Willy Joy on Ignoring Trends, Starting a Movement, and How to Excel as a New Producer

“Figure out what makes you different, what makes your perspective different, and what you personally want to communicate”— Willy Joy

In this episode, I have a chat with producer and fellow Podcaster Willy Joy. He’s been in the industry for quite a while, working with acts like Major Lazer, Flosstradamus & A-Trak, releasing on labels such as Fools Gold and Firepower Records. Willy Joy offers expert on advice on topics such as networking, how to excel as a new producer, and where industry experts think the music industry is heading.

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Connect with Willy Joy:

Back to Back with Willy Joy | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

Show notes:

  • How Willy Joy got his start (3:55)
  • How he got into production (5:43)
  • His first job in the music industry: making ringtones (8:37)
  • Befriending Flosstradamus (10:15)
  • Why artists need to stop playing it safe (14:47)
  • First vinyl release (17:59)
  • How he would have done things differently (21:20)
  • What made him want to start a podcast – Back 2 Back with Willy Joy (25:06)
  • The target audience of Back 2 Back (28:29)
  • The industry focuses on the brand, not the artist (29:57)
  • What he’s learned from running his podcast (31:21)
  • Common themes from Back 2 Back guests (35:42)
  • Dealing with the valleys in your career (39:01)
  • The goal of running his podcast (42:51)
  • Frustrations with the electronic community (43:55)
  • Where he feels the industry is headed (45:52)

 

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I'm the founder of EDMProd and co-author of EDM Foundations. Hobbies including producing, drinking coffee, and reading. Drop me a line on Twitter and follow me on Instagram @sammatla.