Tell us about your production journey so far – how long have you been producing? And what drew you to it in the first place?
Production has definitely been a journey to say the least. I have been producing somewhere around 3 years I’d say. I think the catalyst into production really stemmed from reaching a sort of plateau in DJing around NYC. I wanted to elevate my career while still keeping it creative. Then my days in front of Ableton started…
Week 1 of the course focuses on artist identity and positioning. Did this make you analyse your sound in anyway?
It did make me think critically about identity for sure, but I will say I knew where I wanted to be in terms of sound… at least at the time. My sound and trajectory has definitely changed since doing the course, but all for the better.
What other modules really stood out to you throughout the 12 weeks?
I think that how the course taught their approach to drums instantly made my tracks sound more professional. I use a lot of these foundations in my work like it is second nature.
How important was the A&R feedback throughout your journey?
Extremely. Having feedback each step of the way is of the most importance in any student-teacher relationship. Weekly feedback helped make changes seem much easier to accomplish and digest.
Tone has since had tracks signed to the likes of : REALM, Nervous Records, Toolroom Records
How happy were you with the track you made over the course of the 3 months?
Ironically it is my best selling track according to Beatport, and it was my only track to chart in two separate categories (Tech House & Dance). Big ups to the guys at Lovejuice for signing it! (Tone Troy – Surrender)
What do you think was unique or different about the Production Certificate compared to other programmes/schools out there?
The curriculum is organic, well thought out, and builds on top of each other. I can honestly say, many other schools out there don’t hold the values that Toolroom holds in terms of their teaching methods.
How would you compare your production ability/knowledge now, compared to when you started the course?
I think I’ll forever be a student, but I can absolutely consider myself some sort of professional now in comparison to the first day I started the course.
Has your ability on Logic/ableton improved since you’ve taken the course?
I know my hot keys like I am a professional gamer now so I would think so haha.
Did you manage to connect and build relationships with other students on the course?
Yes we still have a group chat going on WhatApp. TA008 still doing it!
How would you rate your tutors?
A1 since day 1.
What was the single best experience you had on the programme?
The feedback sessions really are worth the entire tuition. The energy given to each video is insightful and inspiring. I’m sure everyone involved will say the same thing.
Would you recommend the Production Certificate to other producers?
100 percent. Always be a student of the game!
As a graduate, what are your thoughts on the Toolroom Academy overall?
I consider it one of the most important decisions of my production career. If you get a chance, look at all the producers that are making a name for themselves that are coming out of this course. This is the real deal. I’m just waiting to hear the news of when they pair up some alumni for some tracks similar to T1 and T2..