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Keith Mills, founder of the Finish More Music system, reveals the creative strategies and mindsets he teaches to thousands of music producers so you can write more and better music, ready to release and share with the world. Discover workflow hacks to speed up your writing process, mindset approaches to overcome avoidance, procrastination and perfectionism, and compositional techniques to help you take your underground dance music productions to the next level.
 
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Today we are going to be talking about tearing holes in the fabric of reality and collapsing time. Nope, it’s not sci-fi. This is something you have access to. And easy access to. Changing your reality and collapsing your own personal timeline. So that you get to achieve what you want in your life and your music in a fraction of the time you think …
 
In today's episode we have a controversial conversation that I would love to have your input on. Rob from Team FMM is convinced that hardware has been knocked off it’s perch… …and that the future lies in the box and therefore we should all focus on software going forwards. I threw my best shots at him during this session in support of hardware and …
 
Today we welcome Ambient and Electronica producer John Hayes to the show. John is currently signed on a three-album deal to the excellent Nettwerk label alongside artists such as Sasha and il:lo. His music is supported on radio stations worldwide, including the iconic BBC, and his track Sleep Song has over 2 million streams on Spotify. In this conv…
 
Are you open to exploring something a bit leftfield? We all know that there are ways to get into a creative headspace at the start of a writing session that will help us to be more productive in that session… And maybe you are already making good use of many of them… DAW Templates…Creating a tidy studio space…Having a plan of what you want to achie…
 
In this episode, we’re asking the question - has it all been done before? Have we reached the frontier of music and there are no new genres, sounds, or musical directions to pursue? Given the amount of music in the world and the hundreds of genres and subgenres that exist, it would be easy to conclude that the answer is yes… …Our lot now is to simp…
 
In today’s episode, we’re going to be exploring that question. Said another way: Just because a particular genre lights you up to hear it in a club or on your phone, does that mean it’s the music you were put on this planet to make? …or could it be that holding on to the belief that you must make the genre that’s your favourite to listen to is drag…
 
Today we’re meeting a familiar foe but in a surprising new way. The enemy in front of us is distraction, and we’ve uncovered some new research that shows that everything we thought we knew about distractions and their impact on creatives is actually way worse. And some of the things we didn’t know were distractions… to our minds, actually are. Dist…
 
No matter how organised and self-disciplined you are, change is inevitable. And, as a result, that will shake up your routine. This episode is all about the inevitable breaks that from time to time we are forced to take away from our regular creative sessions. Whether it’s an illness, life events, vacations, work, or perhaps you’ve simply fallen of…
 
Nobody wants their art to be a stressful frustrating anxiety-inducing experience. And yet I’ve noticed so many creatives bring this upon themselves by creating their own studio paralysis. In this episode, we’re going to be exploring a strange phenomenon that will hamper your ability to make progress with the piece of music you are writing. In fact,…
 
Today we are entertaining one of Spain’s finest House Music Producers, KPD. With hundreds of releases to his name on the world's biggest labels from Defected to Toolroom AND with one of his singles reaching 25 million streams on Spotify, I was keen to understand how he maintains this output, at this quality. And all whilst DJing around the world! T…
 
Today we are going to be talking about mistakes… … particularly mistakes my wife Ana has made. And let me tell you, they’ve cost us a few quid! But… they have also revealed a profound lesson for me and a way of thinking about mistakes that, if you find yourself holding back due to fear of making mistakes, I know you are going to love. So If you wan…
 
Today we are going to be talking about sabotage! Specifically, how we often sabotage our chances of success by worrying, avoiding, and procrastinating on the things that we really want to achieve. Maybe you know you’re doing this regularly, maybe you can see that you are starving yourself of learning opportunities, growth and the results and outcom…
 
This is the second part of a double-header focussing on what it takes to get your music signed on the labels you love, and the shortcuts to get you there fast. Previously we heard the perspectives of established artists in the scene learning how to get noticed, and the pitfalls they have fallen into so that you don’t fall into the same. In this epi…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about getting your music out into the world… …so that you get to impact and share your creativity with others. I decided a great way to do this would be to search through our podcast interviews and curate the most powerful lessons from artists at the top of the game. People who have experienced massive success releasi…
 
It’s not often we have a bonafide pioneer of dance music on the podcast… Today I’m in conversation with house music legend Jesse Saunders who holds the impressive accolade of releasing the first ever House record… …planting the seed that sprouted into the global phenomenon that is dance music today. In this interview, we follow his journey and lear…
 
Travis Stewart is the gift that keeps on giving… Having left you dangling with one hell of a cliffhanger last week, now’s your chance to pick up where we left off… …and dive into part two of our conversation with Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum aka T.Stewart. We received amazing feedback about the first part of the interview in which Travis dove int…
 
Today we are in conversation with Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum. Travis debuted his Machinedrum Moniker in 2001 when he was only 18 years old and has consistently pushed creative boundaries with his music for the last 2 decades. With releases on forward-thinking, innovative labels such as Ninja Tune, Plant Mu, Lucky Me and Mercury KX, his latest a…
 
In this second part of our reactions podcast, we dig into a topic that is continuously raising its ugly head…time. This is an area that relates to all of us and brings with it all kinds of anxiety… Are you spending more time than you need to on your music and how can you save time? Are you focusing on the right things or in completely the wrong are…
 
What is influencing your music? Are you stealing like a thief or an artist? Has your sound found you yet?…and just what is YOUR sound? This week’s podcast saw a return of the Team Takeover with Terra and Rob finding their way back into the podcast hot seat. Diving back into some of the earliest episodes and the fundamental topics that all creatives…
 
If you could jump back in time and share one life lesson with your younger self what would it be? If you’re like most people, chances are you’ve caught yourself saying “if only I’d known that years ago…” And when it comes to music production there are some impactful lessons that have the potential to save you time, money, and frustration… …while ma…
 
Disruption can hit our lives at any time and in many different ways, creating a world of pain. Maybe you’re moving house, or welcoming a new family member… Perhaps you’re changing jobs, or getting a promotion... Or maybe it’s exams, a new course, or unexpected travel. These situations happen to all of us throughout our creative journey, and for som…
 
Today I’m talking about possibly THE most impactful piece of advice I could give you on your music production journey. It’s a topic that is incredibly important, and one of the biggest ways to accelerate your progress as a music producer. …In fact, I'd go as far as to say that it's nearly impossible to succeed without this ingredient. This topic is…
 
In this episode, I'm sharing an unpleasant experience that Mrs M and I faced within days of arriving here in Austin. This is something that could have seriously messed us up… …but instead, Ana and I were able to seamlessly move through it without feeling stressed, hopeless, or desperate about what was going on. We’ve been fortunate to go through so…
 
Miami based DJ Adrian Blaga who owns and runs the Magician on Duty label is a man who's growing in multiple facets of the music industry. “There's no doubt about it. If you wanna be the best at what you do, you need to show up and you need to be better than everybody else” We dig deep into what it takes to climb the ladder as DJ, producer, and labe…
 
While many producers try to sound like other artists, my guest today has always chosen to go against the grain. In this episode I'm sitting down with co-founder and owner of the iconic Hospital records, Drum and Bass legend Tony Colman, who performs and produces as London Elektricity. With a punk attitude of doing things differently and getting rea…
 
With his first music released at age 14, Tim Engelhardt has gone on to consistently release on some of the most respected labels in the industry, playing his music out around the world. Today Tim talks about his unique journey, what he embraces in his productions and his process of discovery and learning, exploring the possibilities of the tools av…
 
Owner and runner of the iconic label CLR, podcast and radio host, music producer and one of the most in-demand DJs in the world, Chris Liebing is a man who has had a huge impact on the techno scene. We sat down to talk about starting out as an artist and the importance of building strong relationships and a reputation of trust with the people in th…
 
As a music producer it’s all too easy to be influenced by trends, and to end up switching tracks to what’s popular at the moment. My guest today chose to back himself, staying true to his path and having the confidence in himself to go for what he really wanted to go for and remain authentic. David Penn (Defected, Glasgow Underground) is a house mu…
 
With releases on Defected, Toolroom, Solid Grooves… Josh Butler is, without doubt, one of the UK’s premier House talents. I sat down with him to cover the full spectrum of what it takes to be a pro artist… …finding creative flow state, methods for inspiration, road testing tracks, and tips on how to boost your chances of having labels listen to and…
 
We continue this week with our second special episode hearing about the journeys and lessons from the producers inside of the FMM community. And today I’m delighted to be speaking to Jonas Klugel who produces and DJs under the name Azpecialguest. Jonas has had an incredible 12 months, a very accomplished DJ, recently nominated best new Danish artis…
 
Today is a very special episode of the series in which we’re going to be hearing about the journeys and lessons from some of our producers from the FMM community. And I’m super excited to share these journeys with you because they’ll give you the opportunity to learn from producers just like you… Producers who have BIG ambitions, and who’ve wrestle…
 
One of the things I've noticed that affects so many struggling music producers, and maybe you can relate, is that they have so many false starts. They show up every day for a short period of time…. …And then it's back to the same old distractions that get them frustrated, overwhelmed, and with absolutely nothing to show for themselves. Successful p…
 
We’re flipping the script on you today, quite literally! It’s always super valuable to hear straight from the horse's mouth, so we’re turning the tables and passing the virtual mic into your hands, to dive into your burning questions. In today’s episode we invited you, our listeners, to direct the topics that we would cover and to steer the directi…
 
What would you do if you suddenly lost your hearing? What impact would this have on your abilities as a music producer? These things can hit us suddenly and without warning… And leave you reassessing many aspects of your life! When I recently and unexpectedly experienced a sudden onset of hearing loss, combined with tinnitus and other ringing artef…
 
A boxer can train hard, spar hard, and still not win the world title on their next shot. But who is more likely to win it on the shot after that? Is it the person who put that work in or the person who didn’t? We have to have absolute belief that we can hit the goal. …because if you don't believe that a thing is possible, you won't go all in. And a…
 
This week’s podcast took an unexpected turn… When two members of my team decided to give their own commentary on my podcasts! Now it’s all well and good me giving you my opinions and thoughts each week but I’m always curious to hear others’ takeaways. And that’s exactly what I got this week I was away travelling to see family overseas. Rob and Terr…
 
How can you show up in a new way to move from procrastinating to finishing? …to getting signed on the biggest and best labels in your genre? Well, the best way to discover this is to hear from people who've made these leaps… …and made them in a short period of time. The producers in this episode don't have any particular talent. They don't have for…
 
You name one pro-athlete, one entrepreneur, one top CEO, one pro producer who doesn't have a consistent source of feedback. Feedback is not just important, it's essential for any artist's development. And if you don’t know how to receive feedback… … you will squander its potential to help you improve. …and you will alienate the people who are suppo…
 
One word guaranteed to strike fear and terror into a creative’s heart… …Deadlines! What runs through your mind when you hear that word? Too much pressure! The enemy of creativity! The quality of my art will suffer! Any piece of music you write can be open to a never-ending set of revisions, tweaks, and changes. There's always something else to do, …
 
Have you ever found yourself trapped in the murky world of perfectionism? If the answer is yes then you will almost certainly know how debilitating it can be… Second-guessing everything that you do. Endlessly spotting something else to change. The sheer frustration of knowing that it is time to move forward yet stuck in perfection paralysis, litera…
 
You would be crazy to want to stunt your growth as a producer, right? …but a fair few people fall into a trap that leads to exactly that. These are the people who tend to hold onto knowledge and keep it to themselves. This typically comes from a place of insecurity. A place of fear of giving someone else a competitive advantage. …But the reality is…
 
When I started digging into the effects of multitasking, I was absolutely blown away by how deep the rabbit hole goes… It runs so much deeper than I imagined. It slows you down, it lowers your IQ, it weakens your memory. It kills your creativity and productivity while giving the illusion that you are getting more done. And quite frankly, as someone…
 
Have you ever heard a piece of music that lit you up and changed your day for the better? Perhaps it lessened the fact that you felt fearful, anxious, or worried about something. Now more than ever, we've been given a sense that our actions really do impact the world around us. Maybe it's just one person in one moment that takes them from a place w…
 
Have you ever felt disconnected from your art and disinterested in what you're doing? Sure, we all have times when our output isn't meeting our expectations and that’s just part of being a creative… …But what about when you experience the continual feeling of being a bit flat, uninspired, and demotivated in the studio? Well today we're gonna delve …
 
Do you want to know the REAL biggest mistake you can possibly make? Well today we're talking about the problems that come with success. If you want to play a bigger game and achieve more in your life and with your music, you will be inviting new and bigger problems into your world. …and avoiding them is exactly the way that you'll never reach your …
 
No one wants to look back at a life squandered. …a life spent on poor choices and destructive habits. Destructive habits that put you in quicksand - no matter how focused you are on the race you are trying to run. And if you don't bring the habits and distractions that aren't serving you well into your awareness, then you'll waste time on tasks tha…
 
Do you want to break new boundaries with your music? ...or discover exciting new ways to challenge yourself creatively? Well, today I’m going to share with you a series of powerful and linked mindset hacks that I’ve curated from this year's podcast episodes. ...To help you move faster and further into the next year of your creative journey. To expl…
 
Today we have an amazing mix to round off our series… For our 4th and final showcase we turned to the skills of Australian DJ Hyasynth (Andrew Mashiko) for our showcase from the future! This is a multi-genre mix covering a whole lot of bases and a lot of ground with 34 awesome tracks! Sit back and enjoy!…
 
In part 3 of our FMM DJ mixes, we are being treated to some full-on Techno, in a mix crafted by Alex Mar from Slovenia. As with the previous mixes, this one is created entirely from music made by members of the FMM community. We have more members than ever releasing music and landing on top-tier labels in the underground music scene and more member…
 
We continue our voyage of discovery this week with part 2 of our FMM Christmas Showcase! Today we move into a much more Housey vibe with another cracking mix, this time from our Bristol-based DJ, Tom Marron aka TGM. The quality of music is insane and I absolutely love this mix! It’s a real journey from start to finish and is a great reflection of t…
 
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