As the world of music is changing and independent artists are surfacing more and more, new electronic musicians who are contemplating jumping in may be asking “How do I get into electronic music?” Now, we’re talking in terms of equipment, software, resources and practice before going public with compositions. In this post I’ll be sharing some ideas and tips if you’re potentially thinking of beginning to create electronic and EDM music!
- Look for a music keyboard! This is electronic musician’s primary instrument, which consists of piano keyboards, lush ambient synthesizer pads, arp, and many other spacey sound features to encourage creativity and creation. Keyboards, also known as synthesizers are available online and in professional music stores locally! Search for a instrument that’s in your price range, of good build and is easy to use. The keyboard I use is a Yamaha PSR-E423 music keyboard, which I use to create new music and also as the MIDI controller along with Ableton Live. I must emphasize this: Do your research, shop around online and in stores, ask other musicians what they use, instruments are not “one size fit all” compatible.
- Download a DAW program! Such as Ableton or Cubase, this software will work in conjunction with a synthesizer or music keyboard. There are also many other programs available as well. The program I use, Ableton Live 8 has many synth voices and instruments, has editing and mastering plugins and features, and much more! Again, do your research for a music software within your budget.
- Begin composing! To start off you may want to just practice using different sounds and layer them in a song with your keyboard. Improvisation in music is a wonderful way to compose, of course it’s always fine to use sheet music of your favorite songs when first starting! Once you get the hang of the keyboard, creating songs in the moment with no preparation will be like second nature to you. Go outside of the box, electronic music has no “rules” per say, I recommend: Play music from your heart, with no judgments, labeling or restrictions.
- Share your talents! Perhaps you’ve already down the previous points in the blog post, but you still haven’t went public with your music! My question to you is: What are you waiting for? The time is now! Post your music to SoundCloud to start out and share with your social media networks, don’t be afraid to let others hear your compositions. We all have gifts and talents and hiding them doesn’t benefit much, when you’re ready release your creations for all to hear and enjoy! Music is amazing, and sharing music as an artist is very fulfilling and rewarding. Do it now!!
- Then what? Enjoy the journey, once you’ve mastered your talent of music composing as an electronic musician…go with the flow! Every artist’s journey varies, enjoy this time.
I hope these tips and ideas have helped if you’re a potential electronic artist, music is awesome!
Have a great August everyone, Peace. BB