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IAmA amateur EDM producer. AMA!

6 years ago by phosphorescent with 13 comments

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  • Clockwork
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    What is your work process?

    • phosphorescent
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      Every song is different, but it always starts with the melody. I lay it out, along with a general idea of the "B Drop" (still the climax of the song but more melodic and not as crazy as the first half). For this, I just use presets for chords and bass and such. After I have it figured out, I work on making the sounds unique. I then move over to the A drop (screechy annoying skrillex turn-that-trash-down part), intro, and outro.

      Most people mix and master after the process, but I prefer to do it all during. So after those bits are done, I keep adding sound effects, little "flairs", and sweeps. And then it's done!

      Like I said, it's all different every time, but that's a general idea.

  • Ryvaeus
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    How did you get started doing this? Have you always been musically-inclined?

    • phosphorescent
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      I really don't know how I got started. I was originally introduced to EDM by a friend who showed me deadmau5, but I don't know quite why I wanted to start making it myself. I have always had a feel for music too, so that made it easier since things like theory came naturally.

      • Ryvaeus
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        Thanks for answering. If I may ask a follow-up question, do you also know how to play any musical instrument, and do you feel that having the skill to play one helps in producing electronic music?

        • phosphorescent
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          I play trombone, a bit of guitar, and I'm learning piano. I feel like messing around on the guitar when I was little helped with the idea of music in general, but I don't have enough skill on anything to really use it (however I'm learning piano for the sole reason of playing for my own songs)

          • Ryvaeus
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            That's awesome. Good luck on your piano lessons! As an amateur pianist myself, I can definitely say it's helped me gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of music in general. Thanks for the answers!

  • eruditojones
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    What's an EDM producer? (not being cheeky, just not entirely sure!)

  • kreamy
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    Who are some of your biggest influences?

    • phosphorescent
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      Definitely SeamlessR and 7 Minutes Dead, and Smallpools. Where the actual influence is depends on the song and genre, but there's definitely a bit from each of them in all my music.