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MEMBER INTERVIEW #4 – Sept 20, 2021 – James

Welcome to my fourth student interview with James.

I received many heartfelt back-and-forth emails with James, telling me that my FL Studio training is exactly what he has been looking for!! He just wants to learn how to make beats in FL Studio without any fluff.. just helpful beatmaking education..

James enrolled into my beatmaker training platform on July 15, 2021, and has absolutely amazing things to say about it!

What’s This Production Folder?

First.. you need to look back to when you FIRST started (if you’ve been learning with me for at least a couple months now)..

So here’s the problem.

FL Studio is great.. it’s my favorite and only DAW I use.

However, files can become really unorganized and messy, resulting in MISSING FILES, if you do not set up your music folder properly from the start.

And, to make things worse..

If you get too unorganized in your beginning months by acquiring unnecessary plugins and sounds, it makes it a lot harder to switch over to my organized music folder approach, because you will see a lot of missing files.

(But the switch over is worth it, as you’ll hear James say! You’ll become organized, and and an efficient music producer!)

WHEN YOU START RELEASING SERIOUS MUSIC PROJECTS.. that’s when you CANNOT have missing files at any cost.

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Where to Learn: Organized Music Folder

My course A Specific Music Production Folder will teach you how to set up a music production folder to be organized, how to back up FL Studio projects properly, and become a MUCH faster music producer.

There’s two ways to watch it:

A Specific Music Production Folder Course. Learn more here.

Gear Lust at Its Worst!!!

I hear this story you guys so much!!

(So this isn’t just James..)

And at this time of your production career, you are WAY TOO NEW to know what equipment is good.. so you get deceived by all the marketing hype behind “popular products”.

(Which may or may not actually be a tool that suits and your own workflow and style of music!)

This is the secret I told you from my How to Select the Right Plugins as a Producer video..

The secret is having good tools, that work well, which you know in-depth.

Does that make sense!?

When I was an electrician, there were three BIG BRAND NAMES..

That was Klein Tools, Greenlee, and Milwaukee Tool.

They each sell their own pair of electrical pliers, and one may be a tad better than the other, but they all do the same job, right?

They can cut and twist wires together, and hey.. maybe you might even hit a nail or two in, too (which my dad says you should never use pliers as a hammer.. but I caught him the other day doing just that LOL!)

Want to avoid Gear Lust and find quality beatmaking tools?

You can see my recommended music production equipment.

Find the tools you like to use, learn them well, and you will find your secret sound as a music producer.. it really is that simple.

Closing Out.. Great Interview.

From an educator’s point of view.. I was so happy to hear James talk about all of my various teaching methods and tricks..

It instantly tells me he is listening closely and super eager to absorb as much beatmaking knowledge as possible.

I have a lot of advice, stories, and tips to help you see results and save time while you learn to make beats.

If you are new.. make sure to check out my music to hear my production quality (I can teach you!).

And to close out, I want to share SAFE SPOTS, which James and I discussed for a little bit in the interview:

SAFE SPOTS is all about creating amazing drum loops inside FL Studio from scratch.

You will learn about sound placement, wise sound selection, and so many powerful tricks that are all FREE inside your music program when programming drum loops into a Step Sequencer.

My drum loop curriculum is available as:

So I hope you enjoyed the interview..

And if you’re really serious about making high-quality beats, then join my beatmaker training platform!

GratuiTous (Riley Weller) is a Recognized FL Studio Trainer with over 30 Beatmaking Courses. He writes Beatmaking Books, hosts the Music Production Made Simple Podcast, and helps students with FL Studio Lessons. He also makes lots of his own music!

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