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Some of the very kind things people have said


recently (Thanks so much its truly humbling):
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I've been looking for! John Jenson
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You guys are lifesavers. This guide now is helping me
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creating masterpiece. Rafael Cruz
I devoured 72 pages in my first sitting with the book.
It's everything I need to hear/learn/know at "this"
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9/10 FUTURE MUSIC magazine.
A unique and original package aimed at making
you a success. Part motivational book part technical
manual dive in 100% and success may just be that
bit closer.

The old record industry is dead.

We use, value and treat music differently.


If you want to succeed you need to know the new
rules.
Complete Music Producer will show you what you
need to know to succeed in the future of music.
This read and share guide will give you a snapshot of
some key concepts from the full book.

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Section 1
Becoming the complete music producer

You wont score without a goal!


Do you know where your goal is?
If you dont know where the goalposts are in a game
then theres no way you could score and win. The
same is true in music and business. Without clear
direction and focus, you will be shooting in the dark.
Do you want to be the best?
Learn from the champions and get your focus clear

Skills
Musical skill is only one piece of the puzzle just ask
David Guetta.
If you want to get the finest views you have to climb
the ladder. Everyone is somewhere on the list.

Hierarchy of skills

To reach the top, you need to assemble the team to


provide the skills for each base, before you progress to
the next level.
Do you know where you are and how you plan on
reaching the next step?

Stand on the shoulders of giants


Complete music producer includes exclusive
interviews with leading electronic music producers.
Sharing insights to what makes them great

Who do you admire?


What makes them great?
How could you learn from them?

Section 2

Foundations for success

Performance
Balance the satisfaction triangle to ensure youre
always performing at your best.

Set small targets that are tough but not too far out of
reach. Otherwise, youll soon be discouraged and
turn to watching Hollyoaks! (or other brain rotting soap
shows)

Sacrifice
Sacrifice and mind control is expected! A butterfly
mind is of use only to a butterfly.

Studio: Your studio is about creating great sounds not


salivating over the latest gear.

Limit. Limit. Limit.

Then make sure you

know what you use inside out.

Many of the greatest footballers and athletes have


come from the poorest backgrounds with least
opportunity. They pushed and broke through their
boundaries. Like DJ Pierre and the TB-303

Although, having a little studio comfort and inspiration


also helps keep your mind fresh and in shape.

Section 3
Creating your sound

Identity
Everyone has an identity.

How widely APPEALING your identity is and how well it


is managed, is directly proportional to your
SUCCESSat everything you do.

Complete Music Producer provides simple


steps for you to define yours
If what you do is from the heart, and of high quality, and if you
are dedicated enough, you will cut through any boundary
Paul Woolford

Break the rules

1.
2.
3.
4.

Music has a set of basic rules.


We all innately know and hear them.
Think of every original and standout artist you like.
They ALL broke/blended/twisted what was
previously accepted.

Think of Goldie creating TimelessTodd Edwards


creating his trademark cutup garage groovesSasha
switching to ableton live and his Malvern
controllerLoafah pushing dubstep and later Swamp
81Skrillex and the US brostep explosion

If you want to join the list you need to


do the same. Whats original about your
music?

Benchmarking
There is always a minimum standard. Every game in
life has a gatekeeper and tastemakers. Music is no
different.

You must benchmark every production to ensure it


meets the required standard.
There are five key stages to doing this in music.

Complete Music Producer will show you how.

Section 4
Success in the music business

Audience

Your audience dont care about YOU,


they care about THEM.
Make sure you understand your audience and how
they relate to your own tastes. Then ensure what you
create is an experience that they want and which
adds value to their life experience.

Want to know how?

The new commodity is ATTENTION.

However, shouting how great you are is NOT the


answer.
Consistently creating content that is of interest to your
audience is the key. If you are successful at doing so
you can turn that attention into fan connections. Then
work to build a strong relationship with those fans.
Once youve established a relationship and trust (and
not until then) you can turn some number of those
fans into customers.

Business
As an electronic music producer you are an
entrepreneur, and music is your product. If you want
to eat protect your interests and always be looking
for opportunities.

Section 5
Path to the future

Challenges
Gaining knowledge is one thing but real
success is derived by skilful application of that
knowledge.
Complete Music Producer features a series

of 15 exclusive challenges to get you


working with the books concepts.

Conclusion
Pro advice and analysis has shown to create success;
ultimately all genres of music require the same
ingredients:

X + Y + Z = XXX

Reading Complete Music Producer will provide you


with the answer to the above formulae and the

blueprint to achieve your goals


success in the music industry.

and reach for

Do you want to make it happen?


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Contents (Full book)


Copyright ....................................................................................................... 2
What this book covers ................................................................................... 4
How to get the most out of this book ............................................................ 5
Log on for more ............................................................................................. 7
Contents ........................................................................................................ 8
Preface ........................................................................................................ 10
Section 1
Becoming the complete music producer ........................................ 14
Introduction ................................................................................................. 16
Example producers ...................................................................................... 20
Section 2
Foundations for success ....................................................................... 34
Dream the dream ........................................................................................ 38
Setting goals ................................................................................................ 40
Staying motivated and being effective ........................................................ 48
Effective learning ......................................................................................... 59
Creating inspiration ..................................................................................... 64
Social skills ................................................................................................... 70
Defining the perfect studio .......................................................................... 78
Getting the most out of your studio ............................................................ 85
Summary ..................................................................................................... 99

Section 3
Creating your sound............................................................................ 102
The artist image ........................................................................................ 106
Music theory basics ................................................................................... 120
Composition .............................................................................................. 141
When is the track good enough? ............................................................... 155
Making better music in less time ............................................................... 165
Creating unique sounds ............................................................................. 175
The kick and the bass ................................................................................ 190
Arranging for excitement .......................................................................... 198
Pro quality sound....................................................................................... 207
Summary ................................................................................................... 239
Section 4
Success in the music business .......................................................... 242
Marketing .................................................................................................. 247
Artist services ............................................................................................ 271
Releasing music commercially ................................................................... 277
Income streams ......................................................................................... 289
Contracts ................................................................................................... 305
Success in the music business summary .................................................... 319
Section 5
Path to the future .................................................................................. 322
Conclusion ................................................................................................. 324
Challenges ................................................................................................. 328

Log on for more ......................................................................................... 338


References ................................................................................................. 339
Index .......................................................................................................... 346
Who are we? ............................................................................................. 350

This book is dedicated to all the artists, producers and industry


professionals that have inspired, advised and patiently given
their time to contribute to this project and the LostInMusik blog
over the years.
Without them, this journey would not have been possible.
Thank you.

We are the music makers,


And we are the dreamers of dreams
Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Copyright
Guide written and designed by Anth Gaskill

hello@completemusicproducer.com

2012 Forbidden Fruit Recordings


Published by Forbidden Fruit Recordings
No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner
without the written permission of the publisher.