The musician’s double life: making money from music

I've been working with musicians for quite a while, and it's no secret that making money from music alone is huge undertaking because we all know that revenue streams are hard to come by. In many cases, I've observed how many musicians often have a double life that they're trying...

arrangements, ableton

Basic Song Arrangements Tips

Given the quantity of hours of mixing I do regularly, I work on lot of projects from a wide variety of clients. I also have to do a lot of "cleaning up" before I get to work on the actual mixing of a song. I wanted to share with you...

Starting a label for the right reasons (Part 2)

Our last post was about deciding on the right reasons to start a label, and before you go on reading this post on starting a label yourself, I'd invite you to go back and read the first part of this series. If Part 1 was a bit of a reality...

Playing Electronic Music Live (Part 6, final)

I recently played a live set at StereoBar in Montreal for the launch of my album Returning Home and it was very interesting to create a live set from scratch, following the advice of this series I've written over the past few months about playing electronic music live. I'd like...

Storytelling through arrangements and song arrangement techniques

When it comes to mixing and mastering, my work involves to listening to many, many songs. Some are great, while others need more love, but from the numerous songs I hear daily I can pinpoint one important thing that makes a song stand out the most: arrangements. I believe your...

starting a label

Starting a label for the right reasons (Part 1)

Every now and then, someone comes to me for mixing or mastering and will ask if I can introduce them to a label. In some cases, I do, but I can't guarantee it will lead to anything in the end; sometimes it works and when it doesn't. I often hear...

Music Goals: Using Signposts instead of Goals

You often hear about setting music goals to keep your drive going and to get you pointed in the right direction. I've previously discussed the best ways to set goals and reach them, but as time has gone on, I'm not totally sure if setting goals is still the most...

Transient Shaping

In this blog, I've already discussed many ways of playing with your track to create new textures and variations and how to keep your sounds interesting. I'd like to discuss another way of colouring your music: transient shaping; something that can completely change the way a track sounds and feels,...

Our First Music Retreat

The idea for a music retreat came from a discussion I was having with my friend Fred about the need to just flee the city with some fellow music producers to spend a weekend making music. I mean, being in the country, being with friends, and then be able to...

The Inspiration Cycle

Most people enjoy discussing music technically in terms of production as we all wonder where to start and how to handle ideas in order to make a song. I also follow many magazines and articles which cover how the brain perceives creativity, where it starts, and how to invoke it...

Music production techniques: Non-Linear Production

It's been a while since I promised a post about one of a number of music production techniques I use: non linear music production. The very first album I did using this technique and really sticking to rules of it was Intra; and then I recently went deep in to...

Good quality microphones for iPhone

One of my favorite things about making music is to combine recordings of random things I find or field recordings to include in my music - a great, simple way to do that is with an iPhone microphone. Since this is a topic I often cover in this blog, I...

Adding life to sounds: movement in electronic music

Creating movement in electronic music One of the most misunderstood concepts in electronic music is movement. By movement, I am referring to the way that each sound constantly evolves throughout a song. I was once talking with someone who is very into modular synthesizers and he was saying that he cannot...