My Electronic Music Production Methodology (Pt. I)

I' had been thinking about recently how I should consolidate the many values, observations and principles I share regularly on this blog into a summary of music production methods and methodology. I regularly give feedback in our Facebook group and I find that I'm often repeating myself with regards to...

Resisting the lust to be famous

While music fame and the desire to "get famous" might seem comical to some, I'm sure that if it doesn't apply to you, perhaps there are some people in your network who have expectations to build a career in music production. It's one thing to leave your mark, but it's...

The rule of thirds in arrangements and mixing

One of my favorite aspects of music making is to use proportional ratios regularly. While this seems perhaps counter-productive when compared with the artistic side of producing music, I use it to eliminate a bunch of technical roadblocks that emerge in the process of decision making. Because making decisions can...

How to get the right tonal balance for a mix

One of the biggest challenge of finishing a song is to properly adjust the tonal balance. There's no doubt this part of track-making is puzzling; many people – even experienced producers – are still going to have some issues with tonal balance some days. There are tools and methods to...

Basic tips for writing melodies

In our Facebook group, I was asked to share some tips about writing melodies and how to approach this process while arranging. In electronic music, many artists are self-taught and the concept of music from a melodic and harmonic perspective is often built over intuitive understandings and reading online tutorials,...

Alternative music arranging techniques

Music arranging techniques are a topic I've been asked about most in the last few weeks. For many people, this is the part of music-making that causes issues. And rightfully so; arranging is all about storytelling. In past posts, I've said that even though your sound and production might be...

How To Reinvent Your Sound

If you're finding that all your tracks are starting to sound too similar, there are a number of ways you can reinvent your sound. A while back, I wrote an article about how sometimes we feel that our music always ends up sounding the same. I did a test with...

Important Music Production Principles

As a label manager or as a teacher who regularly gives feedback (join our facebook group if you're interested to participate!), I've realized I don't listen to music like the average person; I listen for certain music production principles. There are a number of things that will get my attention...

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...

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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...

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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...