These are the music production videos that changed my life as a producer. Not the hundreds, if not thousands of little tutorials and production techniques I’ve consumed over the years. I’m talking about game changers.
These are the videos that I would almost feel required to credit for the music I’ve made and the production work I’ve completed for major labels like Sony, Universal, Island Def Jam, Virgin EMI Records, and Ultra Music. I’m talking about the videos that, upon watching them for the first time, immediately transformed my music, my workflow, and most importantly, my mindset as a producer.
Since all these videos are 100% free to watch out there in the depths of the World Wide Web, I thought it would be really cool to compile them and share why I loved them so much. Some of these videos are huge. Again, we’re talking serious game changers here. So don’t be intimidated by the sheer depth of knowledge that these videos share.
Compare this list to the content you might find in a 4-week course and you’ll be amazed to find out how much quality stuff you’re getting for free here. Don’t try to consume it all at once. Take your time, and get ready to have your mind blown.
1) ill.Methodology Workshop – Chapter 1 (42 Minutes)
We all hit roadblocks as producers. We get stuck. We lack motivation. We get overwhelmed. And when that happens, we start buying new gear, downloading new plugins, sound treating our room, watching YouTube tutorials for days – the list of potential “solutions” is never ending.
But, according to this workshop, the answer to our production woes is actually fairly simple. It’s grounded in our psyche, our organization, and our workflow when making music. I won’t give out too many spoilers, because this is a MUST WATCH video. One spoiler alert however, is this: learning to make music in the mornings will have a significant impact on your productivity.
This tiny adjustment to my music making habits has affected my musical output indefinitely and played a huge role in helping me finish 42 original tracks and remixes in roughly a year and a half between 2014 and 2015. Coming from someone who made 12 tracks in all of 2013, I thought this was pretty groundbreaking.
2) UKF Meets Kill The Noise (4 Minutes)
In just under four minutes, Kill the Noise blew my mind with his vulnerability and sincere approach to life and making music in what feels like a very over-saturated market. That said, I just want to preface my next point with the fact that I truly believe that sometimes the most important production advice I come across revolves around mindset.
Around the 1 minute mark, Kill the Noise speaks about how he created a race in his own mind that essentially doesn’t exist, and how sometimes it’s important to just remove yourself and say “Hey, I’m making music and I’m having fun – and there doesn’t need to be much more than that”.
My takeaway? Just relax. Have fun. Making music is awesome, but you’ll have ups and downs just like in any other life pursuit, and that’s perfectly OK.
3) Elite Session with Steve Duda at Pyramind (2.5 Hours)
All I have to say is wow.
Producer and engineer Steve Duda visited Pyramind in San Francisco to conduct a 3-hour workshop detailing his production techniques and his approach to electronic music production. Duda, the creator of Xfer Records and the legendary Serum synthesizer, offered up top tier information on all aspects of the music business, sound design, and marketing.
Only in this video can you understand a musical path so obscure, starting in a cubicle for a technology help line in San Francisco, to helping out the Nine Inch Nails in New Orleans, to becoming a proficient engineer in Hollywood, to building the first realistic drum sampler, and eventually, to starting his own company Xfer Records. This video is equally inspiring as it is chalk full of technical wisdom, and really informative for anyone who thinks that becoming a touring artist is the way to make a substantial career in music.
4) NGHTMRE Ableton Demo + Q&A @ The Loft UCSD (2 Hours)
The upcoming electronic production prodigy NGHTMRE talks on creative inventiveness, coming up in the scene, his personal Ableton tricks, and much, MUCH more.
NGHTMRE goes inside Ableton to demonstrate exactly what his project files look like. It’s this type of rare transparency that is beyond informative.
And, as a short bonus, check out this ridiculously awesome 70 minute video where NGHTMRE records some pots and pans and implements it into his music:
5) Budi Voogt – Music Marketing Academy (1 Hour)
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The Music Marketing Academy is an online school that teaches you how to grow your audience and get more exposure through leveraging the online marketing. There is a set of four free videos you can watch if you sign up for Budi’s email list.
his free video series will show you what it takes to succeed in music, deconstructing the release that kick-started San Holo’s growth to over 180,000 followers in a year. Budi’s videos gave me an almost foolproof example towards gaining traction in the industry, utilizing the importance of a strategic EP launch.
6) Mike Monday’s Loopitis Cure (PDF)
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We’ve all had trouble with Loopitis. You know how it goes… you write a musical idea and find yourself thinking that you’re onto something special – but two hours later you are still looping the same damn 16-bar idea, and it doesn’t seem to be progressing at all.
Luckily, Mike Monday – a really smart music production coach living in Australia, made a beautiful little PDF that shows you exactly how to break this never ending loop. His method is simple, fast, and insanely effective.
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Ah! Wheres Savant’s interview with Future Music???
Thanks for posting this! It looks like a solid list of videos, and I’m about to start checking them out. I’m glad to see Steve Duda on here. I’ve watched a couple of videos he’s done, and read his Reddit AMA (and a couple of other things he’s written), and he literally blows my mind every time I watch or read his stuff. He’s a great teacher, and always knows how to make things make sense. I know Budi is a marketing mastermind too. I’m anxious to check out Mike Monday’s video. I actually haven’t seen his stuff before, but his topic is about my biggest hurdle– turning that 16 bar loop into a full arrangement. Thanks again!
Haha check it out, you’ll be surprised as much as I was.
Really looking forward to going through these videos. Thanks for putting this list together. :)
Omg, you are sooo awesome! Thanks you for this article!
Wow, these are priceless ! Thank you