What’s the difference between playing Metal live and recording in the studio? Having just stepped off stage from our gigs with Hybrid Nightmares, I summarise the different approaches in this video as a studio and live guitarist.
Today marks the launch of my second Music Business – Custom Cinematic Songwriting.
Alongside with Recording and Mixing Metal Bands, I now aim to help TV, Film, Series, and Game Directors to connect their viewers with the moving picture.
I first had this idea about a year ago in Melbourne lockdown. I was really really sad to not be able to go to the bush or to the coast. This connection is desperately required for my everyday well-being, and that was taken away.
So I decided to write a composition about nature. I wanted to explore if I could make it more contemporary than your normal metal stuff that I make, yet having all the heavy roots and complex harmonies embedded.
I spent a few days playing with my Prophet composing, and that’s how “Infinite Motion” slowly came out (lots of editing and mixing on that one consequently!).
I then progressed to make 2 more diverse compositions, and accompanied these with videos assembled from stock footage, depicting how these could be used in the movie world.
I am very excited to open this second direction in my studio, looking to make some killer and memorable compositions to my peers who are working with Movies or Games!
Thanks to all my friends who supported this initial idea and gave valuable feedback, Dan Bucknell, Anna Gradoboeva, Sam Lowe, Nicholas Roberto Di Lorenzo, Chris Graham!
In this video, I discuss the fine line between Producing and Mixing Heavy Metal Music in the modern days with the prevalence of home recording studios. This information is applicable to musicians who self-record at home, and send their work for external production and / or mixing.
In this video, I break down what it takes to select the production approach for your next Heavy Metal track. I emphasise the importance of not losing the big picture, and consulting with the music and its message to come up with the best technical and creative strategies. I provide tips and tricks on recording your heavy rock and metal guitars, drums, bass, vocals, and mixing it at home studio.
This happens again. You see a shining post of another band killing it, opening with international acts, releasing a fantastic video, celebrating a sold out gig with their fans.
As you’ve been quiet, working on your new release for quite a few months now and not making that much progress rapidly (isn’t it damn hard to make music promptly hey?), you inevitably start comparing yourself with that band.
These thoughts lead you to an inevitable spiral of self-doubt, negativity, insecurity and sometimes even envy.
The scarcity mindset becomes real. Music business is ruthless to us, creatives. So much pressure and so much stress brings weak thoughts to even the strongest of us. And we sometimes may think that the success of that other band is our own failure.
It is super important to understand that this is the main mistake in this line of thought. Just because someone released a successful EP absolutely doesn’t mean that your won’t be successful! Just because someone has played a huge gig absolutely doesn’t mean that their fans would turn your gig down. Conversely, this only means that the music scene is growing, the demand is increasing, and there actually will be place for your music in the scene!
The healthy way is to stop comparing yourself with the others and start comparing yourself with you in the past. Have you grown in the previous few months? Have you developed a new skill, wrote a new song, improved your performance or made progress on long-standing album in the works?
Your path as a creative is unique and must be different to anyone else – that is the definition of authenticity. Aim to be a better version of yourself every new day, and your progress will never stop coming.
In this video, I talk about how we as heavy musicians and audio professionals should never stop learning. I provide 10 different approaches to learning in the field of heavy music and hope you find these useful.
My mission in music is to help you achieve your unique vision. Over all these years I’ve been learning how to find sonic and musical approaches that emphasise one’s originality.
I learnt it the hard way, by testing tools and approaches that form my music palette on my own material. I failed numerous times, and it was crushing.
But then I simply got better at it. It was not an immediate transition, rather than a slow and long grind, and the only thing I can brag about here is that I simply did not give up.
I am keen to help you and your music by applying the experience that I’ve gained on my path. The only thing that I am absolutely certain in my future is that I will never stop growing this experience. This evolution is something that forms a core of my personality and hence my studio.