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The Mental Game of Electronic Music Production – Book Review

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I’ve been recently blessed with an exciting wave of creativity towards my music-making. All of a sudden, I am busting out a new tune or a cool idea almost daily, hence why I’ve been making less posts on production for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been feeling this amazing freedom and lack of judgment towards my work, which has allowed me to get momentum and feel like my skills are getting stronger, like snowball rolling down a steep mountain. The cause for this sudden burst of inspiration came from several factors currently happening in my life, but the one thing that triggered it all is this amazing book written by producer Jason Timothy called Music Habits- The Mental Game of Electronic Music Production. [Read more]

Do I need expensive gear or plugins?

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Don’t believe the hype, you don’t need fancy gear to make great sounding tracks. I just saw a New York Times article/video on Skrillex's and Justin Bieber’s collaboration on the tune Where R U Now and it was so obvious that Skrillex was pretty much using Ableton live, on a laptop, with no fancy preamps or synths, and simply getting the sickest sounds out of Bieber’s voice and probably some stock plugins that even come with Ableton. Wow, that was a long sentence. Is that even ok? Hemingway did it! Anyway, check out the interview here. But read on because I have some insight to share on this idea. [Read more]

What comes first, lyrics or melody?

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People have asked me this and I think there is no right answer. I tend to hum melodies all the time, I just make them up. So for me it is easier to start with melodies. But I’ve somehow gotten in my head the idea that my lyrics need to make more sense and probably should happen first. I guess I’m writing this post for selfish reasons, to undo this silly thought. [Read more]