In this blog we highlight three music career altering tips from Anjunadeep Artist and Pyramind Alumnus Luttrell, that came out of his alumni presentation. As we do with all our amazing alumni, we’ve followed Eric Luttrell’s career for the last 12 years since he graduated from Pyramind’s Complete program. From the moment he walked through our doors, he and fellow schoolmates Ben Swardlick and Andy Coenen started collaborating and producing and formed the trio called Pance Party.
One of the first Pance Party releases came out on the Pyramind label, on the compilation Test Press.03. The three then transitioned that project into M Machine and toured and released numerous tracks and music videos under Skrillex’s label OWSLA. Eric has gone on to create a solo project, Luttrell , now with several releases with the world renowned Anjunabeats.
In the following interview our founder, Greg Gordon, sits down with Luttrell to talk about his career, and the many lessons he has learned along the way. If you’re an aspiring artist looking to avoid common pitfalls, and grow your audience, take a moment to read the highlights below and watch the full interview at the bottom.
This interview is incredibly helpful for anyone getting started in today’s music industry.
1. Confusing fans is bad, surprising them is good!
Luttrell spoke a lot about how his band M Machine would have benefitted from releasing tracks that were a big departure from their prior releases, under a new project name. Because their fans were used to hearing a certain style, vibe, and genre of music from them, when they released wildly different music it left their fans feeling confused. He made a good point that there’s a fine line between surprising your fans and confusing them. You want to surprise them with interesting music but anything too far out of left field should be released under a different moniker.
2. Sending cold emails is important for an artist's success.
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3. Remix your own music
While touring with the M Machine, Luttrell and band were essentially djing, and remixing their own music. In the full interview below he touches on this briefly but brings up a great point about how remixing your own music can open your sound, create new ideas, and allow your sound to evolve which is a number one priority for our students here at Pyramind. We encourage ours students to export stems of their songs and get creative with the live performance of their music for this very reason.
Learning from those that have gone before us is one of the easiest ways to avoid pitfalls and level up your talents in any regard. We’d like to thank Luttrell for stopping by and please follow his ever-evolving journey on the anjuna website and check out his releases!
We hope this information helps you along your unique journey and if you haven’t already, please reach out to our admissions team here to learn more about our programs in San Francisco or develop your skills remotely in our hybrid online classes.