Why You Should Sign Up For Project Mynt’s Music Production Capsule

 

Yes, it sounds like it would be really cool to be a music producer but, we assure you, there’s so much more to this new-age career than meets the eye. Given that Project Mynt is committed to encouraging Gen-Z to explore and, hopefully, pursue unconventional jobs, the first thing we need to do is to generate awareness about the mindset and the workflow of a music producer. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not an assembly line-like process, and neither is it easy. 

Moreover, we believe that the typical entrant or aspirant to this industry suffers from a lack of understanding, not only with regards to protocol, but also the definition of the role of a music producer. 

Given that there’s actually a very large chunk in the demographic at the level of the uninformed and uncounselled aspirant who is seeking out information to cement their inclination towards music production, we saw the need for this course. Every producer worth their salt will vouch for it; there’s a shocking lack of resources available to absolute beginners, and veterans say that it would have been beneficial to have had the opportunity to enroll for a course like this in the nascent stages of their own careers.

Though it’s designed as a very brief introduction, our carefully-curated curriculum definitely serves as a gateway to an informed critical first step.

What’s in the curriculum? 

Structured over six weeks, the curriculum for the EMP capsule course aims to present the requirement(s), need and path of a music producer and works towards setting expectations in terms of what one needs to do to begin to develop the mindset this journey requires. 

Our approach involves outlining the tools that are currently available, and what these can become in the hands of an able producer. We want our students to define and challenge their limits, and begin the process of identifying and creating a personality that will influence the way they look at music-making. Forever. musi

If you think that Electronic Music Production could be your next thing, head to www.projectmynt.com for more details.

Student Speak – What the first batch of Project Mynt’s music production capsule have to say

The entire song production process over six fulfilling weeks – our Music Production capsule has been curated to show students how to leverage existing tools and technology to make music. The curriculum is an overview of the key aspects of the production process, starting from the fundamentals of sound and music theory to the core processes applied within digital audio workstations. Having completed the first round of capsules, we decided to stop telling you why you should sign up for our immersive courses. Instead, we asked our students what they thought of this one-of-a-kind education experience. Here’s a gist of what they had to say:

Udit Godyal, student – Music Production capsule 

“It (the course) was really amazing since I was able to get answers to all my questions and know exactly what I wanted to learn. For me, that was a desire to understand how the music industry works and how to get into the scene. The faculty was really good and made everything easily digestible with their fun, interactive method of teaching.” 

Naman Keshri, student – Music Production capsule 

“The six-day experience was like a sneak peak into the next phase of my life. If the field of music is full of grand and beautiful trees, Gaurav Chintamani sir gave me the seeds of those trees. I am planting what I learnt every day since I completed the capsule course so I can keep growing with music and also make it sound mine. Sir is a universe of information and one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever met, his words gave me chills – they have so much weight and worth! He used the simplest things which together sounded so complex. 

In fact, the most surprising thing about my experience was learning about the music-making process. Seeing how synthesisers work, mixing, music theory, gathering sounds from your surroundings atmosphere and making music out of it – by the time Gaurav sir mixed a song made by my friend, I discovered a “oneness” where all the elements have their own significance but together they make music. The capsule course connected music to the deepest level, by tapping into my state of mind. 

Electronic Music Production is definitely my next thing. Being a songwriter and the vocalist of a band, I found that it is the way to make my music bigger and to bring out my feelings and ideas together in the greatest possible form.”

Garv Grover, student – EMP capsule 

“As someone who’s been producing music for about two-three years now, there were definitely some gaps in my own understanding that I needed to fill with professional guidance and mentoring. Over the duration of the course, not only did I learn a great deal about music production but also about the kind of personality and approach a music producer should have.  

One of the most special experiences was watching my own composition evolve to a whole other level when Gaurav sir mixed it to demonstrate the essentials of mixing music. I  believe that was the best way to conclude the entire Music Production programme. 

The course also showed me that Mr. Gaurav Chintamani is the mentor I always needed yet never had. After the very first session, I felt as though the huge roadblocks in my understanding of music were all being cleared. It’s been more than a month since the last session but I still find myself thinking “What would Gaurav sir do if he were in my place?” when I encounter a problem.  

Simply put, it’s been a hell of a ride.”

To find out if music production is your next thing, join us for our EMP capsule starting on the 24th of August at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. 

Five tips for singer-songwriters struggling to find the perfect words!

Inspiration is a funny thing; it can come from routine chores, life-changing events, the feeling of being in love, or even a shower. There’s no set path to inspiration; some artists wait years for it, while others are lucky enough to build a momentum through everyday realizations. Songwriting can, at times, be daunting. 

As an artist, what I have found is that, while inspiration has been triggered by the best and worst of times, the lack of it is incredibly (and universally) frustrating. Especially if you have a song in your heart that’s just waiting to be written and the songwriting bit is tough. In the attempt of powering through this block, here are a few things can help if inspiration is playing hide-and-seek with you:  

Start somewhere

If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your lyrics (you feel they’re too bland or aren’t articulated the way you’d like) don’t obsess over them. Instead, shift your focus to the tune or melody that (I believe) has the power to elevate lyrics. It’s always better to draft a verse or a chorus and then build a couple of chords to see how it comes along. Once you have a composition going, maybe you can come back to the lyrics and see how to tweak them. 

Change your relationship with procrastination

We’re creatives. Procrastination is in our genes. No but seriously, the tendency to delay the process isn’t really you delaying the process. Your subconscious can be a cruel angel. While your consciousness is riddled with guilt, magic maybe happening in the background. The greatest epiphanies (or the simplest revelations) are made possible when your mind is freed up. Try to focus on things that have nothing to do with songwriting so your mind can get to work. Go for a jog, start painting, or even do a little bit of gardening, and allow your mind engage in a creative dialogue with itself. 

Get a groove goin’

Every song has a vibe that is defined by its pulse or a groove. Get to your DAW, churn out a rhythm with an instrument that resonates with you and see what happens next. The groove might just inspire the words that you’re looking for. 

Maybe it’s the melody

Every song has a hook—a verse, rhythm or maybe a melody—that sticks with you and your listeners. It’s that one sweet sound which becomes the identity of the track, the thing that people use to remind each other of it. Once you’ve started putting it together, try using it to elevate the lyrics. This really helped me. 

Intros can get you to the end

When music and words burn together, there’s pure, heartfelt warmth. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I can’t think of a better feeling. And this feeling has a starting point; it can be a word, hymn, or even just a single instrument. Getting the premise right is crucial to developing it further so that it captures and conveys the emotion that the song is about. 

So, make sure you start fearlessly and make it end tremendously. 

Want to learn more about music production and the key elements of it? Join our music production course today! 

Got a hook of your own? Share it with us in the comments below!

Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Producing Music

“The devil’s in the details, and little things matter the most.” I produced my first original track when I was a teenager, and I wish someone had told me this! I started learning how to produce music independently, learning everything I could, from what I had. And, while I certainly believe that hands-on experience is one of the best teachers out there, I now know the value of practical advice and mentorship from those who’ve already been there, done that. It saves time.  If you’re in the same place that I was almost a decade ago, here’s what I believe are helpful tips and suggestions to guide you through the process of recording your first ever song. While there’s no norm to making music—given the digital boom, musicians can be as audacious and as experimental as they like—it’s always helpful to have a solid foundation. These music production tips will help you build exactly that; read on! 

Develop the song’s identity

Just as verses make up the lyrics of the song, loops in the music become the signature tone or the identity of the track. This means that the repetition of that loop is important, but minimalism is just as crucial. Attain equilibrium. It’s easy to get swayed by a sweet, sweet tone but you must remember not to take away from other elements of the music and, by extension, destroying the memorability of the song. 

Songwriting

With regard to vocables, I believe that they can be used minimally and still convey powerful emotions so long as the fixed attributes are solid. These are the melody, rhythm, and the harmony that’s backed by a clean yet potent start, middle and end. 

Don’t be Sir Mix-a-lot

Mixing—the most exciting stage of music production for some needs a word of caution, here. Don’t get carried away. Often, this excitement makes even the best artists focus too much on using all the instruments to develop the sound they’ve been dying for. While that’s certainly important, there’s a few other things to watch out for, like ensuring clean audibility of each instrument and maintaining the frequency of sound in prerecorded gaps.  

Edit your editing 

Don’t depend on digital editing; tools like modulation are not necessities. Instead, think of them as options to inspire creativity, should you need to use them. Here are a few rules I follow: Don’t edit while you record or write. Don’t overdo it—if something sounds goods, let it remain untouched. Don’t chop recklessly so that editing, which was supposed to make everything come together, has left your song drained of vitality, a mere tune with no life. 

However, my most important tip is this: trust your gut and keep at it. Making music is part technical prowess and part intuition; don’t let a quest for the former overpower the latter. If you’re not happy with the way your song sounds, record it again. And again, if you need to. Trust yourself to know where you need to go all out, and where you should be holding back. If you get stuck in the middle, start again. Do this till you’re happy with it; you’ll know when you are.  

Got any other music production tips that have helped you so far? Share them with us in the comments below! 

What does it take to compose your own music today?

Does your body respond to the rhythm of a song? Do you zone out into a different world when you listen to music? Wouldn’t you want to become the next AR Rahman or the next Ed Sheeran of the industry? Well, if you cannot imagine your life without music and getting into this super competent industry is your one & only dream, then you should read this! The journey of becoming a successful music composer can be challenging, but not as hard as you think. All you need is – an utmost passion for music, some sense of playing or composing music, and enough confidence to share your work. Thanks to technology, we’ve got numerous tools and platforms to listen, get inspired, build networks, and make our own music.

Also read: Are you a teenager in India who loves electronic music? Read this!

Here are a few tips that’ll come in handy for all the aspiring music composers to ace their dream:

1. Be Inspired and Inspire

Start from scratch – take lessons from experts, pick up your favourite instrument, get your pen and paper and kick-start your musical journey. There are two kinds of people in this world, people who learn from their own experiences and people who learn from other people’s experiences. So, one can either start working on himself or can get to know about other legends in the industry and learn from their mistakes.

Trust your instincts, gain knowledge in your genre of music, and look up to your idols who inspire you to be brilliant at your craft. Write your own lyrics and record your songs – the more, the better. You might detest your work first but that’s how everyone starts, right?

2. Know your strengths and weaknesses

For any musician, it’s important to learn the basics of music but to know what he/she is best at is more important. It can be singing, playing musical instruments, writing lyrics of songs or even having a sense of composing music. You don’t necessarily need any degree or certification but music training is something you should definitely look forward to. Experiential learning and training in your kind of music will just make your journey simpler.

If stage presence is your weakness, then try working on it by performing in front of your friends and family or at school/college, make videos and upload them on YouTube. Look up for guidance from music professionals who can help you set realistic goals and make you aware of the actual scene since grass always seems to be greener on the other side!

3. Say hello to music tools & technology!

99% of the music we hear today is from the digital realm. In today’s time, one does not need to know how to play an instrument to actually make music. One can simply produce music with the use of a laptop and a pair of headphones. Technology has come up with various DAW or Digital Audio Workstations by which anyone who has a sense of music, can compose music. Sadly, bands today do not need instrumentalists to perform a song. They can simply create anything by using these DAWs which already have different sounds in them. The most popular feature ‘auto-tune’ can’t be missed here! Even if you’re not confident about your voice quality but have a ‘music sense’, then you can take things forward with ease

Thus, with so many tools to make music with ease the market, it’s hard to avoid the itch of learning the music production process. Digital enhancements and progressive tools are now in demand more than ever. It’s time you start leveraging these for who knows, you might end up creating sounds similar to your favourite music producers! Some free online tools to kick-start your creativity include Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Ambient-mixer, Audacity, Beat Maker, Chrome Music Lab, etc.

4. Practice makes a man perfect.

Create your own band, join a society, or collaborate with others. Participate in gigs to boost up your confidence and test your songs out live and see how your audience reacts to it. By performing on-stage, you’ll be able to gain experience and learn a lot more from reality checks. It’ll also help in boosting up your confidence.

5. Unleash the power of the digital world.

Using the power of the Internet can be a game changer for you! Create your account on music apps like SoundCloud or upload your work on social media accounts to amplify your compositions via real-world feedback from your peers. This will definitely help you build networks, connect with influential people, and establish new relationships. Connections might work wonders for you never know when your audio/video goes viral on online media! So, keep streaming and sharing.

6. A positive attitude will lead you to your goal.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller

Your music is a reflection of your innate thoughts and creativity! Keep faith in your skills, work hard at improvising them, and stay focused. Just be optimistic because no one wakes up putting their famous pants on. If you’re confident about it, the world will follow! Don’t be afraid of rejections because nothing in the music industry happens overnight.

MyNT and Music – Combining the two elements together

Project MyNT gives you an opportunity to create your very own music on industry standard software under the supervision of some of the most renowned artists hailing from the core music industry, who mentor students with a direct emphasis on immersive learning experiences.

Talking about the curriculum, students will get to learn – how to make music in the digital realm, the basics of music theory, how to build a song from scratch, recording and production techniques, creative mixing, and much more!

If you need help structuring your songs or want to know-it-all about notes, strains, tones, chords, and sound, then we are here to help you. Good luck!