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Jordan Rudess is a composer, music technologist, and keyboardist for progressive metal group Dream Theater. Jordan was voted "the best keyboardist of all-time" by Music Radar. He founded Wizdom Music to push the boundaries of music technology. Their newest release is GeoShred 5, a highly expressive, MPE instrument for iOS and soon desktop. Jordan a…
 
Improvisational comedians always follow the rule "Yes! And..." It's used to move the scenario forward and foster a positive creative energy in the moment, as the material is being created. This rule can be applied to our music production. During the Jamuary2021 challenge, I used this approach to develop ideas even before I knew if I liked the idea.…
 
Today's episode of the show covers another lesson learned during Jamuary 2021. Inspiration is rare and precious, and you have to act on it immediately. Here are some ideas about capturing and making the most of it when it strikes. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: My Jamuary 2021 Jams - https://you…
 
Let's use the month of February to finish and release some of our music. After Jamuary, I'm sure you have lots of interesting musical ideas. Even if you didn't do Jamuary, you probably have plenty! During February, we are going to challenge ourselves to finish tracks and share them with the world! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spot…
 
You'll learn a lot trying to create a new piece of music every day for a month. Some of the lessons, are reminders of things you already know. But this year, something new occurred to me. It just a simple mindset flip, but it has really changed how I see music production. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show…
 
Derek VanScoten is a guitarist, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer, who makes music as Cloudchord. An Emmy-winning musician, Cloudchord is producing psychedelic chill-hop music, and sharing his process in unique and inventive music production tutorials. On this episode, Cloudchord busts out his guitar and demonstrates his live looping techniqu…
 
Ableton Certified Trainer and host of the Ableton Live Music Producer Podcast, Dan Giffin, joins the show to talk about Ableton Live 11. Dan shares his screen as we go through some of our favorite new features and workflows in the beta version of Live 11. Be sure to catch Dan's Ableton Live Music Producer Podcast, where he talks about all things Ab…
 
On the 200th episode of the Music Production Podcast, we talk about setting goals that are more likely to be accomplished. They say that 75% of people that set out on a new year resolution give up by the end of January. It's not because they are lazy, it's because the goals are not well-crafted. We will talk about how to set achievable goals, as we…
 
It's just over halfway through #Jamuary2021. In this episode, I share some of the lessons I've learned and the musical experiments I've embarked on. Along the way, I musical examples from my jams to illustrate. Enjoy! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Production Podcast 197 - Start the Year R…
 
Will Darling runs the web site EDMTips, where he teaches electronic music production. EDMTips covers a wide range of music genres and techniques, and has tons of helpful materials for producers. Will and I had a great conversation about his work, building his brand and YouTube channel, and his teaching. Will discusses some practical solutions to co…
 
#Jamuary2021 is a challenge to create a little bit of music every day during the month of January, and share it online. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece or a completely finished product. The point isn't the quality of the music; it's to set up a disciplined routine of making some music every day. In this episode, I discuss Jamuary in depth and e…
 
Tobias Karlehag is a musician from Sweden, who is releasing his ambient album Process in January 2021. Tobias has an extensive musical training from a diverse set of teachers across the globe. Tobias and I had a great conversation about his musical background and how that has led him to his new ambient release Process. We spend a lot of time discus…
 
Federico Chiesa is an Italian musician, composer, and synth enthusiast, based in Brooklyn, NY, who makes music as OORA. Federico's work is based on strict limitations and deep exploration of his gear. Daily discipline and consistency has made him a prolific creator who is steadily growing his audience. Federico and I had a wide ranging conversation…
 
Todd Reynolds is a violinist, educator, and music technologist. He's worked with Steve Reich, Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen, and many more household names. His album Outerborough was Amazon Music's classical album of the year. Todd teaches at the Manhattan School of Music. He is pushing the boundaries of music technology, and recently, he has begun t…
 
Knowing how to write effective emails could be the key to your success as a musician. It is likely you will be reaching out to a variety of people for help with your music career. As a high school English teacher, I wanted to share a few tips and techniques to help you get the most out your emails. Members of my Music Production Club will get acces…
 
Karen Emanuel is the CEO of Key Production, a company that specializes producing and manufacturing physical packaging for albums. She runs a luxury eco-lodge on a lake in Nicaragua. In 2018, Karen won the prestigious NatWest Everywoman prize, celebrating her accomplishments as a female entrepreneur. Karen shared her experience in the music industry…
 
Miguel Rios is a singer-songwriter living in Australia. His new album Slaughter House Road was recorded with strict boundaries and creative restrictions. This approach allowed him to capture emotional and organic performances. I spoke with Miguel about his songwriting process and the methods he used to record his new album. He explained how his vis…
 
Vasja Veber is a co-founder of Viberate, a platform that gives artists important analytics to help grow their careers. Vasja is also the manager of techno artist UMEK and has a long career in the music industry. Vasja and I spoke about Viberate and how it can help artists, venues, and labels make important business decisions. Vasja shares how some …
 
Rick Seibold is a songwriter and recording artist living in Los Angeles. Rick produces music for television and film, including shows like Grey's Anatomy, American Idol, and Bates Motel. He has won two GMA Dove Awards, and has composed for four Billboard #1 albums. Rick and I spoke about his work in the television music industry. Rick shared his te…
 
Tommy Zee runs Tommy Zee and Co., a music production company that makes music for some of the world's largest brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Google, Sony, and more. He created the site Making Music for Brands that teaches producers how to get in the business of producing music for companies. It's always great to catch up with Tommy Zee and get a hea…
 
Tobi Hunke is a professional drummer and music producer. He is an educator and Max for live programmer who releases his work on the website Ableton Drummer. Tobi teaches drumming and music production to classes, as well as in one on one sessions. I had a great conversation with Tobi. We discussed his work and experience, as well as live performance…
 
Niraj Naik is an ex-pharmacist turned influential spiritual teacher, professional musician and holistic health expert. Niraj runs SOMA Breath, which uses music, breathing, and meditation for healing. Niraj produces music in a variety of genres, and created the music for the Wim Hof Method. Niraj and I had a nice conversation about his work and how …
 
Rivita is musician, producer, and author of Composer Cave Challenge. Born in India and living in Los Angeles, Rivita studied music in a variety colleges, while traveling the world learning about different musical cultures. She is releasing a new book of music making prompts and exercises called Composer Cave Challenge. I had a great and wide rangin…
 
Colin O'Donohoe is a composer and musician known as World Maestro. Colin has traveled the world seeking musicians from all genres and cultures for the Pangean Orchestra, which seeks to celebrate and preserve musical cultures while joining them with other traditions. He does work for television and film, and recently released "The Prayer Garden," a …
 
Elina Segall is a musician and producer from Stockholm living in Los Angeles. Elina won the Warner Music Talent contest and earned a record deal... which she ultimately turned down. She has gone on to pursue her own artistic vision and define her own path in the music industry. Elina and I had a great conversation covering her musical background an…
 
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