Sweat the Technique
What’s up MaschineMasters! You know by now that we are always providing good producer tips to the up and comers out there. This new segment will be appropriately titled “Sweat the Technique” and will include super producers who need no introduction. These pros share tips that keep them on top of their game. Read them, write them down, include them in your producer mantra, but most of all try to incorparate them into your daily routine.
!LLMIND – Grammy Nominated
Production Credits – 50 Cent, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, Skyzoo
“One thing I like to do before I get started in the studio is listen to classical music for about 10-15 minutes. I wake up at 7am every morning, so this is usually how I start my day. It allows me to wipe my creative slate clean every day & re-charge my sub-conscious at the same time.” – !llmind
DJ PAIN 1 – Super Producer
Production Credits – Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Shyne, Gucci Mane, MC Lyte, Public Enemy
“Get in the habit of learning and expanding your horizons, not just musically but in terms of business, marketing and other areas of the music business that will help you become self-sufficient. Being well-rounded and informed will benefit you in ways that will pay off sooner than later.” – DJ Pain 1
JIM BOND – Super Producer
Production Credits – Jim Jones, Lloyd Banks, Ghostface Killah, Joell Ortiz, M.O.P.
“This is probably the simplest & best producer productivity tip you can get. If you want to have a productive day, doing anything really, not just music. Take your phone, turn it off and put it in a drawer where you can’t see it and it’s out of reach.
All the little calls, texts, emails, social alerts add up to one HUGE distraction. Make sure to keep it out of sight too. Out of sight, out of mind. You will be shocked to find out how easy it is to completely forget about your phone once you start getting creative. Believe it or not, the world will not end if you don’t check your Instagram for a day.” – Jim Bond
G KOOP – Grammy Nominated
Production Credits – Drake, Nelly, Jake One, George Clinton, Twista, MF Doom
“Being a musician first and foremost, I’ve been able to use my skills to secure a valued role in the industry as a sample replay specialist for other producers. But in my own production I try to use samples for inspiration without actually sampling. A sample can just be a spark or even a map to lead you on the right path without being used so literally.
Use the instrumentation but not the melody. Use the melody but with different instrumentation. Remake the drums and make a new sample over them, then mute the drums and make new ones. Take the chords but change the order or length of them. Basically treat a sample as only a place to begin and then see how far you can get from it.” – G Koop