Ableton Certified Trainer- Dan Giffin interviews today's industry experts and Ableton Live artists. We'll explore all things music from studio to stage.
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#130 - Kiva
Kiva is an artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, Ableton Certified Trainer, and owner of Adios Babylon Records.
Founding his record label in 2004 in NYC, Kiva has released numerous albums for a myriad of underground soul, hip hop, reggae, & dance music artists. He's released on labels including Adios Babylon, King Tubby's Dub Heritage Foundation, Haze St. Dub, Galaxy Soundstation, and others.
Kiva also performed alongside notable artists such as Lee Scratch Perry, Jay-Z, Shaggy, Midnite, Pressure Busspipe, Mykal Rose, Akae Beka, I Grade Dub, Kode 9, Joe Nice, RSD, and many more. Festival appearances include Sonar (Spain), Hove (Norway), Roskilde (Denmark), and Montreaux Jazz (Switzerland), and Kiva is a regular performer at the mystic Dub in the Rainforest festival in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As a world-renowned Ableton Live Certified Trainer with over 15 years teaching experience, Kiva has taught Ableton and music production to 7000+ students worldwide.
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#129 - Jaenga
Jaenga (Patrick) is a dubstep producer, DJ, and filmmaker. His journey in music and video began when he opened a film studio in NYC, gaining major label clients like Steve Aoki, Lil Wayne, Lorde, and working with MTV as a filmmaker. His portfolio includes creating video for companies like L’Oréal, Nike, Maybelline, Redken, etc. Patrick also traveled with Mt Eden shooting tour videos.
Patrick jumpstarted his music career after converting a school bus with a full stage and lighting rig, touring around America for years and growing a fanbase playing festivals. Eventually, Live Nation caught on and started booking him for larger festivals, and he was signed by Zeds Dead. Since then he’s released music on labels including Deadbeats, Subcarbon, Wakaan, UKF, and is quickly rising in the experimental bass/ dubstep music scene.
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#128 - Podcast Highlights - PART 6
Listen to the best moments from episodes #50 - #56 sharing insights about producing for film, mixing and mastering, building a vocal chain, how to promote yourself as an artist and grow a fanbase, and much more.
#50 - Marketing Tips for Independent Artists w/ Circa
In this episode, Kyle Lemaire (aka Circa) shares digital marketing tips and strategies for producers and artists wanting to grow their following.
#51 - Programming Shows & Hardware Solutions w/ Steve Primo
In this episode, Steve Primo dives deep in sharing specific hardware solutions for live performance, programming visuals & lighting, live streaming, and other tech goodies.
#52 - Producing Music for Film & Commercial w/ Tommy Zee
In this episode, Tommy Zee shares his process behind the scenes running a music production house for commercial & film. Listen as Tommy and Dan discuss scoring audio for video, managing expectations as a producer, and how one can get involved in a career working with a music production house.
#53 - Mixing and Mastering w/ Matty Harris
In this episode, Matty Harris shares mixing insights for upcoming producers. Listen as Matty and Dan discuss mixing / mastering workflow, using limiters, loudness guidelines for streaming platforms, sample rate, metering tools, 3rd party plugins, and more.
#54 - Interview with iZotope's CTO Jonathan Bailey
In this episode, the (former) CTO of iZotope Jonathan Bailey and Dan discuss the company's philosophy and strategy behind developing audio software and hardware solutions for creatives. Jonathan shares stories behind the products, and how the company uses technology to give users the best possible experience.
#55 - Behind the Music w/ Bad Snacks
In this episode, experimental hip hop producer Bad snacks shares her favorite production tools in the studio, how to plan for success as an artist, the mental side of producing, and more.
#56 - Music Production & Equality In The Industry w/ MariGo
In this episode, female producer, singer, and educator MariGo shares her workflow in the studio, live streaming setup, and her journey as a female in the music industry.
#127 - ill-esha
Ill-esha is a producer and educator with a long history in electronic music, including releases on record labels such as Gravitas, Monstercat, Lowly Palace, Ninja Tune, and Atlantic Records. She’s composed audio for film, TV and multimedia including the National Film Board Canada, Vice Magazine, Buzzfeed, Facebook Music, and more. Ill-esha has also performed at major events like Coachella, Boiler Room, ADE, Lightning in a Bottle, Shambhala, Envision, etc.
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#126 - SubDocta
Preston Charles, aka SubDocta, exploded onto the scene in 2017 with his successful single “2009 Was Tight”, catching support from heavy hitters in bass music.
Since 2017, SubDocta has been featured on a number of high profile tours for some of the biggest names in dubstep, including Ganja White Night, Excision, Riot Ten, Dirt Monkey, Boogie T and Opiuo, to name a few. He has also headlined and sold out shows across the country, while performing at major North America festivals, including EDC Las Vegas, Bass Canyon, Electric Forest, Ever After, Dancefestopia, Lost Lands, and Wakaan Fest and others.
Becoming a fan favorite in dubstep while continuously being supported by his peers, SubDocta has released two full EP’s on SubCarbon Records, he inked a deal with Liquid Stranger’s “Wakaan Records” in 2021 for multiple EPs and his debut album slated for March of 2022. SubDocta also recently announced his debut headline tour “Strictly Business Tour” to kick off in January with support from SFAM, Abelation and Zingara. With over 40 cities on the upcoming tour, and new music releasing every month, SubDocta will be going into 2022 with all arrows pointing up. This will undoubtedly be his biggest year to date.
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#125 - Podcast Highlights - PART 5
Listen to the best podcast moments from episodes #44 - #48.
#44 - Playback Engineering w/ Electronic Creatives Team
In this special episode, the Electronic Creatives team shares their experiences setting up live performances for today’s major touring artists. Listen as Laura Escude, AJ Ramirez, and Greg Somerville share stories and what it takes to be a high level playback engineer in the industry
#45 - Hacking Ableton Live & Music Production w/ Azuki
In this episode, Yan Zhu (Azuki) shares her experiences hacking software (including Ableton Live) and her approach to producing and performing music.
#46 - Vintage Microphones & Adventure Recording w/ Sylvia Massy
In this episode, Sylvia Massy shares her experiences doing adventure recording, her collection of the world's oldest microphones, and deep insights on audio engineering...including how to properly mic a chicken.
#47 - Making Music Using Machine Learning with J.J. Burred
In this episode, J.J. Burred and Dan discuss the development of machine learning in today's music, how it's benefiting producers, and the future of music software with source separation.
#48 - Music Production & Live Performance w/ Daiza
In this episode, Danielle Thwaites and Dan discuss setting up a live performance, favorite gear and plugins, and the music production process.
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Free Ableton Live gems - one of the best resources for producers in podcast form. Thanks for all the inspiration D. Geffski!
Dan G, the chillest emcee, is the man you should see
The podcast rules. It’s got some nerdy bits for Ableton users, but 96% of it is good for any musician. Great chats with music-makers who are making it happen. Dan is a great interviewer.
Started with the podcast, joined the Facebook group, the live session group, and Discord. I got a sick discount in Ableton Live Suite from his website. I highly recommend you check out what this guy is up to.
Just got ableton live and love this podcast. Tons of great information from production tips to interviews/new technology etc!