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Weekly episodes with electronic music producers, engineers, and music industry experts. Hosted by Connor O'Brien and Sam Matla.

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Weekly episodes with electronic music producers, engineers, and music industry experts. Hosted by Connor O'Brien and Sam Matla.

    #127: How to Stop Overproducing With Black Caviar

    #127: How to Stop Overproducing With Black Caviar

    Show Notes: edmprod.com/127

    This week, Black Caviar sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast.

    Black Caviar is a Grammy nominated production duo based in New York with releases on Republic and Atlantic, official remixes for artists like Lizzo and Tiesto, and music in the latest Spiderman and Charlie’s Angels movies.

    We start with Black Caviar’s background, looking at the organic development that led to them working as a duo. Jared from Black Caviar was formerly an A&R at Casablanca Records, so he talks on the importance of experience in the music industry and what he learned working at a major label. Their project also started as a purely fun hobby for them, so we talk about how they developed it into a sustainable career, and how they keep the project fun with the increased pressure that’s come their way.

    On the production side, we focus heavily on how to build a catchy and full track with a minimal production. If you’re a fan of their music, you’ll know they do a lot with a stripped back production. They talk about how they’ve developed the ability to do this, and they offer advice for producers who are guilty of overproducing.

    Later on, we talk about their approach to managing creative block, the balance between releasing originals versus remixes, and how to deal with the fickleness of the music industry.

    Connect with Black Caviar:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/realblackcaviar
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/realblackcaviar
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/realblackcaviar
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realblackcaviar/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1wqW0IQWC7V7jktcjVHID6?si=B0x_igxFSOmWmifJ7mT9xQ

    • 45 min
    #126: Finding Your Sound Design Flow & Building Online Connections With Slippy

    #126: Finding Your Sound Design Flow & Building Online Connections With Slippy

    Show notes: edmprod.com/126

    This week, Slippy sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast.

    Slippy is an electronic producer from Florida who’s well known for his popular releases on Monstercat.

    If you wish the guests on this podcast dove deeper into technical production concepts, this episode is for you.

    We start with Slippy’s background, looking at how he built up production knowledge from scratch. We talk about the small producer group that he’s a part of which he attributes a lot of his success to. He discusses why it’s so important to have other artists to grow with, not just from a promotion standpoint, but to learn and gain motivation from.

    On the production side, Slippy dives deep into the technical aspects of his production workflow. He discusses the synths and effects he uses for sound design, and his approach for creating sounds from scratch. He breaks down his layering process, and his best advice for leveling up your mixing. He also discusses his current writing workflow, which helps him get solid ideas down quickly, which ultimately helps him finish more music. He also discusses separating sound design and production, and how he resamples from his own music and from sample packs.

    Connect with Slippy:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/slippy_music
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slippymusic/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/slippy_music
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slippy_music/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3gxGPuGK6DOpv7XVp8V6jG?si=ClDG7UnZSPyFKav0zmNwgg

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #125: How to Find Your True Musical Style With Attom

    #125: How to Find Your True Musical Style With Attom

    Show notes: edmprod.com/125

    This week, Attom sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast.

    Attom is an indie-electronic music producer who’s released on labels like Ultra, Foreign Family Collective, and Lowly Palace, and released official remixes for artists like ODESZA, Selena Gomez, and Jai Wolf.

    If you’re currently struggling to find the right genre or style for your artist project, this is the episode for you.

    We discuss Attom’s background in music, looking at the lengthy road he took to find his unique sound. Attom had early success in a style he didn’t love making, which is more common than you might think, so we talk a lot about the importance of finding a style of music that both you enjoy writing and fans respond to.

    We also talk about his early success with remix competitions, the importance of finding validation early on in your production career, and what he learned taking a gap year to focus on music.

    On the production side, we dive deep into his writing workflow, looking at how he effectively builds ideas from scratch. We discuss how he creatively uses Splice samples, his approach to layering, and why trusting your taste is critical for your growth as a producer. Later on, we discuss how he creates music that’s built to be performed live, and how to deal with the perpetual overwhelm that most producers face.

    Connect with Attom:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/attommusicofficial
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/attommusic/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AttomMusic
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/attommusic/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Xq5wasmlEwC6TqCqJtP5o

    • 55 min
    #124: Expert Advice from Industry Veterans With the Disco Fries

    #124: Expert Advice from Industry Veterans With the Disco Fries

    Show Notes: edmprod.com/124
    Mixing for Producers: edmprod.com/mixing

    This week, the Disco Fries sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast.

    The Disco Fries have been a staple in the dance music scene for over a decade, with releases on all the big electronic labels, collabs with artists like Tiesto, and dozens of high profile remixes for artists like Usher, Katy Perry, and Selena Gomez to name a few.

    Given how long they’ve been around, they have a ton of experience and advice to share with producers of all levels.

    We start with their background in music, discussing how they met at the Berklee School of Music and why they decided to form a duo. We talk about how they dealt with the fear that most music school students go through, which is “how am I going to make a living once school is over”, and how they quickly transitioned into actually making a living off the Disco Fries project.

    Outside of releasing music and touring under the Disco Fries brand, they generate revenue off of music in a number of ways, including writing for film and tv, running a record label, running a publishing company, mixing and mastering for other artists, and a whole lot more. If you’re keen to find ways to make a living off of music that doesn’t include streaming or shows, you’ll take away a ton from this episode.

    We also talk about the balance between making music for fun versus making music for a career, and how to avoid developing a resentful relationship with music. They offer their best advice for younger producers trying to break into the industry, as well as producers in their late 20s or 30s that worry they’ll never make a career in music.

    On the production side, we talk about their collaborative workflow, which for the past few years has been primarily remote. They currently live in different cities, so if you’ve ever struggled to work with another artist remotely or remote collaboration is something you’d like to get into, there’s a lot to learn from the way they’ve refined their collaborative approach.

    They also talk about their mixdown tutorials in Mixing for Producers, EDMProd’s flagship mixing course.

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thediscofries
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thediscofries
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thediscofries
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thediscofries/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7G7KvDCLdVG0Ok511Iqc9U?si=E-w_wkdjR5WBj7v-VJwAbA

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #123: Taking Music Seriously and Creating What You Love with Hanz

    #123: Taking Music Seriously and Creating What You Love with Hanz

    Show Notes: edmprod.com/123

    This week, Hanz sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast.

    Hanz is a talented producer based out of Norway who’s released on labels like Majestic Casual, Foreign Family Collective, and Lowly Palace.

    We start off with Hanz’s musical background, diving into the lengthy process before he started releasing music. He actually started this project as a bit of a joke to prove to his coworker that producing Trap wasn’t that hard. After a while, he began to connect more with the music he was making, and after hearing a certain EP from another artist inspired him to take music more seriously. We discuss the importance of identifying with the vibe or mood of your music, and advice on finding your music niche.

    On the production side, we talk a lot about his songwriting workflow, looking at how he writes music that’s both unique and relatable. We talk about how to write better verses, and how to approach writing second verses and choruses, something a lot of intermediate producers struggle with. He also dives into his favorite synth and effect plugins, including a little known plugin he uses to build dense, atmospheric textures.

    Later on, Hanz offers his advice on how to be unique in the ‘lofi-hip hop’ scene, and how he’s built up a fanbase in a genre that’s great for streams but not for follows. We also discuss why he collaborates so often, and his process for collaborating on music remotely.

    Connect with Hanz:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/hanzbeats
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hanzbeatz/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/HanzBeats
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hanzbeats/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1eL4DVwObeAZjGOVjASAXd?si=CT_vWvnxTL2V4VXqeC3kKw

    • 56 min
    #122: How to Push Through Musical Roadblocks With Glacier

    #122: How to Push Through Musical Roadblocks With Glacier

    Show Notes: edmprod.com/122

    This week, Glacier sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast.

    Glacier is a talented artist and producer who’s well known for his original releases on Monstercat.

    If you feel stuck right now at school or work, you’ll want to carve out time to listen to this episode in full. It’s been a lengthy journey for Glacier to get where he’s at right now with both work and production, and there is a lot to learn from the way he’s handled and mishandled different situations.

    We start off with Glacier’s background in music, looking at the methodology he used to quickly learn new instruments. We talk about him going to and dropping out of college, his experience attending an audio engineering school, and the various part time jobs he’s held while growing his artist project. We talk about the balance between pursuing your craft and financial stability, and how he’s struck a good balance with his current working situation.

    On the production side, we talk about how to develop a consistent writing workflow, how to add more complexity to your music, and the importance of learning music theory. We also talk about the right way to win a remix contest, what plugins he can’t live without, and what he learned teaching at an audio engineering school for two years.

    Connect with Glacier:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/glacierofficial
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlacierOfficial
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlacierTunes
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glacierofficial/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7DS9AJjKnseiE7nVofoULL

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

Scott h Stevenson ,

One of the better ones

One for the better electronic music production podcasts and the podcaster hasn’t given up. Podcast essentially follows a predetermined set of questions. Would love to see more exploration and depth of the guest’s answers instead of being immediately hit with the next question.

JasShuttle ,

My favourite podcast!

Awesome insight into the minds of so many great producers. Plenty of invaluable knowledge to keep you inspired!

StreetLevel18 ,

Great Podcast!

I've heard every episode of this podcast I think. I learn something from EVERY episode.
It's no-nonsene and is great curated content with interesting people.

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