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In each episode, host TVSKER interviews other electronic music producers and songwriters from all walks of life to learn about the tools, habits, and techniques they use to overcome obstacles and set themselves up for success.

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In each episode, host TVSKER interviews other electronic music producers and songwriters from all walks of life to learn about the tools, habits, and techniques they use to overcome obstacles and set themselves up for success.

    #3 - RIP Kenny ⁠— Getting Outside to Inspire Your Creativity, Processing Hard-Hitting Drums, and Arranging Great Mixdowns

    #3 - RIP Kenny ⁠— Getting Outside to Inspire Your Creativity, Processing Hard-Hitting Drums, and Arranging Great Mixdowns

    "Get outside. Go enjoy the outdoors and your music will be better for it." ⁠— RIP Kenny


    RIP Kenny (@RIP Kenny) is a producer, DJ, sensei and mentor at Producer Dojo. His first release, Awakening EP, was released in September 2018 on the Producer Dojo label, and showcases his distinct guitar-infused heavy bass sound. He has also curated Producer Dojo Cypher #6, Get Outside, and he contributed a remix to the "Guard" Remix EP by Daniel Simmons this past summer.


    In our conversation, we talk about how enjoying the outdoors inspires his music, how to process punchy, hard-hitting drums, what an arrangement needs to make for a great mixdown, and much more.




    Music Referenced


    Awakening EP by RIP Kenny
    Producer Dojo Cypher #6: Get Outside, curated by RIP Kenny
    RIP Kenny's remix of "Guard" by Daniel Simmons
    RIP Kenny's track on Cypher #2: All-Organic Mixtape


    Selected Links


    Connect with RIP Kenny: Instagram / Twitter / Soundcloud
    Full show notes coming soon!




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    #2 – 6TH STREET — Creating Music with Emotion, Finding the Sparks, and Building Community on Twitch

    #2 – 6TH STREET — Creating Music with Emotion, Finding the Sparks, and Building Community on Twitch

    "If you're internally happy with your music, then the purpose is already complete and you're already a successful artist." ⁠— 6TH STREET


    6TH STREET (@6THSTREETmusic) is a music producer, DJ, choreographer, dancer, and Producer Dojo mentor and sensei. His EP, Neon District, came out in April 2019 on the Producer Dojo label, and hit #1 on the Beatport Trap/Future Bass chart, #2 on the Dubstep Chart, and went top 10 in Electronica and Downtempo. Each of those genres are landmarks in the Neon District, and the EP takes you on a musical journey through emotions and melodies.


    6TH STREET has also collaborated with fellow Dojo sensei Daniel Simmons on “Back in Love”, a single released in August 2019, which will have remixes released soon. He also streams music roasts and feedback on Twitch twice a week.


    In our conversation, we talk about creating music that evokes an emotional response, finding the elements that spark the making of a full track, building an online community through Twitch livestreaming, and much more.




    Selected Links


    Connect with 6TH STREET: fanlink.to/6THSTREET / Twitter / Instagram / Soundcloud
    6TH STREET on Twitch


    Full disclosure: This list includes some affiliate links. If you purchase something through those links, you won't pay anything extra, but I'll get a small commission or discount which helps me make music and keep this podcast going. Thank you for supporting me and Beats and Risers!



    Producer Dojo / Music and Cyphers
    Ableton
    Cymatics.fm
    Producer Dojo Facebook group
    The Class of 808
    The Weekly Download
    Serum
    ADSR Sample Manager
    H-Reverb and H-EQ - Waves
    Guitar Rig 5
    Akai MPK Mini mkII MIDI controller


    Music Referenced


    Neon District EP by 6TH STREET
    "Welcome to 6TH STREET" by 6TH STREET, from Producer Dojo Cypher #8: Say My Name
    "This Type of Monday" by 6TH STREET feat. Mitch Brady and Leo Xia


    Episode Notes


    6TH STREET reflects on a decade of living in Los Angeles and the beginning of his path shifting toward music [2:05]
    How Neon District and the theme of place fits into the vibe of 6TH STREET [3:40]
    6TH STREET explains how the Neon District EP came together [4:53]
    What sparked 6TH STREET's love of music? [5:49]
    6TH STREET looks back at how he started producing music [7:03]
    On getting involved with Producer Dojo, from finding the Facebook group to joining the Class of 808 [7:58]
    On the experience of becoming a Producer Dojo sensei [10:16]
    The #1 piece of advice 6TH STREET has for producers working with vocals [11:12]
    The three artists that most inspire 6TH STREET [12:02]
    How 6TH STREET's background in dance helps influence the groove of his music productions [12:57]
    When 6TH STREET starts a new track, what's the first thing he does? [15:24]
    Once the main idea is down, what comes next? [17:04]
    The two strategies 6TH STREET uses to overcome writer's block [18:25]
    How a time constraint of 3 days resulted in 6TH STREET writing one of his favourite songs he's written [19:45]
    6TH STREET's tip for newer producers to help them understand what makes a song a song [22:23]
    The best investment 6TH STREET has made in his music career [24:22]
    Why music is a community career built on relationships, and what to be mindful of [25:33]
    On DJing, and finding the bridge to performing your own productions in front of a live audience [26:24]
    How a nearly-lost years-old loop inspired 6TH STREET to write an emotional, nostalgic song [28:53]
    On the organized chaos of projects - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't [32:42]
    How music production provided 6TH STREET with an outlet to deal with, and heal from, a tough breakup [35:24]
    6TH STREET explains how he got started with streaming on Twitch, and how the community has grown over time [37:59]
    How Twitch creates a deeper connection than other social media [41:57]
    A final piece of advice 6TH STREET has for producers [55:09]


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    #1 ⁠- Trap Jesus ⁠— Speeding Up Your Workflow, Reframing Your Focus, and the Importance of Showing Up

    #1 ⁠- Trap Jesus ⁠— Speeding Up Your Workflow, Reframing Your Focus, and the Importance of Showing Up

    "Show up because it's what you do, not because of what you might get out of it." ⁠— Trap Jesus


    Trap Jesus (@whatwouldtrapjesusdo) is a producer, engineer, songwriter and DJ involved with iStandard and BounceGvng. He’s also a sensei and mentor at Producer Dojo, and along with being the Dojo’s resident Reason expert, he’s curated several cyphers and recently guest-presented one of The Weekly Downloads (#148) on industry etiquette.


    As Trap Jesus, he’s preaching Psychedelic Psalms from the Backwoods Bible through the Grimy Gospel EP in collaboration with Sam Shoemaker. As Luke Rain, he’s swinging big katanas and dropping heavy bass across electronic genres. You can hear his track “Katanas” on ill.Gates Presents: The Class of 808, Volume 3.


    In our conversation, we talk about speeding up your production workflow with timers, the necessity of reframing your focus as a producer, how industry events have been a game-changer for his life and career, and much more.




    Selected Links


    Connect with Trap Jesus: trapjes.us / Instagram / Soundcloud
    Connect with Luke Rain: lukerainmusic.com / Twitter / Instagram / Soundcloud


    Full disclosure: This list includes some affiliate links. If you purchase something through those links, you won't pay anything extra, but I'll get a small commission or discount which helps me make music and keep this podcast going. Thank you for supporting me and Beats and Risers!



    iStandard
    Producer Dojo / Music and Cyphers
    LEVIT∆TE Immerses His Audience in an Audio/Visual Universe - Producer Dojo Blog
    ASCAP and the ASCAP Experience (formerly ASCAP Expo)
    Splice
    Summer Meltdown
    BounceGvng
    Beats Grind & Life Podcast with Syren (#117 with Trap Jesus)
    The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
    Carlos Santana's Facebook post
    on the elixir for total happiness
    Reason
    Serum
    Omnisphere
    Brauer Motion - Waves
    Fabfilter Pro-Q - email podcast@beatsandrisers.com for a 10% off coupon toward FabFilter plugins/bundles
    Akai MPK Mini mkII MIDI controller


    Music Referenced


    Producer Dojo Cyphers curated by Trap Jesus: #11: Off the Grid and #13: Timer Beats Only
    "The Time is Nigh" by Trap Jesus
    "Spell My Name" by Trap Jesus
    "I'm Eel" by ill.Gates, which inspired Producer Dojo Cypher #8: Say My Name




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    Show Notes


    On music being a part of his life at an early age [2:03]
    How Trap Jesus started producing music by chance [3:26]
    Trap Jesus explains how Luke Rain became his artist name [4:41]
    In looking for a change of pace, Trap Jesus discovers iStandard events, and explains how they helped him renew his focus on production [6:15]
    The interaction that sparked the Trap Jesus name, and what happened before he adopted the moniker [7:39]
    What happened when Trap Jesus played beats that were well received, but weren't trap? [9:54]
    How both names became part of Trap Jesus's artist identity [11:11]
    After feeling stuck one night, Trap Jesus finds out about Producer Dojo and elaborates on how the Dojo changed his life [13:28]
    What are the Producer Dojo Cyphers and how do they operate? [16:45]
    On curating the Off the Grid [20:28] and Timer Beats Only [21:42] Cyphers
    How to work faster through timer beats [20:52]
    Does the perfect snare exist? [23:34]
    Why is it important to set reasonable expectations as a producer? [25:54]
    Trap Jesus explains how he starts his composition process with timer beats [27:25]
    How does Trap Jesus make a beat in 30 minutes? [30:39]
    Feeling stuck when you make a beat? Here's why Trap Jesus suggests taking a break and focusing on the business side of your music [35:34]
    Trap Jesus breaks down how he made "Spell My Name" for the Producer Dojo Cypher #8: Say My Name [37:06]
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    Beats and Risers is a podcast that focuses on creativity, workflow and production techniques, with the goal of inspiring and motivating you to make more and better music. In this trailer, I introduce myself, why I wanted to start Beats and Risers, and what you can expect to start off the first season of episodes.


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