Welcome to “Level UP Friday”, a curated power-list featuring the best music production tools, techniques, and strategies to help you create a successful career in music.
LEVEL 1: Listen —
Rockstar by Post Malone. (Currently #1 on the charts) (*contains NSFW language)
LEVEL 2: Learn —
The Making Of Post Malone's "rockstar" With Tank God | Deconstructed (*contains NSFW language)
Check out this section (1:21-2:37) where Tank deconstructs THE BEAT. He starts with the 808 BASS line, then sets the click at a slow 80bpm. He then auditions for the perfect KICK sound by clicking through different KICKs, searching for whichever one punches out. Then he ads EQ and COMPRESSES the KICK. He then moves to HI-HATS “that’s what brings the swagger into it.” Finally, he takes the HI-HAT out where the SNARE comes in, and drops the last SNARE hit down an octave.
LEVEL 3: Apply —
Re-create the beat above using the tools you have. Take time to audition for the right Kick like Tank did, and try using octave shifts for added variation in your beats.
LEVEL 4: Succeed —
Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine. (by Mike Michalowicz)
What if, rather than you serving your business, your business served you? What if you could turn a profit from your very next deposit? And what if you had the power to guarantee that profitability? It’s simple. Sales - Profit = Expenses. Michalowicz shows that by taking profit first and apportioning only what remains for expenses, entrepreneurs will transform their businesses to become permanently profitable.
Quote of the week:
“A financially healthy business is a result of a series of small daily financial wins, not one big moment. Profitability isn’t an event; it’s a habit.”
- Profit First
Please let us know your suggestions and requests for future weeks. Which level above is your favorite? Let us know what you want more or less of so we can be the most helpful to you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Level-UP-Friday as the subject line so we’ll be sure to see it.
Thanks and see you next week!
- The Multi-Platinum team.