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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.

    #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
    #121: Switching Careers and Finding Balance with BeauDamian

    #121: Switching Careers and Finding Balance with BeauDamian

    Show Notes: edmprod.com/121

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

    BeauDamien is a Dutch producer who’s released on outlets like Monstercat, STMPD RCRDS, and bitbird. Aside from his more EDM-focused productions, he’s also an award-winning film and game score composer.

    We start with BeauDamien’s background, discussing the lengthy journey he took to discover that he wanted a career in music. He breaks down his unsuccessful artist projects before launching the BeauDamien project, and how he found his happy niche in the music industry. We talked about how he got connected with San Holo and the bitbird family, and what he learned from the other artists on that label that helped him grow his career even further.

    While discussing his background, Beau consistently emphasises the importance of self-care as an artist. It’s tough to find a healthy balance between work, school, friends, relationships, and music, and Beau talks about what did and didn’t work for him to find the healthy balance he has now.

    On the production side, Beau talks about the keys to his songwriting, sound design, and mixing success. He breaks down his melody writing process, offering his best advice on writing more catchy and memorable melodies. We also look at the plugins he uses for sound design and mixing, and what helps him achieve clear and full mixes.

    Later on, Beau talks about his musical inspirations, and how he perpetually stays excited to create more new music. He also discusses the importance of having musicians in your circle to learn from, to grow with, and to gain motivation from.

    Connect with BeauDamian:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/beaudamian
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeauDamian/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeauDamian
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beaudamian/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5VjPvMZB9D6b9XEeXMg8SB?si=yzr8Ow7VTIuBJ9sUwqSrlQ

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #120: Monetizing Your Music The Right Way with Gill Chang

    #120: Monetizing Your Music The Right Way with Gill Chang

    Show Notes: edmprod.com/120

    This week, Gill Chang sat down to chat on the EDMProdcast

    Gill Chang is a Taiwanise producer based in LA who’s released music on outlets like Trap Nation, MrSuicideSheep, and Proximity, and he’s also known for his best-selling Splice sample packs.

    We start with Gill Chang’s background, looking at how he transitioned from his 9-5 into making music full-time. We talk about how he built up multiple revenue streams on the side, which enabled him to quit his job to pursue music full-time. We talk about the early stages of the Gill Chang project, and how he grew the project to where it’s at now.

    On the production side, Gill dives deep into his production workflow, talking about his approach to sample selection, sound design, layering, and mixing. He explains what his default mastering chain looks like, how to add organic textures to your music, and how to stay original in genres that are quite repetitive. We also discuss the pros and cons of using mixing engineers, and whether or not Gill thinks you should outsource the mixing and mastering for your music.

    Connect with Gill Chang:

    Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/gillchang
    Facebook: facebook.com/officialgillchang/
    Twitter: twitter.com/iamgillchang
    Instagram: instagram.com/iamgillchang/
    Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/7p24N1hqcZaGRNmaYMCTjx?si=6ayY51ZBRHicFUq97x7LbA

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #119: How to Launch an Artist Project in 2020 with Arcando

    #119: How to Launch an Artist Project in 2020 with Arcando

    Show Notes: edmprod.com/119

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

    Arcando is Dutch producer who’s released on labels like Sony, Armada, Revealed Recordings, and Trap Nation, and he’s released official remixes for artists like Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, and R3HAB.

    If you listen to the podcast often, you’ll enjoy this episode as we talk a lot more about branding, marketing, and social media than we normally do.

    We start with Arcando’s music background, discussing how he built his career from the ground up, including his first release on Armada Trice that, believe it or not, he produced in GarageBand. We talk about how he pivoted from the big room sound he started with into a more open style, a turning point in the growth of his career.

    If you’re looking to launch an artist project soon, this episode is for you. We talk about how to find the right brand for your project, how to choose the best label for your music, and how to leverage unofficial remixes to build a fanbase.

    Later on, Arcando discusses why he feels quantity is as important as quality, and why focusing on a signature sound could be killing you creativity. He also breaks down how he would build an artist project from scratch in 2020, a goldmine of advice for artists struggling to grow their fanbase.

    On the production side, we spend a while talking about his mixing workflow. He breaks down how he uses multiple projects for mixing, and how stem mastering has made it easier for him to achieve clean and full mixes.

    Connect with Arcando:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/arcando-official
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arcandomusic
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcandomusic
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arcandomusic/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ycvq8upLhNmddPdQXhLOy

    • 55 min
    #118: Making Music That’s Uniquely Yours with On Planets

    #118: Making Music That’s Uniquely Yours with On Planets

    Show notes: edmprod.com/118

    This week, On Planets sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast.

    On Planets is a producer and vocalist based out of Vancouver who’s known for his introspective electronic productions. If you’re not familiar with his project, you should be, as his music is a refreshing blend of acoustic and electronic influences.

    We dive deep into his music background, looking at his early influences and his journey to creating the On Planets project. A lot of producers get stuck in the ‘hobby’ approach to music, neglecting to put intention and purpose behind their productions. A big shift occurred when On Planets realized this, setting him on the musical trajectory he’s following now.

    Later on, we talk about his year and a half music hiatus, which he took after gaining solid traction with his artist project. He went through both a musical and personal burnout, and decided it was best to put the project on hold. He talks about what he learned during this hiatus, and how he built up both the confidence and routine to again start releasing music.

    On the production side, we talk about his typical writing workflow, including how he wrote and produced his latest single Sticks. He dives into the analog setup he uses, revealing the inexpensive gear he used early on.

    He’s currently working a full-time job, and we talk about how he balances both work and music to keep a consistent musical output. We discuss how 9-5 jobs are often undervalued, and the benefits of having a traditional job that supports your creativity.

    Connect with On Planets:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/onplanets
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weareallonplanets
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/onplanets
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onplanets/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5uz8HDS6eOsefdqSyMlTzi

    • 1 hr 7 min

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