How To Sound Like Todd Terje

We’re all gearing up for the summer over here at Dawsons, and whose sound screams out summer more than “King of the Summer Jams” Todd Terje. Introduction Todd Terje is modern day disco royalty. A DJ, producer, remixer and label owner, he made his name in the mid 00s with a string of bootlegs. He’s… Read More

How To Make Film Soundtracks

Cinematic sweeps for your visual masterpieces Music creation comes in many forms. As a player or composer you’ll likely want to break out of the more traditional forms of songwriting to experiment with something new at some stage. Film soundtracking offers a perfect opportunity to do just that. As a discipline, it is quite different… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide To Drum Machines

  Whether you’re looking to spice up your bedroom jamming sessions, build a fully-functional home studio or kill time making a bunch of weird and wonderful percussive noises, you need to invest in a drum machine. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry; we’re here to help. There has never been a better time to… Read More

Getting Back Into Making Music

Sometimes we all need a break So music is your passion, but you’ve lost that loving feeling? Well then, consider this a paean to you. Here’s how I got back into making music. From playing my dad’s old Hendrix tapes and getting my first record (Guns n’ Roses, since you asked), through to the hours and hours… Read More

How To Make Hip Hop Beats

Fire in the booth As a genre, hip hop has become something altogether more sprawling and diverse than it was 20 years ago. Where the early pioneers favoured a simple setup involving little more than sampled sounds, turntables and microphones, nowadays producers have a wealth of instruments and technology with which they can create their beats…. Read More

How To Sound Like Hudson Mohawke

Electronic mastery from Scotland’s finest There’s always something interesting about an unassuming musical genius. Someone who doesn’t feel the need to flaunt their talent, yet who almost secretly has been responsible for some of the most high profile music out there. Hudson Mohawke fits that bill perfectly. The Scottish producer has amassed an extremely prolific… Read More

Developing A New Sound

Lo Five by Andrew Bates Finding Your Voice Neil Grant aka Lo Five is a Liverpool based musician with 15 years involvement in the local music scene. Here he tells us about his recording methods, and how he made the jump from predominantly guitar based bands, to performing solo and experimenting with new instrumentation. If… Read More

How to Learn Bass Improvisation in Four Simple Steps

Improvisation is Liberation No matter what music you’re into, whether it’s hard rock, blues or spaced-aged jazz funk, if you’re a bass player, learning to improvise is one of the most rewarding skills you can acquire. Not only will learning to jam on the bass improve your learning, but it will also give you the… Read More

How to: Recording Audio For Vlogs

Stand out from the crowd with superior sound YouTube, you may have noticed, does not lack for contributors. As a free, open online resource, it’s second to none. You can think of pretty much any subject and someone, somewhere will have uploaded a clip of them talking, doing or showing something related to the subject…. Read More

Advanced Music Production Tips

Taking your recordings to the next level Recording music has always straddled that fine line between being an art and a science. On one hand, you need to understand frequencies, stereo fields and have a fairly technical approach to making the tools work as you want them. On the other hand, music is a creative… Read More