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In Conversation With Rowan Lark (Collaborating)

Breaking down the three types of collaborations (open, closed and cross collaboration) Rowan Lark and Sam Malik discuss their experiences of each type and answer specific questions from students. A must listen for those musicians who are looking to make their collaborations with other musicians productive. This podcast is a recording from a online session as […]

Recording a Song In Lockdown

Here we have a group of musicians who work with Rowan Lark recording a song at home during lockdown. They share their hints, tips and tricks into making a demo whilst using minimal resources. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By Sean Rodgers, Chris Rabbits, Sam Kok and Gareth Jones […]

Introduction To Performing Live – With Other Musicians

Here Rowan shares her experience, knowledge and tips to perform live with other musicians. How to communicate, what skills are required and how to get the most out of your experience whilst performing with other musicians. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By Rowan Lark Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com […]

Introduction To Performing Live – The Technical Stuff

In this video Rowan starts off with introducing the technical side to performing live. Including this she covers what it means in being a performer and how to be authentic on stage. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By Rowan Lark Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com Funded by Youth Music […]

Introduction To Performing Live – Being On Stage

What does it involve being on stage and what must a performer consider when performing. In this video Rowan unpicks how does one look after yourself as a performer whilst being on stage. This includes what happens when you get on stage, looking for pitfalls how to keep stamina up as a performer. This video […]

7 DAYS TO A RELEASE READY SONG – Day 7; Bonus Video

In this video HMD shares a number of websites and resources he uses that are available to help emerging musicians become a successful self made. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By HMD Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com Funded by Youth Music – https://new.youthmusic.org.uk   Produced by Sam Malik – […]

7 DAYS TO A RELEASE READY SONG – Day 6; Mixing & Mastering

HMD shows us how he goes about creating a mix ready for mastering looking at EQ, compression and metering. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By HMD Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com Funded by Youth Music – https://new.youthmusic.org.uk   Produced by Sam Malik – https://www.sammalik.co.uk Edited by 24 Pictures – […]

7 DAYS TO A RELEASE READY SONG – Day 5; Vocal Recording

Here we took at the vocals of HMD and how they have been treated which then we proceed to begin the first phase of mixing. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By HMD Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com Funded by Youth Music – https://new.youthmusic.org.uk   Produced by Sam Malik – […]

7 DAYS TO A RELEASE READY SONG – Day 4; Arrangement

Here HMD gives a lesson about the importance of arrangement using the energy urges and the philosophy around popular song structures. He gives an insight into creating transition pieces and how to use them as effects. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By HMD – Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com […]

7 DAYS TO A RELEASE READY SONG – Day 3; Programming and producing

This is where HMD shows us his methods of adding drums discussing the different types of sounds he uses and explains his different patterns. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By HMD – Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com Funded by Youth Music – https://new.youthmusic.org.uk   Produced by Sam Malik – […]

7 DAYS TO A RELEASE READY SONG – Day 2; Building the foundation

In this video, HMD shows how to embellish the foundation of a song whilst demonstrating different techniques to laying down melody ideas. This video was produced as part of Level Up Online Created By HMD – Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com Funded by Youth Music – https://new.youthmusic.org.uk   Produced by Sam Malik – https://www.sammalik.co.uk Edited […]

7 DAYS TO A RELEASE READY SONG – Day 1; Finding the sauce

HMD gives an insight in to what it takes to produce a release ready song in seven days. He shows us how he starts with a particular sample which he then edits and plays to taste. He explains his taste on tempo and key plus his methods to refine an idea to start building a […]

In Conversation With Mike Burgess (DIY Music)

A recording from a Zoom masterclass where Mike Burgess and Sam Malik explore and dicuss DIY music marketing in 2020 during and after Covid 19 lockdown  

Introduction To DIY Music Marketing

On this video we cover a number of areas surrounding you as an artist effectively maximising your ability to market your music and brand to your target audience. We focus on the need to undertake market research, think more deeply about your branding, plus promotion, advertising and public relations. This video was created as part […]

Introduction To The Business Of Live Music

This video covers how you can get a foot into the live music industry, your options for getting gigs (plus some pros and cons of two specific options), what sort of money you can expect. This video was created as part of Level Up Online Made by Mike Burgess – https://www.soundwithmike.com Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com […]

Introduction To The Business of Song Writing

Here is an introduction to the business of songwriting, copyright, collaborating with co-writers and crucially, how to get paid from your songs and compositions.    This video was created as part of Level Up Online Made by Mike Burgess – https://www.soundwithmike.com Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com Funded by Youth Music – https://new.youthmusic.org.uk Produced by Sam Malik – […]

Introduction To The Music Industry

In this video we cover the five main areas of the music industry introducing the main aspects of what each sector focuses on and some of the key roles within them.   This video was created as part of Level Up Online Made by Mike Burgess – https://www.soundwithmike.com Commissioned by Contact – https://www.contactmcr.com Funded by […]

Listening To Music Like A Pro

When a musician listens to songs from other artists, it should be for more reasons than just entertainment or pleasure. One reason a musician should listen to songs is to train their ears so that they can listen to music in a whole new way. They need to listen to music like a pro using something […]

Introduction To A Productive Musician

Through my journey of trying to find productivity traits amongst musicians I read wikipedias, biographies and followed successful musicians on social media. I watched some, listened to some and even spoke to some. In this pursuit of all this I noticed there was a pattern of some sort and realised there was three common traits […]

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