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.

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 Recording Studios in Delhi that are perfect for Amateurs

It can be pretty intimidating to take the plunge and record your first song but the right studio can make all the difference. With testimonials from Project MyNT co-founder and the drummer of Parikrama, Srijan Mahajan, we’ve put together a list of the five best music recording studios in Delhi to record your first song at. Marked by solid infrastructure, the support of gifted producers and good vibes only, these spaces are amateur-friendly so that all you need to carry with yourself is your song and a little bit of faith.

 

Quarter Note Studios

Located in a quiet residential colony in South Delhi, Quarter Note has an amazing sounding room, a great collection of mics, and fantastic coffee. Some of India’s best indie musicians have recorded their music at this legendary studio that has been around since the early 2000s, and the space certainly feels special. If you’re looking for a space that will inspire creativity, and a hit song, this is the place to check out.

Testimonial: “I have recorded two full albums here, and had the best time with Gaurav Chintamani,the owner. Brutally honest, he’s always given me constructive criticism and pushed me to deliver better sounding takes that, despite being jarring to some, worked very well for me. The veteran producer runs Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication’s audio program, and is also a facilitator of the Electronic Music Production capsule at Project MyNT.”

Where: Basement, A-196, Shivalik Colony, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, 110017

Connect with Quarter Note Studios here.

 

Ferris Wheel Studios

Gurgaon’s Ferris Wheel Studios is the perfect place to collaborate; you can connect with industry professionals–from songwriters to vocalists and producers–at this studio, if you need a little extra help. Although it’s a little out of the way, Ferris Wheel’s amazing rooms and infrastructure make it worth the trek (if you’re based in New Delhi). This is the go-to studio for most independent artists in the capital, at the moment.

Testimonial: “Having recorded a bunch of times here, I can safely say this is one of the most professional studios in Delhi NCR. Equipped with painstakingly-designed and meticulously-executed live and control rooms, multiple segregated spaces and some great gear, it is a world class studio.”

Where: 59/60, 2nd Floor, Old Judicial Complex, Sector-15/Civil Lines, Gurugram, Haryana 122001

Connect with Ferris Wheel Studios on Facebook, Instagram or their website.

 

Ghar ka Studios

The site where more than twenty albums have been produced, Ghar Ka Studios is run by seasoned independent musicians, Ritwik De and Amar Pandey. Facilities include high quality recordings, multi tracking, and three treated rooms for tracking/mixing and mastering, and it can be booked out for everything from recording and live tracking to mastering, production and composing background scores.

Testimonial: “I’ve heard great things about the dedication and out-of-the-box methods of those who run this space. Ritwik and Amar have produced some incredible-sounding albums.”

Where: Lado Sarai, Delhi, India 110030

Connect with them on Facebook, Instagram or drop them a line at gharkarecordsonline@gmail.com

 

Kintsugi Studios

Kintsugi Studios’ founder, Abhishek has done it up painstakingly so that it’s full of good vibes. It has a great control room, a lovely balcony and the recording room (while slightly small) does what its meant to. Abhishek also hosts Kintsugi Sessions regularly and invites people to play the songs they’ve recorded.

Testimonial: “Although I’ve never recorded here, I’ve worked with Abhishek and he’s awesome. Calm, composed and methodical, he manages to get what is required without raising his voice or losing his cool. He’s also the right person to talk to about video.”

Where: 80-D, 3rd Floor, Sukhdev Vihar, New Delhi, 110025

Connect with Kintsugi Studios on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Katharas Studios

An independent art promotion wing of Saraswati Music College, Katharas Studios is centrally-located, has large audio recording studios with state-of-the-art equipment, a 1,400 sq. ft. video production facility and a 24-hour jamming station.

Testimonial: “ I’ve recorded a few songs here and, although the space is nice and the equipment is all there, you need to take a producer with you since their methods are a little old-school.”

Where: A-1, 226, Safdarjung Enclave, Block A 1, Nauroji Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110029

Connect with them here.

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

So first of all,

No, you don’t need to spend lacs of rupees. No, you don’t need to be ‘in’ with the music industry anymore. And no, you certainly don’t need braids, a beard or a pimped belly to produce music.

If you’re reading this then it means you have as good a shot at making electro music as Zedd. Times have changed. Making music is easier than ever before! All you need is a computer, a software, and a pair of headphones. Apart from those 3? Well, don’t forget your creativity and spunk. Welcome to the world of electronic music.

Like we say, 15 or 50, you’re never too young or too old to learn something fun! The thought of creating music itself is so relieving, isn’t it? But let’s admit it, the idea of having people dance to your beats sounds pretty cool, especially if you’re just a teenager. Also, your parents may not mind it, given the insane early on developments one experiences while developing music – we’re talking language development, increased IQ, improved spatial skills!

Also read: My life, my rules

As for those of you still thinking, “Nope.. can’t be that easy, smh”

It is. It’s all about the simple blend of three acts, just as there’s a start-mid-end to anything!

CREATION – ARRANGEMENT – REFINEMENT

Let’s imagine you’re making yourself a smoothie, what’s the process?

Gather the ingredients – Say you get a few superfruits, some nuts, berries, figs, and whatnot. In terms of music, it’s just as simple as finding and gathering ideas – beats, melodies, sounds, progressions, and more; creation.

Blend it up mix up all the fruits, see those different shades of colors blend into one. In E-music, it’s as simple as this smoothie, only difference is in music you structure it. Vocals, beats, effects, collate it in the sequence to create one sound; arrangement.

Top it up – Pour it, take a sip, see what it tastes like. Needs a little something less or more? Have at it! Your electro track is almost there, just needs a bit of refinement – tweak a sound, edit the flow or just adjust the levels, make it tasty; refinement.

See? Making electronic music isn’t easy because it doesn’t take time and you get instant gratification, it’s easy because it’s as accessible to you as it is to Daft Punk or Ingrosso or as it was to Avicii. That’s what makes it all the more exciting!

And apart from that, it takes so little of your day that it gives you the freedom to explore other creatives avenues.  

So, think E-music production is your next thing? Enrol now