Introduction To Production
Want to polish your songs and catch the attention of record labels? This Introduction To Music Production for beginners is the perfect place to start
Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-platinum songwriter and producer. Starting as a young busker on the streets of Norwich, he spent years developing the craft of songwriting, traveling the world to work with other writers, learning about the music business and honing his production skills. He is now a successful songwriter/producer and has sold millions of records in nearly 50 countries around the world.
His work includes Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott, Mark Owen, Olivia Newton-John, Andrew Roachford, Brian McFadden, Lulu, Mike & The Mechanics, K-Pop superstars Super Junior and X-Factor/Idol winners worldwide.
His teaching methodology and ethos have been described as “life-changing” by many of his students and over the years he has shared his knowledge and experience with thousands, opening their eyes to the world of professional music making. His diverse programming and production skills are widely sought after, from orchestration for Celine Dion and Andrew Lloyd Webber to quirky programming and beat-making for K-Pop/J-Pop artists, and rich country productions for artists including LeAnn Rimes.
Tom is a graduate from the world renowned Tonmeister course at Surrey University and has trained under many distinguished engineers. He has experience recording full scale orchestras, jazz ensembles and rock acts as well as regularly producing and co writing with a number of singer songwriters. Tom spent a year working at Purcell school, Britain’s oldest specialist music school, teaching music technology to A level students, both as classes and 1-2-1 tutorials. He also ran and maintained the studios. Tom also works as a lecturer for the Academy of Music and Sound in Production, Recording Techniques and Songwriting and is a freelance producer/songwriter/mixer.
Known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, this renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, began playing acoustic piano at the age of four and by his early teens already mastered several instruments including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin. He has played with Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Christian Aguilera, Mary J. Blige and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from University of Connecticut, Mo began his professional music career playing bass with Ray Charles. He then began working as a session musician, backing some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz ,R&B and pop including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Brian Culbertson, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Mary J. Blige, and Frankie Beverly and Maze, to name a few.
From 1989 through 1992, Mo was both keyboardist and musical director with saxophonist Najee, pianist Alex Bugnon, and vocalists Philip Bailey, Patti Austin and Jon Lucien. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, and ascended to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. Mo was featured playing keyboards, trumpet and guitar with Janet Jackson’s 2001 All For You tour and played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James’ 2004 Pure tour. As a principal member of the group Devoted Spirits he was featured playing keyboards for Jimi Hendrix’s 60th Birthday Celebration and the 2004 Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix tour.
Mo was a keyboardist in Michael Jackson’s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009, comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena.
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Being able to produce music to a professional standard is fundamental if you’re looking for a hands-on role in creating records. Whether you’re an artist or a fledgling producer, you need to know the tips and tricks that put your songs a step above the competition.
This incredible Introduction To Music Production course is led by our professional mentors who currently work in the industry with major artists. They’ll teach you how to use basic (but not always obvious) techniques to transform your music from a scratchy home recording, into a quality take that sounds more expensive than it is. You’ll learn how to use your chosen DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) more efficiently, how to record and polish songs yourself, and how to use MIDI and audio tracks to fill in any gaps in your song.
Many of our students end up wanting more information about music production after this course. That’s why we’ve set up a three-day music production bootcamp, too. If you feel you already know the basics in this course and want something a bit more technical, or if you’re a returning student wanting more, check out our production bootcamp.
Artists / Songwriters
A high-quality demo makes all the difference when you’re building a fan base. Whether you want to start making some money from music sales, or you’re trying to pique the interest of a record label, you’ll need a demo that sounds fantastic and shows off your best side. This course will teach you how to produce an outstanding demo, without having to pay for an expensive studio.
Looking to begin a career in music production but have no idea where to start? This course will teach you the basics of recording and producing music. You’ll learn how to use professional techniques to give your music the edge, how to work with industry standard DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations), and how to end up with a high-quality record at the end.
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10/10 – Excellent and superbly presented, fulfilling, educational and inspiring
Thought the course was so good and inspiring, have signed up for the Platinum Mentoring Program!
I am SO totally buzzed that I took the plunge and committed to this program!
Special people. Thank you all for some beautiful and amazing times
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Danny Roberts. He knows his stuff. So much for me to go away and get started on!
Feeling thoroughly inspired after a mind-blowing chat with Luc Floreani of Floreani Management. So thankful that he’s willing to share his enthusiasm and give me some new ideas.
Amazing and inspiring to be around wonderful like-minded people who live, breathe and love music like I do
I have had the most amazing mentoring session with Martin Sutton. So inspirational and energizing! Thank you Martin, you Rock!
An enormous amount of information and tips to take away, digest and act upon!
I’ve finally found myself and my confidence has come back! That is down to what The Songwriting Academy has done for me and given me the boost I needed. I can’t thank you enough
Thank you Martin Sutton for your continued excellent support during the monthly 1:1’s, general encouragement, and kicks up the rear to keep on improving.
Finished yet another epic, inspiring and all round fantastic 1-2-1 with the awesome Luc Floreani So exited for the plans we’ve got cooking up…
Fantastic mentoring session with Martin Sutton today, thank you Martin! Great feedback as always
Brilliant. Entertaining. Humorous. Good for business.
Feeling so blessed to be a part of this songwriting family! Thank you for creating this wonderful community, a place for us all to be creative, passionate, supportive and talented!
Just finished an awesome mentoring session with Charlie Charlie Dore what an inspiration you are Charlie. Thank you for all the excellent advice and guidance.
I’m so freaking excited to be on this songwriting retreat!! Have written with some awesome people so far and have created some beautiful songs already! Yesterday’s was incredibly emotional
Just had a fantastic mentoring session with Martin, my first on my platinum membership! Feel completely boosted and grinning away ready to take this year by the horns! Positivity all the way
What an incredibly life changing experience, on sooo many levels!!! It’s so difficult to put it all into words!!!!! Beautiful friendships gained and definitely the beginning of something monumental.
Had a great and informative mentoring session with Mark Cawley, nice guy, had some interesting left of field ideas for me to try. Thanks Mark
10/10 – Well worth the travel. I would do it all over tomorrow. I feel a lot more confident now with what I’ve learned.
Great first mentoring session with Martin. Really encouraging, helpful in establishing focus and with so many things to takeaway.
epic PR mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night!!!!!
10/10 – I really enjoyed the day and look forward to the Bootcamp
Just when I thought it could not get any more inspirational, I have another mentoring session with Luc Floreani!
Great mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night! Really encouraging and so many good tips for upcoming events!
Another incredible mentoring session with Charlie Dore tonight! Really great feedback. So so much to work on and a good challenge but excited to get working on it!
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Charlie Dore. Great suggestions and inspiration, along the lines of possibly becoming a ‘superwoman’!
l’ll never forget this songwriting experience. I’ve learned so much from everyone. It was great meeting all these talented lovely people
Excellent thought provoking and inspirational
Such a great day enjoyed meeting everyone and learned so much!
So enjoyed my mentoring session with Mark Cawley yesterday – from now on I will be hanging out in bookshops looking shady – thanks mark x
If I hadn’t have come I don’t think I would have believed in myself. you and the course have inspired me and sparked something inside of me to pursue my dream.
Thanks for a great day & for inspiring me to #makeithappen along with discovering some crazy improve skills!
10/10 Excellent! Really informative and enjoyable
Just completed my first mentoring session with Mr Martin Sutton … got direction .. critique ..structure .. ongoing goals and targets …lots of advice and a real motivation boost !!! AWESOME !!!
10/10 Thoroughly enjoyed this course, lovely group of people, fun and informative
Dominic King… Absolutely Inspirational!!!! Almost did not take up this session, wanted to play it save, but thank God I didn’t !!! Risk aversion you’re a bloody thief. Thanks
I was going to write “you can’t beat Martin Sutton”, but that would sound all wrong. 🙂 So just saying am very happy with mentor session from Superstar Sutton. Virtual hugs all round.
Another superb mentoring session today with @lovesongwriting “I really like the emotion and honesty in the song” 🙂