Alummmmni: Xandor

What is an example of what you were able to learn from Jason and our lab? How did it apply to “Craving for Your Love”?
First I want to say that Jason is an excellent teacher! Back when I was attending your program, he was one of the substitute teachers, and I am very lucky that he was able to teach our class a few times. I’ve learned a lot from him since then.

At the time I had no idea how to use Ableton or what I was doing. In the beginning, it was all trial and error, and I had to be patient because it was not easy to put my ideas into actual music.

I think an example of what I’ve learned at your lab and the most important was “song arrangement” also understanding everything that Ableton offers you was essential. Eventually, I was able to put my ideas into music and applied all this knowledge into my debut single “Craving for Your Love.”

Who is the singer? Any advice on how to find good vocals?

The singer is Catherine Joy Parke and she actually worked with my brother’s band in one of his songs. I had the original idea which was “Crave for Love,” and at the time I was going through a breakup and I wanted to put together a song that spoke to my feelings. It was a challenge at first because it’s an entirely different genre and different key. I had to work around it. At the end of the production I was amazed by the outcome it was pretty good!

I guess my advice to any producer is if you find a good vocal that works with your initial idea then go ahead and try it out you never know what the outcome will be. I’m currently working on my EP, and I’m in the process of collaborating with a fantastic singer which I’m very excited about!

Also if you want to hear my brother’s song you can find it here you can listen to how different it is:

Working on this song taught me that there is no limit to your creativity because music has no boundaries:

Was there a moment that made you want to throw yourself into production?

I grew up in a household full of musicians, my dad a saxophone player, my mom loved singing, and I have two older brothers, and they both studied music, one plays the guitar and the other the drums.

Me on the other hand, growing up I really liked electronic music and always wanted to know how to make it, but I really didn’t know how and never really did it. I remember going to a Jauz show here in Boston. He was playing at Ascend Nightclub at the time.

I will never forget the feeling when I first heard him I was stunned at every song he played it was very different to what I’ve listened to at the time and I loved it. I remember thinking to myself: “Wow I want to make music like this.” After the show I went home and Googled “how to make electronic music,” and the rest is history.

Any advice on someone looking to work with our courses?
Best advice is to be patient and be willing to learn as much as you can, it takes time to get to the point where you finish a song, and it sounds just like you wanted too, it’s a process and trust me it won’t happen overnight.

Mmmmaven will give you the tools, but it all boils down to how much work and passion you put into this.

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Remix Winner: Preston Powers

We have a winner! Last month, we held our first-ever Ableton User Group Remix Challenge and invited the music production community to take a stab at Digital Den’s latest release from Subalias. Specifically, the song “Take Me Out”:

The winner is Preston Powers a/k/a $PIC¥ BØ¥$!

From a production standpoint it’s mixed well, and the sound design is on-point. Stylistically, I love the energy … this track slaps! — Subalias

Here’s a quick Q&A with Preston Powers

Subalias said this track slaps! How did you get it just right?
I know a really, really good ghost producer… Just kidding! The little things like compression, reverb, eq, filters, panning, saturation and automation really add up in the end. Don’t be afraid to slap some effects on a sound; if it sounds better, keep it! If it doesn’t, drop it and move on!

Which do you think is the best part of the jam?
The second drop unexpectedly switching up causes a small explosion in my head that gets me going! My favorite element is that rolling bass coming in at 54s and 2:26 – Takes Me Out … back to Europe.

What do you enjoy most about Ableton?
What’s nice about Ableton is there are so many resources out there to help you reach that mastery level. Shout-out to Mmmmmaven! (and YouTube, heh!)

Preston wins a dope prize pack which includes the *dope* Making Music (Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers) book, Ableton expansion packs, and more!

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This is a mix we did for MIX 24/7 EDM Radio! Most of the songs are $PIC¥ BØ¥$ originals with a dash of other spicy songs we enjoy! Thanks for listening!

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Prizes For Ableton Workshop!

Next week we’re holding a first-ever Ableton Remix challenge.

And, some of the prizes available to those participating in this awesome workshop! Including Ableton’s Making Music book (Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers), Ableton’s expansion packs, Ableton bags, and a t-shirt. The winning remix will also earn a post on our social media.

RSVP for next week.

This book is a collection of solutions to common roadblocks in the creative process, with a specific emphasis on solving musical problems, making progress, and (most importantly) finishing what you start. This site features a selection of chapters from the book.

Join up and good luck!

Punisher Invades Detroit!


Newest #MakeItNew resident DJ Punisher hails from the birthplace of techno, Detroit, and as such she’s making three appearances this weekend. In celebration of Movement, the city’s now-legendary Memorial Day super fest, Michelle will have three high-profile gigs:

Midnight to 1am Set
Friday, Prelude at Northern Lights Lounge and Garden

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Alongside Stacy Pullen, DāM-FunK, and LTJ Bukem (?!) at Cambridge homies Soul Clap’s House of EFunk Showcase:
Saturday, House of Efunk at TV Bar:

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With Detroit icons DJ Dez Andres (!), Rick Wilhite + Acid Jazz icon Mark Farina
Sunday, Sampled 16 at Marble Bar:

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Be sure to stop and say hello if you’re in the Motor City this weekend!

Can’t make it? Punisher make her second official appearance upon her return… alongside Sweden’s Sebastian Mullaert.

Punisher is excited:

Sebastian is one of my biggest musical influences, so honored to be sharing this night with him. Take my advice and come see his LIVE PA, it will change your life!