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Over the last year, we’ve spoken to a varied crowd of music-industry professionals, artists, composers and producers – from Aki Mäkivirta and Goldie to Jazzy Jeff and Hans Zimmer. Here, we’ve gathered together the very best, most inspiring pro advice, guidance and knowledge from this talented group of people so you can take their ideas and incorporate them into your own productions…

So 2018 then, another year that came and went too soon. If you’re anything like us, you’ll no doubt have numerous abandoned projects, half-finished mixes and sparks of ideas that still sit on that metaphorical shelf, gathering a fine coating of dust as we enter 2019. MusicTech has always striven to encourage and nurture your music-making process, but we completely understand the hardship involved in developing your skills and career in this industry.

Last issue, we highlighted the Gear Of The Year – those tools that excited and stimulated our creative processes in 2018 – yet this issue’s cover feature is arguably a more important annual round-up. Here, we collect the most vital and motivational advice, tips and general insight from the assortment of people we interviewed this year, as well as a handful of previous tip-givers from previous years who have even more gems to share.

We’ve also got a plethora of tips from our insightful readership, plucked from our monthly studio-based interviews. Your perspective, as with that of our main interviewees, has been grouped according to topic. So sit back and enjoy this inspiring collection of the finest, shiniest pearls of music, studio and production wisdom…



Aka The Flashbulb, Benn Jordan’s stellar back catalogue encompasses variants of jazz, IDM, glitch, ambient and modern classical. Plus, his Georgia-based studio is a beauty to behold…

Top Tip “When you’re playing an instrument, you’re doing it in real time and that’s the value of it. If you bring Ableton into a jazz trio and improvise, you can only have it play what you’ve told it to play. So it’s still driven by emotion to an extent, but it’s not live emotion. You have to plan everything, which I have no problem with – that’s a whole other side that’s very important, but acoustic instruments enable you to explore stuff melodically in real time.”


One of the pioneers of hip-hop, Jazzy Jeff introduced many record buyers to an underground world and, along with Fresh Prince Will Smith, helped to make it accessible. He’s also a songwriter, producer and a towering figure in the industry.

Top Tip “What you want to do is be inspired to write a piece of music not just because it feels great, but because it sounds great and will stand that test of time. You can’t stick on Thriller and not agree that it’s an amazingly recorded album. So that’s one of the reasons why, for me, technology will always have a place, but I do not allow technology to block the music. Regardless of what tech you use, if the song sucks, it doesn’t matter! You have to make sure that you put the music at the forefront.”

© Veanne Cao


Singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe collaborated with the Nokia Bell Labs last year to create the immersive Raw Space album that incorporated elements of AR and VR.

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The first issue of MusicTech of 2019 is on sale now! This issue we’ve compiled the very best advice, insight, tips and general music making wisdom from our archive of interviewees to arm you with all the knowledge you need to enhance your compositions this year. We’ve also got the first part of a massive guide to scoring and orchestration, interviews with The Streets’ keyboardist Mike Patrick and industry innovators Aston Microphones, a huge review of Cubase Pro 10 and our usual mountain of tutorials, tips and guides. Enjoy the issue!