Get Unstuck In Your Projects With This 4 Step Framework – Interview with Bass Kleph

“Those things you think are distractions, that’s what you should follow…tinker and just have some fun. Creativity will be spawned.”— Bass Kleph

In this interview I sit down with established producer Bass Kleph. He’s been in the industry for nearly 2 decades, from being a drummer in a major label signed band to releasing on the biggest dance music labels. We talk about the difficulties of running a label, what to look out for in label contracts, and the benefits of having a coach or mentor. We also dive into his 4 step framework for writing and finishing songs.

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Show notes:

  • Bass Kleph’s background (4:28)
  • Getting a major label deal as a drummer (4:48)
  • Breaking into dance music (8:02)
  • Band breakups and starting his DJ career (9:14)
  • Getting signed and mentored by a label (10:40)
  • The difficulties of being in the public eye (11:48)
  • Making it solo vs. in a group (13:57)
  • How he learned music production (14:32)
  • Getting the wrong end of a label deal (17:22)
  • Exclusive contracts (19:50)
  • Starting a record label (22:16)
  • Changes in the industry (24:15)
  • Using his label to launch his and his friend’s careers (25:18)
  • Why the EDM popularity burst is good things (26:18)
  • What his day to day looks like (28:05)
  • Moving into private coaching (29:52)
  • What is takes to be a good teacher (32:56)
  • Common mistakes producers make (34:36)
  • His 4-step production process (36:22)
  • Coaching students through creative block (43:34)
  • 3 general pieces of advice (47:38)

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