Introduction To Field Recording

The world around you is a very noisy place. This is, in fact, great news for musicians. Here we show you how field recording could enhance your recordings.

Introduction to Maschine Mk3

For makers of electronic or hip hop music, Native Instruments’ Maschine Mk3 is simply the best. Here’s how to get started with it.

How To Tour Europe

One of the most exciting challenges a band can undertake is to tour Europe. Here are some tips on how to do it from someone who has.

Introducing the Casio Hybrid Grand Piano

Casio have combined the best of acoustic pianos with some digital piano features that are truly unique to deliver their Hybrid Grand Piano.

Making Music With Limited Gear And A Tight Budget

Doing A Lot With Very Little We’re a music retailer, so we can be somewhat guilty of this, but sometimes, the amount of gear you’re told that you *need* to make music can be overwhelming, especially on a budget. We’re here to tell you that you can make music on a limited budget, and I’m… Read More

Getting Started With Ableton Push 2

One controller to rule them all Ableton is best known for its DAW (digital audio workstation) juggernaut Live. Now in its ninth iteration, Live has become the centrepiece of studios, stages and bedroom setups the world over. It differs from other DAWs in that it is as much geared towards performance as it is towards… Read More

How To Sound Like: The 1975

Louche Pop Hooks From the North West of England   The North West of England has been responsible for some of the best known musical talent around the world. Oasis, The Beatles, A Flock Of Seagulls (!)…the list goes on. You can add The 1975 to that list now, as the Cheshire-based pop-rockers become the… Read More

How To Sound Like: Squarepusher

The Godfather of Glitch You can never say we shirk away from a challenge here on the Dawsons blog. We’ve ran a couple of these features now, focusing on amazing acts like Deftones and Hudson Mohawke, but for the next entry we wanted to make things difficult for ourselves. That’s because we’re looking this time at… Read More

5 Tips For Expanding Your Musical Horizons

Looking Beyond Your Norm There comes a point in many musicians’ lives when they realise a simple fact. In order to progress, and gain mastery of your chosen instrument, you will need to learn to play music which you don’t necessarily like. We all have our favourite genres. Even looking beyond that, we all have… Read More

How To Sound Like: Deftones

Getting That Steph Carpenter Sound Today we’re looking at a band who’ve seemingly been around forever, yet still they still retain a sound almost completely of their own. Background Deftones (note the lack of ‘the’ at the start of their name, purists) have been forging their own unique path since their debut album Adrenaline, dropped in… Read More