By Keshav Bhardwaj aka Klipr, Founder, Streamin’ Music Group
Electronic Dance Music is one of the most popular genres in the world. EDM also has a lot of sub genres like techno, drum & bass, trance and dubstep to name a few. Aspiring producers fancy EDM, because unlike many other genres, it is no longer necessary to learn a musical instrument to produce a song. But there’s still a lot of difference between arranging a few drum beats, synth samples and making music that is constructed with expertise, love and inspiration. So, if you are a music buff and are particularly interested in EDM and want to make a career, here are some tips.
- Develop a sound and style: The first thing any musician should do is focus on their own sound and style. If you sound unique, then you have a higher chance of getting recognised by the audience and the record labels. While doing this, it is also important to familiarise yourself with classic EDM sounds. Take the time to know what sounds were used in the past and how they have evolved over the years.
- Focus: Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount and quality of music coming out. One thing we have to remember while starting is to focus on our own techniques and production. Everybody starts somewhere and it’s very easy to get lost into the vast ocean of music that gets released regularly, so never lose sight of the big picture.
- Critical Listening: It is important to analyse your favourite tracks, as they give you an insight into the arrangements and sounds used, and also sometimes inspire you to create something unique. By doing this you get an idea about what you want to create. It is kind of like a roadmap that might help you smoothen the whole creative process.
- Get Feedback: Connecting with the community and getting feedback should be something every new producer should practice. Music is subjective, and everyone might not like yours. So, getting feedback and not being disheartened about criticism is something to keep in mind. You can learn a lot through this process and even find potential collaborators, by checking out various forums focused on dance music production.
- Sonic Training: Training your ears to the sounds you listen and the sound you want, helps a lot. It not only helps you in achieving a good mix and balance but also eases sound design in accordance with your songs, because selecting the right sounds at the very beginning of production stage is always better than shaping your mix later on.
Even though these tips are just a handful, they matter a lot. There are several challenges producers face as a result of which they might have to learn several new skills. For instance, due to budget constraints, one might need to create their own cover arts, music videos, promos etc. Mixing and Mastering services can also cost a lot most of the times based on the experience level of the audio engineer you work with. However, knowing how to mix and master your own tracks can prove to be cost-efficient and these skills willl help you in the long run anyways. Also, social media plays a huge role in an artist’s career, so being tech-savvy is not a choice anymore, it has become a necessity. You must keep up with the latest trends. To summarise, I’d like to recommend all the aspiring producers to keep an open mind about the grind that they have to go through to make a successful career in this industry.