How I Got Started in Music Production

October 7, 2019
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Clarence’s Story…

Music has always been an interest of mine. My first beat was produced on classroom desk using my hands while I was sitting in elementary school bored out of my mind. As a kid, I would annoy the hell out of my older sister by doing my freestyle remixes to whatever songs were popular on Yo! MTV Raps or BET.

I joined the school band in 5th grade and played the clarinet. Eventually I would switch to bass clarinet because bass was what I was all about. I eventually gave up the band to pursue sports as my main hobby because jocks were cooler than band geeks, or so I thought.

I first became interested in music production around the year 2000 when I started wondering how hip hop beats were made. Being a self-taught computer programmer at the age of 10, I was fascinated to learn that there were applications that you could use to produce music. I took a stab at using FL Studio back when it was still called Fruity Loops and quickly discovered that music production was much more involved than I had imagine.

Half-way through my college years, I began mixing my friends’ freestyles over instrumentals using Audacity, an open-source multi-track editor. While the releases were comically bad, I was introduced to mastering and sound engineering and knew that this was the hobby for me. Once I graduated and got a real salary, I was able to invest in various pieces of equipment like the Korg Kaossilator Pro and Korg KP3Native Instruments Maschine Mikro, and more.

I treated music production as something to get my mind off of work and as a fun thing to do with friends for the next few years. Now, at the ripe old age of 33, I have decided to take things more seriously and have invested in software like Bitwig Studio. Follow me @dev.jams on IG to stay in the loop on what I have cooking up.