How to Make Your Artistic Vision a Reality — Lessons From Au5

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“It’s important to understand the audience that already exists and where you fit in by default”—Au5

In this interview, I sit down with producer Au5. We talk about how he got his start in the industry, how he built connections, and how he found his voice as a solo artist. We also dive into the technical side of production, covering his workflow, sound design, and drum processing.

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Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Soundcloud

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Show notes:

  • Au5’s background (2:20)
  • Finding his voice as a solo artist (5:28)
  • Early influences (6:05)
  • Creative expression through sound design (7:30)
  • When he realized he could make a career out of music (8:55)
  • Taking a leave of absence from college (12:15)
  • The anxiety of trying to make it (13:37)
  • Advice for taking a year off music (15:10)
  • Connecting with likeminded artists (17:25)
  • Getting his start in the music scene (19:00)
  • Understanding your audience and where you fit in (22:08)
  • Forging real connections (23:42)
  • Writing 2 full albums (25:05)
  • Maintaining a high musical output (26:10)
  • Struggling to improve as an artist (30:25)
  • How Au5 starts tracks (34:25)
  • Au5 on mixing (38:55)
  • How he processes his drums (41:40)
  • The importance of proper headphones & speakers (45:10)

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