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!

Kiki, do you still love me? What the summer hit teaches us about perseverance and patience

Benjamin Workman. Chances are, you haven’t heard that name before, at least not the way it is. Now think of TrapMoneyBenny. Sounds familiar? You guessed right…you probably heard it while dancing to this summers biggest hit, the Drake anthem “In my Feelings”. If not for this song and for Drake mentioning him in the first couple of lines of the hit, he probably would never have come into the spotlight. A little strange, seeing that he’s been producing some amazing music for the past 10 years.

Kiki do you love me - Drake

Patience and perseverance, these are two virtues that TrapMoneyBenny and most other music producers are well aware of. 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 friends who were into singing and rapping. After graduating high school, the aspiring producer moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. He signed up with the singer-songwriter collective, 1500 or Nothin’ and honed his production chops for a long 5 years till, in 2013, a member of Drakes 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. Despite that promising connection, nothing happened with Drake and TrapMoneyBenny continued producing music and did some work for artists such as Key! and Chief Keef.

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On a whim this summer, almost 5 years later, Benny decided to follow with up Drake’s production team and sent them an email. To his surprise, they replied and requested some beats and later sent a follow-up request for the stems of one particular beat, sending him back to work. This past July, “In My Feelings” was released as the fifth single from Drake’s fifth studio album, “Scorpion” and broke the record for most streams in a single week with a 1 whopping 116.2 million. The big time had officially arrived for TrapMoneyBenny, but it was after a long and arduous 10 plus year grind.

Over the 10 year road to “In My Feelings”, he worked every day and it was by no means an overnight thing. The moral here is twofold. Firstly, never get discouraged by a rejection and don’t let a rejection lead to a burned bridge. In 2013, Benny could have easily burnt his relationship after not hearing back about his music (we know how sensitive creatives are). Instead, he kept pushing and five years later, he hit the jackpot. The second and perhaps the 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 span them with emails but remember sometimes a hopeful shout into the void gets answered. Want to write the next In My Feelings? Check out our Music Production capsule at https://projectmynt.com/course-music-production