What’s Sitting in the Studio of an Indie Electronic Artist?
The above question has been on my mind lately. I’ve recently been obsessed with finding new artists and producers to listen to, so I’ve been asking myself this question a lot. The answer is different for everybody, but it usually comes down to three things:
1. A piece of gear that inspired them
2. A piece of gear that they can’t live without
3. A piece of gear that they wish they had
The above is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are some of the most common answers that I have received when talking to other musicians and producers.
I sat down with one such artist, Sam Roberts (aka SamROB), and asked him these questions. Here is what he had to say:
SamROB is a 22-year-old electronic music producer from San Francisco. His latest release “Shed Light On It” was featured on Under the Radar Magazine’s “Best New Labels” playlist, along with his previous releases “Salt Water EP” (released under his real name), “Through My Own Eyes,” and “Take
It’s not just a story about the gear in the studio. It’s a story about the music that’s made in there, who makes it, and how.
It’s a story about the gear, yes, but it’s also about what that gear is used for. It’s about how much time is spent with it, and what else occupies that time. It’s about inspiration, and creation, and personal stories.
It’s a story about people who spend their days making music, who I get to know through interviews.
Sometimes I talk to them about their music itself, or how they got into this line of work. Sometimes we move into more general topics, like influences or sources of inspiration or ways of life.
My name is Mary and I want to tell you all about life as an indie electronic music artist. Through this blog, I will share with you all the things that inspire me and how I turn those inspirations into songs.
I’m not your typical electronic music artist in that I’ve chosen to stay independent. I don’t have a big budget, but I do have the freedom to put out whatever music I want. This blog will detail the processes behind my work and hopefully inspire you to create too!
One of my favorite things about being an indie electronic music artist is that there is no one telling me what I can or cannot make. My creativity is free and open for exploration, which has led to some of the most interesting projects of my career.
I’m a professional indie electronic producer, and I want to share my life and process with you. I’ll be writing about the inspiration behind my songs, the technical side of creating electronic music and personal stories from my life.
I write all of my own music, play all of the instruments, sing, record, and produce everything you hear. If you like the music here then you’ll love the bonus content available to Patrons.
The point of this blog is to help inspire you to create your own music and share your vision with the world.
All of the music on this site is written and produced by me. I have been making music since I was a teenager. I taught myself to play guitar first, then went on to learn piano, drums and bass guitar. Later in life I started producing electronic music as well.
I’ve been writing and producing music for over 10 years now. In that time I’ve seen a lot of things happen to the way people make music, and to the way they share it. I think that the most important thing to do as an artist is to continue learning. The best way to learn is by doing.
Over the years my production setup has changed a lot. I started out with just a laptop making all of my music in iTunes. Later I added a midi keyboard and speakers to my setup. Eventually I got professional monitors, and a large assortment of instruments and gear. All of this equipment has helped me take my productions to the next level, but it has also caused me problems. This is partly because my space is so small, but also because there are so many choices for what gear you can use on any given project.
If you’re an electronic musician like me you probably have a pretty good idea what your setup looks like. You probably already have a bunch of instruments and synths that you use on a daily basis, or when needed for a specific project. The thing is though, most people don’t realize just how much stuff is sitting around in their studio that could potentially be useful if they
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I’m not really sure how to start.
For a number of years, I was a full time musician – recording, touring, etc. It was amazing and I got to see so much of the world and meet so many incredible people… but it’s hard as hell.
I’ve always been fascinated by what other artists have in their studio – from the gear they use to their favourite treats (coffee? tea? beer?). So, without further ado, here’s a peek into my studio.
Don’t worry – this isn’t the only place I work. There’s another computer dedicated solely to listening that’s in the living room (with some excellent monitors), but working on music is pretty much all that one does – and it has no internet connection (thank goodness). I also love going to coffee shops when I need to get out of the house and want a change of scenery.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my studio! If you have any questions about anything I mentioned in the post or anything that wasn’t mentioned, feel free to drop them below!
The life of an electronic musician can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be lonely. A friend once described it as “being in a relationship with your music” and I couldn’t agree more.
At the beginning of this creative journey, you might find yourself sitting in front of your computer or recording equipment with no idea where to begin or how to start making music. You’ll spend hours looking at tutorials on YouTube, working on your craft and learning new techniques, but after a while you may start to lose motivation and inspiration.
The past few years have been challenging for independent artists like myself, but all is not lost! There are plenty of resources available to help you keep the fire alive and continue creating music. So let’s dive into some tips for getting started as an independent electronic musician.
Tip 1: Create a daily schedule