There is one thing you can say for certain about electronic dance music: It is fun, exciting and offers a plethora of possibilities for those interested in creating music that is cutting-edge and high-tech. At the heart of this music genre are percussive sounds, also known and produced as rave and club music, and oftentimes are remixed and played by a DJ. When the cool sounds of electronic music start, let the party begin.
If you are a person who loves music and desires to create dance songs, without having to purchase thousands of dollars of equipment, consider producing electronic dance music. However, just like anything in life worth doing, and doing well, there are certain steps you will need to take when you decide to embark on a career producing digital music.
If there was an electronic dance music handbook, rule number one would be: Choose your digital audio workstation (DAW) and choose it well. If you do just a bit of online research, you will find four or five software names that are on the top of the list to use as a DAW for many popular producers on the scene today. Don’t stress out endless hours over choosing which software to use, those valuable hours are much better spent producing music that people can jive to.
A few things to keep in mind when choosing the right software for your needs are: What’s the budget you have set aside for your DAW? Which software do fellow producers prefer? Do you ever plan to perform your music live? Keep these key aspects in mind before choosing, and you should be ready to move onto step two in the process of creating a lucrative career in electronic dance music production.
You may be asking yourself whether you need any other high tech equipment to start producing electronic music that people will get excited about. The answer is – not especially. Some of the best producers today started with a laptop computer and a mid-priced set of headphones. If you’re looking to get fancy and a bit more “real”, it may well be worth investing in the best electronic drum kit you can afford. It’s always more fun to have something you can touch and create music with.
Does that sound too good to be true? Well, it isn’t. You can definitely start creating music tonight, in the privacy of your bedroom, with just a few simple “pieces” of gear. Of course, as your career develops, you will desire to purchase better equipment, but for a start, it doesn’t take much to get an up and coming career started in dance music production.
After choosing which DAW you wish to use and getting your equipment together, your next step is to start having fun experimenting with your own unique style and sound.
Do your research, listen to some popular electronic dance songs, watch some instructional videos on YouTube, then plunge right in!
After listening to a dozen or so songs that inspire you, getting your creative juices flowing, try a melody recreation of one of your favorites. Remember; however, your heart and soul must be one hundred percent involved in creating any kind of art form, this goes for electronic music as well.
As you start experimenting with sounds and melodies, the real challenge and fun begin. Don’t be afraid to embark on your own style, and by all means be brave and take risks. After all, individuality is a key aspect when it comes to standing out from the crowd. You will definitely be up against some competition when launching your new found career as an EDM producer, so taking the time to produce unique, groove-injected material should always be the main focus.
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After spending a few solid weeks practicing almost non-stop, it is time to try a serious production of your first song. However, don’t fall into the trap that many hopeful producers do, by not completing your song creations. If you start a song mix, be sure to finish it before moving on to the next one. There’s no need to be perfect.
In these beginning stages of production, the temptation will arise to share your material with friends and family members; however, try not to do this right off the bat.
Try your very best to stay as focused as you can on your art form, and it will most definitely pay off in the end. Give it some time, no matter how much you desire to show off a bit to your friends. Like with anything worth achieving in life, practice and effort when producing electronic dance music will produce the best success in the end.
After getting your feet wet, so to speak, the intense musical challenge starts. Sure, you have your software and equipment, you’ve mixed a few songs, you have your own Soundcloud account, but what’s next? A few solid years of learning and non-stop practice is what you can look forward to.
You will have to be one hundred percent committed and devoted to learning new skills and gaining knowledge of electronic dance music. There is a vast amount of history to acquire about this genre and tons of new techniques popping onto the scene daily. Spending a good solid year or two just gaining knowledge is not unheard of if you want to make your hours of effort and production worthwhile in this area of music.
There are also many articles and books written on this style of music out there for you to explore and absorb. Don’t get into too big of a rush. Take your time. Learn your craft, and learn it to the best of your ability. If you have made it to this juncture in your journey, you may as well go all the way, and be the best producer you can be.
With just a few pieces of gear, top of the line software, and of course, an intrinsic love for electronic music and its production, in just a few short years honing your craft and learning all you can on the subject, you should be well on your way to an exciting career as an EDM producer. Electronic dance music has a rich history and is evolving in its own right every day. If it’s your passion, reach for your dreams, and never give up.