What Is A Mature Sounding Track?

Recently, a video artist friend of mine was critical of a clip we were watching, and I was commenting about the audio portion of the video. We were both interested in each other's point of view to better understand what a professional in different fields...

Bouncing stems and mix

Recently I’ve been weighing the benefits of focusing on just one part of my production process exclusively, or, working on all the steps of a production simultaneously - arranging, mixing, pre-mastering, etc.. Very often producers ask me to explain a perfect workflow recipe and the...

Guide to shameless self-promotion

Let's face it, self-promotion is certainly one of the most loved & hated topics musicians face on a daily basis. I mean, you make music, it's hard to repress that inner compulsion of wanting to share your work to the world right? Finishing music and...

How To Quickly Audition New Plugins

Plugins - it seems every week there is a wave of new and exciting plugins released to producers. It’s true that using the right tools can make producing music more enjoyable, and help you make better sounding music. This post is very technical, but by the end...

Is My Song Good?

I can’t tell you how many times I've been asked that question, and asked myself the same thing - is my song good? With experience releasing my own records and working on amazing projects that inspire me nearly every day, I know what I like in...

Two birds one stone. Separating ideas.

I’m really excited to share a killer new exercise with you that I know will help you become really creative and productive. I’m using this exercise in my own productions and it’s a little like the Bonsai Method I wrote about in my last post....

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Bonsai Method

Are you having a hard time writing music? Are you confused what DAW to begin using, what plugins to download, what samples to get started with? Never before have producers had so many questions to answer, and to be honest, if you are struggling to make...

Mix & Mastering Preparation Tips

As a mastering engineer one question I get asked all the time is - “how can I get the best pre-master mix out of my tracks?”. It's an important question for sure, and this post will outline some of the actions producers can make right now to make your...

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Finishing Your Projects

I want to tackle a huge, big-time topic of much discussion and effort among many music producers - finishing your projects. Like many of my friends, readers of this blog, and clients of mine, finishing your music is really important to you. Yet, we all...

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Making and breaking genres in your music

Friends and clients of mine who listen to a wide variety of music (often very different genres) have mentioned feeling a real struggle to come up with ideas once starting a new project in their DAW. After putting together a decent beat and melody or two...

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Lego Blocks as Song Structures

Have your productions become a bit predictable lately? To stand out as an artist/producer you have to create music that is unique. So much of electronic is structured around a repeating 4/4 pattern, which means it’s really important to create surprising sounds and unique arrangements...

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Beats and Melodies

One aspect of using the Non-Linear Music Production technique that I want to share with you involves two simple, and easy to follow tips with big benefits - we're going to focus on just beats or melodies - this going to upgrade your productivity in the studio and it’s...

The Art of Keeping People on Their Toes

You know when you discover music that breaks the mould, and you can't stop listening to it? When there's just something special about it that keeps you playing it on repeat? There are actually certain recipes for giving music its power, and a lot of it has to...

Using and Choosing an Alias

Artist aliases have a colourful history that goes back centuries. Long before techno, stage names and pen names were common in music and literature especially, with artists often wanting to separate their public personas from their private identities. Voltaire (aka François-Marie Arouet) and Bob Dylan (born Zimmerman) both...

How to Create a Deep Kick

One of the most important parts of electronic music today is the quality of kicks. Back when I started making techno in the 90s, kicks had greater or lesser importance. You could use a drum machine like a 909, select a kick, and that was pretty...