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. 

Three Kinds Of Collaborations Every Musician Should Try Out

Want to have more people listen to your music? Collaboration is key! 

Being a good musician isn’t the only thing that you need to exist in the market today; times have changed and, as a community, we’re growing by the thousands.  

Gone are the days when people lined up outside stores to purchase their first record. I can literally discover ten new artists in the next 45 minutes on my phone. Sound Cloud, iTunes or YouTube, these three platforms pretty much sum up the presence of a musician today. But what if you’re just starting out? What if you’re somebody who wants to go from a listening base of a few thousand to a few million?

Collaboration

Cross-connecting audiences through platforms, musicians, and genres is the new normal in the world of music, and it has been for the last few decades. Collaborations are the creative passage. Remember that time when Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C came together to create one of the most iconic collaborations of all time? 

The point is that collaborations are cool, creative, and quite the catch. 

So for every hustling artist, here are a few ways you can use them to help grow your fan base: 

A live collaboration

This one’s obvious. Performing with another artist who complements or even contrasts with your music makes people go crazy. Re-look at the collaborations I’ve mentioned above. Aerosmith and Run DMC broke barriers between rock and rap with their collaboration. It’s the ultimate platform that lets you bring two breeds of crowds together. So try and do this for your next performance!

The other way of doing this is literally going live on your social handles with each other. The greater benefit of doing this is that you end up avoiding the logistics and effort, and get to concentrate more on your music than selling tickets. Other than this, you can even hijack their social media for a day and plan new content for their audiences while they do the same for you. It’s fun, refreshing, and helps you engage with more and more people. 

A YouTube collaboration

Got a track that you’re planning to produce a video for? Get a few cameos or maybe even indie actors in there. People love productions like this where their favourite artists come together from different backgrounds. Such diversity helps you reach out to larger groups of audiences. 

Featured collaborations 

These go waaaay back—remember While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

It doesn’t take away from your work, your track. It doesn’t put pressure on the invited artist to curate something from scratch. It gives you the benefit of understanding their audiences as well. But my advice is to not depend on them for promotions since it’s your baby and not theirs. So go for this lighter option when you have a track in mind that you feel may be a fit for a fellow musician. 

Having been a part of all three collaborations, I truly believe they’re worth exploring. While you get to reach out to newer ears you also get the opportunity to investigate your own creative depths and learn a lot of new things. 

Already tried these collaborations out? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!  Also, if you dream of becoming a  music producer and work on collaborations with your favourite artists’; we at Mynt are offering a electronic music production capsule course at a state-of-the-art studio facility. To know more click here.

Keke, do you still love me?

“In My Feelings” by Drake was a worldwide hit. Chances are you haven’t heard the name Benjamin Workman before, but does TrapMoneyBenny sound familiar? Yep, the same TrapMoneyBenny from the first few lines of the quintessential summer anthem ‘In My Feelings’ by Drake. TrapMoneyBenny a.k.a. Benjamin Workman is a music producer who has worked on some amazing tracks over the last decade, but who only came into the spotlight last year with “In my feelings”.

Patience and perseverance–these are two virtues that TrapMoneyBenny, and most other music producers, know only too well. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Benny started making music as a hobby in high school, teaching himself how to produce along with a few of his singer and rapper friends. After graduating high school, the aspiring producer moved to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time career in music. He signed up with the singer-songwriter collective, 1500 or Nothin’ and honed his production chops for five long years. Then in 2013, a member from Drake’s production team reached out to him to solicit some beats. He sent some material he had been working on, and felt like the big time was coming. However, despite that promising connection, nothing happened with Drake and TrapMoneyBenny continued producing music, for artists like Key! and Chief Keef. 

In the summer of 2018, Benny decided to follow-up with Drake’s production team on a whim. He wrote them an email which they replied to (much to Benny’s surprise) asking for some beats. Next, they sent a specific request for the stems of one particular beat, sending him back to work. “In My Feelings” was released as the fifth single from Drake’s fifth studio album, “Scorpion” in July of the same year, and it broke the record for most streams in a single week with a whopping 116.2 million plays. The big time had officially arrived for TrapMoneyBenny, but it was after a long and arduous struggle that had spanned over ten years.   

The moral here is two-fold. Firstly, never get discouraged by rejection and don’t let it burn bridges. In 2013, Benny could have easily severed ties with the production team when they didn’t get back to him (we know how sensitive creatives are). Instead he kept pushing and, five years later, he hit the jackpot. The second, and perhaps most important, lesson is that when you have nothing to lose, always go for it. The worst outcome in Benny’s situation was another unanswered email, but the best outcome is the timeline we’re currently sitting on. If someone has set you down, don’t spam them with emails but remember that (sometimes) a hopeful shot in the dark can be the luckiest. 

Want to write the next ‘In My Feelings’? Check out our Music Production capsule at https://projectmynt.com/course-music-production

Think you need a fancy studio for music production? Think again!

With so much emphasis on music production value these days, people think that an expensive studio and lots of equipment is the key to making a great record. So, you’ll be surprised to learn that the man responsible for Kendirck Lamar’s music production did it all on a phone.  Kendrick’s music producer, Steve Lacy needed to make the beat for hit single ‘Pride’ (Damn, 2017) was an iPhone and a gadget called the iRig. 

When his request for a MacBook was denied every Christmas, for four years straight,  Lacy finally gave up and started exploring beat-making apps on his old iPod Touch. When he discovered apps such as GarageBand, iMPC and BeatMaker 2, he realised that the process of making music on the phone was actually rather nifty and convenient. Without having to worry too much about the final sounds, he could capture the essence of the idea and get into the groove of things. A guitarist, he wanted to ideate by recording guitar lines and soon got himself an iRig, a small, cheap device that lets you record audio into your Apple device using the iPhone’s lightning connector. In a recent interview, Lacy revealed that he loved to make music wherever he went, like in the car while driving (not recommended and very dangerous!), so the iRig gives him great flexibility. 

But Lacy also does this to prove a point to an industry that’s increasingly obsessed with gear and production. He wants people to start focussing on the music and the performance more than the gear that was used to record it (I’ve been guilty of this in the past but have since realised that a great song is a great song, no matter how its produced).  

The most important thing is the music. Does it move you? Does it move others? Sure, in an ideal world, we would all love to have unlimited access to Abbey Road Studios and the opportunity to spend months working on our albums there. But look at the silver lining–technology means that you can start working on an idea the minute you have it! You can capture the essence of your song, the very thing that makes it special, in the moment and freeze it so that it will always be special. 

That being said, once the initial song has been put down on a portable device, it is best to finish it off using a computer with proper gear. Music production skills are a must-have in a world where musicians have to be their own recording engineers, producers and marketers. Without adequate production know-how, it’s almost impossible to survive in the business. 

Steve Lacy’s inspiring story has a lot of takeaways, but the most relevant for me were:  ;  

  • BE READY : Inspiration can strike anywhere; in the shower, while walking, driving or simply going about life. We need to be ready to capture it and, for that, you should familiarise yourself with music making apps such as GarageBand to make sure a great idea is not forgotten (it’s very irritating, trust me).
  • BE OPEN : Keep yourself open to new ideas and don’t disregard something just because its simple. More often than not, the simplest way is the most effective. 
  • KEEP WRITING : Write every day, even when you’re not inspired so that when inspiration does strike, you know where to take it. 
  • STAY RELEVANT : With technology advancing so quickly, learn about all that is new and don’t ignore where the world is going. It’s easy to get comfortable with what you know, but if you don’t know what’s current, you’re going to be left behind in an industry that changes too quickly. 

Learn how to produce your own music on anything from an app to industry-standard software by signing up for our EMP capsule at www.projectmynt.com where we provide experiential learning that’s taught by professionals. 

Did you download GarageBand or any of these music making apps and start tinkering about? I hope this inspired you to write music and if it did, I’d love to hear your thoughts and your music. Mail me at srijan@projectmynt.com and I shall write back to you as soon as possible!

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! 

5 ways to Change your Passion into a Successful Career

“Discover your Passion.” “Follow your Heart.” “Make your Passion your Paycheck”

We all must have heard these bits of advice every now and then from super-successful people in various talks and speeches. And although it sounds very easy, it isn’t. Finding your passion seems like a mystery and we all search for the key to solve this mystery. It is said that your passion can take you places. We at Mynt believe that it takes to place where you should really be. As India’s First Experiential Learning Platform, we believe that you can do everything as long as you have the passion, determination, motivation, support, guidance and right direction.

The problem with finding a passion especially at a younger age, when you have limitless choices for what to do, which vocations to choose that could become your passion etc. can sometimes put you in a fix! You may ask yourself the right questions. You may think about what you love more. But still won’t be sure what your true passion is. Well, the solution is here  – we help you in deciphering the right road map for your career.

Now that you have successfully graduated from your school or college, it’s a high time to move on and to make wise choices with regard to what you really want for your lives. In order to fast-track your careers, you need to be ‘First time Right’ as you make decisions and choose your options. To help you make the right decision and find your ‘Next Thing’, we bring you first-hand experience of the ‘next-generation’ careers that will take over the world tomorrow. Our aim is to empower students with experiential learning and all the essential knowledge they require before selecting one of these ‘next-generation’ careers. Take a look at a few of them:  

Entrepreneurship

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen” and only those who dare to follow their passion make them happen. There are thousands of people who dream about starting their business but there are only a few who actually become entrepreneurs. So, if you desire to be your own boss and have better control, have the enthusiasm to take risks in the changing global environment, aim to develop and implement a plan right from the ground level, then this course is definitely for you!

Our entrepreneurship capsule is designed with the aim to provide you an insight into the ecosystem of start-ups, to develop the entrepreneurial spirit of solving real-world problems and make better-informed key decisions. Come and explore more!

 

Photography

Well, maybe you’re just inquisitive about photography or perhaps you do it as a hobby but aren’t sure whether you should really dive into it. Photography may be a passion for many but there are only a few who actually make it their career. Just like many other students, you must be in a dilemma whether to make photography as your ‘next thing’ or not? But, we assure you that after joining our capsule course you will keep your doubts aside and will get convinced that photography is an amazing skill to develop.

So, if you are passionate about freezing moments that will be cherished for generations or want to make your photographs popular on Instagram, then this course is for you!

Photography

Filmmaking

Lights, Camera, Action!

If you’re an artistic soul who dreams of making their own silver-screen sensation, then probably you don’t need many reasons as to why you should turn your passion into a career. The global film industry has enlarged with the increasing popularity of Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. This has led to an increase in the demand of aspiring directors, cinematographers, and other filmmaking professionals. At Mynt, we introduce you to the vast world of filmmaking and cinema, enabling you to think like a filmmaker and make better-informed key decisions regarding further exploration in the field. So, join us to let your ideas come to life.

Filmmaking

Electronic Music Production

Are you passionate about music and want to make people groove on your tracks but not sure whether music production is your calling in life? Don’t worry, take our Electronic Music Production Capsule and gain a clear idea about your future as a musician.

Set yourself apart from the crowd, by discovering and bringing out your creativity and artistic vision and understand the art of music production from India’s favourite music ensembles.

Internet of Things

Technology is here to stay! We all utilize it in our day to day life whether it is banking, shopping, or offices – have you ever calculate how many times a day do you use google? The Internet has today become an essential part of our life and from smart home devices to self-driven cars, IoT has created a giant network connecting all devices together. So, if you are a cybernaut who is in love with technology and want to discover its possibilities and abilities, then this course is for you! Explore the opportunities and gain insights into the vast world of “Internet of Things” from industry experts and make that right decision in your life.

If you’re having a tough time deciding what to choose as a career option, how to pursue your passion or how to change a passion into a successful career, then we are here to help you!

Come and be a part of India’s first experiential learning platform and give your future the right direction. Identify your calling and make it your career by getting the right supervision from experts.

If you have missed our last session, here’s another chance for you! Enroll for our June’19 session and explore some unconventional career paths with our immersive capsules. For more info, visit our website: www.projectmynt.com