Collyer wrote:Was there anything over the time that you were first learning to produce that would have made you better, faster or did you get everything quite quickly? HUGE fan of the music. Without doubt in the top three artists accross all genres for me!
Nice one mate, that's quite the complement!
In terms of the question, it's a tricky one as I'd played music/instruments for years before producing so in terms of theory and writing I was quite experienced, it was mainly the technique of production which was new to me. When I started, VST wasn't about, cubase I was using was only about to introduce audio, and the most tech thing out there was Rebirth if I remember right. I would love to have the endless supply of vsts, samples, production guides which are out there now. But I think the main thing that took a while to sink in was drum sounds. I could never work out why my midi drum tracks never sounded as heavy as a lot of the tunes I was rinsing. It was when someone gave me a pack of old school breaks/hip hop loops that I suddenly realised that an XG/GM electro kit is never going to stand up against an amen break with some think break on top. For me I wished I learnt that earlier, but guess it enabled me to focus on melody a lot more at the time!