.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MultiplierMusic Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MultiplierMusic Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/multiplier YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MultiplierSounds Download for free on The Artist Union
Jun 29, 2016
#30: Making Music Full Time & Developing Ideas Into Songs With WRLD
00:23:58
David Lawson better known in the electronic music scene as WRLD is one of the most promising young talents, having released with renowned record labels such as Monstercat and reaching massive promotional platforms like Mr.SuicideSheep at just the age of eighteen. Now focusing on music full time, he is living what many producers consider to be the dream. In this episode of the EDMProdcast, I sit down with David for a conversation that is short, sweet, and very much to the point. We discuss his methods of songwriting, workflow tips, his approach to time spent while producing, and what the future holds for WRLD. Enjoy! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - How to develop a song from an idea into a full composition - Approaching introductions and arrangements - Mixing ‘as you go’ instead of as a separate process - Referencing and analyzing other music to compare frequencies and stereo image - Recreating sounds to increase your sound design proficiency Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Boyinaband 7 Day Song Tutorials: http://tutorials.boyinaband.com/category/7-day-song WRLD on the web: http://www.facebook.com/thewrld http://www.soundcloud.com/thewrld http://www.twitter.com/wrldmusic Download for free on The Artist Union
Jun 09, 2016
#29: Establishing Label Relationships & Staying Focused With Thomas Hayes
00:41:08
In this episode of the EDM Prodcast, I chat with the Australian phenom Thomas Hayes who has been one of the most impressive artists in the world of progressive house and trance. Having massive hits such as ‘Golden’ with Kyler England and ‘Neon’ featuring Joni Fatora, I dive into his thought process on starting new pieces, increasing workflow, and finding inspiration. Thomas offers a wealth of knowledge to new and established producers alike, not only in regards to the creative process but also on the business side of the music industry in dealing with record labels and focusing on your product - not what others are doing. Enjoy! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Tips for finding your sound as an up and coming producer - Using imagery as a source for inspiration - Establishing a consistent working relationship with record labels - Avoiding creative blocks by quickly drafting and choosing samples/sounds - Increasing workflow by re-using sounds and effects chains - Toggling master effects to get a different perspective on your track - Focusing on your work versus getting sidetracked by music industry distractions Thomas Hayes on the web: https://www.facebook.com/thomashayesmusic https://www.soundcloud.com/thomashayesmusic https://www.twitter.com/thomashayesdj https://www.instagram.com/thomashayesmusic
May 30, 2016
#28: New Monetization Methods & Growing Superfans With Ranidu Lankage
00:44:09
Ranidu Lankage has a detailed history as a musician and entrepreneur, most recently pioneering the ever-growing tool for musicians known as The Artist Union. In episode 28 of the EDMProdcast, I sit down with him for an excellent conversation that provides actionable monetization methods for musicians, excellent tips for growing a base of ‘superfans’, and important insight into what value a producer can bring to the music community. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - New methods of monetizing versus traditionally selling music - The importance of connecting with fans as an independent musician - What makes The Artist Union more than just a download gate - Growing your potential superfans - Providing value to the community as a producer Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - ‘1,000 True Fans’ by Kevin Kelly: http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/ - ‘Zero To One by Peter Thiel’: http://amzn.to/27IegQL Ranidu Lankage on the web: http://www.theartistunion.com/ranidu http://www.facebook.com/raniduonline http://www.twitter.com/ranidu
May 20, 2016
#27: The Habits And Mindsets Of A Successful Producer with Hyperbits
01:04:20
Buy Start to Finish: Future House Edition now: www.edmprod.com/future Serik Slobodsky, known as Hyperbits and one half of his collaborative project The Rooftop Boys, makes his return to the EDM Prodcast. In advance of his forthcoming Start To Finish - Future House, a six hour long tutorial showcasing his creative process and workflow to a tee in incredible depth, we sit down and talk about some of the deepest topics and issues that aspiring music producers face. We start out discussing his favorite processing techniques, and then jump into the bigger-picture discussion about maximizing productivity, prioritizing your health and wellness, and embracing what it means to be an artist. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Using saturation and distortion to mold sounds - Pairing your favorite processing plugins/presets with certain sounds through experimentation - Balancing full time work while learning music production - Maximizing the time you spend working on music - Adjusting your schedule to be more productive - Maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a full time music producer - Investing in a class or educational material to streamline the learning curve of music production - Coping with “imposter syndrome” Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - In the Studio with Hyperbits - Creating ‘Piana’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmaNjvQo_KU - Hyperbits Webinar: Saturation & Distortion In Electronic Music: https://vimeo.com/152208861 - The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss: http://amzn.to/26QYNgL - Hyperbits Green Smoothie Recipe: ½ Avacado, 1 apple, ½ banana, 1 cup coconut milk (organic), handful of spinach, handful of arugula, 2 handfuls of ice cubes, a dash of nutmeg, and a bit of honey if sweetener is necessary (patent pending) Hyperbits on the web: http://www.hyperbitsmusic.com http://www.facebook.com/hyperbits http://www.twitter.com/hyperbits http://www.instagram.com/hyperbits http://www.soundcloud.com/hyperbits
May 04, 2016
#26: Nik Cherwink On Channeling Creativity & When To Market Your Music
00:32:51
In this twenty-sixth episode of The EDM Prodcast, I chat with Nik Cherwink, the Industry Advisor at the renowned Icon Collective Music Production School. This interview touches upon truly important topics for aspiring producers, especially in regards to the power of a community like the one Icon Collective has built for it’s students. Beyond that, Nik offers a wealth of knowledge and his perspective on what connects listeners to artists, and how to develop that connection. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Are you a trance producer? Would you like to be? Do you get excited when you think about crafting a beautiful melody or driving bassline? Start to Finish: Uplifting Trance Edition is a comprehensive 12-video tutorial where I walk you through the creation of an uplifting trance track, explaining the process step-by-step. You’ll pick up tricks, techniques, and develop key production skills that will aid you in your next project. Think of it like me being in the studio with you. edmprod.com/uplifting --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - How to approach networking - Channeling creativity - Finding inspiration to deal with writer’s block - Surrounding yourself with people along the same path - When to start marketing yourself as an artist - Figuring out your identity and authenticity in music Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - ‘Think And Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill: http://amzn.to/1XXfdhC Nik Cherwink on the web: http://www.iconcollective.com http://www.twitter.com/nikcherwink
Apr 28, 2016
#25: Graham Cochrane on Self-Mastering, Mixing and Freelancing
00:42:56
In episode 25 of the EDM Prodcast, Sam Matla sits down with the mastermind behind The Recording Revolution, Graham Cochrane. In this interview, there is a wealth of knowledge for aspiring producers and audio engineers alike. Cochrane provides insight into the core concepts of mixing and mastering as well as valuable information for freelance audio engineers on how to develop their portfolio and properly gauge their market. One of our favorite episodes to date! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Are you a trance producer? Would you like to be? Do you get excited when you think about crafting a beautiful melody or driving bassline? Start to Finish: Uplifting Trance Edition is a comprehensive 12-video tutorial where I walk you through the creation of an uplifting trance track, explaining the process step-by-step. You’ll pick up tricks, techniques, and develop key production skills that will aid you in your next project. Think of it like me being in the studio with you. edmprod.com/uplifting --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Developing a portfolio as a freelancer - Setting your rates for music production services - The core concepts of mixing audio - Mastering your own work versus using an engineer - The essentials of a home studio - Finding inspiration using new tools and physical settings - Techniques for dealing with writer’s block - Avoiding being overly technical in the production process Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Smart Start To Mixing: http://therecordingrevolution.com/smart-start/ - ‘What Lies Beyond’ EP, mixed at Starbucks: http://therecordingrevolution.com/2015/01/26/why-i-mixed-my-latest-ep-at-starbucks-and-4-lessons-i-learned-along-the-way/ Graham Cochrane on the web: Website: http://therecordingrevolution.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/recordingrevolution Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/recordingrevolution Twitter: https://twitter.com/recordingrev Download for free on The Artist Union
Apr 08, 2016
#24: Steven Cymatics On Making A Living In Music & Viral Marketing
00:51:22
Sam Matla sits down with Steven Cymatics, one of the brilliant minds behind the newest and most impressive sample pack / music production resource website, Cymatics.FM. The interview goes beyond simply scratching the surface instead offering an in-depth look at the approach Cymatics.FM has used to grow exponentially, the psychology behind music marketing, and much more. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Are you a trance producer? Would you like to be? Do you get excited when you think about crafting a beautiful melody or driving bassline? Start to Finish: Uplifting Trance Edition is a comprehensive 12-video tutorial where I walk you through the creation of an uplifting trance track, explaining the process step-by-step. You’ll pick up tricks, techniques, and develop key production skills that will aid you in your next project. Think of it like me being in the studio with you. edmprod.com/uplifting --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Making a career from music, avoiding the ‘touring artist’ mindset - Forward thinking music marketing using various techniques - Bringing value to colleagues - Increasing interest and exposure for your brand - How to plan for releasing music - Properly investing resources to perfect your art - Learning faster using different mediums, mentors, and collaborations Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - ‘Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion’ by Robert B. Cialdini: http://amzn.to/1VQGeV5 Cymatics on the web: Website: http://www.cymatics.fm Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cymaticsFM Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cymaticsFM Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/cymaticsFM Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/cymaticsFM Download for free on The Artist Union
Mar 29, 2016
#23: Questions & Answers (Second Edition)
00:21:49
Check us out on The Artist Union to download all episodes and contribute: www.theartistunion.com/edmprod Today's episode is a bit shorter than usual. I take some questions from listeners on topics such as: - How to "make it" in a limited market - The best learning path for new producers - Using reverb effectively And much more! Follow us on social: Facebook: www.facebook.com/edmpsite Twitter: www.twitter.com/edmprod Instagram: www.instagram.com/edmprodgram Snapchat: 'edmprod' Download for free on The Artist Union
Mar 10, 2016
#22: Shanahan On Simplifying Layering And Creating Your Unique Sound
00:42:18
DOWNLOAD FREE PRESETS: https://theartistunion.com/tracks/46d5b7 Sam is joined by Jake Shanahan, now the artist simply known as Shanahan, in an interview that covers a wide range of topics: from carefully layering, to creating your own unique sound, and much in between. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSOR MESSAGE: Feel like your music is great but you aren’t getting enough plays? Check out The Music Marketing Academy by Budi Voogt. As a listener, you’ll get access to three videos on music marketing as well as a free 24-page PDF called “Understanding The Music Industry.” Head over to edmprod.com/marketing to get access. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Processing bass sounds - Simplifying buildups but retaining energy and tension - Creating your own unique sound - Systematically approaching layering sounds - Battling writer’s block - Mixing down at lower volumes Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - In the studio with: Shanahan [Stars And Moon Studio Walkthrough]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ArvRW_f2xo Shanahan on the web: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shanahanofficial Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/shanahanofficial Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/shanahanmusic Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/shanahanofficial
Feb 25, 2016
#21: Noah Neiman on Balancing Work with Music and Increasing Productivity
01:24:10
In this episode, Sam sits down with Noah Neiman who has been making waves with releases on major labels like Armada Music and Enhanced. Surprising, considering his consistency in output, he’s also working full time as a physician. This episode is full of great advice for increasing your output and balancing music with other responsibilities. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSOR MESSAGE: Feel like your music is great but you aren’t getting enough plays? Check out The Music Marketing Academy by Budi Voogt. As a listener, you’ll get access to three videos on music marketing as well as a free 24-page PDF called “Understanding The Music Industry.” Head over to edmprod.com/marketing to get access. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Balancing work and music - Increasing productivity with routines - Knowing the sound of your speakers/headphones/room - Connecting different sounding parts of a song - Coming up with ideas for melodies - Layering and processing lead sounds - Picking strong source material & tuning samples - Advice for aspiring producers Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Noah Neiman & The Mutints feat. Adam McInnis - Borrow (Official Music Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOj0hO3GPVM - Izotope Mastering With Ozone Guide: http://izotope.fileburst.com/guides/Mastering_With_Ozone.pdf - JBL LSR4328P Pak: http://amzn.to/1oQdX4r Noah Neiman on the web: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noahneimanmusic/ Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/noahneiman Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/noahneiman Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/noahneiman Download for free on The Artist Union
Feb 19, 2016
#20: Froogle On Finding Vocalists And Mixing Down As You Go
00:35:51
ENTER REMIX COMPETITION: http://cymatics.fm/froogle In this interview, I talk to Froogle. Froogle is an extremely skilled producer with a ton of great advice. Be sure to enter his remix competition at cymatics.fm/Froogle. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSOR MESSAGE: Feel like your music is great but you aren’t getting enough plays? Check out The Music Marketing Academy by Budi Voogt. As a listener, you’ll get access to three videos on music marketing as well as a free 24-page PDF called “Understanding The Music Industry.” Head over to edmprod.com/marketing to get access. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Vocal processing - Finding vocalists using social media - Approaching the human voice as a synth or instruments, manipulating vocals to sound like pads/leads/bass - How Froogle starts a track - Mixing down a track as you go - Tips for beating creative blocks - Sampling surroundings for foley sounds - Using a minimal setup Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Jimmy Allison / Austin Ableton Tutor: http://austinabletontutor.com/free-downloads/ - Froogle remix competition: http://www.cymatics.fm/froogle - Sonic Charge Synplant: https://soniccharge.com/synplant - Julia Carmen’s The Artist’s Way: http://amzn.to/1nBfgTQ - Seth Godin’s Purple Cow: http://amzn.to/1QDpIE2 Froogle on the web: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/frooglemusic Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/froogle Twitter: https://twitter.com/frooglemusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frooglemusic/ Download for free on The Artist Union
Feb 02, 2016
#19: Jaytech on Having a Professional Mindset and the Top-Down Mix Approach
01:02:36
Who is Jaytech? It’s hard to know where to begin. He started out as a classically trained pianist, entering and winning various competitions as a child before being introduced to the world of electronic music. At age 16, he had his first vinyl release. 14 years later, he’s released 3 artist albums, toured the world, had releases on key labels, and worked with many different artists. He’s one of my favorite producers, and due to that, this is one of my favorite episodes to date. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we talk about: - Why Positronic Digital was started - How to send your music to labels - The benefits of having a classical background - How Jaytech starts a track - The importance of a professional mindset - The story behind “Awakening“ - Keeping financially disciplined as an artist - Learning to use your tools properly - Programming powerful basslines - Why people have creative blocks - Doing a top-down mix Cool things mentioned in this episode: - Positronic Digital (http://positronicdigital.com/) - Anjunabeats (http://anjunabeats.com) - Jaytech’s latest album “Awakening” (http://soundcloud.com/jaytechmusic/sets/awakening) - Monthly mix show (http://patreon.com/jaytechmusic) - Splice Sounds (https://splice.com/sounds) - SoundBetter: Jaytech’s mixing & mastering service (https://soundbetter.com/profiles/19974-jaytech-%7C-james-cayzer) - Mixing With Your Mind (http://amzn.to/1Jtu8IC) - The Art of Mixing by David Gibson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEjOdqZFvhY) - Pensado’s Place (http://www.pensadosplace.tv/) - Korg Kronos (http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/kronos2/) Intro track: https://soundcloud.com/jaytechmusic/01-tiny-love-feat-jhana Follow Jaytech on the web: Website: http://jaytechmusic.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/jaytechofficial Twitter: http://twitter.com/jaytechmusic The Music Marketing Academy: Want more plays and followers? Check out Budi Voogt’s Music Marketing Academy and get access to a free video series (includes case study on how Budi took San Holo to over 180,000 followers on Soundcloud). Visit: http://edmprod.com/mma Leave a rating and review on iTunes Ratings and reviews help the podcast grow which means two things: I become happy, and I can also get more popular guests on the show. Head on over to http://edmprod.com/itunes and leave a rating and a review with your thoughts (you can just say “Thanks Sam,” if you like). Until next time, have fun producing! Download for free on The Artist Union
Dec 23, 2015
#18: Joachim Garraud on Producer Box and How He Got Into Music
00:23:00
Watch video interview here: https://goo.gl/PMpUQb Get your copy of Producer Box: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joachimgarraud/producer-box/ In this episode, I talk to Joachim Garraud, a legend in his own right and one of the most influential people in the world of dance music. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We talk about his background, and also his project "Producer Box" - a Kickstarter campaign. Subscribe to the EDM Prodcast on iTunes here: www.edmprod.com/itunes Download for free on The Artist Union
Dec 10, 2015
#17: Karanda on Bitwig, Experimentation, and Morphing Vocals into Basslines
01:01:39
Karanda (formerly a duo) consists of James Woods, an outstanding producer from the UK. He started producing around age 6, and it shows. He's someone who's mastered their craft, in other words, someone you should listen closely to and take advice from. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A few things we cover in this episode: - The importance of experimenting with different styles - Going from one idea to another - Improving workflow and efficiency - Why James made the switch from Ableton to Bitwig - Creating complex trance 2.0 basslines - Morphing vocals into basslines Cool things mentioned in the episode: - BOS Electro Bass Tools (http://blackoctopus-sound.com/product/electro-bass-tools/) - Atomic Cloud (http://atomiccloud.gersic.com/index.html) - The Mangle (http://sound-guru.com/software/mangle/) - Frostbite (http://www.audiothing.net/effects/frostbite/) - Synaptic Morph (http://www.zynaptiq.com/morph/) - Kyma (http://kyma.symbolicsound.com/) - Focal Solo 6 BE (http://amzn.to/1MVNTMt) - UBK Happy Funtime Hour podcast (https://soundcloud.com/ubk-happy-funtime) - The Channel Strip Principle (http://therecordingrevolution.com/2014/10/02/mixing-with-the-channel-strip-principle/) - Hans Zimmer's studio - Hans Zimmer - Time (Karanda remix) Intro track: https://soundcloud.com/karandamusic/supreme Show notes for this episode can be found at www.edmprod.com/episode-17 Follow Karanda on the web: Facebook: www.facebook.com/karandamusic Twitter: twitter.com/karandamusic Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/karandamusic SPECIAL OFFER FOR LISTENERS: Get 20% off Mixing EDM with discount code 'PRODCAST' - edmprod.com/mixingedm Download for free on The Artist Union
Dec 02, 2015
#16: Ark Patrol on having high standards, panning and stereo widening.
00:33:29
Get 20% off Mixing EDM with discount code 'PRODCAST' - edmprod.com/mixingedm Full show notes: edmprod.com/episode16 Today I talk to Ark Patrol, a well-known producer from Portland. In this interview, we talk about his workflow, the difference between producing an album versus a single, the importance of having high standards while avoiding perfectionism, and also his latest album “Primo” which is out on the 20th of November. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the show: - Primo: https://soundcloud.com/heroicrecordings/sets/ark-patrol-primo - Flume by Flume: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/flume/id564046963 Intro track: Ark Patrol - Sinner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z8BTVx03TA) Outro track: Ark Patrol - Escape (ft. Dooqu) (https://soundcloud.com/heroicrecordings/ark-patrol-escape-ft-dooqu) Follow Ark Patrol on the web: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArkPatrol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArkPatrol YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arkpatrolUS Download for free on The Artist Union
Nov 19, 2015
#15: Hyperbits on Mixdowns, Layering, and Making Music Your Life
01:05:24
Read the full show notes at http://edmprod.com/episode15 This interview is one of my favorite so far, why? Because Serik goes deep into the technical aspects of music production--mixing, layering, composition, etc. But he also shares his story and talks about how he went from being a marketing manager at a lifeless company to full-time artist. So, while it's incredibly motivating, there's also a lot of practical advice in it. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What you'll learn in this episode: - What it takes to make a living from music - How to approach your mixdown for the best results - The one thing to keep in mind when layering, and how to - approach layering as a whole. - How to stay creative constantly - Why you should spend time writing your track before anything else - How to find and use inspiration
Oct 22, 2015
#14: Rico & Miella on Processing Vocals & Writing Melodies
00:33:27
In this episode, I talk to classically trained vocalist/producer duo Rico & Miella about how they process their vocals, write their melodies, push through the tedium involved in music production, and more. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the show: - Joey Dale, Rico & Miella - Winds (https://soundcloud.com/revealed-recordings/joey-dale-rico-miella-winds-preview) - UAD Plugins (http://www.uaudio.com/store.html) Rico & Miella on the web: - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ricoandmiella - Twitter (https://twitter.com/ricoandmiella) - Website (http://ricoandmiella.com) - Soundcloud: @ricoandmiella Download for free on The Artist Union
Oct 16, 2015
#13: Aylen on Drum Processing & Creative Block
00:32:25
In this interview, I talk to Aylen, an accomplished producer with a unique sound. We talk about how he handles his drums, his collaboration with Baewatch, and overcoming creative block among many other things. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - Valhalla Room Reverb (https://goo.gl/cpPrzc) - Splice (http://splice.com - How I Roll ft. Baewatch (https://soundcloud.com/hysteriarecords/aylen-baewatch-how-i-roll) - Primitive Rhythm (https://soundcloud.com/aylen/sets/aylen-primitive-rhythm) - Dippin Dots (https://soundcloud.com/maincoursemedia/aylen-dippin-dots) - Lucky Date’s tutorials (https://goo.gl/Ba0Ah0) - Future Music in the Studio (https://goo.gl/IDct2O) Aylen on the web: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/Aylen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AylenOfficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/AylenOfficial Download for free on The Artist Union
Oct 09, 2015
#12: Why Consistency Matters as a Producer
00:52:19
Levi and I talk about the importance of consistency and how it contributes to progress as a producer, how to optimize production sessions, and why deliberate practice is important. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned on the show: - More advice on productivity and focus: (http://getworkflowbook.com) - One minute habits book (http://amzn.to/1JNAD7E) - James Clear's Article on Creativity (jamesclear.com/creative-thinking) - Levi Whalen - Cerulean (https://soundcloud.com/electronictaste/levi-whalen-cerulean) Sam Matla on the internet: facebook.com/sampmatla twitter.com/sammatla Levi Whalen on the internet: www.facebook.com/LeviWhalenMusic twitter.com/levi_whalen Leave a rating & review on iTunes: edmprod.com/itunes Download for free on The Artist Union
Oct 05, 2015
#11: Ilpo Kärkkäinen on Workflow, Inspiration, and Finishing Tracks
01:19:54
In this interview I talk to Ilpo Kärkkäinen, accomplished Drum & Bass DJ & Producer. We talk about: - Mixing in different DAWs - Workflow and creativity - Motivation and inspiration - How to finish tracks and avoid perfectionism - Effective collaboration - How DJing influences production --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool stuff mentioned in the show: - John Cleese on Creativity (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qby0ed4aVpo) - Daniel Pink - Drive (http://amzn.to/1GdgYhe) - Loxy CX podcast (@loxy_) - Resoundsound (http://resoundsound.com) - Magic A/B (https://www.samplemagic.com/details/184/magic-ab) - Soundtoys filterfreak (http://www.soundtoys.com/product/filterfreak) - Fabfilter Pro-Q 2 (http://www.fabfilter.com/products/pro-q-2-equalizer-plug-in) - Soundtoys echoboy (http://www.soundtoys.com/product/echoboy) - Mastery by Robert Greene (http://amzn.to/1L13t9Z) - The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity (http://getworkflowbook.com) - Pensado’s place (http://www.pensadosplace.tv/) Ilpo on the web: Website: http://resoundsound.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Resoundsound Twitter: http://twitter.com/resoundsound Download for free on The Artist Union
Sep 28, 2015
#10: Charlie McCarron on Music Theory, Composition, and Freelancing
00:59:32
In this interview I talk to Charlie McCarron, accomplished composer, freelancer, and host of the Composer Quest podcast. We talk about a range of different things including the importance of music theory and how to 'make it' as a freelancer. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the show: - Hooktheory (http://www.hooktheory.com/) - Composer Quest podcast (http://composerquest.com) - UBK Happy Funtime (https://soundcloud.com/ubk-happy-funtime) - Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth (http://amzn.to/1gI3Ny2) Charlie McCarron on the web: Website: http://charliemccarron.com Podcast website: http://composerquest.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/charliemccarron Download for free on The Artist Union
Sep 22, 2015
#9: Listener Questions
00:31:50
A brief episode in which I answer some questions from listeners. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the show: - Charlie McCarron - Composer Quest (composerquest.com) - 1000 True Fans (http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/) - Patreon (http://patreon.com) - Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (http://edmprod.com/mixingsecretsbook) Sam Matla on the internet: facebook.com/sampmatla twitter.com/sammatla Download for free on The Artist Union
Sep 16, 2015
#8: Nicholas Di Lorenzo on Mastering, Building a Career, and the Loudness War
00:52:30
In this interview I talk to Nicholas Di Lorenzo, mixing and mastering engineer based in Melbourne. We talk about a range of topics including: what mastering is, why communication should be essential in an engineer's arsenal of tools, and tips for building a career in the industry, whether as an artist or business person. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the show: - Mixing With Your Mind (http://amzn.to/1EPAR2N) - Mastering Audio (http://amzn.to/1EPASnk) - Your Mix Sucks (http://www.mixedbymarcmozart.com/buy-mixing-books-tutorials/) - Zen & The Art of Recording (http://amzn.to/1JXHBug) - Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Coffee Maker (http://www.coffeacoffee.com.au/bialetti-moka-express) Nicholas Di Lorenzo on the web: Website: http://www.panoramamastering.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PanoramaMastering Email: nicholas@panoramamastering.com.au Download for free on The Artist Union
Sep 10, 2015
#7: Arrangement Part 2: Tension, Energy, and Build-ups
01:12:35
Levi and I continue with our discussion on structure and arrangement, this time delving into tension & energy. In particular, we talk about the different types of tension and energy, how to keep listeners on the edge of their seat, and how to craft great build-ups. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool stuff mentioned on the show: - Levi Whalen - Me & You (https://soundcloud.com/leviwhalen/me-and-you) - BT - Skylarking (example of musical tension) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doedi2MI-iM) - Deadmau5 - The Reward is Cheese (Nom De Strip remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8rAuOG2uD0) - Izotope Trash (https://www.izotope.com/trash2) - Dada life on basslines (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8wioYd6uyY) - Airport - Photographer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwxXYK0aZGg) Sam Matla on the internet: facebook.com/sampmatla twitter.com/sammatla Levi Whalen on the internet: www.facebook.com/LeviWhalenMusic twitter.com/levi_whalen Leave a rating & review on iTunes: edmprod.com/itunes Download for free on The Artist Union
Sep 06, 2015
#6: Andrew Apanov on Brand Building, Music Marketing Myths, and Networking
01:05:46
In this interview, I talk to Andrew Apanov. Andrew runs Dotted Music - a music marketing agency, and WeSpin, which is a growth training platform for musicians, bands, and producers. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We delve into a range of different topics from brand building to networking. We discuss hot topics like: - When should you start promoting yourself? - Is it worth building an email list? - Facebook advertising - yay or nay? - What's the best craft beer? And much more. Cool things mentioned in the show: - WeSpin (http://wespin.co) - Dotted Music (http://dottedmusic.com) - Busting Music Marketing Myths with Andrew Apanov (http://www.resoundsound.com/music-marketing-myths/) - 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing (http://amzn.to/1O25UYZ) - Seth Godin - Purple Cow (http://amzn.to/1JuXkku) - Seth Godin - Tribes (http://amzn.to/1O25YaU) - Seth Godin - Icarus Deception (http://amzn.to/1Fa8cjx) - Seth Godin - Permission Marketing (http://amzn.to/1EuaMpV) - Music is Your Business (http://amzn.to/1Fa8gjh) Andrew Apanov on the web: Website: http://andrewapanov.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/dottedmusic Twitter: http://twitter.com/matterandrew Download for free on The Artist Union
Aug 30, 2015
#5: Arrangement Part 1: Practice, Theory, And Workflows
01:05:48
In this episode, Levi and I discuss a topic that's been in high demand - arrangement & structure. More specifically, what is arrangement and structure, what should we keep in mind when arranging our tracks, and what are some effective ways of implementing the arrangement process into the overall production process? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool stuff mentioned on the show: - Sébastien Léger - Majuro (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmUMhaA-cjY) - Free course on arrangement for FSS (https://goo.gl/CMmIwb) - EDMProd Newsletter (http://edmprod.com/optin) - W&W - Impact (Marlo Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R81B1MAIi2Y) - Book: Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior (http://edmprod.com/mixingsecretsbook) - (Good example of bridge) Calvin Harris - How Deep is Your Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWWSM3wCiKY) - Reso - Mind Games (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7YJExc9cnA) Sam Matla on the internet: facebook.com/sampmatla twitter.com/sammatla Levi Whalen on the internet: www.facebook.com/LeviWhalenMusic twitter.com/levi_whalen Leave a rating & review on iTunes: edmprod.com/itunes Download for free on The Artist Union
Aug 28, 2015
#4: Monoverse on Labels Vs. Independence, Building Basslines, and the Trance Scene
00:57:16
In this episode, I talk to Santos Torres AKA Monoverse about his journey as an artist, how he creates his basslines, and the state of the trance scene. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the show: - Monoverse & Leolani - Take You Away (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em1ZXpNvdkU) - Amped Artists (http://ampedartists.com) - http://hive.co - Valhalla Vintageverb (https://valhalladsp.com/shop/plugins/valhalla-vintage-verb/) - Classic Delay (http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=1874) Monoverse on the web: - @monoverse - Facebook: http://facebook.com/monoverse - Twitter: http://twitter.com/monoverse - YouTube: http://youtube.com/monoversemusic - Instagram: http://instagram.com/monoverse Download for free on The Artist Union
Aug 24, 2015
#3: Strategies For Starting Tracks And Coming Up With Creative Ideas
01:10:07
Sam Matla and Levi Whalen discuss idea generation strategies, how to effectively start tracks, and a number of other things. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the episode: - Levi's interview with Jacob Henry (https://goo.gl/0jQwz3) - Book: Rick Rubin in the Studio (http://amzn.to/1U2NsBe) - Tim Ferris' Interview with Rick Rubin (http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/05/15/rick-rubin/) - http://coggle.it (brainstorming app) - Jaytech's Pyramind Elite Session (http://goo.gl/13iVUe) - SPI Podcast with Pat Flynn (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/category/podcast/) - Chris Ducker's Podcast (http://www.chrisducker.com/podcast/) Sam Matla on the internet: facebook.com/sampmatla twitter.com/sammatla Levi Whalen on the internet: www.facebook.com/LeviWhalenMusic twitter.com/levi_whalen Leave a rating & review on iTunes: http://edmprod.com/itunes Download for free on The Artist Union
Aug 21, 2015
#2: Budi Voogt on Labels, Marketing Your Music, and the Changing Face of the Music Industry
00:53:34
Leave a rating and review on iTunes: http://edmprod.com/itunes In this interview, I talk to Budi Voogt - co-founder of Heroic Recordings, artist manager, and author of The Soundcloud Bible. We dive deep into the music industry and cover a range of interesting topics. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the show: - Heroic Recordings (http://heroicrecordings.com/) - https://soundcloud.com/heroicrecordings - Owsla's "The Nest" (http://nesthq.com/) - The Ring (http://www.heroicrecordings.com/ring/) - The Soundcloud Bible (http://edmprod.com/soundcloudbible or non-aff link: http://soundcloudbible.com) - Seth Godin's "Purple Cow" book (http://www.sethgodin.com/purple/) - The Simple Guide to Music Publishing(http://amzn.to/1fjsyjv) - All You Need to Know About the Music Business (http://amzn.to/1UN5E3Z) Budi Voogt on the web: - Blog/Website: http://budivoogt.com - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Budi-Voogt/401432990050711?fref=ts - Twitter: http://twitter.com/budivoogt Download for free on The Artist Union
Aug 17, 2015
#1: Using Presets, Developing A Signature Sound, And Innovative Live Performance
01:23:12
Leave a rating and review on iTunes: http://edmprod.com/itunes Sam Matla and Levi Whalen talk about why using presets isn't cheating, how a signature sound is developed, and the current state of DJing and live performance in the EDM scene as described by Deadmau5. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download a free PDF containing tips from podcast guests: edmprod.com/podtips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool things mentioned in the episode: - Axis of Awesome - 4 Chord Song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I) - Everything is a Remix: Documentary by Kirby Ferguson (http://everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/) - The Mau5's rant (http://deadmau5.tumblr.com/post/125290302799/here-is-what-i-dont-get) Sam Matla on the internet: http://facebook.com/sampmatla http://twitter.com/sammatla Levi Whalen on the internet: https://www.facebook.com/LeviWhalenMusic http://twitter.com/levi_whalen Download for free on The Artist Union
Aug 02, 2015