When you sign up for my e-mail list you receive a message where I’m asking you where you are struggling with at this moment. By far the number one answer is: I don’t know where to start! Where to start?
This is a difficult question to answer, but I do my best in this article.
I’m a big fan of reverse engineering, this means that you analyze the outcome you want and figure out how they did it. This doesn’t only apply to producing, it’s a great skill and way of thinking in general in my opinion.
So take you’re favourite songs and try to recreate them! There are a lot of people on YouTube who’re already doing this, so watching remakes on YouTube is a great place to start.
I see lots of people who spend a lot of time on creating kick drums, while this isn’t a bad thing to do at all, it shouldn’t be your first priority if you’re just starting out.
Get a high quality sample pack and get rolling. I know they are overused, but they’re over used for a reason, so i’m going to advice Vengeance sample packs to you. I’m also a big fan of Sample Magic and Hy2rogen sample packs.
Watch production videos
I learned a ton from watching the ‘In the studio’ videos that come with Future Music Magazine. Watching the pro’s at work for me is the best resource for information. I’ll link two of them for you:
Avicii (FL Studio)
Nicky Romero (Logic)
Finish Your Songs
This one comes from Laidback Luke, he emphasizes on the importance of actually finishing songs. Try to finish every song you’ve made.
This is hard at the beginning but it will learn you a lot about production because you have to solve every problem that comes to your path. Which will make you a better producer.
Don’t worry, be crappy
Let’s face it, you’re not going to come up with a new Mozart like classic every time you finish a song. It might take years before you’ll get something worth listening to. There are a lot of skills you need to acquire to become a good producer, but as with a lot of creative industries it takes practice and time.
So embrace the fact that you’re tracks won’t be world class from the get-go, and don’t let it stop you from working on anything at all.
A lot of people have no money to buy gear, because gear is expensive. But you don’t need to have any gear except for a computer and a DAW.
Some gear will speed up the process of making music or make it more fun, but you can create awesome songs with just your DAW and some plug-ins.
Playing an instrument
You don’t need to master an instrument to make music. As a matter of fact Axwell said in an interview that he and Steve Angello don’t play piano. Although i’m sure it would be a great skill to have, it’s in no way necessary.