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Master the theory and arrangement framework behind producing unique and memorable electronic music

What if you could take your unfinished ideas and turn them into fully-finished songs, ready for release?

What if you could write impressive chord progressions & melodies and arrange them in a way that takes your listener on a journey and leaves them wanting more?

What if you could start each new project feeling confident, motivated and optimistic?

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Your goal is to make music that connects with people.

Music that fans want to share with one another.

Music that impresses your friends and family—who, instead of talking over your demos—ask to hear more of your music.

In other words, music that gets your passion for music treated as a career, not just as a cute little hobby.

So what's the problem?

Well, if you’re like most electronic music producers... you never get to this point.

Most of the time you don’t finish any songs at all, but when you do? They don’t do well. No one really listens to them. They don’t connect with anyone.

But what about all that time you’ve spent learning how to program drums? What about all the sound design tutorials you watched on YouTube? What about all those plugins you purchased so you could get a better mixdown?

All important things, but they are not the things that are going to make your music memorable, understandable, catchy, and streamable.

For many producers, this leaves them with a ton of technical knowledge, without the music to show for it.

And this leads us to the core problem that most 21st century electronic music producers face:

You know how to finish a “track”, but you don’t know how to finish a song.

You don't know how to produce songs that:

  • Connect with your listener and invoke an emotion (or several)
  • Remind your listener of something (summer, winter, a relationship, an event...)
  • Make your listener want to share them with friends so they can take credit for finding something everyone will enjoy

It's a songwriter's game in 2018

What do popular artists like Illenium and San Holo have in common?

They’re good at songwriting.

If you want to do well in the industry and eventually build a career, or even just make music that gets a decent amount of streams, you need to be good at songwriting.

That’s why the above artists are popular.

They’re not top 40 mainstream (at least, not yet), but they don’t need to be.

They’ve got huge followings because they appeal to a crowd that both likes electronic music but want to hear songs that...

  • tell a story...
  • have meaning...
  • and make them feel an emotional connection.

Now, guess which type of music does the best on Spotify?

That’s right, well-written music.

Here's the thing...

People don't add music to their library or playlists because:

  • They see the song title and think, "Wow, that song has a cool name. Better add it to my playlist!"
  • They notice how clean the mix is.
  • They think, "Man, this producer must have spent hours working on this track. I'd better add it to a playlist of mine just because they deserve it."

No, they add music to their library because there's a moment in the song that makes them feel something that can't be explained.

Maybe it's the vocal hook. Maybe it's the chord progression. Most often, it's the melody.

How do you create music that gets listened to again and again?

Through good songwriting.

It's always been important, but it's even more important now with the rise of Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms.

Music consumers expect to hear well-written songs, and if they don't, they skip to the next one.

  • In 2010 you could get away with just making a heavy-hitting dubstep track that relied mostly on sound design and neglected chords and melodies.
  • In 2013 you could make a big room banger that sounded HUGE at festivals but didn't have much in the way of melodies and chord progressions.
  • But now? In 2018? This doesn't work well for the producer who wants to grow their fanbase, get their stream count up, and build a career that has longevity.

What is songwriting?

If you've got this far and still have questions about how important songwriting is, then I can't help you.

But if you've nodded your head in agreement—you know it's important—but you're wondering what on earth I mean by "songwriting" ...let me explain...

Songwriting is everything.

It's...

  • How you structure your song for maximum tension and energy...
  • How you engage the listener and maintain their interest throughout the song...
  • How you write chords and melodies...
  • How different sections of your song flow into each other...
  • How you use certain notes, chords, or techniques to invoke an emotional response in the listener...

...and much more.

Look at the above list and ask yourself: why wouldn't I want to get better at songwriting?

I want you to do that, because the unfortunate thing is that while songwriting is more important than ever, most electronic music producers are not good at it.

Some get lucky and write a good song through pure trial and error, accident, or countless hours of inefficient time investment.

But most do not get lucky. They can't write good songs because they have no idea how to write good songs.

5 differences between producers who know songwriting and those who don't

STARTING TRACKS

THOSE WHO DO: Look forward to opening up a new project because they have the knowledge and skillset to effortlessly create new ideas.

— VS —

THOSE WHO DON'T: Avoid starting new tracks because they struggle to create ideas. They spend hours on YouTube and tutorial sites, avoiding actually writing music.

COLLABORATION

THOSE WHO DO: Confident and comfortable in collaboration sessions with artists and vocalists.

— VS —

THOSE WHO DON'T: Worry about coming up with ideas and looking like a fraud in collaboration sessions.

SHORTCUTS

THOSE WHO DO: Know there are no shortcuts in making a career in music. They invest the time and energy necessary to develop and perfect their craft.

— VS —

THOSE WHO DON'T: Look for the easy way out at every opportunity. They only pour there energy into short wins, rather than long term sustainability. These producers don’t care about a career in music.

FINISHING SONGS

THOSE WHO DO: Have both the songwriting and the production knowledge necessary to create a full, professional track. Finishing projects isn't just a game of chance for them.

— VS —

THOSE WHO DON'T: May have a lot of technical knowledge but barely any songwriting knowledge. They feel as if they don’t have the music to show for how “good” they are at production.

CONFIDENCE

THOSE WHO DO: Have the confidence to call themselves a musician. They have the theory and production knowledge necessary to create a full and exciting track.

— VS —

THOSE WHO DON'T: Struggle to call themselves musicians. They have critical gaps in their musical knowledge that is holding back their music.

Introducing...

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Go from "average" to "great" producer by developing practical songwriting skills—and make music that gets heard again and again

What you'll learn in Songwriting for Producers:

  • A quick crash course that will teach you all you need to know about basic music theory—without boring you to death
  • The easy approach to create more interesting chords (even if you’re a theory newbie)
  • reliable framework for quickly building strong chord progressions that can carry your track through to the end
  • How to get unstuck in your chord progression when you don’t know where to go next—without needing to consult Google all the time
  • Why you should use unique chord types like slash chords and seventh chords—and when to use them
  • Using "harmonic rhythm" to add variety and interest to your chord progressions
  • The proven framework for writing great melodies consistently (even if you think you can't)
  • The quantity approach to writing great melodies (I wish I’d learned this earlier)
  • How to write chords underneath a melody so you don't get stuck with a simple idea (but can instead turn it into a full song)
  • Why you struggle with arrangement (and how to fix it)
  • Three arrangement workflows that take the guesswork out of producing
  • Pre-chorus writing techniques—how to build massive tension going into the chorus or drop
  • 10 genre-specific breakdowns to take everything you've learned and see it in action

Who's this course for?

We’ve designed Songwriting For Producers in such a way that it can help several different types of producers at various skill levels.

It's important to note that this course is not genre-specific. It doesn't matter what genre of electronic music you make—this course will benefit you.

It's also not DAW-specific. You can take this course using any DAW without issues.

So, who's it for?

    This course is for you if...

    • You know nothing about music theory and want a comprehensive course that will help you develop your knowledge and skills rapidly
    • You know a little bit about theory but haven’t really applied it
    • You struggle with writing good chord progressions and/or melodies
    • You know how to write chord progressions and melodies but struggle to turn them into a full song that flows well, makes sense to the listener, and sounds unique.
    • Your music already sounds pretty good, but you want to refine it, develop your unique sound, and learn new techniques

    This course is NOT for you if…

    • You’re not willing to put in some effort learning
    • You want a quick hack for writing amazing songs (hint: there isn’t one)
    • You’re already a seasoned pro when it comes to songwriting and know how to easily and consistently produce catchy, memorable songs that get a ton of streams

    Here's what you'll get:

    The Full 4-Module Course

    10 Genre-Specific Breakdowns

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    Future Bass

    Illenium - Fractures

    Flume - Say It

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    Future House

    Tchami - Promises

    Zeds Dead & Oliver Heldens - You Know

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    Electro House

    Skrillex & Poo Bear - Would You Ever

    Madeon - Imperium

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    Deep House

    Sam Feldt - Show Me Love (EDX Remix)

    Disclosure - Willing & Able

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    Pop

    The Chainsmokers - Side Effects

    Calvin Harris - Slide

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    Progressive House

    Zedd - Clarity (feat. Foxes)

    Deadmau5 - Pets

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    Dubstep

    Virtual Riot - Show Up ft. Virus Syndicate

    Flight Facilities - Crave you feat. Giselle

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    Tropical House

    Kygo - Stole The Show

    Matoma & Becky Hill - False Alarm

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    R&B/Future Beats

    Jeremih - oui

    Sam Gellaitry - Shake

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    Chill/Indie

    Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Fantasy

    ODESZA - Say My Name (feat. Zyra)

     
     

    10 Genre-Specific Breakdowns

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    Future Bass

    Illenium - Fractures

    Flume - Say It

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    Future House

    Tchami - Promises

    Zeds Dead & Oliver Heldens - You Know

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    Electro House

    Skrillex & Poo Bear - Would You Ever

    Madeon - Imperium

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    Deep House

    Sam Feldt - Show Me Love (EDX Remix)

    Disclosure - Willing & Able

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    Pop

    The Chainsmokers - Side Effects

    Calvin Harris - Slide

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    Progressive House

    Zedd - Clarity (feat. Foxes)

    Deadmau5 - Pets

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    Dubstep

    Virtual Riot - Show Up ft. Virus Syndicate

    Flight Facilities - Crave you feat. Giselle

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    Tropical House

    Kygo - Stole The Show

    Matoma & Becky Hill - False Alarm

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    R&B/Future Beats

    Jeremih - oui

    Sam Gellaitry - Shake

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    Chill/Indie

    Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Fantasy

    ODESZA - Say My Name (feat. Zyra)

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    SFP Guidebook

    To help you understand all the concepts and put them into practice, we’ve created a 100+ page guidebook that will aid you as you watch the video content and also serve as a reference when you’re working on your own music after taking the course (instead of having to go back and find a specific point in a specific video when you need to jog your memory on something)

    SFP Homework Package

    The best way to learn is by taking action, which is why we’ve added in a homework/assignment package to get you to apply what you’re learning in each module. You’ll get a bunch of exercises to work through in your DAW (with answers included so you can test yourself and see how well you’re doing)
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    SFP Guidebook

    To help you understand all the concepts and put them into practice, we’ve created a 100+ page guidebook that will aid you as you watch the video content and also serve as a reference when you’re working on your own music after taking the course (instead of having to go back and find a specific point in a specific video when you need to jog your memory on something)
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    SFP Homework Package

    The best way to learn is by taking action, which is why we’ve added in a homework/assignment package to get you to apply what you’re learning in each module. You’ll get a bunch of exercises to work through in your DAW (with answers included so you can test yourself and see how well you’re doing)

    About the author

    I’m the product manager and lead course developer at EDMProd.

    My original productions have gained over 3 million streams Spotify and YouTube, with features by Billboard and Earmilk.

    
My track breakdown articles have been read by over 30,000 producers and featured on Vox and Heroic Academy.

    I’ve released 4 Beatport Sounds #1 sample packs.

    As a songwriter, I’ve placed vocals with artists such as Nora en Pure (Spinning, Enormous Tunes), Kura (Spinnin’), and Going Deeper (Armada, Hexagon).

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    “Connor has really helped me with the bigger picture. The value of mentorship on this level can’t be recommended highly enough. The knowledge and wealth of real world experience and secondly how to apply it has been invaluable to me.”
    Gavin Knox-Grant (recieved Coaching from connor)

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