So, I’ve finally taken the plunge into the world of music production.
Nowadays, the term “DJ” is more synonymous with electronic dance music (EDM) producers – think Martin Garrix, or David Guetta. These producers take up DJing as a secondary skill, so that they can showcase their productions live at festivals.
I consider myself a DJ and turntablist first – like Jazzy Jeff, MakJ, and A-Trak. To me, production is a secondary, but necessary skill in today’s market. So, I grabbed a copy of Ableton Live and went at it.
I’ve found homes with the sax, guitar, bass, drums, steel drums, and ukulele. With a primarily jazz and blues background, improv is nothing new to me. Translating that to production can’t be that hard, right?
Wrong. Here’s 10 things I learned on my first go-around.
1. You’re going to feel like a caveman discovering fire.
I honestly don’t think there’s a better way to describe this. You’re going to open up Ableton for the first time, see a grey screen with lots of rectangles, and watch your brain dripping on the floor as it melts out of your head. [Read more…]