Give It 100% And Be Self-Reflective — A Chat With Dennis Sheperd

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“If you download a template, change a few notes here and there… that is not music production.”—Dennis Sheperd Dennis Sheperd had his first release (on vinyl) after just one year of producing music. Yep, one year. How did he do it? He didn’t take any shortcuts. He didn’t have a mentor that worked with him every day. He didn’t use … Read More

Arcane Echo – The ‘Snapshot’ Problem, Bad Managers, Advice for Smart Artists, and Much More

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“I don’t care if I’m playing to 30 people. If I’m playing something I love and am passionate about and have written, then I’m good.”—Arcane Echo Josh Jett (Arcane Echo) is a button-pushing producer and performer based in Brisbane Australia. He is best known for videos like this… …and he’s a fascinating guy. In this episode, you’ll hear about Josh’s history … Read More

Telling Stories Through Your Music—A Conversation with Amidy

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Nolan Atkins started DJing house parties when he was 12. “It’s a little intimidating being 12 years old when everyone else is like 20…or 18…so they’re kinda looking down on you.” Which makes sense, because his parents were DJs. He dreamed of being a pro soccer player, but music quickly took the lead. Having gone to the reputable Icon Collective, … Read More

Force Yourself to do Creative Work: Lessons from Mr. Bill

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“I’d rather work unhappily on music than unhappily at a job I hate.” Does creative block exist? Mr. Bill doesn’t think so. He says that it’s just laziness. And I agree. Harsh? Sure. But there’s always something you can do. There’s always something you can work on. Don’t mistake a lack of willingness or enjoyment for creative block. That’s not … Read More