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An exploration of music production through informal discussions about technique, philosophy, gear, and creativity. Hosted by Brian Funk, a musician, songwriter, teacher, and Ableton Certified Trainer.

Music Production Podcast Brian Funk

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    • 4.7 • 30 Ratings

An exploration of music production through informal discussions about technique, philosophy, gear, and creativity. Hosted by Brian Funk, a musician, songwriter, teacher, and Ableton Certified Trainer.

    The Magic of Musical Collaboration with Boredomfighters

    The Magic of Musical Collaboration with Boredomfighters

    Tyler Manning and Jordan Dale are part of Boredomfighters, a nonprofit that brings music-making and collaboration to kids across the United States. Boredomfighters conducts workshops, assemblies, and "Instrument Gardens" to empower young people to create music on the fly using modern production techniques.
    Tyler and Jordan spoke to me about their work in Boredomfighters and how they've been inspired by inspiring young people to create music. They share their techniques to help participants feel safe to drop inhibitions and have fun creating music together. The principles they share apply to any musical situation. We had a blast talking about their work and listening to music their audience created at a recent event.
    This episode is sponsored by Baby Audio, makers of incredible music software. Use the code MPP15 to save 15%! https://babyaud.io 
    Listen on Apple, Spotify, YouTube
    Takeaways:
    Engaging in music production and creative expression through simple rules, examples, and creative constraints. Encouraging vulnerability and the impact of technology on music education and creativity. The importance of fostering intrinsic motivation and creativity in young learners. The challenges and opportunities in engaging and inspiring young people to explore music and creative arts. The significance of role models and exposure in shaping musical interests and aspirations. The value of creating an ideal learning environment for music exploration and self-expression. The use of vocal prompting and chat GPT in music workshops with kids. The importance of capturing the energy of a space through music. The ripple effect of their work and the empowerment of people to do similar workshops in their communities. Links:
    Boredomfighters - https://www.boredomfighters.org/ Boredomfighters Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/boredomfightersfoundation/ Boredomfighters YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@theboredomfighters Boredomfighters SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/boredomfighters Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Recording an Entire Album Yourself with Dex Green

    Recording an Entire Album Yourself with Dex Green

    Dex Green is a Nashville-based producer, engineer, and songwriter. He recorded his new album, Imaginary War, by himself, playing every instrument. Dex has worked with artists like Elvis Costello, Margo Price, and Collective Soul. His work has been nominated for a Grammy.
    Dex and I spoke about his work and the lessons he's picked up from recording countless acts in various genres. He discussed the process of recording his new album Imaginary War. Dex shared how he's combined philosophies and concepts from jazz studies, playing in punk and ska bands as a teenager, and recording top artists in Nashville.
    Listen on Apple, Spotify, YouTube
    This episode is sponsored by Baby Audio. Use the code MPP15 to save 15%! https://babyaud.io 
    Takeaways:
    Dex's unconventional path to producing his album as a solo artist The impact of personal experiences on artistic expression and creative decisions The evolution of music and the influence of different genres on contemporary music The challenges and rewards of writing and recording a solo album The importance of finding the right key and voice for musical compositions The importance of limitations in the creative process The role of music production software in modern music creation The significance of recording techniques in shaping the sound of a track The impact of ska bands on the music scene The creative process and songwriting in music production Links:
    Imaginary War by Dex Green - https://3sirens.ffm.to/imaginarywar Dex's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@dexgreenmusic Dex on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/chickensplease/ "It's Only the End of the World" by Dex Green - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjAJ-ALijt0 Dex's Credits on Discogs - https://www.discogs.com/artist/1078981-Dexter-Green "What Makes This Song Great: Walking on the Moon" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVZFkI9HgJY Waves Space Rider - https://www.waves.com/plugins/space-rider Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store
    Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 1 hr 26 min
    How to Survive the AI Music Takeover

    How to Survive the AI Music Takeover

    AI is getting really good at generating realistic and emotional music. Where will this leave music-makers? 
    Today we discuss how we can ensure that we remain relevant in the face of an AI music takeover!
    Listen on Apple, Spotify, YouTube
    Links:
    Rolling Stone AI Song - https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/suno-ai-chatgpt-music-soul-of-the-machine-1234992365/ Jeff Leisawitz on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/jeff-leisawitz-2 Forest Far by Project Nairb - https://open.spotify.com/album/1pS6U9EJbSvM8lDc1xdPEE Some Good Evil - https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/somegoodevil/some-good-evil Micro Cassette Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/3/15/micro-cassette-ableton-live-pack 100-Year-Old Piano Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/tape-piano VHS Vapor Machine Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/vhs-vapor Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk
     

    • 21 min
    Consistency and Authenticity with Mikas of We Make Dance Music

    Consistency and Authenticity with Mikas of We Make Dance Music

    Mikas is the creator of We Make Dance Music, a site of music resources for producers. On his podcast, Live Electronic Music Tutorials with Mikas, he creates tracks in real-time, sharing tips and techniques along the way. The result of each episode becomes a template viewers can purchase on WeMakeDanceMusic.com. 
    This is the second time Mikas and I spoke on the Music Production Podcast. Immediately I was reminded of his passion and impressive work ethic. As a new father, Mikas discussed the importance of staying consistent and scheduling time to work on his music career. He spoke about how we can take small actions on a regular basis to complete major goals. Mikas also had some powerful thoughts on authenticity and honesty in art and how that can lead to deeper connections with your audience.
    Listen on Apple, Spotify, YouTube
    Takeaways:
    Consistency and dedication are key in pursuing creative endeavors. Limited time can increase productivity and focus. Focusing on strengths while working on weaknesses can lead to better results. Learning and growing as an artist is important, regardless of experience. Daily practice and challenges like Jamuary can lead to significant progress. Platforms like We Make Dance Music provide opportunities for musicians to make a living. Community and collaboration are important in the music industry. Success is the result of intentional action and consistent effort. Putting in the work and showing up consistently is more important than waiting for inspiration or relying on luck. Building relationships and connections requires effort and vulnerability, but it can lead to meaningful experiences and personal growth. Real, tangible experiences are important in a world dominated by technology. Taking breaks and engaging in physical activities can help maintain focus and perspective. Honesty, authenticity, and providing value to others are key in building meaningful relationships. Links:
    We Make Dance Music - https://www.wemakedancemusic.com/en/ Live Electronic Music Tutorials with Mikas Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/1SzmnEScpNBHCTJb3cqubN WMDM YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@Wemakedancemusicstudios WMDA Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wemakedancemusic/ Mikas' First Time on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2018/8/25/75-mikas-creator-of-we-make-dance-music Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Write Better Music Through Storytelling w/ Jeff Leisawitz

    Write Better Music Through Storytelling w/ Jeff Leisawitz

    Jeff Leisawitz is a musician, producer, coach, college songwriting professor, and author. His new book The Magical Impact of Storytelling explores how creatives can connect with their audiences and produce more meaningful work with effective storytelling. 
    It was great to have Jeff back on the Music Production Podcast to discuss how we can use storytelling to make better music. We talk about how writing about the specific helps illuminate the universal. Jeff shares famous stories that have helped hit songs connect with listeners. We discuss dealing with the inner critic and the concepts of The Golden Repair, The Hero's Journey, and Head, Heart, and Hands. 
    Takeaways
    Storytelling in music has the power to create emotional connections with listeners. Specific details in storytelling can make a story more relatable and memorable. Balancing the specific and the universal in storytelling can create a deeper emotional impact. Limitations and experimentation can lead to unique and creative musical experiences. Being vulnerable and authentic in expressing emotions through music is essential. Accompanying songs with stories of their creation can add depth and interest to the music. Having a unique story and perspective is crucial for musicians to stand out in a saturated market. The Hero's Journey can serve as a template for creating compelling narratives in music. Embracing imperfections and using them to create something beautiful can add depth and character to music. The inner critic can be seen as a collaborator rather than an adversary, providing valuable feedback and pushing for improvement. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube
    Links:
    Jeff's Site - https://jeffleisawitz.com The Magical Impact of Storytelling - https://amzn.to/3QNSCYJ Complementary Coaching Session with Jeff - https://jeffleisawitz.com/coaching/ Not F*ing Around - https://amzn.to/3QJyqXS Jeff's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYewSq3WO-mEy3JwcOuHedQ Jeff's Music - Electron Love Theory - https://electron-love-theory.com Jeff's 1st Appearance on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/jeff-leisawitz Rolling Stone AI Song Went Viral - https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/suno-ai-chatgpt-music-soul-of-the-machine-1234992365/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Designing Ableton's Performance Pack and Hunting Creativity with Iftah

    Designing Ableton's Performance Pack and Hunting Creativity with Iftah

    Iftah is the creator of a number of official Ableton Live Packs, including CV Tools, Time and Timbre, Microtuner, and the new Performance Pack for Live 12. Formerly one-half of the duo, Skinnerbox, Iftah has performed around the world. His creative pursuits cover various mediums and styles such as electronic music, field recordings, photography, and programming. 
    Iftah and I spoke about his work as a music producer and developer. We discuss Iftah's journey in music, the development of the Performance Pack for Ableton Live, and the importance of rest and recovery in the creative process. Iftah speaks about the significance of building your own instruments and the satisfaction of seeing others use and create with your tools. We discuss the new features in Ableton Live 12 and the Performance Pack. We also explore the concept of constraints in music production and the importance of following one's own interests and passions. 
    Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube
    Show Notes:
    Iftah on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/iftah.gabbai/ Iftah's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@iftah_fow/featured Ableton Live's Performance Pack - https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/performance-pack/ Iftah's Performance Pack Video Manual - https://youtu.be/SnqCJmkxZ_s?si=6m6L4lG1vjRkugNh Iftah's Dancing Candle - https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRl9nioCG10/ Skinnerbox - https://soundcloud.com/skinnerbox SideBrain's Performance Pack Walkthrough - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDVxZr4-Hoc Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk
     

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

saladhands ,

Calming, insightful and inspiring

Amazing to listen to, can’t get enough. Incredibly calming, insightful and inspiring. Thank you Brian, this is exactly what we need!

declan8875 ,

Declan

As an aspiring producer, I have been made to feel right at home by listening to this podcast! I recently just started my journey even though music has always been there for me. I enjoy listening to this as I get a greater understanding of what this industry is and all the knowledge and equipment involved. I also feel quite comforted knowing that a lot of seasoned artists/producers go through the same things/same problems as I do. His quests are always on point with what they’re talking about. I think no matter what level you are at, by listening to this podcast you stand to gain something even if you don’t think you will.
Thank you Brian and guests!

Crooky 23 ,

Pot of gold

Since discovering this podcast it’s been a real pot of gold for useful information. I have gained so much from the wide range of guests as well as from Brian. Plus his live set up training videos have opened up a big world of possibility for me. Thoroughly recommended listen

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