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Respect the Producer Interview with Noras Audio

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get your name?

By working hard. Beside producing as much as I can, I spend a lot of time engaging with the community and my followers. I’m always open to criticism, because I know that can make me a better producer. I’m probably not the most talented producer, but I believe hard work can equal that easily. As a ghost producer I have some regular clients for who I make music. Beside that I also did some marketing jobs for music brands on my Instagram. I also try to help anyone who reaches out to me for advice. It takes a lot of time, but I know that people appreciate that a lot. 

How did you get into Producing?

I play music since I’m 14 years old. I got a crappy guitar from my aunt that was 25 years old and has been at the attic for over 15 years. My parents wanted to make sure I really wanted to play music before I could buy my first instrument. After a few months I had shown I was serious about it and I bought my first bass guitar. I played in a few bands, but they all got separated. At a certain moment I was sick of trying to find a band and I sold my, by then, two bass guitars. I wasn’t sick of music though. I wanted to be in control of the entire production process, so I wouldn’t need anyone else to make music. With the money I got from selling my guitars I bought Ableton Live and Ableton Push. That’s where it all started for me. 

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I started viewing video’s on Youtube. That was a bit chaotic to me and it didn’t help me to get better as fast as I was hoping. That is why I signed up with Bassgorilla.com. The courses there thought me so much. First, I had a basic Ableton course to get me started and then I took a lot of start to finish courses. It has helped me to see how other producers produce. Not to copy them, but to learn skills and to see how they keep their workflow going. Together with the Bassgorilla courses I kept searching for Youtube video’s about topics I was interested in. After that I also took some specific courses on mastering. After a while I needed to get out of my cave (aka my bedroom), so beside all the online stuff I talked to a lot of other producers and produced with others as well. It has always helped me to get new insights and skills I hadn’t thought of before. At the moment I’m trying to get a degree as a music producer. I’m sure I still have a lot to learn a lot, so I keep talking to new people and hope to get better at producing every day.

What did your first set up look like?

Asus laptop, Ableton Live 9, Ableton Push, computer monitors beneath all expectations.

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 What does your current set up look like?

iMac, Ableton Live 10 Suite, Ableton Push, Pioneer S-DJ50 monitors, Komplete Kontrol S49, Komplete Audio 6, Sensheiser S-25, Fender CD-140SCE.

  

How did you get your Producer/Artist name?

My last name is Saron, so I just turned it around to get Noras. Not very inventive, but I thought it sounds good. 

If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be? 

That would be Carl Cox. I think it’s unbelievable what he has done so far and how important he has been and still is for the evolution of electronic music. His influence on house and techno, and even beyond that, is enormous. He is talented, but he worked very hard to get where he is right now. 

What is your goal when you create?

I always want to give music a certain feeling. I think of a story and try to get the right music to go with it. It is important that I can convert a basic idea of that feeling in music fast. Mostly I don’t have 3 or 4 hours a day to think about that story. So, when I think of something, I need to get it out of my head soon. Sometimes I just make some notes or hum something on my phone. I also record audio at places where I have an idea. This way I can reconnect with that story and feeling the next time I’m in the studio. Traveling and visiting places and new cultures is very productive to me and helps me creating stories.

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What's your go-to song right now?

Nandoo by Sam Shure. I discovered it a while ago. I can listen to that song over and over again. The feeling that Sam Shure was able to get into this song is something I really love. Like I said I try to tell a story when I create music and with Nandoo, I feel like I’m in the middle of a story.


What is your dream as a Producer?

 First of all, I would love to get my degree as a Music Producer. At the moment I’m studying for that. I hope that opens doors to work for a record label or bigger studio. That way I dream to work with a lot of artist and try to have an influence on the electronic music scene.

 

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

It’s probably the biggest cliché but working hard is to only way to reach your goals. Don’t try to skip any steps. To many producers are desperate to get their music signed by a record label, but sometimes you need to be patient. Don’t just sign with any label, but make sure the label can do something for you. Try to stay to your core business, which is making music. Spend a lot of time making music and try to learn something new every day (especially at the beginning). If your music is good, people will start to notice it. Make sure you only get your best tracks online. There’s really no use in putting your music online if you know it is not good enough. People will remember that, and you will have a bad name from the start. If you have a finished track which you are happy about, ask someone’s opinion. Preferably not a friend, because they will probably be more easy going than someone you don’t know. Try to finish every track you start. You will learn a lot from the process of finishing a song. I’m not saying you can only work at one track at a time, but make sure you finish everything you start. If you are finished, ask yourself if this is the best you can do at the moment. If the answer is no, then try to find out where it went wrong and focus on that in your next track. If the answer is yes, it doesn’t mean you have reached your top, but simply that this is the best you can do at the moment. Just start producing another track and you will find out you are still making progress. Spend some time engaging with the community. You will learn a lot from other producers if you are willing to listen. Be visible online. You will not be able to reach listeners if you are not online. And last but not least: believe in yourself. It will probably take you years (unless you are really lucky) before you will start making a name for yourself. Believe you have the capability to be a good producer and work hard. Eventually you will be rewarded. 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Website: www.norasaudio.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/noras_audio

Twitter: www.twitter.com/noras_audio

Facebook: www.facebook.com/norasaudio

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/noras_audio





Respect the Producer Interview with Ed Talenti

Amanda Giordano

How did you get your name?

My full name is Edoardo Talenti, shortened to Ed Talenti. It’s actually my name! 

How did you get into Producing?

Producing is, funny enough, the newest of my musical interests. I started playing drums when I was around 12 years old. At 18 I moved to LA to attend the Drum Program at Musicians Institute and I graduated two years after that. For the following two or three years I was a full-time session drummer, and during that time is when I got into producing. I discovered artists like Flying Lotus, MNDSGN and all the electronic jazz hiphop guys from LA. From there I started messing with that stuff myself and feel in love with it. So long story short, it’s been about 3 years now. 


What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I spent a LOT of time in the studio. With all said and done I still think that there’s no better way to learn something than to just do it as much as you possibly can. I’m not really the sit down and study type of person, I like to get right into it and learn from my mistakes as I go. I always try to lead with my ideas and sort of “reproduce” them in the DAW. Whenever I hit a wall with something that I can’t do yet or I don’t know how to do, I hit up YouTube and learn that skill. This way I’m able to immediately apply what I learned and solidify it, rather than learning it out of context and never really using it. 

What did your first set up look like?

Not that different than my current setup at its core. MacBook Pro, an Akai Mpk Mini and Ableton. I only mixed in headphones for the first while. 


What does your current set up look like?

MacBook Pro, Akai Mpk Mini, a combination Launchpad Pro/Push 2, Ableton Live 10 and a pair of Samson ResolvA6 monitors. I still do a lot of mixing in headphones to be honest, I use the monitors as a reference point for the most part. 


How did you get your Producer/Artist name?

Haha nothing too creative there! It’s just my actual name. 

If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

If we’re talking hip hop, Travis Scott or Post Malone. I’d give anything to be in a room with J Dilla or Flying Lotus though!


What is your goal when you create?

To make something that gives me that “bass face” for as long as humanly possible. Also, to make something that I can’t get out of my head when I walk out of the studio, that’s how you know it was a good track!


What's your go-to song right now?

I’ll give you three. Inter-Are by the Mark Guiliana Quartet, Sicko Mode by Travis Scott, Camelblues by MNDSGN. 


What is your dream as a Producer?

Honestly, it's to make music for the rest of my life. The dream is to make really good money doing something that I’d be doing for free anyway.  I’m addicted to the process of creating music and this profession allows me to do that all day, everyday. Overseeing a song from a blank Ableton session to a finalised track is something I love, and I wanna do as much of that as possible. 


What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

Spend all your time in the studio. If you have a 9 to 5, get into the studio as soon as you get off work. Make tons of music and don’t be afraid to put it out there. There’s never gonna be a perfect moment when you feel you’re good enough, so right now is as good a time as any. Just make tons of music and put it out. If you wanna do it as a profession also make sure to study social media marketing and basic business management, it will go a really long way if you start seeing your producing as a business right away. Pretend you wanted to open a store in your town, what would you do? Market research, product development, advertising, business accounting… This is no different! 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Mainly three places.

Beats and services (mixing, 1on1 sessions, collabs) are all available through edtalenti.com.

Instagram is the social media I use the most, so if you wanna ask me something or hit me up, that’s the place to do that, instagram.com/edtalenti.

My Youtube channel is where I post beats, marketing and production tutorials and things like that, youtube.com/edtalenti

Respect the Producer Interview with MP Beatz

Amanda Giordano

How did you get your name?

A good friend of mine told me it’s sounding cool. So in the first place it wasMPBeats, but it was taken, so I tookMPBeatz

How did you get into Producing?

I play piano for 15 years now and 8-9 years ago I wanna to record my own songs and arrange stuff like that. That was basically how it started.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I feel like making beats everyday definitely help me to grow my knowledge and besides that youtube tutorials about music theory and stuff like that. There is so much free content out there about how to make it…

What did your first setup look like?

I would put in a picture but don’t have any… it was a normal desk with an old computer on the table thats it.

What does your current setup look like?

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If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!


What is your goal when you create?

My goal is to get the best sound possible to guaranty the listener the full emotional experience 

What's your go-to song right now? 

Startender - A boogie wit da Hoodie

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What is your dream as a Producer?

Scott Storch, Darkchild

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

If u really want to become a full-time producer u have to be patience. Its long way.

But all in all you can get to the point for sure. Staying focused,consitent and hard working.


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

► Facebook: https://facebook.com/mpbeatzprod

► Instagram: https://instagram.com/mp_beatz

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/mpbeatzprod

► Youtube: https://youtube.com/mpbeatzprod

► Website: https://mpbeatzshop.com