Learning Electronic Music Production is no easy task, as there’s a lot more that goes into it than most people think. Even after I learned Piano and Saxophone for 17+ years, the time it took to learn how to produce EDM tracks was way more intense and difficult.
After years and years of production, there’s a few things that I’ve learned that can help speed up the process. For this post I’m going to talk about my 3 BEST ways to learn EDM production, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned veteran.
1. Backwards Deconstruction
Out of these 3 tips, this is hands down the best. If you go to sites like Splice, you can download a professional’s Ableton/FL Studio/Logic/etc. project for free. This allows you to see all the extreme technical aspects of production, and you can break down how they did everything.
Not only can you see the various samples they used, but you can see how they did their busing, mixing, mastering, arranging, and a lot more. The best part is, for most of these artists, this is the exact project they used to release a famous song of theirs. You’re not just seeing an “example” – it’s the real deal.
2. Try FIRST, Tutorial SECOND
In this day and age you can learn just about anything from YouTube. This is good, but it can also be bad – people are now getting overloaded with information. For example, if you were trying skiing for the first time, you would get up, try going for a little bit, and then fall. You’d get up, learn from your mistakes, and then try again. You wouldn’t watch as many tutorials as you can – you’d just try it and learn as you go.
For production, however, too many people watch tutorials almost like it’s entertainment. Don’t get me wrong – watching tutorials is better than Netflix, but don’t get too into it. The best way to go is produce until you hit a block, and you need to see a specific tutorial (ex. How do I use a multiband compressor correctly?).
3. Compare, Compare, Compare
One of my favorite quotes when I was a wrestler is “To be the best you have to train with the best.” Now obviously, getting a coach for EDM Production is a good way to go, but for this post, I wanted to make cost-effective ways.
What I do personally is every time I make a track, I compare it to the biggest artists. I ask myself: Would Skrillex/Dillon Francis/Seven Lions/etc. release this track? If not, what would they change?
By using this process, I look at them as a “virtual coach” almost, which allows me to be super critical in my productions. The more you do this, in general, the better producer you’ll become as you get really picky about small details.