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Finding your style

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When writing music, its obvious that you will start out wanting to sound like someone else (can anyone hear the mf doom/aphex twin/boards of canada in my music?). Today I will talk a little on developing your own style.

We always start in a similar way. We get inspired by someone to make our own music. As artists, we crave to find our own way of doing things. Innovation is what drives us to be the best we can. It becomes easy to get trapped in thinking that if something doesn’t sound like (insert record/artist) then it isn’t up to scratch. So the first thing you need to do is to acknowledge that in order to be the best musician you can, you need to separate yourself from your influences.

This can be achieved in a simple way in my opinion. Vary your influences to a level where you no longer see a narrow view of what the musical possibilities are, but rather the full spectrum. Listen to classical music, jazz, blues, rock, metal, pop, michael jackson (yes, he gets a genre of his own).. everything. NO DISCRIMINATION.
At the end of the day, in western music, there are only 12 notes. Yet, there are millions of combinations. So get as much music into your system as possible

Secondly, you need to make as much music as possible. I mean so much that it will make your head spin. Make music all day every day if you can. By the act of creating, as you learn new things, you will become bored of doing things the same way. True innovation doesn’t just come out of nowhere, it needs to be achieved by hours of hard work. It won’t be easy. As you incorporate different elements into your music, you’ll add things that nobody will have ever thought of before, and explore realities which were never heard before.

Lastly, you can not give up. If you want to sound like Skrillex, great. There are tutorials on youtube that will have you making derivative crap in a few days. But you shouldn’t strive to sound like anyone else, because you have a voice of your own. Let it be heard.

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Written by majorshake

June 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Dominate the music industry one niche at a time

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Today I want to talk a little about an approach to music that I’ve read about somewhere a long time ago, and its just stayed in my head since. I can’t remember exactly where I read about this, so I apologize for not referencing.

The idea is simple in our heads, isn’t it? Make music, sell records, make a living.
The idea of how to get there, probably isn’t as simple anymore. For good reason, nobody will actually give you a list of things you need to do in order to make it in the industry. So the guess work begins.

I like to think, that the most important thing, is to be really good. Like, so good that nobody can ignore you even if they wanted to. So good that people will want to tell other people about it.
The second thing, and that is the one I will talk about today, is breaking the plan down into steps that you can achieve.
I’m sure we all have our own outlets where we post up our music. I use soundcloud, youtube and I go on a few forums. I want to dominate those few outlets before I can move on. The IDMforums run a netlabel. In the future I would like them to release some of my music. I want to have a certain amount of Souncloud followers and Youtube subscribers.

The reason for me aiming reasonably low in the spectrum (considering I could say, be going for selling millions of albums) is that I can’t possibly expect to make it huge, if I can’t even shine among the thousands of people on youtube and soundcloud and the forums doing the same thing. Once I achieve the goals I set myself now, I’ll set other ones, more powerful ones. The point is, they will be solid signs that I am getting somewhere.

By dominating at a niche site like Soundcloud I can show to myself and to others that I have what it takes.

Where do you promote your music, and how much success have you had with dominating your niche? Let me know in the comments!

Written by majorshake

June 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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Weekend Video: Daedalus

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Check out this wicked vid of Daedalus doing his thing at Dublab. It is so awesome that you’ll probably watch it a few times. Go ahead. Do it.

 

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June 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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Richie Hawtin Documentary

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Check what I found on the tubes. A great documentary about Richie Hawtin. Enjoy!

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June 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Weekend Video: Memorecks

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Memorecks gives us a lesson on how to film good quality and interesting videos for youtube, without spending a lot of money.

Enjoy!

Written by majorshake

June 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

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How to stay productive when making music

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Today I want to talk a little about remaining productive when making music. These days, when everyone has 354 plug-ins, no studio hire costs and the ability to have infinite tracks, it is often easy to fall into the trap of tweaking forever and never actually doing something productive, like say, MAKING MORE SWEET MUSIC. Another thing that must be considered here is that having such a vast amount of resources, it can become difficult to get into making music because you just can’t choose what to use.
So here are a few things that I do to make sure that my music making sessions are productive.

1. Limit your resources

Having a whole bunch of plugins at your disposal is very tempting. Having a whole bunch of sounds makes you think you have more options. The reality though is that you’ll spend hours finding that perfect bass sound in your plugs, but by the time you find it you’ll forget what your musical idea was.
Same with samples. Do you really need 3000 snare sounds? Are you ever going to go through all of them? Find a few sounds that you love, and learn how to tweak them to your will, and you will actually end up having a lot more options, because you won’t worry about finding sounds, but more about writing awesome tunes.

2. Set goals

Set yourself some goals before you sit down and start making music. Decide what you are going to do beforehand and jump straight at it. Having manageable goals you will get the feeling of accomplishment sooner, and more often, keeping yourself motivated to keep going.

3. Make sounds from scratch

This might be a little counter intuitive when compared to what I said above about limiting your resources, but it works together with it. Don’t use presets and hundreds of plugins. Learn one or a few of them so well that any sounds you come up with in your head you can make yourself. That’s when you will truly start understanding your music and the interactions of the different sounds. Importantly, you won’t spend hours trying to find the right sound, you’ll just make it yourself and get on with writing music.

4. Don’t let yourself get distracted

When you sit down to make music, and the ideas don’t come, it gets easier and easier to get distracted. You start thinking about checking your emails/facebook/news/favourite porn site… whatever. When making music I deprive myself of any means of getting distracted, and for a set amount of time all I can do is sit in my music making chair. Drink coffee/water (which I have with me so I don’t need to get up), and make music. If I don’t get any ideas immediately, I will a few minutes later, by virtue of the fact that I can’t do anything else. It works a treat. Try it for yourself!

How do you keep motivated and productive when you make music? Let me know in the comments!
Also, if you would be so kind as to like this on facebook, stumble it or twitter it. It would really help me out. Thanks!

Written by majorshake

June 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Weekend Video: Nemoy

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If you frequent the Ableton Forums you probably heard this guys stuff before. Nemoy gives us all a lesson on what a live set should look like.

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May 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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