Elite Session with Roger Shah (Armada / Blackhole / Magic Island)

Roger Shah has an over 20 years reputation within the international EDM scene with a release record of more than 500 tracks on some of the largest and most successful international record companies. Among them Sony, EMI, Universal and Warner, as well as all leading EDM labels such as Armada, Black Hole, Ministry Of Sound, Kontor and Ultra. As a producer he has worked with and for artists such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Sarah MacLachlan, Ferry Corsten, Kosheen, Bryan Adams or Moya Brennan who is best known for her works with Hollywood producers such as Hans Zimmer. Roger’s unique live performances are rewarded with a fifth consecutive year in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll and a double EMPO nomination for Best Trance & Progressive DJ and Best Radio Show.

Part One:

  • Early music history and obtaining a record deal
  • The challenge of making money today
  • Factors that get your track recognized
  • How he chooses music for his label
  • Live production example: Bass drum & chords (replicating first track from new album)
  • Live production example: Discusses the advantage of using presets
  • Live production example: How he builds his tracks
  • Live production example: Explains his hardware setup

Part Two:

  • Live production example: Routing for Effects and EQ’s
  • Live production example: Mixing drum track
  • Live production example: Adding/manipulating bass tracks
  • Live production example: Adding bass chords

Part Three:

  • Constructing a buildup
  • Producing different styles for different projects
  • Playing for audiences in the U.S. vs. Abroad
  • Trends in music over time
  • Vocal track editing techniques

Part Four:

  • Hardware setup/finalizing tracks
  • Time range spent on individual tracks (Reference to “White Sand” track)
  • His creative process for building tracks with singer/songwriters
  • Advantage of starting his own label
  • Relationship with Armada
  • Pros with working with another label
  • Advantages in creating different project names
  • Legal procedures that protect his label
  • Where he gets his inspiration
  • When an artist should start touring

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