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How not to be a producer

by Kim Lajoie on February 14, 2015

So, I came across this gem last night. And isn’t it just amazing. This is an excellent example of how not to be a producer. The producer and the singer are meant to be collaborating on writing a new song and demonstrate Ableton Push. They hadn’t met each other prior to the session, and they […]

If it doesn’t change you, is it worth doing?

by Kim Lajoie on February 8, 2015

So, I thought I couldn’t edit my performances after I’d recorded guitar into Maschine. Well, I spent a bit of time with it and it turns out I was wrong. Maschine, being a groove sampler, can slice a recording (such as a loop) and assign each slice to its own pad. And thus I can […]

Pitch Correction Vs Expressive Control

by Kim Lajoie on June 9, 2014

Pitch correction is a funny thing. Sometimes it can improve a vocal recording. Sometimes it can make it worse. For me, the key to this is in understanding the interplay between pitch and emotion. For many inexperienced vocalists, pitch correction often improves their recordings. Their poor control of pitch results in performance expression that is […]

What’s your rush of inspiration? [Video]

by Kim Lajoie on May 2, 2014

So, as you probably already know, I’m doing a series of videos with some of the artists I work with. For this video, I asked them about their rush of inspiration. We all get that rush somehow, somewhere. Sometimes it’s in the studio as a mix finally comes together. Sometimes it’s on stage and your […]

Breaking workflow (or: If you’re getting stuck, you’re working on the wrong problem…)

by Kim Lajoie on February 6, 2013

This post was originally published on Ilpo’s excellent blog: You probably get stuck sometimes. I know the feeling. I’ll be looking at a half-finished song and my brain is fixated on the next step. But the solution isn’t coming to me. As you probably know, I tend to be pretty organised in my workflow. Step […]

It doesn’t have to be good, but it does have to be something

by Kim Lajoie on November 20, 2012

Why aren’t you making more music? Actually, why aren’t you making any music? Don’t get bogged down in the technical stuff. Sure it’s fun to explore synth settings or audition presets or jam on your guitar. It’s actually important to do that stuff. It’s called practice. But you’re in trouble if you’re spending all your […]

Bare Toes Into Soil – Sarah [video]

by Kim Lajoie on October 29, 2012

I didn’t write this song. (if you like it, download the song here) This is a cover of a great song by local (Melbourne) electro-folkers Brightly. Creatively, this was an interesting project. Even though the song is a cover, we approached it as if it were one of our own. Obviously, the instrumentation and creative […]

Variable creativity

by Kim Lajoie on October 12, 2012

Erik Magrini: [I]t’s a reminder to myself and other musicians out there that if you keep your head high and stick with it, the ideas WILL flow again.  Every one of these lulls in my creativity is ultimately followed by a beautiful period where I’m able to create at an almost magical pace, I just […]

The difference between exploring and finishing

by Kim Lajoie on September 28, 2012

There are two different mindsets that are required when making music – ‘exploring’ and ‘finishing’. ‘Exploring’ is the more artistic and creative of the two mindsets. It’s when you’re trying things out, discovering new sounds, experimenting with putting different things together and generally creating. It’s when you start at a single point and fan out […]

Anywhere can be a studio, but not everywhere should be a studio

by Kim Lajoie on September 5, 2012

Modern technology is astonishing if you think about it. At one end of the scale, I’m currently in a hotel with little more than my laptop and headphones. And it’s not slowing me down – being away from the studio for a few days doesn’t have to put a dent in my productivity. And I […]