1. What do you love about EDM production?
EDM production is great because it is very progressive, and every corner of EDM is constantly being explored by new producers. This can be attributed to the large number of genres and styles that EDM has been sorted into. It’s very relieving to know that just by manipulating synthetic instruments and exploring new rhythms, I will be able to cater to a certain audience who will enjoy listening to the music. There are many advantages to EDM production as a process as well. The implementation of MIDI protocol allows the same degree of interaction an acoustic instrument perfomer would have. The EDM production community is quite welcoming as well overall, and much more approachable to newcomers.
2. When did you first start producing music?
Back in Grade 10 when I was 16 years old.
3. What hardware and software did you use as a beginner, and what do you use now?
I began producing using FL Studio and whichever version was present at the time. Since then, I have experimented with other DAWs like Reason and Ableton Live, but I simply cannot detach myself from the amazing Piano Roll FLS has to offer. For that reason, I use it to this day.
4. Do you think hardware/software makes a big difference?
Once upon a time, I overemphasized the role of hardware because there were sounds I simply could not emulate. However, software is immensely powerful these days. Emulations of old analog synthesizers are increasingly more accurate - audio junkies themselves have heated debates over whether analog emulations are spot on in timbre and quality. For me, I no longer think there is such a great difference between hardware and software. Whatever makes great music makes great music!
5. What tools on your DAW do you use the most?
The Arturia synth pack, the inbuilt 3xosc with FL Studio, and the various factory FX available.
6. How do you start a new project?
It really varies, but a tried and true method is to start with a simple beat and to layer on a chord progression using full sustain and no release/decay pads. From there, the rhythmic aspects come and the real synthetic manipulation happens. Melody is the last thing I worry about since it is often the most difficult. The melody that you find yourself whistling to yourself is the best one to use.
7. What would you say are the top five most important things for a producer to know?
1. Keep true to your style and put less weight on what is popular at the time.
2. Production quality comes second to innovation and aesthetics to the listener, and therefore it should be the same for producers.
3. Music production should not be too formulaic and rigid - if you have confidence in your sound, it will grow and change just as you will a person.
4. Hold on to some inherent idea of what sounds good and what doesn’t; without this, production will be blind.
5. Don’t tinker too much with a “finished” production! Don’t let comments after you’ve finished something be the reason you go back and change something.
8. What is the most difficult thing about electronic music production?
The most difficult thing about electronic music production is something that isn’t unique to EDM - having confidence in yourself and your sound. As a said, there are so many genres and styles out there, you’ll be hard pressed to be satisfied with any final product. However, you have to be confident that what is unique to your sound will get recognized by listeners.
9. What is one way to improve as a producer?
Haha. If I could answer that question, I wouldn’t be improving myself. I can, however, tell you how you can hinder yourself from improving as a producer. Settling on something that works will slow the whole thing down. Improvement happens naturally with experimentation.
10. What would you tell someone who is just starting off in music production?
Find an inspirational sound and strive to emulate it. It’s a great way to start off, and naturally your sound will deviate and become something of its own. Don’t get discouraged by something you don’t understand. Music production is a process that involves consistent learning.
11. Anything else you’d like to say about music production?
The only thing I can say is never stop loving music. That alone is enough motivation to want to produce it.
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