Mindfulness for Creatives

The mindfulness movement has been getting a lot of buzz in the US health industry recently, but we hear less about how valuable this form of meditation can be for creatives. If you've never heard of it, you're probably missing out on the next wave in healthy living, much like jogging or yoga. All of these practices complement...

Use This Free Ableton Live Session Template

After months of seeing clients repeat the same mistakes in Ableton Live, I thought, "If only I could provide them with a session template to use as a default, it would help them so much." It's not that I wanted to free myself from fixing certain things, but I really believe that having a...

Simple Sound Design Tips

I've been giving some classes since the beginning of the year, and I noticed certain questions around sound design that kept coming up while I'd be sharing other tips. I thought I'd share them with everyone so it can benefit more than one person out there. Recently I was in a...

Make the Leap from DJ to Producer

Many people dream of being able to enjoy a self-sustaining life while working as a DJ or music producer. If you're a DJ, you might be contemplating the idea of jumping into production. Both avenues can lead you to doing it full time, but not if you do it half-way. Make it your passion. It's always...

Isaac Prieto is a Detroit-based DJ/producer and a client of Pheek's, who helped Isaac with song finalization, mixdown and mastering. I spoke with Isaac.

Conversations with Clients: Isaac Prieto

Isaac Prieto is a Detroit-based DJ and producer and the co-founder of vinyl label Detroit Vinyl Room. He was also a client of Pheek’s, who helped Isaac with song finalization, mixdown and mastering. I spoke with Isaac to gain some insights into his journey as a DJ and producer and his experience working with Pheek. Note:...

Making the Choice To Be Exclusive to a Label

You might have heard of record labels asking for exclusivity, or maybe you've at least heard the term mentioned in one way or another. But what does it entail exactly, and how should you approach the decision if you're ever faced with such an offer? In another post, I shared a personal story of mine where...

Choosing Track Finalization over Ghost Producing

A lot of you might already know what ghost producing is, and you might even have some pretty strong feelings about it. For those who aren't familiar with the term: Ghost producing is having your track made from scratch, with your instructions, by another producer. What you might be more surprised to find out, though, is that many producers...

The Day I Refused Exclusivity to a Label

I don't always talk about things that happened in my "career." Since this is a blog though, I thought it would be fun and instructive to share some of the different decisions I had to face, and the consequences of each of them. I have a bunch of fun stories going back...

Turn Your Writer’s Block Into an Opportunity

You've heard about writer's block many times, and maybe you've experienced one. I also get one routinely. Many others have addressed the topic, but I'll share some of my own views on it here. Before anything, let's just check a definition first so we're on the same page: Writer's block is a condition, primarily...

Productivity tips for electronic music producers

Pheek Talk 3: Productivity Tips

In this video, I do a follow-up on my free coaching program and share a few tips on boosting your productivity as a music producer, based on the discussions I've been having. You can also visit my YouTube channel for more videos and talks like this one. Pheek Talk 3: Productivity Tips https://youtu.be/TFGF8lgyxv8  SEE...

Recycling Your Tracks Into Fresh New Ideas

Like with any creative work, writer’s block can be a very frustrating and demoralizing thing for producers of electronic music. Many artists spend hours and hours wrestling with their ideas just trying to come up with something new – but what if what you were looking for was already under...

Get A Free Music Coach

[Important update, August 2017: The Free program is being redesigned and put on pause. You can still register to get the free Ableton Live Template and get news on when it starts again.] I made an important decision to remove my newsletter and change it into free music coaching for every...

Give A Direction To Your Loops

I have never studied sound or music theory. My blog is a pure description of how my mind and artistic view has grown through time and practice. In this post, I will share some observations on percussion and how it can give your loops a new meaning.   Make Tracks From Your Loops If...

Useful Music Producer Skills For All

This article will answer one of the questions I get sometimes from people who consider making electronic music, which is: what sort of skills make production easier? It depends on the personality of the music producer in question. My answer might surprise you. What kind of producer are you? The great thing...

What is the Electronic Music Equipment Needed to Start Producing?

Are you here because you've been planning to make electronic music? I will try to cover the main questions I get on a regular basis about electronic music equipment for home studios. Get ready to produce I recently received an email from someone who wanted my advice on what he needed to start...

Strategic Guide To Releases Planning And Production

In this first post of the year, I try to share my own perspective on music release planning for both labels and musicians. It will be looking into how a busy agenda can do wonders. Music release planning is a game-changer I'd say most of the musicians I know will produce music...