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The Toolroom Academy Production Certificate was launched in January 2018. Designed to be an immersive and interactive online educational experience, the curriculum was painstakingly worked on over 12 months by the A&R team at the label, alongside lead tutor and Toolroom artist, Ben Remember.
‘We wanted to create our own ethos and method of production education’ says Pete Griffiths, Toolroom Academy Tutor, and label A&R. ‘We designed a programme that breaks producers right down to basics, and builds them back up again. We wanted to focus hard on getting the real fundamentals right, then on building the levels of complexity as we go through the programme.’
The initial places on the course sold out in a matter of days after launch, and the first cohort ran over 12 weeks from March to May. As a label that prides itself on delivering value for our students, we’ve caught up with a few of the first producers to go through the programme, as well as undertaking an anonymous survey of their student experience…
100% said their productions improved.
Our course is only focused around the sound Toolroom loves, and we have very specialist knowledge about how to get you there. Ben Remember is a renowned producer in his own right, and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. All this means that students really do improve their level of production over a (very intense) 12 week period.
100% said it was good value for money.
You get a LOT packed in over 12 weeks. The live lessons are interactive, meaning you get to ask Ben questions as he builds a track with you. You get set weekly assignments, which get weekly, detailed video A&R feedback from Pete Griffiths and Ben. It’s a challenging three months, but totally worth it.
100% said they’d recommend the course to other producers.
Our small class sizes on the Certificate means you build great relationships with the tutors and other students on the course. Being creative is supposed to be fun – and in this programme, you get to enjoy yourself, as well as learn.
“OVER THE 12 WEEKS YOU SAW YOUR TRACK SLOWLY COMING TOGETHER…THE WORKLOAD WAS INTENSE, BUT MANAGEABLE. IT WAS WORTH IT.”
It’s been about a year since I have started taking my production seriously. Before that, I was just mucking about on Ableton not really having a clue on what I was doing. When it comes to music production, there’s only so much you can teach yourself. I had been following Toolroom for a long time, so as soon as I saw they were doing a production course I was straight on to it. I wanted to be taught by the professionals!
The A&R feedback each week was what really motivated me. Pete & Ben were so encouraging and positive. The main part for me was their honesty, telling me what I did wrong and what I needed to improve. Each week I received an in-depth feedback video, telling me what I did well and what could be improved. The A&R feedback was key for me!
Before the Toolroom Academy I had been watching various tutorials and trying to self-teach and getting to grips with Ableton for a few weeks, so I’m quite early on in my production journey. Wanting to get to the next level, progress and make a career from music I knew it was time to start learning to produce to get to where I want to be.
I decided to enrol on the production certificate as I knew that following a structured programme like this was a step in the right direction, as it would allow me to learn step-by-step how to build a track, as opposed to trying to teach myself through tutorials and only picking up bits and pieces of information.
Each module was wicked and really informative, however module two which was building drums and looking at different drum grooves and looking at the variance in each from the style of the kick drum to syncopation of each element I found really interesting. Module 3 on basslines was another one that stands out for me as its one of the key parts to a track.
The programme is unique because you’re learning to make the sound Toolroom represents and learning how to create a track step-by-step to a professional standard. Along with the additional module such as the marketing session and having the chance to remix one of Ben’s tracks you really do learn a lot over the 3 months and the value the programme offers is priceless in my eyes.
I’d always wanted to take that next step in my music production career, and when I saw the advertisement for Toolroom Academy I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been a fan of Bens music, so seeing that he was one of the tutors was a massive draw in for me.
Week 1 allowed me to focus in on what type of artist I wanted to be, where I saw my music going and which artists inspired me in the studio. It was a key part of my tracks development over the course, as I always came back to my reference sounds.
I really enjoyed the two mixdown modules. I’ve always been slightly intimidated when it came to mixdowns, knowing how pivotal they are to the finished sound of a track. Ben made a complex topic easy to understand and gave me confidence in my own abilities.
The A&R feedback was really important throughout the course. It was a privilege to have weekly feedback from Ben and Pete. They held our tracks to the same standard as if we were officially submitting to Toolroom, which was fantastic. They always pushed you to get that extra 20% from your ideas.