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10 ideas EDM producers can learn from rock and roll, including music production program and mixing techniques.

10 Ideas Electronic Dance Music Producers Can Steal From Rock and Roll

It’s a widely known fact that many of the great musicians, songwriters and producers borrow from their predecessors. After all, where would Tame Impala be without The Beatles, or The Black Keys without Led Zeppelin?

With that in mind, we put together this list of 10 tricks that an electronic music producer can “borrow” (we use that term liberally) from rock and roll. Grab a distortion pedal and check out the list:

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How to find your superfans - Music Marketing in 2020

How to Start a Career in Music – Find Your Superfans | Musicpreneur

Fans are the single most important element of a professional and satisfying career in music. Without fans you’re an amateur! 

Two things I have noticed in successful musicians are that (1) their goals are clearly defined, and (2) their audiences are even more clearly defined. If you don’t know your fans, how are you going to market your music to them? 

In this chapter I have put together links to free tools, with suggestions of ways to use them for developing the profile of your “Super Fan.” And by Super Fan I mean the fan who is going to buy all your music and merch products, attend as many shows as he or she can, rave about you to friends, join your street team, call in to the radio to request your song, leave reviews, talk about you online, blog about you, contribute to crowdfunding campaigns, and so on. 

Start by identifying at least five bands that are embodying the goals you have set for yourself. Don’t pick big household names, because they will have too many fans who are not exclusive to their band. Start by picking local acts you like who have a good following both off- and online. 

If you don’t know who you sound like, start off by asking other people. If you find categorizing and comparing your music to that of others to be difficult, you can also use the tools in this chapter to help you search for similar bands. 

A good way to begin to know the profile of your Super Fan is to con- sider what you already know about your existing fans, find out more about the fans of artists who are similar to you, and then look for overlaps. More established artists will have a clearer understanding of their fan base and you can use the available tools to tap into that information. I suggest that you write out a profile of your Super Fan, using as much information as you can acquire. 

My descriptions below may not provide sufficient information on their own, especially if you do not have prior knowledge of how the platforms involved work. But I have listed links to all the sites mentioned so that you can educate yourself as well as start accounts and put them to use. The most important thing is to get your mind working on these kinds of concepts and ideas and how they can be used to serve a specific purpose. Of course, there are countless websites that can help you profile your fan, and I suggest you look further than just the ones listed in this segment. Note that this way of doing things may not be to every musician’s taste, but it’s always better to know what’s out there than not to know. 

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How To Make An Album With Pyramind Graduate Brad Stroud (B1)

Brad Stroud graduated from Pyramind in 2010 and has gone on to release two full-length albums independently, toured with Moldover, and recently released his own sample pack. We sat down with him to catch up on all of his successes and capture some of his advice for current and upcoming students entering the music industry. 

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Max is a music producer whose journey from being a student to achieving remarkable success can be described as nothing short of savage. With a keen interest in music and the determination to learn, Max enrolled in a

How Do You Become a Producer – Max Savage, Music Producer, Videographer, & Graduate

Max Savage is a Pyramind graduate who went on to start a successful audio and video production company called Noisy Savage. Today, he’s not only managing a full load of client work, but also working as a producer for multiple Bay Area bands, continuing to collaborate with his former classmates, and carving time out of his busy schedule to pursue passion projects.

He’s certainly found success in this industry since finishing his run at Pyramind’s ground campus. In this story, we ask him about his recent projects, how he’s managed to secure work as a freelancer, his foray into video, techniques for maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and more.

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Live DJ Set at Pyramind Studios

DJing Lessons – Free Online Videos

Ready to learn how to DJ online? Click here to learn fundamental skills for free in our 13 part DJ video class. Learn CDJ 2000 Nexus, Native Instruments Traktor, and all the DJ skills you’ll need to rock the decks.

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VeryWellProject - Anton Orlov

Music Producer Course Online – One on One Training

Very Well Project, otherwise known as Anton Orlov, is a student of the Pyramind Mentorship Network. After learning about our school and mentorship network in an EDMProd article, Anton came to Pyramind looking for guidance on one of the most common challenges music producers face: finishing songs. Anton booked online mentorship sessions with Matt Donner, whose popular Production & Arranging courses specifically guide students from the beginning to the end of the production process, and as a result, he recently released his first completed track as the Very Well Project, Float Like a Butterfly (feat C-L).

After continued mentorship with Matt Donner, Anton released a second track, The Wave (feat. Inseparable), on October 27th, 2017.

Anton’s story is a journey from a hobbyist producer to a professional who is creating, finishing, and releasing quality music.

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