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My Productivity Secret

My Productivity Secret

September 14, 2020

It's not sexy, it's not that clever, it's very simple, but it can be hard... this is the thing, if done with consistency will get you productive beyond belief, and have people asking 'how in the world do you do so much?!' - something that I'm constantly asked! Ha!

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How To Stand Out From The Crowd

How To Stand Out From The Crowd

September 7, 2020

Lean in to stand out.

This realisation just made everything so much easier, and once you're past the first scary step, everything just makes so much more sense, and you'll attract more like-minded awesome people!

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The 1 Step You Need To Take To Reach Your Goals

The 1 Step You Need To Take To Reach Your Goals

August 31, 2020

This is the single thing that took me from wanting to be a professional musician, to actually doing it, and I continue to take this step over and over again to this day with the most incredible results!

It's awesome, it's scary, it's worth it! :-) 

 

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3 Quick Tips To Find Remote Recording Clients

3 Quick Tips To Find Remote Recording Clients

August 24, 2020

Want to start offering remote recording services? Watch my free workshop to find out the first steps to take, how to get clients, and what you should be charging:

https://www.RemoteRecordingBusiness.com/workshop

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These are the top 3 ways I use to find my clients at EmilyDrums.com! If you're looking at building your client base, try these 3 tips!

The Player vs The Gear

The Player vs The Gear

August 17, 2020

Want to start offering remote recording services? Watch my free workshop to find out the first steps to take, how to get clients, and what you should be charging:

https://www.RemoteRecordingBusiness.com/workshop

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This is a lesson I've had to learn over and over, but I think I've finally got it! :-)

These are my views on drum gear, and musician gear in general, and how important how that instrument or equipment is used to create awesome or awful sounds!

Building Your Remote Recording Portfolio

Building Your Remote Recording Portfolio

August 10, 2020

Want to start offering remote recording services?

Watch my free workshop to find out the first steps to take, how to get clients, and what you should be charging: https://www.RemoteRecordingBusiness.com/workshop

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This is how I built my remote recording profile at EmilyDrums.com from scratch... I went from having no clients to now having over a thousand on my books, and it all started with my first portfolio track!

All it involved was me, my DAW and my recording setup! So whether you're a drummer, bassist, guitarist or vocalist, and you're working with Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton, or even GarageBand, this is for you!

If you'd like to learn more about getting clients, building your portfolio more, and what you should be charging, then come and take part in my workshop https://www.RemoteRecordingBusiness.com/workshop

Remote Recording Gear!

Remote Recording Gear!

August 3, 2020

Want to start offering remote recording services? Watch my free workshop to find out the first steps to take, how to get clients, and what you should be charging: https://www.RemoteRecordingBusiness.com/workshop

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In this epsiode, I’ll be going over what you absolutely need to get started recording for musicians and artists remotely! Now, this isn’t just for drummers, so don’t switch off if you’re wanting to record guitar, keys, marimba, or anything else!

I opened the online doors to EmilyDrums.com in 2016, and when I started out, I barely had any knowledge of how a studio even worked, let alone how to run a business with clients! But now, I’ve got a diary full of wonderful clients who keep coming back to get me to record on their songs. So let me share with you my bare essentials you’ll need to start recording remotely.

An interface

This is where you’ll be plugging your microphones into, to record into your DAW. The number of inputs will depend on your instrument, for instance, bassists really only need 1 direct input for their jack lead, whereas, for us drummers, we’ll need more. I’d say start out with an interface with 8 inputs, aka 8 mics, that can be expanded later down the line via ADAT. This will keep the price down initially, with room to expand as you do. Also, make sure you can connect to your interface via the fastest port on your computer or laptop, so mine is a thunderbolt interface, but your quickest port might be USB-C, you lucky person you!

Mics

The mics you buy and how many once again will depend on your instrument. If you’re a guitarist, like bass, you could just use a direct in, and amp simulators, but if you want to go old school, then a mic on your amp is fine. Us drummer, as with most things, it’s a little more involved and expensive! So do as I did when I started, and buy a ‘drum mic pack’ which will give you a great starting point and somewhere to build from. A typical mic pack will have mics for the kick, snare, 2 or 3 toms, and a couple of overheads. This is PERFECT to start with, just starting is the key. Gear It’s not about having the best gear in the world, it’s about making your gear sound as great as you can, and that can come from tuning, dampening, but most importantly, how you play your instrument. Practice not just getting a great sound in the room, but under mics too, as this is often very different to what you expect.

Curiosity and experimentation

The most underrated and lesser talked about thing that you absolutely need to start remote recording with people is a curiosity, and hunger for exploration. There is no ‘right’ way to mic any instrument… there are some best practices which a quick Google search will throw up, but ‘right’ and ‘good’ is completely subjective. This is an art form, and we’re all going for our own sounds… if you’re after a dingy, low-fi sound, the make it the most killer version of that you can! If you want it to be super hi-fi, which as an aside, will probably cost you a bunch of money, then go for it! If you want to create something people have never heard before, then explore that… I think that’s the key, explore, explore, explore, and make your sound… emphasis on your! As amazing as you possibly can.

I hope you enjoy setting up your remote recording setup, and if you’d like to find out more about the business side of remote recording, then hit the link below for my free workshop, so I can share with you how to get clients, what you should be charging, and the one thing that you must do to not fall at the first hurdle.

Improve Your Live Performance

Improve Your Live Performance

July 27, 2020

When I was younger, I thought how I performed on the drums had NOTHING to do with being a drummer... all that mattered was how I sounded, right? RIGHT?!....... WRONG!!!!

In this episode, I share how I worked on my live performance, and how I suggest you do too...

Thanks so much, Paul for the question, and if anyone wants to check out The Groovemores, head here: groovemores.co.uk

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Want to start offering remote recording services? Watch my free workshop to find out the first steps to take, how to get clients, and what you should be charging: https://www.RemoteRecordingBusiness.com/workshop

Talking On Camera

Talking On Camera

July 20, 2020

This is such a meta subject! Thanks so much for the question Alejandro!

He is asking how to talk to the camera comfortably... In this episode I share how I do it, what I keep in my mind, how I know if a video is good enough to release into the world, and how I used to be rubbish at it!

I hope this helps you if you're trying to get better at taking on and to the camera or microphone :-)

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Want to start offering remote recording services? Watch my free workshop to find out the first steps to take, how to get clients, and what you should be charging: https://www.RemoteRecordingBusiness.com/workshop

Recording Last Of Our Kind with The Darkness

Recording Last Of Our Kind with The Darkness

July 13, 2020

Sit with me for 15 mins whilst I take a trip down memory lane to when I got to record drums on Last Of Our Kind with the legends that are The Darkness! Such fond memories, and an album that I am immensely proud to have been a part of!

If you haven't heard the album, then you can head over here to have a listen: https://open.spotify.com/album/54WyVRdcIGAwCFxW9HEOu8

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