Learn how to make cutting-edge House and Tech House with our 3 month online Production Certificate taught by Ben Remember & Ben Keen.
Ive been in and out of production now for around 3 years with the last 12 months being a lot more intense. I have many residencies in my home town of Liverpool and getting big reaction from a crowd is always a great feeling. However i’ve always wanted to have that feeling playing one of my own tracks!
I’ve always been self-taught right from the very start of my production career. Sometimes, there’s only so far you can go without the correct guidance. I always knew about the Toolroom Academy so I thought now was the best time.
When starting out on the course I had a sound in mind that I always wanted to make, funky basslines and lively vocals. However, I always felt myself coming back to the same types of kicks, claps, hats and synths. The course really helped me find my true “sound”, which funnily enough was way away from what I thought it was going to be. I now like more heavy hitting rumbling basslines with sharper synths.
The two mixing down modules were great. They helped my understanding of how other tracks and stems gel together and sit them correctly in the mix.
I was quite blasé at first thinking because I knew my way around Ableton, id finish the assignments in a few hours or less. I found myself really wanting to make sure every sound choice was correct to the style I was making. Thinking back to it I was probably over analysing, but I was trying to impress too!
For me, this was the most valuable part of the course. Whether it as criticism or praise, I couldn’t wait to hear back from Ben and Pete and get their thoughts and ideas on what id done each week and what they had in mind to add. They always had ways of freshening up the track, instilling inspiration.
I was proud of my final outcome. Although its not exactly what I would like to make now, its still a great sounding track. I had been making my own tracks alongside the track I was making throughout this course, and I had slowly been finding what really suited me best. I didn’t want to change the direction of my course track as it was interesting learning a new style.
I think the fact I was taught by Ben Remember was amazing! A producer I’d been a fan of for a long time and had been playing his tracks for a good few years.
To get his insight on how to build tracks was fantastic. The remix week was like watching a mad scientist at work!
My knowledge is much better. Most important being my ‘sound choice’. A phrase which didn’t make much sense at first but my its an important one.
Tenfold. Especially my workflow, which is huge when you want you creativity to run smoothly. Simple things like a template set out for me help me approach to track quickly instead of looking at a blank project for 20 minutes!
Absolutely, Pete set up a facebook group for us to all interact and support each others music careers. Even during the sessions the vibe between everyone was great with loads of banter constantly flowing.
Ben and Pete were unbelievable. Their professionalism and patience with us all in the group was second to none, especially as some of the gang hadn’t ever worked on a DAW before never-mind Ableton! Always there at hand if any additional help was required even outside of the lessons.
As mentioned previous, definitely the feedback videos each and every week. You can’t put a price on those for me.
As a matter of fact I already have and starts the Ableton course with Ben in April 2020!
I just wish I did it earlier, really gave me a kick start in my production career. My tracks have clarity and a recognisable sound now, exactly what I wanted it to do for me.
In the process of building a large back catalogue of originals with hopefully some big label signings in 2020.