Rick Snoman – Taking Music Production Seriously

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“Creativity is in direct proportion of my ass to my chair. You’ve got to sit down in front of your DAW and start working. Something will come to you.” —Rick Snoman

In this interview, I talk to Rick Snoman, widely acclaimed producer, ghost producer, and author of the Dance Music Manual.

If you know who Rick is, you’ll know he’s been around for a while. The Dance Music Manual was first published in 2004 and continues to be the “go-to” book for electronic music producers looking to get into the craft.

In this interview, we talk about a range of stuff including:

  • How limitation breeds creativity
  • Why you need to stop putting so much pressure on yourself
  • Treating production as a job
  • And how Rick approached networking (this is my favorite topic)

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Exclusive offer for Prodcast listeners:

Rick & Pete at Dance Music Production have created a discount code for all listeners of the Prodcast.

Head over to DanceMusicProduction.com and use the code ‘edmprod20’ on anything storewide (excluding the new mastering tutorial). Code expires August 4, 2017.


This episode is brought to you by EDM Foundations.

EDM Foundations is my course for new producers, those who’ve been producing for under 12 months, or even those who’ve just started. You can learn more about it here.

The whole idea of the EDM Foundations course is that you learn the fundamentals of music production by actually doing and not just learning concepts. The course consists of 12+ hours worth of streamable video where I walk you through the creation of 3 songs, and give you advice for creating your own original.

We’ve had over 500 people sign up for the course, many of them have had great results. Hope to see you in there.


Links from the episode:

Connect with Rick Snoman:

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Show notes:

  • How limitations breed creativity (8:15)
  • Stop putting pressure on yourself (11:30)
  • Advice for new producers—be dedicated (15:45)
  • Treating production like a job (21:45)
  • The most challenging part of Rick’s career (25:45)
  • Working with audio—massage the sound, don’t molest it (27:00)
  • How Rick approached networking (29:15)
  • How much time should you spend on networking? (31:30)
  • How Dance Music Production tutorials are different (33:30)
  • Advice for 20-year-old self (37:00)

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Listen on Soundcloud

Subscribe in iTunes – Subscribe on Android – Subscribe on Stitcher