The Advanced Guide to Tension and Energy in Electronic Music

Sometimes, I feel that bedroom producers focus too much on the minor aspects of electronic music production and not enough on fundamental musical concepts that have aided musicians for centuries. I was one of those bedroom producers. Most of us are when we start out. We want to learn how to make complex bass sounds […]

15 Ways to Create Musical Ideas and Crush Creative Block

I think creative block, writer’s block, whatever you want to call it – is nonsense. I truly believe that. Professionals don’t give it a second thought, it’s their job. Why should it be any different for you? If you’re passionate about making music, then act like it. That’s easier said than done, of course, which […]

How to Cheat at Producing: 7 Quickstart Tips

This is a guest post written by Oliver Cox. Oliver is a featured writed for Blue Label Records, a multi-genre record label currently accepting demos at: [email protected]  Without talent, drive, and ideas, no producer will make truly good music, but I’m here to tell you how to make those ideas sound good, make that talent […]

How to Enhance Your Creative Process Using the Production Pyramid

This is a guest post from Nicholas Di Lorenzo of Panorama Mastering and Cassandra Zko of ZKO Music.  From Sam: Some time ago, I asked the EDMProd Artist Community if they thought that too many producers focus on the technical aspects of a track (mixing, mastering, sonics, etc.) over composition and songwriting.  One answer that stood out […]

5 Tricks For Making Your Drums Sound More Interesting

Having finally launched The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity, I’m out of the trenches and eager to get back to a regular posting schedule. So, what better way to kick things off than a post about drums? Drums are, as you should already know, the backbone of any dance track. They make up most of the groove […]

Catchy Songs: 8 Strategies for Making More Memorable Music

For the past two weeks, every time I’ve got up from my desk to take a break and walk around for a bit, I’ve found myself whistling the catchy melody to Beat Service’s Remix of Waiting For The Night by Armin van Buuren. This song is stuck in my head. I can’t get rid of […]

Composition Chops: How to Make a Piano-Driven Chord Melody

Im excited to announce a new series here on EDMProd called Composition Chops.  By “chops”, I mean technical skill. It’s typically used in the context of jazz or rock, but let’s not worry about that. In this series, we’ll be looking at various genres of electronic dance music and the unique musical elements they feature. For example, […]

The Ultimate Guide to Drum Programming

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Drum patterns. Drum programming. The fun part of electronic music production. But I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that drum programming isn’t always the easiest part of the process. In fact, it’s quite often the most frustrating. You find it hard to pick the right samples, and your patterns just don’t sound […]

10 Music Production Experiments That Will Make You More Creative

[blockquote cite=”John Cleese” type=”center”]Creativity is not a talent; it’s a way of operating.[/blockquote] When you’ve been making music for several years, it’s easy to get stuck in a lull. You go through the motions, doing everything that you’ve always done the way you’ve always done it. This is fine, but it becomes boring. You start to lose the […]

Chord Composition and Production

Blurred Chords It’s easy for chords to sound generic. Take pads, for example. It’s easy to slip into using the same preset, the same progression, the same voicing, etc. This article should help give you an idea of how to make your chords less generic, more full, and something that stands on their own in a […]

Drum Tips From 6 Talented Drum & Bass Producers

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Check out our mega guide for producing DnB Drums are a big part of dance music—maybe the biggest part—because they tell dancers what to do. In Drum & Bass, drum programming and processing can make or break a track, so nailing your break is essential. Here’s what a handful of talented DnB producers say about […]

How to Remix a Song: 21 Powerful and Practical Tips

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So you want to remix a song? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that unless you know the fundamentals of electronic music production, you’re going to have a hard time. The good news is that once you do, making a remix is pretty damn straightforward. So what if you don’t […]

The Definitive Guide to Automation in Electronic Dance Music

Automation is key to interesting electronic and dance music. Before the software revolution; mix engineers who wanted something to change at some point in the song had to manually move faders and knobs. Nowadays we use automation in modern DAWs. If we want something to change at a given point, or over time, then we can simply draw […]

5 Tips for Working with Vocalists from Johnny Norberg

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As a music producer, collaborating with vocalists is one of the most exciting and challenging things you can do. Vocal tracks require a different approach and a few things must be kept in mind. This is especially the case if you don’t have experience as a vocalist. In this post I welcome Johnny Norberg,  a talented producer and […]

The Ultimate Guide to Build-ups

One key feature of electronic dance music is build-ups. They certainly exist in other genres of music (outside dance music), but in EDM, the use of build-ups is highly important to the track’s structure. Dance music relies on three main elements: tension, energy, and groove. What do build-ups create? Tension. In this post, I’ll share […]