How The Levels Changed My Approach to Writing Vocal Music

In the past couple of years I’ve been working on a lot of vocal tracks as part of our new project, The Levels.

I wanted to share with you something important I’ve learned while doing this.

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9 Advices for Getting Unstuck in Your Music Project (#8 May Hurt)

 

One of the most common problems I face when making music is getting stuck on an idea. The dreaded 8-bar loop syndrome!Continue Reading

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Reflecting 2014

As we begin our journey into 2015, I wanted to take a moment to look back into the past year and make notes of some of my personal highlights.

Workflow things, books, plugins, tools, music, websites, general wellbeing and productivity… This is a very personal list and some of the stuff I’ll be mentioning doesn’t sound like anything to do with music production. Never the less it all has made a difference for my work.

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Mastery by Robert Greene – a Book Recommendation

I like to read, both online and offline. Every once in a while I come across something truly remarkable. Recently I discovered one such book, and I can’t help but write a few words about it in a form of strong personal recommendation.

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Busting Music Marketing Myths with Andrew Apanov

Busting Myths

The music business is fertile ground for assumptions. There’s lots of myths and folklore flying around. We hear about all kinds of success stories, but we often don’t know about the real facts and reasons behind them. It can be difficult to put together a clear picture of how to develop your career in this environment.

Andrew Apanov

Andrew Apanov (founder of Dotted Music and WeSpin)

I decided to reach out for my buddy Andrew Apanov to bring you some insight on what is working right now in indie music marketing. Andrew runs a music marketing agency (Dotted Music) as well as a great training program for electronic artists (We Spin). Besides that he is a consultant, speaker, blogger, DJ – in short one of the hardest working guys in music I know.

Here’s the plot: I put together a bunch of common assumptions about the electronic music business. Many of these myths stem from the personal beliefs that I’ve had at some point of my career. Andrew will tackle them one by one, and I will bring it all together at the end of the article. Andrew knows the ins and outs of electronic music marketing, so no better person than him to do some mythbusting with! Let’s see what he has to say.
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To People Who Want to Succeed in Music

Today I received an email from Mr X:

“I began with the program Logic pro X. But i have a problem: I want to get some plug ins for this program, i’d like to get it for free, because buying it is too expensive for me at the moment,
so i like to download it, but it’s so hard to find it…

I need the following plug ins:

[followed by a list of paid VST-plugins]”

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Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky – Book Review

I’ve always been pretty productive, but also always had the problem of not finishing many projects I start. I’ve developed systems to counter this, but never really knew why it happens.

Having loads of unfinished projects is a very common problem and people are constantly hitting me up about it as well.

Making Ideas Happen

 

I recently read this bestseller book by Scott Belsky called “Making Ideas Happen”… And I am not exaggerating when I say it was a complete revelation for me.
Made me realize lots of things, so I wanted to share  it with you quickly.
The book succeeds in breaking down the problem of not finishing your projects and shows the path to, well, making ideas happen.

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5 Tips for Making an Album

5 Tips for Making an Album

It’s been a little over a year since the debut album by Loxy and myself – “Burning Shadows”  – was released on Exit Records. The project had many phases and we put a ton of work on it over the course of 3-4 years. I’m still very happy and proud about how it turned out. But life is about learning, and I’ve gained new perspective since finishing the project. So let’s reflect for a bit upon the experience of working on an album… And what I would do differently next time.

Here we go – my 5 tips for making an album.

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Breaking Workflow

This is a guest post by Kim Lajoie. I recently came across his blog and felt very much connected to his way of thinking. So I invited him to write a little something for me and here we go! I’ll let Kim take it from here. Why should breaking workflow become a part of your workflow?Continue Reading

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Trial and Error

I was chatting to a friend of mine Gabriel (some of you might know him as Gremlinz).

He said he really liked this little remix Loxy and I had made about a year back of one of our own tracks and said it should be released.

The thought of releasing it had never even occurred to me.

Why?

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