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In my opinion you can teach someone to a point, but then they'll want to/need to evolve themselves and bring in, if they do have it, that raw talent/ability into their music.... prior production knowledge must help somewhere along the lines too for stuff like technical/navigation of DAW-if you can make other types of music you'll have an advantage over another dubstep noob who maybe hasn't.
There's no getting away from it that some people just have natural ability, that goes for anything, however if people practice, are dedicated and passionate and are willing to learn then there's no reason why anyone can't get to a certain level,
It got me thinking about how this relates to production. Which approach do you take to production?
If you want to make say a bass patch in massive ( cliche ) would you search youtube til you found a suitable tutorial ( surface ) or would you read up about synthesis in general to develop your skills ( deep ).
I had a flat mate who was the most talented pianist and an amateur producer, and was constantly listening to Mars Volta and other acoustic bands. I introduced him to Joker and he nearly wet himself for two weeks, then tried to produce them, but his capacity to adapt wasn't great so his music sounded like crap.
Problem was he was too absorbed in his talent at playing piano that he was reluctant to know anything other than the 'quick and dirty' way to make sounds in a synth, and his drum programming sounded like he ripped it off a One Direction record. It's all good being talented, but you have to be a student even when you're a teacher and learn to constantly adapt to any style you like so you can allow it to influence your music without you sounding crap.
it sucks when people ask me me what im doing nowadays and honestly i spend 90% of my time making shit music...atleast i know logic fairly well now...
I'll make a song, listen to it a bunch of times, and every time I listen to it, make a note on paper of something that would sound better if it was changed. Then I'll go in and change those things. Then repeat this again and again until you can no longer come up with things you'd like to change. One of the biggest things that will make a song good is how much time you spend listening to it critically and making adjustments. Take your time and don't rush it.
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That's all. You don't need anything else. You can have a hideously low aptitude for understanding and utilizing musical concepts and an equally low ability to grasp new ideas with regards to producing and ultimately it won't matter if you put the hours in. You could be tone deaf with the IQ of a bag of horse shit and still be a good musician if you put the hours in.
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