So you wanna be an EDM producer? Become a DJ? Learn how to produce that sweet electronic music? What’s the best DAW for beginners? Ableton, Logic Pro, FL Studio? Best studio gear? Which tutorials do you watch, what synths and plugins do you need? Where do you get your custom helmets made? It can get overwhelming so let’s break it down a little.
#1 – Choose your equipment & get on with it
All you need is a computer and a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Everyone has a different opinion, but the most popular ones are Ableton, Logic Pro and FL Studio.
If you want my recommendation, it would be Ableton. Mainly because it’s very popular (more tutorials and easier for collabs in the future). It’s workflow is very nice for electronic music and it can do everything you need.
I personally use Logic Pro, simply because a friend gave me a free copy when I was starting. I still love it and don’t really have anything bad to say about it.
FL studio is also very popular. If you have a preference, or one is more affordable for you, choose that one! Don’t overthink this!
That’s PRETTY MUCH all you need to start. If you want more, the next thing I would recommend is headphones. ATH-M50x‘s are great bang for buck – I’ve used mine for years.
My monitors and sub aren’t worth mentioning – I’ve used them since I started, they’re fine, but so are many other options. One thing I will recommend is getting monitors that are big enough to spit out enough low-end, so you don’t need to buy a sub as well. 8″ and up should deliver them sweet subz 🙂
Just aim to get up and running, watch as many tutorials as you can and learn how to make stuff!
#2 – Learn how to finish a song ASAP
It doesn’t matter how simple or crappy they are – but you should be aiming to finish full songs as early as possible.
Finishing a song requires a range of skills – composition, arrangement, sound design, sample selection, mixing and general music theory. Finishing full songs ensures you’re developing and strengthening all of these skills.
If you get stuck at a certain stage, Youtube is your friend. Udemy also has a range of structured courses for about $15 each that will get you learning super fast.
#3 – Don’t upload them yet
It’s normal to be very proud of your first tracks. You’ve come a long way from zero to here, and you have a right to be proud.
You might want to show the whole world your new creations. My advice though, is to not upload these songs anywhere. Yes you’ve come a long way, but you’re about to go a whole lot further. I recommend making a whole lot more music and improving before you worry about sharing your stuff. You’ll thank me later 😉
#4 – Start thinking about your brand
AFTER you’ve spent a considerable amount of time making all sorts of music in all different genres – start thinking about which direction suits you the most. Which style do you enjoy, which style are you better at?
This is where you start to focus your energy towards sharpening a certain style of music. It’s common to want to make everything, but if you look closely at practically any successful artist, they became popular because they had a certain sound. It’s likely for an established artist to start experimenting more AFTER they’re established, but when you’re first trying to make a name for yourself and gain some traction, you need to be focused.
This doesn’t only apply to the music world. Well know brands with diverse product ranges today – like Apple, McDonalds, and Coke, all started with ONE PRODUCT.
It’s important to experiment when you’re learning, so don’t rush into this stage. Just be conscious of it and take note of any particular styles that stand out to you, and slowly narrow your musical focus over time.
#5 – Connect with others on your level
This is a big one. Too many beginners focus on befriending bigger artists and asking them to collab. You should be looking around you at your peers, people on your level. Not only will working with them benefit your skill development, but supporting each other along the way will be mutually beneficial as you come up together.
These people will be on your wave. As you each gain attention you can share the love – a rising tide lifts all boats!
This isn’t to be done from a selfish place – you should be supporting everyone you can, but the best way to befriend a big artist is to do so BEFORE they blow up. Form real friendships and you never know where they will take you.
That’s it! Good luck on the journey. If you ever have any questions I’m always available via DM or in the Youtube comment section 🙂
LOLO BX <3