F*ck Moderation: 7 Backward Lessons in Music Production That Might Piss You Off

What are good melody writing techniques that you can practice? Are there rules you can follow to write better melodies? The answer is yes. And guess what?! This isn’t a music theory article. This is an article that will provide you with practical, actionable tips to improve the melodies that you are writing today. Here are my techniques and rules to write better melodies.

Top 25 Hypertips Round-Up from Twitter

I thought it would be fun to hand pick the top 25 music production tips from my #Hypertips series on Twitter, where I highlight some personal thoughts, tips, techniques, and tricks inside of music production 4 days a week, every week 🙂 

7 Ways to Write Better Melodies: Techniques & Rules

What are good melody writing techniques that you can practice? Are there rules you can follow to write better melodies? The answer is yes. And guess what?! This isn’t a music theory article. This is an article that will provide you with practical, actionable tips to improve the melodies that you are writing today. Here are my techniques and rules to write better melodies.

How to Master a Song in any DAW: Logic, Ableton, FL Studio, etc.

You can master a song in any DAW. Yep, that’s right — Ableton, Logic, FL Studio, whatever you’re using, you can do your masters right there. And the best part? Mastering itself isn’t that hard, so long as you have a bit of guidance. Here is how you master a song in any DAW.

How to Mix Music: 8 Technical Steps for Beginners

So, how do you actually mix music? How do you make your volume levels right? How do you get rid of muddiness? How do you make music LOUD like the pros? What on earth are you supposed to do first?!

Below are 8 technical steps for how beginners can mix music. Make sure you make it all the way to the end: numbers 5-7 are my top three processing tips.
That said, here are 9 methods that have worked for me. These strategies allowed me to quit my corporate job, remix artists like Beyoncé and Tove Lo, work with labels like Universal, Sony & Ultra and eventually start an online music production school that has now helped thousands and thousands of music producers.

8 Creative Ways to Use Sample Packs & Soundbanks (…that actually work)

Once you’ve spent a few months (or maybe even years) building your sample library, you’ll come to realize that there are some extremely helpful and useful ways to utilize sample packs that might not be extremely obvious upfront. That said, here are 8 of my favorite creative methods when using sample packs and sound banks.
That said, here are 9 methods that have worked for me. These strategies allowed me to quit my corporate job, remix artists like Beyoncé and Tove Lo, work with labels like Universal, Sony & Ultra and eventually start an online music production school that has now helped thousands and thousands of music producers.

10 Strategies to Heal Lower Back Pain for Music Producers

Over the years, I’ve seen aggressive lower back pain, but, I’ve also subsequently seen my lower back pain completely dissipate due to the strategies outlined in this article. Because of this, I feel like I am in a unique position to at least offer my story of what works, what doesn’t work and most importantly, how you can potentially avoid a similar scenario all together.

3 Reasons Music Producers & Musicians Fail

The only thing I actually care about is helping you make better music. If I succeed in that, everything else in my life falls in place.

And on that note, I see how easy it is for producers to fall into some bad habits. And sadly, over time, those habits can really dampen the creative process and lead to frustration, or even failure as a musician.

And with that in mind, I put together the 3 most common reasons I’ve seen that contribute to producers failing in electronic music production.

9 Best Ways to Learn Electronic Music Production

By focusing on proven techniques and methodologies, an up and coming producer can drastically lower the learning curve ahead of them.

That said, here are 9 methods that have worked for me. These strategies allowed me to quit my corporate job, remix artists like Beyoncé and Tove Lo, work with labels like Universal, Sony & Ultra and eventually start an online music production school that has now helped thousands and thousands of music producers.

Sampling Kicks: How to Sample Kick Drums from Any Song

Some producers swear by stealing kicks, while others claim it’s immoral and downright cheating. This article will breakdown and unpack the 4 most popular and effective ways to steal or sample kick drums, while also addressing the major concerns a producer might have when stealing sounds.

Our Top 10 Free Plugins For Music Producers in 2019

Anyone who tells you don’t need third-party plugins outside of your DAW is lying to you. In 2019, third-party plugins are necessary to get the job done when trying to create the highest caliber of professional sounding music. Here are our 10 absolute favorite, most impactful free tools we’re using every day in 2019 (…and just FYI, this is NOT a list of 213254331434 plugins you don’t need).

Redefining Sound Design: 5 Innovative Techniques

With this article, I want to arm you with the tools you need to go back to your DAW with a discerning ear and an innovator’s mindset. I’ll share some of my favorite fresh sound design techniques, but it’s not enough to simply implement these techniques and call it a day. You must uncover the thought process behind these techniques, and begin to innovate yourself.

The Best Way to Learn Music Theory (Music Theory for Dummies)

The purpose of this article is to show you how to learn music theory. I’ll cover that top 20% at a high level, and link out to resources where you can further your knowledge. Remember – music theory isn’t theoretical. It’s not meant to be filed away in your mind. You win by applying these tools to a composition.

12 Songwriting Tips For Music Producers

Sure, beat-making is a blast. And it’s satisfying to dial in reverb to get it to sit just right. But writing a song… that’s the real deal. That’s what it’s all about. People don’t connect with EQ and compression. They connect with stories. When we’re talking about songs, we’re in the arena of vulnerability and connectedness. Common humanity and honesty. That’s songwriting.

The Ultimate Guide to Reverb for Music Producers

I’ve put together a comprehensive guide for how to treat reverb like a professional. Just like anything within music production, knowing the principles isn’t enough. You must also have the right tools, and know when to use them. We’ll cover all of that!

The Ultimate Guide to Starting Songs: 22 Foolproof Techniques to Crush Writer’s Block

Remember this: where a song starts is less important than the fact that you’re making progress. The important things is to get started, and to keep moving forward to the best of your ability. Many well-remembered songs were written quickly, because hesitation is the death of creativity.

Once you’ve identified the vibe you’re working with, you can use one of these fire-starters to get the track moving.

20 Lessons in Running an Online Music Business I Wish I Knew When I Started

I wanted to write a letter to myself highlighting everything I’ve learned in building and running a music production school over the past few years because, quite frankly, it’s been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life so far.