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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 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…
 
This week I’m bringing you something a little bit different… …and a lot special! To celebrate a wicked year inside the FMM community I thought it would be a great idea to showcase the talents, and highlight the diversity and quality of what our members are producing. So I’m bringing you a very special series of guest DJ mixes from our members that …
 
Have you ever been in a position where the first time you heard something it wasn't the right time? …but the second? That was the moment that flicked the switch. That was the moment that inspired you to be, do and have more in your life and with your music. That’s why reflection is important. It’s so easy to forget pieces of information that can li…
 
This year has been messy... ...one of the most challenging years I've personally experienced in some time. And today I'm going to share with you those challenges - the highs and the lows - and how the journey unfolded up until now. Most of the world treats the end of the year as a time to wind down, but for me , this is the time to put my foot down…
 
There’s a trap that you can fall into that is a sure fire way to lose your energy… ...A trap that will suck the enthusiasm right out of you. And let me ask you, who is more likely to succeed, the person brimming with enthusiasm or the person feeling flat and disappointed? How we measure our progress determines how much progress we are likely to mak…
 
Today we’re looking into a topic that I love... ...this is something that if leaned into can be the basis for a Pandora's box of inspiration. And if you embrace this strategy you will unlock new sonic territory and drive your creations in exciting and original directions. However, if you're closed off to this idea, you run the risk of being stuck u…
 
This week we're joined by a Grammy-nominated producer, DJ, label owner, and bonafide pioneer of Detroit techno. Someone who has continued to set trends and break boundaries with his music, his sound installations, and his performances. The man in question is Carl Craig, a key figure in the electronic music scene who has blazed a trail through sever…
 
We’ve got a pretty special episode waiting for you this week! This is something that we’ve never done before - brand new and totally unique! So let me first ask you this… Do you worry about putting your music out into the world? Maybe a fear of judgment stops you from being creative. Perhaps you are struggling to figure out your next steps. You fee…
 
Don't be a 'Yes, but...' person! We all know people who rubbish ideas. Nobody wants to speak up and share ideas in their presence. And often nobody even wants to be around them. And yet unwittingly, we often find ourselves being THAT person... The person who picks holes in other people's suggestions, cutting the creative connections dead… ...And wh…
 
So here's the deal. We all hit creative problems. And we often try to solve those problems with the same level of thinking that created them. ...forcing a solution the wrong way, digging in deeper, making the problem worse, and building frustration in the process. Maybe you start second-guessing perfectly good work, start to make mistakes, and head…
 
John Graham aka Quivver is a man who's been at the forefront of electronic music for over 25 years, both as a producer and DJ, writing and playing everything from House to Techno to Breaks to Drum and Bass. With his new album Revelate released on Bedrock and hitting the music stores we really got down to the nitty gritty of the creative process and…
 
As music producers we all want to achieve the sound that we hear in our heads but we often get disheartened that our work does not sound as good as our ambitions. ...And this is because our abilities don’t currently match up with our taste... Maybe you can relate...you get so caught up in the idea that what you’re going to make won’t sound as good …
 
Have you ever caught yourself saying “I don't have enough time”? We’ve all been there...you can have hours and hours of time, yet see no meaningful growth in your skills and the quality of your music. But it often isn't a lack of time that is creating the problem… ...it's a lack of efficiency in the way you are operating that is to blame. So how co…
 
The power of getting the right people around us can’t be understated… ...but who exactly should we aspire to surround ourselves with? This week we dig into a concept that ties together several ideas that I’ve talked about previously in this podcast. And these are actually concepts that I've purposely built into the Finish More Music community and t…
 
Today we are in conversation with electronic music legend Dave Seaman, well known for his releases in the famed Renaissance Masters Series and Global Underground and currently releasing music and running his highly respected label Selador. In this episode, we lean heavily into the music industry and what it really takes to get heard and stand out f…
 
We all get opportunities in life, some that come quite regularly and others that are more significant and rare. We sometimes call them lucky breaks, the types of opportunities that can make a huge difference in our life... ...and none of us wants to be the person who had that chance and let that golden opportunity slip through their fingers. If you…
 
If you’re like most music producers juggling the logistics of home life with studio time you’re going to love this episode... Today I’m sitting down with Cassy, a globally in-demand DJ and producer who boasts landmark recorded mixes for the likes of Panorama bar and Fabric, and has releases on a who's who of labels from Aus Music to Uzuri and Bass …
 
Ever caught yourself saying things like “when I can write music as good as this top producer, then I’ll be happy”...? Or, “when I have this piece of hardware, then I’ll be on fire”...?While it may seem harmless at first, it’s actually a sure fire way to kill the vibe and all of your fun in the studio.Because the issue with looking at external outco…
 
We all know that taking big leaps towards our goals requires taking radically different actions to the ones that we're taking right now…But we also know that these radically different actions will bring with them discomfort. Maybe it’s creative anxiety, or the pain from pursuing a fitness goal, or perhaps the hunger of following a particularly diff…
 
If there’s one thing a great many books and online gurus will tell you, it’s that in order for you to succeed, you need to know your purpose in life.A purpose which transcends you, that serves the greater good, and builds your drive, optimism, and resilience to succeed.And so the question beckons, will your career in music be held back until you’ve…
 
Today we're going all sci-fi...yep, it's time to talk about AI! Now when you hear the term Artificial Intelligence (AI), you're likely to either get super excited, or to feel the fear welling up inside of you... And perhaps if you're like me, it's a mixture of both. Because on the one hand, the advances in technology in this area give humanity and,…
 
Today we’re tackling a VERY divisive topic, one that for music producers worldwide has become the cause of a huge amount of debate in the last few years… And that’s the impact that music streaming sites like Spotify, Apple Music and others are having on our scene. Now, many people believe that the current streaming model is crippling artists and da…
 
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