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Getting Your Tracks To The Finish Line – “Scenery” On How To Get It Done

Getting Your Tracks To The Finish Line Finishing Your Tracks Thousands of producers can produce a great sounding 4-bar loop, but only a handful of them can convert it into an arranged track. From those producers, only a few can create an arrangement that has dynamics, modulation, and carefully chosen sections that combine to tell a story. At Beat Lab Academy – we’ve learnt that there’s one simple thing that sets apart these producers from the ones stuck in a loop – and it’s that they practice getting their tracks to the finish line. Exercising these sonic skills – such as arrangement, mixing, and mastering will undoubtedly help you be more productive & efficient in your music journey.  In this article – we interview Scenery, an Australian producer who set himself a challenge to finish a 2-track EP every month for a year. Below, he shares strategies that have helped

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Student Spotlight – Nolo Grace | Debut Single “Wake Up” – feat. Sean Kingston

Nolo Grace shares inside her process to create her debut single “Wake Up” feat. Sean Kingston, creating during lockdown, and leaving the corporate world behind. Watch our full Interview Watch our full interview with Nolo Grace discussing her debut single “Wake Up” – feat. Sean Kingston Listen to “Wake Up” here on Spotify. About Nolo Grace   Nolo Grace is a Korean-American singer/songwriter/producer making her debut with “Wake Up,” featuring pop artist Sean Kingston ( known for his Billboard Hot 100 song “Beautiful Girls” and other hit songs like “Fire Burning” and “Eenie Meanie.”) Nolo Grace charted an unconventional path into music. After building a business career as a successful corporate executive in New York City, she decided to leave that behind and traveled the world as a digital nomad before moving to Los Angeles in 2017. As she discovered a path of her own outside of the corporate world,

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Student Spotlight – Interview with Beat Lab Alumna Madame Gandhi

Student Spotlight – Interview with Beat Lab Alumna Madame Gandhi This month, we had the honor of sitting down with talented musician, drummer, and producer Kiran Gandhi, aka Madame Gandhi.  Gandhi has toured with acts such as M.I.A., Thievery Company, and Kehlani and even accompanied Oprah last year on her 2020 Vision tour.  Known for her work as an activist as well as an artist, Gandhi uses her music and advocacy to focus on fourth-wave feminism, or the empowerment, inclusion, and representation of marginalized genders in business, politics, and culture. We loved hearing her thoughts on the role of music in culture, the power of rhythm, and her sage advice to the next generation of femme producers.   Kiran began with our Foundations of Music Production course and has since graduated from our Ableton Push Master Course.   How old were you when you first started making your own music

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Beat Lab Fresh Tracks January 2021

Fresh Tracks of the Month – January 2021 We are bringing in 2021 with a showcase of our favorite Alumni releases from the past month.  From ambient waterfalls to wompy bass lines, these tracks offer a playful range of musical talent and vibe that are as fresh as the powder snow on Mountain High today.  So sit back, relax, and get down!   AllieyXO feat Britt Lari – Deseos  Alliey XO crafts a beautiful winter bop with the singer and Beat Lab alumn Britt Lari.  XO’s production builds a cool-toned background for Lari’s yearning Latin vocal performance while airy synth plucks push the melodic power of this track into another realm.  The track is driven forward by a pulsing kick that culminates in a liberating final drop.  Reminiscent of cool nights near so-cal beaches, this song is indie-pop meets deep house in a beautiful Latin winter spell that is sure

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ABLETON 11 Devices – Inspired by Nature, Interview with creator Dillon Bastan

Ableton 11 Devices – ‘Inspired by Nature’ Interview with creator Dillon Bastan Ableton 11 has a lot of great new features coming out in 2021. We had the pleasure of speaking with device designer Dillon Bastan about his 6 new devices for Ableton Live 11 –  “Inspired By Nature”. You can see Dillon’s demo for each device at the bottom of the page.    What is your background, are you a physicist? What got you interested in making sounds based on natural phenomena? I’m not a physicist at all and am coming from a music background/self-taught programming, my academic math level is low. For some of the devices I make I try to get to a game-like/playful approach to sound generation/design. A couple of years ago I began to learn more about coding simulations of natural phenomena, particularly simple particle systems in the case of these devices, so it was

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Teacher Spotlight | Gabe Lehner | Songwriting + Live Tech

Teacher Spotlight | Gabe Lehner | Songwriting + Live Tech Gabe Lehner is one of Beat Lab’s newer instructors, but he is no stranger to the industry. He has been producing, performing, and engineering professionally for 24 years under the moniker: 9 Theory.     Gabe’s love for guitar and songwriting slowly evolved into an obsession as he became proficient with producing, recording, and making beats. Gabe has come into his own after working with numerous bands and on musical projects as a producer with a knack for effectively blending genres across electronic music, indie rock, and hip-hop. The result is a wholly original, unique sound that he is renowned for.     This unique style of head-bobbing genre-blending has also led to a number of official remixes for various artists including Jason Mraz, Emancipator, and Zion I. Gabe has yers of experience as a charismatic performer playing hundreds of

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