The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity

Crush writer’s block, develop creative habits, and become a more productive producer.


  • Crush creative block and finish more music in less time
  • Build massive momentum and release tracks consistently
  • Come up with better ideas
  • Rekindle the fire & passion you have for producing music
  • Practice deliberately, develop skills, and make REAL progress as an artist

 

Table of Contents

Here’s what you’ll learn…

  • Connector.

    Workflow

    What is workflow? Why do we need it? Learn what an effective workflow looks like, the difference between workflow and creative habits, and how workflow helps us improve as artists. Practical assignment at end of chapter.

  • Connector.

    Creativity

    What creativity is and isn’t, a step-by-step process to get into creative flow, why consistency is important (and how to develop it), creating a pre-production ritual. Practical assignment at end of chapter.

  • Connector.

    Creative Block

    The 5 stages of creative block. General and stage-specific strategies for dealing with creative block. Overcome perfectionism and procrastination. Practical assignment at end of chapter.

  • Connector.

    Finishing Music

    Why not finishing is bad. The importance of starting strong (and how to do it). Iteration vs inspiration. Deadlines & accountability. Three extra strategies for finishing more music.

  • Connector.

    High Output

    Higher output leads to faster development as an artist, and you also have more music to share. Learn why quantity beats quality (initially), how to build momentum, and develop intensity and focus.

  • Connector.

    Collaboration

    Finding a collaboration partner is hard, so how do you find one? More importantly, how do you ensure that the collaboration process runs smoothly? How do you split up the work?

  • Connector.

    Deliberate Practice

    Are you really practicing? It’s not just about the hours you put in, it’s about what happens during those hours. In this chapter, I’ll help you come up with a practice plan to effectively develop your production skills.

  • Connector.

    Originality

    Learn why originality is overrated, and what you should focus on instead. In this chapter, I also talk about how to craft your signature sound, and why you don’t need to stress out about doing so.

 

Choose the package that works for you…

The Premium Package

BUY NOW – $89
  • The book: 140+ pages of advice on workflow & creativity (PDF)
  • Bonus: 100+ pages of creative strategies for each stage of the production process (PDF)
  • 8 in-depth video tutorials: creative tactics and workflow hacks
  • 5 bonus resources (including a 30-day EP Plan)
  • 10 case studies from producers who’ve overcome creative problems
  • Audiobook version
  • Free updates for LIFE (at least 1x update per year)

The Standard Package

BUY NOW – $49
  • The book: 140+ pages of advice on workflow & creativity (PDF)
  • Bonus: 100+ pages of creative strategies for each stage of the production process (PDF)
  • 3 bonus resources (including 50 creative prompts)
  • 10 case studies from producers who’ve overcome creative problems
  • Free updates for LIFE (at least 1x update per year)

The Basic Package

BUY NOW – $19
  • The book: 140+ pages of advice on workflow & creativity (PDF)
  • Bonus: 100+ pages of creative strategies for each stage of the production process (PDF)
  • Free updates for LIFE (at least 1x update per year)

“The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity is incredible. Everything in it is invaluable, its attention to deal and depth in dealing with those somewhat intangible aspects of music production supersede anything I have read on the topic before.”

— Shaun Hay, Lecturer, Sound Design for Film & Digital Media, USYD

Sick of not finishing anything?



Did you know that over 70% of electronic music producers struggle to finish tracks?

50% of them struggle to come up with ideas, and the same number of people also feel they work too slowly when producing.

Why is this a problem?

Well, finishing tracks is most certainly a problem.

If you don’t finish tracks, you have nothing to show for your hard work. Not only that, but real progress only comes from finishing. If you consistently get stuck in a loop—you start ideas but never finish them—you aren’t developing your production skills across the board.

It also feels terrible being stuck in a never-ending cycle of incompletion. You get fed up.

As for the other two struggles…

How can you expect to finish music if you can’t come up with ideas in the first place? Even if you can come up with ideas…are they good ideas? No one feels motivated to finish an average idea.

As for working slowly, it’s simple: you don’t put out as much music. You can’t progress or develop skills fast. Working slowly is also a burden on creativity.

Come up with better ideas, build momentum and finish fast…

That’s what this book will help you do.

It will:

  • Bust the common myths surrounding creativity so you know what actually works…
  • Help you develop a flexible framework that you can use to come up with great ideas then take them to completion.
  • Turn you into a song-making machine (by showing you how to increase your output)…
  • Show you how to develop your own practice plans to take your skills to the next level…
  • Bring back the feeling of fulfilment and enjoyment that all producers deserve.

Now of course, it’s not a silver bullet. There’s no magic pill for this kinda stuff. If you buy this book and don’t apply any of its teachings, nothing will change.

But if you are willing to put in the hard work with the book’s guidance, I truly believe it will transform the way you think about music production as a whole.

And if it doesn’t do any of the above, simply reply to your order email and I’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

“I just wanted to say thank you for writing The Workflow guide. I purchased it yesterday and it was just the advice I needed to hear. Where as for the past few months I’ve been in a miserable rut musically for various reasons (all of which you covered to some degree) I can honestly say that after reading your book I feel rejuvenated. The road ahead will be full of hard work, but I’m relishing the challenge and ready to put in the work, no matter how daunting.”

—Nathan Zuckerman

 
 

The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity has helped thousands of producers make better music…

 

“It covered everything that bothered me and it was the only thing I found on the Internet that addressed my questions word for word.”

— Maroš K.

“…It really made me re-think the way I approach workflow and gave me a “glass half-full” mindset whenever I found or allocated time to produce. Thanks Sam!”

— Harris R.

“I constantly refer back to the PGWC for motivation and to stay focused. Thank you for such a great resource.”

— DJ Lima

“Lightbulbs continue to go off after reading this book.”

— Peter L.

“This guide will not only excel your workflow but will bring back the most important aspect to music production, having fun.”

— Ian P.

“Sam has a way of pulling together new ideas and things we know we should be doing in our creative life in a clear and simple way.”

— Keith K.

“Very inspiring stuff. I definitely plan to use this book as a guide, something I can resort to when I get stuck.”

— Bogdan

“Thank you for writing this book. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!”

— Ignacio

The Premium Package


The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity:
140+ pages of creative wisdom in PDF format.

Creative Strategies:
100+ pages of practical strategies for each stage of the production process (PDF format).

8 In-Depth Tutorials:
Learn how to compose from visuals, push through the last 10%
of a project, nail your mixdown workflow, and much more.

 Audiobook:
Have a long commute or prefer to listen? You’re in luck.

10 Producer Case Studies: Learn how others have overcome creative problems and improved their workflow.

30 Day EP Plan: A foolproof framework for making a full EP in less than 30 days.

Practice Plans: Want to get better at sound design, arrangement or writing melodies? Follow these.

Extra Resources: 50 creative prompts, 30-min audio clip with advice from 9 successful producers, and 10 Ableton Live racks to speed up workflow.

The Standard Package


The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity:
140+ pages of creative wisdom in PDF format.

Creative Strategies:
100+ pages of practical strategies for each stage of the production process (PDF format).

10 Producer Case Studies: Learn how others have overcome creative problems and improved their workflow.

Extra Resources: 50 creative prompts, 30-min audio clip with advice from 9 successful producers, and 10 Ableton Live racks to speed up workflow.

The Book Package


The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity:
140+ pages of creative wisdom in PDF format.

Creative Strategies:
100+ pages of practical strategies for each stage of the production process (PDF format).

About the Author

Sam Matla
Founder of EDMProd


Hi, I’m Sam.

I run EDMProd, a place where I help electronic music producers make better music and overcome creative problems.

As an educator and author, over the past 3 years I’ve sold courses and ebooks to more than 5,000 producers. Many of them have had great results.

And results are what I care about, especially for you. If you don’t get any, I give you your money back.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The complete package gives you everything, including video explanations for a lot of the concepts shared in the book. However, the book package alone is incredibly helpful.

If you’re not sure which package to get, I recommend starting with the books (you can upgrade at a discount later by emailing me [email protected])

The complete package contains a text document with a download link for all videos.
You can make a payment through PayPal or (securely) with your credit/debit card. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still purchase via PayPal without creating an account.
No. We update the book every year, and send out the updated version to all existing customers for free. It’s much easier to do this digitally!
Yes, absolutely. While the video tutorials are in Ableton Live, most of what’s taught can be done in any DAW. The book is not DAW-specific at all.
If you find that the guide simply isn’t for you, then I’m happy to give you your money back. Reply to your receipt email within 30 days of purchase and I’ll fully refund you.
I’ve written over 150 articles on music production concepts and techniques that have been read by hundreds of thousands of producers. Check out my blog to learn more.
Please email me [email protected] and I’ll get back to you ASAP.