In the beginning, starting to produce electronic music can be a fun and exciting journey, but it can also feel overwhelming if you’re not sure where to begin. Here are 7 creative strategies for electronic music producers, to help you get started:
Choose your DAW
A digital audio workstation (DAW) is software that you use to create and edit music. Some popular options for electronic music production include Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, and FL Studio. Take some time to research which DAW best suits your needs and budget.
Learn the basics of music production
Before diving into creating your own tracks, it’s important to understand the basics of music theory and sound design. Take some time to learn about chord progressions, scales, and basic synthesis. There are plenty of free resources available online, including YouTube tutorials and online courses.
Listen to a variety of electronic music genres to find inspiration and get a sense of what you like. Pay attention to the structure of the tracks, the types of sounds used, and the overall vibe of the music.
It’s tempting to want to create complex tracks right from the beginning, but starting simple can help you better understand the software and build your skills. Begin with a basic beat and add simple melodies or chords, and gradually build from there.
As with any skill, consistent practice is key. Make time each week to work on your music production skills, and don’t be discouraged if your early tracks don’t sound great. Keep practising and experimenting, and you’ll soon start to develop your own unique style.
Collaborate and get feedback
Collaborating with other producers and getting feedback on your tracks can be incredibly helpful in improving your skills. Join online communities or forums to connect with other producers, and consider taking a course or workshop to get feedback from industry professionals.
You could enrol onto a music production course where industry professionals can help you develop the skills you require to produce the tracks you hear in your head. That’s where Access Creative College comes in, we have a range of music courses including our Music Production Level 3 courses where we provide you with a solid foundation in the latest music technology, and prepares you for your future in industry.
Remember, whatever route you decide upon, learning to produce electronic music is a journey, and it takes time and effort to develop your skills and find your unique sound. Be patient, stay inspired, and enjoy the process!
Written by Matt Radley, Music Pathway Manager, Plymouth