Tutorials and lessons can be great for improving your productions skills, but sometimes you can’t beat a bit of music making advice from those people who are already out there putting their skills to use – the artist themselves. To kick of 2018, FM collate a cross-section of some of the most exciting and innovative producers working today, from scene stalwarts like MK and Ellen Allien to breakthrough acts like Throttle and Project Pablo, and taking in innovators including James Holden and Emika.
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Emika – Following several albums of acclaimed electronics, Berlin based producer Emika returned to her classical roots to compose a symphony, Melanfonie. Find out how it came together in our exclusive interview and video documentary
MK – House icon Marc Kinchen invites us into his production lair to share his ten essential studio tips
James Holden – The Border Community boss talks about the challenges of taking his modular-driven music into the live sphere with his new band The Animal Spirits
65daysofstatic – The forward-thinking UK band talk about blending guitars and electronics and embracing generative music making
The Track: Femme – The London-based producer invites us into her studio to watch her break down her wonky synth-pop cut, Angel
Interviews – Get in-depth insight and essential advice from Patrice Bäumel, Ellen Allien, Lapalux, Umfang, Project Pablo, Purple Disco Machine, Iglooghost, Throttle, SQL, Kevin McKay and Visionist
Classic Album – Caspa breaks down his dubstep classic Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening!
Producer’s Guide to Reason 10 – We delve into the capabilities of the new synths included with Propellerhead’s DAW
Modular Monthly – Rhythmic bursts with Noise Engineering’s Variatic Erumption
Toolkit – Unleash the power of MIDI effects and arpeggiators
Roland Boutique SH-01A
Elektron Octatrack MkII
Toontrack Superior Drummer 3
SPL Crimson 3
Nord Piano 3
D&B Essentials – A selection of loops, drum hits, FX, beats and multis, designed to give you that classic drum & bass sound
Jazz Keyboards – We break out some classic organs and EPs for a pack of chords, riffs and basslines with a laidback jazzy hue
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