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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.

    #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
    #117: Songwriting, Live Performance, and Mixing with Anomalie

    #117: Songwriting, Live Performance, and Mixing with Anomalie

    Show Notes: edmprod.com/117

    This week, Anomalie sat down to chat on the EDM Prodcast. Anomalie is a classically trained keyboardist and producer based in Montreal, Canada. He’s well known for his jazz and classical inspired electronic productions, as well as his viral live performance videos.

    Anomalie talks about his unique musical upbringing, discussing how he pivoted from his classically trained background to producing electronic music. He had a non-linear journey from musical school to launching the Anomalie project, from playing in a house jazz band to doing commercial writing. He discusses how he got into production and how he developed his production skills to the point they’re at now.

    On the production side, Anomalie explains the unique four step writing workflow he uses in the studio. He talks about the various roles a producer serves, and how he separates the writing, production, and mixing of a track. On his North American tour last year, Anomalie did a 1-hour masterclass before each show diving into his production, writing, and live performance setup. He summarizes what he covered in these masterclasses, discussing the main takeaways his students left with.

    We also discuss how he built his first connections in the music industry, his approach to developing and writing an album, and how he deals with creative block. It’s refreshing to hear that someone as musically literate as Anomalie also deals with creative block, and he offers some great advice on the subject.

    Connect with Anomalie:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/anomaliebeats
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anomaliebeats
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/anomaliebeats
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anomaliebeats/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ev6Cd0yJVCcpf2zezEQ8Z

    • 59 min
    #116: Keeping Music Fun and Using Analogue Synths with Teen Daze

    #116: Keeping Music Fun and Using Analogue Synths with Teen Daze

    Show notes: edmprod.com/116

    This week, Jamison aka Teen Daze jumped on the podcast. Known for his ambient and soothing approach to electronic music, Teen Daze has been making music for over a decade.

    We dive into his background and how he made a lot of music by just having fun with the process, and how that helped him reach a higher standard of music over time. During this process, he also talks about things he wishes he did, like set a plan in order for what he wants to achieve.

    Later we get more technical and talk about his studio setup, including a few of his favourite synths and plugins that he uses, like the Korg M1. We dive into how you can use existing sounds in new contexts to inspire creativity and inform your own sound as an artist.

    He ends the podcast by talking about some upcoming projects for film and book, as well as new music as Teen Daze and his dance-oriented side project, Pacific Coliseum.

    Connect with Teen Daze:

    Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/teendaze
    Facebook: facebook.com/teendaze
    Twitter: twitter.com/teendaze
    Instagram: instagram.com/teendaze

    • 1 hr 38 min

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