When you type in music production on Google, you find a bunch of sites trying to connect you with music production schools.
Last time I checked, music production means ‘Making your own music’.
Not a bunch of old dudes trying to convince you to join a music production school.
At least that’s what I use to think . . . and almost paid the price for it.
However, before that happened, I spent years just making loops on Fruityloops on my PC and anytime I tried to make a full song, I usually ended up quitting or starting off a new beat (New loop).
In fact, this is exactly what my mindset looked like . . .
Looks familiar doesn’t it?
Yeah that’s what happened to me . . .
You then start playing around on the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation – Which is just another fancy word for the Music software you are using), make your first beat and when it comes down to learn the proper stuff, you kind of get frustrated and eventually . . . give up.
In fact, in the last 10 years, I made 3 full songs. Songs that sounded dope to me but if played in a car, club or a decent music system, it would sound like the world’s worst mixed song. I wouldn’t even call it ‘mixed’ because back then, I had no clue on what mixing audio was anyways.
I just slapped on a couple beats on Fruityloops, somehow turned it into a 3 minute audio file and rapped on it.
Does this sound familiar?
In fact, I kind of quit for several years. The only thing I did was make loops on my iPhone’s Fruity loop app. Wishing one day I’ll know how to make my own proper music. I just had no idea on how to go about it . . .
At this point I had a full time job too so there was no way I could enroll in a music production school full time.
Plus there were other reasons like fear of pursuing a career in music, being judged by others but mainly just my extreme lack of music production skills.
This frustration naturally made me quit.
So back I went to just making loops. After all, it was easier . . .
I mean have a look at this. Does this look like anything that would be easy to pick up?
I wanted to learn music not become a professor at NASA.
So as the years went by, my music ‘bug’ just got stronger. It got to a point where I felt if I didn’t pursue it properly, I might actually get sick! Like physically sick!
The calling was was really that strong for me. Besides, I was miserable doing anything else anyways.
How To Make EDM Music? Learn from the Pros!
Before we begin, you need to get one thing out of your mind for good.
Learning by yourself is NOT it.
Think about it, when you wanted to learn how to drive, did you just get in the car and started screwing around?
Can you imagine how long it would have taken you to drive a car if you didn’t get help from someone who already knows how to do it?
If music production is just your hobby, then by all means do what you want.
In fact, I think you might be on the wrong site.
This is how my mindset is now and that’s why my music is on a whole another level.
Or to visualize how my brain works, have a look at the diagram below:
Doesn’t that make more sense?
Now I’m not sure where you are on your own music production journey, but there are three main stages.
- ‘Almost Intermediate’
- In Progress
Stage 1: The ‘Newbie’ stage.
If you are here, you need to get into a music production school, this would be the ideal thing.
How do you know if you are a newbie?
These are the signs:
- You don’t know what DAW means.
- You don’t know what EQing is.
- When you hear someone talking about ‘low pass’ and high pass, you think they are talking about the highway.
- You think after you download a music software (Ableton, Fruityloops, etc) that’s it! You’re on your way to super stardom.
- Basically, you don’t know any of these terms mentioned above but you LOVE music and you think you can make some bangin tracks yourself.
If you are at this stage, you need to get started with a local music production school in your city. Check our our EDM Music Production School directory and see what we recommend for you. Hopefully there is a Recording Connection in your city as well and I highly recommend that you get started with them. They offer courses at real affordable prices and are the best in the game for newbies.
Heck Skrillex and Deadmau5’s engineers work with them as well 🙂
Need I say more?
Anyways, the best thing to do is enroll in a proper music production school ASAP.
Stage 2: The ‘Almost Intermediate’ Stage
If you have a basic understanding of your daw (Or after finishing Stage 1), it’s time to look into online courses that can help you take your game to the next level. Now there are TONS of these out there however, we only recommend a few ‘hand picked’ ones.
So what qualifies you to be at an ‘Almost intermediate’?
- You know the difference between what high pass and low pass is.
- You know how to use your DAW at a decent level.
- You know what a DAW is 🙂
- Some of you might be even making full tracks but it’s lacking that ‘commercial’ clarity and loudness.
The only thing you are lacking at this point are the details and the “technical” know-how to truly take your game to the next level.
To further confirm if you are at this stage, watch this Hyperbits video below. If most of the stuff here doesn’t make any sense to you, but watching it makes you drool, you are definitely an ‘Almost intermediate’.
The wealth of information just in this video alone will blow your mind.
This is an hour long video so make sure you put some time aside.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the lingo he is using. It’s just how professional producers talk and soon you’ll be saying the same stuff :). Best part, you will understand it too :). To get a good head start, feel free to check out our music terms glossary.
Once this video lights your fire, I encourage you try the following Future Bass course offered at EDMProd (Course is by Hyperbits also).
This will show you how to make a commercial quality track from start to finish.
This is what changed the game for me and soon after, I took Hyperbits Coaching (8 Week Masterclass).
After you finish the Future Bass course by Hyperbits, you will RUSH to his website to get his coaching program.
He does this only a few times a year so I hope you get in or at the very least, get on the waiting list.
To learn more about who the heck is this Hyperbits character, click here.
After you finish this coaching, congratulate yourself because now you now have EVERYTHING you need to know to become a BALLIN EDM producer.
I’m not kidding.
A few of our students actually got signed almost right after the class and some have their tracks playing on famous Youtube channels now!
This one below, the latest, got his track played by FREAKIN Nicky Romero!!! (I’m part of this group too!)
Yup! This actually happened in 2017 🙂
If stuff like this doesn’t drive you absolutely wild about music production, then this might not be something you should consider pursuing.
I hope it does though 🙂
By the way, the people commenting are mostly part of the Alumni group (People who finished the Masterclass). We like share music on a weekly basis and then comment on it. It’s f’n sweeet!
Everyone’s music improving by leaps and bounds every week. It’s insane!
So I hope you get to this stage soon because it’s the best 🙂
In fact, your focus should be acquiring as much info as you can so you can practice the concepts and the music production techniques as soon as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: Don’t try to skip to this level by not going through stage 1 because you do need some basic understanding music techniques. You will only enjoy it further and best part, pick up on concepts a lot quicker. Highly recommend that you have some prior knowledge before diving into Stage 2.
- Future Bass Course
- Hyperbits Coaching Program
Stage 3: Practice Stage
If you are at this stage, congratulations!
You are where 99% of music producers WISH they can be.
I use to watch these tutorials and go ‘What the heck is a low pass filter?” or “Why is music production lingo so nerdy? I just want to make bangers!”. Speaking of the music producer jargon, once you learn what each thing does (Attack, Delay, Threshold, etc) you will find that EVERY single plugin uses the same thing! So once you learn one, it’s like you know them all! I wish someone told me this before or I would have gotten started ages ago. Oh well . . . Everyone has their own path.
I like to call this the ‘Practice Stage’. Where you come out of Stage 2 and finally become aware of the few main things that were holding your music back all along.
This is where you find what “specific” things you need to focus on and simply ‘practice’ to keep getting better.
Personally, I feel I’m at this stage. I need to work on ‘Layering’ (A technique used by most EDM producers to make bigger synths) and Mastering. Although you learn about them both in Hyperbits coaching class, I feel like these are the two things that I need to focus on the most.
Since layering definitely seems to be something that needs to be ‘practiced’ and played around with to get better at, I got another Mastering course from Mastering EDM that brought some serious loudness and even more commercial quality to my tracks.
See, I practice what I preach. If I can learn from a pro without breaking the bank, I’m all up for it. I don’t waste time, I want to learn fast so I can put out music fast as well 🙂
So this is where I’m at right now and after finishing off a few more tracks, It won’t be long when I start passing my music around to labels and popular Youtube channels, etc
Anyways, I hope by sharing my own personal experience with music production, it helped shed some light on which direction you should be heading as well. Like I said, I’m not a owner of some music school but a budding EDM Music Producer who will one day have his tracks played in lots of places 🙂
I hope to hear your’s too 🙂
Here are some additional tips to help you practice properly:
- Find out what you are weak at and drill down on it. If there is a course on it by a professional, get it. If you took the courses or coaching I mentioned above, you already know the value of doing this. We have a section here that can help you master specifics like EQing, Mixing and more.
- Take your favorite track and try to re-create it. Use it as a ‘referencing’ track. I do this all the time now (Using Getter, NGHTMARE, Arcane, Jauz, etc) and trying to create their tracks by every 4 bars (Heck bar by bar in some cases). The wealth of information you will learn here is just insane. Like did you know Jauz likes to use the same vocal samples in his drops that he used in other parts of the song just because it sounds fuller? He just drops the volume on them. You will discover little secrets like that on you own 🙂
PLEASE NOTE: I don’t recommend referencing tracks (Stage 3) without finishing Stage 1 and 2. Or you’ll just get confused. Follow the process. You’ll have the time of your life going through it 🙂
This is what Music Production really is 🙂
Learn from the pros so you don’t get lost, left behind or quit because of frustration.
Never give up on your dreams.
Especially when it comes to how to make your own music, because it has NEVER been easier or faster to learn all about it.
All the knowledge you need is literally on your fingertips. You just need to pointed in the right direction.
Let’s get it!
Once you decide that yes you are ready to take your music game to the next level and decide which of the 3 stages you want to explore, then it’s time for the next step.
Building your home studio!
Here you will see what kind of music production equipment, software, and plugins are required to get you in the game so you can start making your own music.
It’s time to build that perfect home studio
In fact, let me show you how I did mine.