Monday, 12 May 2014

10 music production tips (For Beginners)…

Hi Guys!

It's been a long time since my last post  I am conscious of the fact that I should post more! Sorry for the lack of activity. I do think about posting things but actually never get round to it or ideas just fizzle out my head but not today!

After having a conversation with a teenager (about 16/17 yrs old) I was really inspired to write a blog post today. It all came about after a bright eyed, energetic, & enthusiastic teenager asked me if I could give him some production tips. Bearing in mind this kid is sitting his GCSE's at the moment and the fact that he doesn't know much about music production, I did not want to blow his mind away with parallel compression techniques and how he should be eqing his drums so he sort of stumped me a little bit. The spoken of teenager who shall remain nameless is fairly new to music production, he is using FL Studio at the moment and knows about Ableton  & Logic but has never used them. However, I am fairly familiar with Ableton & Logic but not with FL Studio so unfortunately I could not give him any secret tips on Fruity Loops so off the top of my head I rolled off 10 music production tips that were quite vague but appropriate to new music productions and which can be used on all music DAWs. So if you are new to production here are a few tips that hopefully will help you out a little:

# 1 Don't worry about what DAW you use. It's not what you use, it's how to use it. Pay no attention the snobs who all race to get the latest update of Logic. Shiny doesn't always mean better. Logic X (at this moment of writing) has a few bugs i.e alignment guides… (studio robots will certainly know what I mean here!)

# 2 Use the best quality sounds that you can. Put it like this, you can't polish a turd! That's easy to  remember or SISO
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# 3 Take it easy & have fun. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, it's going to take a little bit of time until your churning out hits

# 4 Stay organised. I'm not the most organised person in the world but I do try and keep my sample banks and music in order just so that I know where everything is. It'll save you loads of time & it'll help your work flow.

# 5 Take breaks. OK you want to develop your skills and spend as much time as you can making music but you ears will need the rest and it'll help you with creativity too.

# 6 Don't be afraid of using sample packs. The big boys get paid lots of money to make them, if you're still scared that people will notice - be shrewd with them.

# 7 Sample a kick drum off a track you like. Everybody does it. Don't spend too much time fanny around looking for the right kick. Be Bold

# 8 Reference your tracks. This is not copying. There's a difference between wanting to use every single sound from your favourite track and referencing. Use several tracks to get an idea of what sort volume, arrangement & EQ you should be using.

# 9 Try and finish what you started. OK so it might be a big ask at the start but if you can get used to writing intros, outros, drops and build ups this will help your work flow in the future. All the top producers in the world know how to make a great intro, build up, drop and outro and that's because they have finished loads of tracks.

#10 The best is yet to come. You will get better. Practice practice practice. It might seems like you'll never sound like your favourite DJ/Producer but remember the expert in anything was always a beginner - just like you!

So there are 10 tip quick music production tips for music production beginners!

I hope they help, good luck & great choice choosing to make music - it's so much fun! You'll love it

Be sure to let me know how you get on making & producing music - I wanna hear your productions ;)

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Just a general observation...

Just sitting here on a random thursday night and my mind is wandering and thinking about music as it generally is and I was thinking about the 'deep house' scene here in the UK at the minute.

I find it funny that music seems to be getting slower with pitched down vocals and big heavy baselines and I find it ironic that the early rave scene circa 1990 consisted of pitched up vocals and high synths and early rave music was quite fast, you know it was 'that' music the older generation considered 'BOOM BOOM BOOM' music.

So the rave music of today is quite slow with pitched down vocals and deep baselines which is the complete the opposite of the rave music which started it all.

Quite ironic I think, don't you?


Monday, 30 December 2013

Good bye 2013, Hello 2014.

Well, well , well. Here we are again. Another year has past and we are all that little bit older and just that little bit more wiser.

What a year it has been, it has flown by though don't you think?

This year I was lucky enough and very fortunate enough to make it to The Miami WInter Music Conference. What an experience that was! 10 days of straight up raving that I will never forget. It was actually a dream come true to be out there and for 10 days straight I can honestly say that 'I lived the dream'.

Amazing Times.

Enjoying the Sun on Nikki Beach 
Size matters Pool Party at Fontainebleau 

Three Kings of House
Raving on a Sky Scrapper!

Nikki Beach at night
Inside the club at Nikki Beach

Electric Splash Pool Party
2gether Surfcomber Pool Party 
Yours Truly, Living the Dream!
Sunset at Electric Splash

On reflection
What an amazing year it has been for me with regards to my music Career! This was the year that I spawned The Deeper & Darker pseudonym of Kerri Louis. I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to Remix Marc Vedo, Boy George & Federico Scavo -  These Gods Will Fall on Hotfingers. This put me up there with some big boys! Definitely a highlight for me!
There is loads more music in the pipeline coming from both pseudonym's, so if you are fan watch out!

There is a forthcoming track on Koolwaters from Kerri Louis called "Freedom"

And already confirmed for Panache Records based in London, I will be releasing a huge track called "Rebound".

Can't wait for either and I'm looking forward to more gigs and more of my music to be released in 2014!
Onwards and upwards!

Top 10 Tracks of 2014
Here are my favourite records of 2014, I hope you enjoy :)

#10 The 1975 - Chocolate (Jonas LR Remix)
Discovering The 1975 this year and seeing them live at Hyde Park supporting The Rolling Stones and at their own gig at The Institute has to be up their as a highlight for me this year! Great Young Band! Great music and I enjoyed listening to their debut album a lot too. I particularly like this remix and I'm putting this in my top 10 because I've heard a lot of people down talking House Music production techniques lately and saying that it's getting boring now etc etc and that not much has moved on since it all started. Well I say "take a listen to this and tell me it's boring!" Jonas LR has done a great job to create a fresh sound which combines the sounds of the modern scene.

# 9 Cedric gervais - Sumertime Sadness
I can just here all the boos going against me… Cheese! EDM! Commercial Pop! Radio Trash! etc etc
blah blah blah
So what?! Yeah OK 99% of the stuff released on Spinnin' Records is 'ghost' engineered EDM tosh but this track brings back so many memories for me from Miami WMC 13 and is that not what music is meant to do? For me this track evokes emotion and I can't help it! I heard it several times while out
partying in Miami and it's just stuck with me and plus I like Lana Del Rey's voice too ;)

#8 Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful (Serge Devant Remix)
What a beautiful take on this track. Could almost be a track by itself if you didn't know any different. Serge Devant uses the luscious vocals well and creates a stunning, deep and moving remix which almost reminds of the 'Makin Moves' pool party back in March.

#7 Jose Nunez & Antranig - Check This Out
Straight up house music is rarity I find these days and this is nothing more, nothing less. House Music. No sub genres. It is what it is and it's superb!

#6 Ruben Brundell & Leav - Told You
Ruben Brundell is one of my favourite producers at the minute and 12-3 Recordings are consistently releasing top quality house music. From Sweden, I believe that this guy is The 'Real' Swedish House Mafia. No Cheese ;) Great Music and my favourite track from him this year! Can't wait to here more music coming from him and his label :)

#5 Tom Flynn - My Hut
If this track doesn't want to make you dance then where is your soul? Great Track! Gotta Love
P.Diddy's vocals in this track too - such a catchy track!

#4 Satin Jackets - You Make Me Feel Good
Excuse the pun but this track makes me feel good. It's a goose bump track that just puts me in a good mood every time I hear it. reminds me of the lovely summer we had this year too so deserves some credit for that reason alone! Top Stuff

#3 Chris Malinchak - So Good To Me
Now I know it can be argued that this track came about in 2012 if you really want to get serious about things but was released in 2013….
As discussed great track. It's a hands in the air track for sure. If I have one regret about this year then it's choosing to go to The 3 Kings of House Pool party with David Morales, Louis Vega & Tony Humphries instead of going to the It's All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party with Chris Malinchak et al because I would of loved to of heard this track soooo much there and then but ah well… 1st World Problems ay?
#2 Kerri Louis - Together
2013 saw the birth of my deep house creation "Kerri Louis". When I make stuff under the Joey Martinez name I feel free. I make music that I want to make. Now I'm not saying that I don't have the freedom to do what I want under the "Kerri Louis" name either but I I feel under the "Kerri Louis" name I can intentionally be artistic, it gives me room to express that more emotional side of music that I feel I can't do under the Joey Martinez name as I feel that anything produced under 126 for Joey Martinez just doesn't make sense.
However I digress, this track really means a lot to me and I'm proud to call it one of my own - albeit under another name ;) Nonetheless I still think it's a good track

#1 Houseessence - Love Me
Wow! Well this was certainly a late entry to my chart. But I could not resist, it had to go in at number 1.  The vocals, the baseline, the strings, everything about this track is great. Another track that gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end and does do every time I listen to it. A really powerful and emotional track.

Well that's it for 2013 guys. I hope you enjoy my chart. I look forward to providing you all with new music next year and thank you all for your support.
Whatever you do for New Years Eve, rave safe and have a bloody good one!
Here's to 2014, onto bigger and better things, onwards and upwards!
Lets's Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 4 November 2013

101 Quick Music Producing Tips & Techniques

101 Electronic Dance Music Production Quick Tips & Techniques

Hi Guys here are 101 music producer tips and techniques to help you in the studio. 

Everybody works differently and I appreciate some of you might not find any of these helpful but hopefully there is something here for everyone and I hope they ignite that spark and inspire you to start making music, finish that track or just give you a shove in the right direction with your dance music projects! 


  1. Don't be afraid of using sample packs - it's what they are there for.
  2. If you're tempted to turn up the volume when making music, turn it down (your ears will thank you later).
  3. Invest in a good set of monitor speakers. (Using the speaker on your macbook will not provide adequate quality).
  4. Keep monitors  away from the corners of the room to avoid boomy bass. You might not get an accurate mix due to the 'extra' bass.
  5. Before investing in a set of monitors make sure you hear them on music you really know and understand because you want to be making this sort of music out of them right?
  6. Before investing in set of monitors - make sure you hear them for yourself. Don't just go off what 'DJ Dave of Music Tech Forum" recommends.
  7. Take music to listen to on monitors that you want to buy, make sure you use uncompressed high quality files and not crappy low bitrate files from Zippy.
  8. When buying monitor speakers trust your ears more than the spec sheets. you don't get the full story from the fancy numbers in the specs. Your ears are the real test.
  9. Use EQ to remove the lowest sub-bass frequencies, which won’t be reproduced on most systems. 
  10. Look after you ears (buy some ear plus and take regular breaks when making music) but the best part of the speaker monitoring chain is your ears.
  11. Use your car stereo as a good listening tool.
  12. Walk around your 'studio' to hear sounds and different volumes in the track that may need adjusting as you may not notice these sitting directly front of you speaker monitors.
  13. Optimise your 'studio' with acoustic treatment.
  14. Don't underestimate the effects of the acoustics in the room and what impact this has on the mix.
  15. Use egg boxes as cheap acoustical treatment.
  16. Use high quality sounds and samples to get a high quality finish (if you put shit in, you get shit out. Remember this saying: you can't polish a turd).
  17. There is no such thing as the perfect monitoring system so check mix downs on several systems in different acoustic environments.
  18. Treat your mix like a picture. Important sounds should be at the front, not so important sounds should sit nicely in the background .
  19. If you have an Audio/MIDI track and it's just sitting there not doing anything in the mix, if you can't hear it. Get rid of it, it's only creating mud.
  20. Fill out the frequency spectrum to create a fuller sound (bass, mid, high).
  21. Be careful not to fill the frequency spectrum too much else you'll get a muddy brick wall. You should be able to 'walk' around the elements in your music.
  22. Put a high pass filter on everything that doesn't need a low end… stops the mix from being muddy and gives a clearer sound.
  23. Stay out of the red. Leave plenty of headroom in the mix. Distortion and 'Brick Walling' is a NO NO! There are plenty of plug ins you can use to apply distortion properly.
  24. Many clubs are still wired in mono so put your kick through a mono channel too (unless you are about to embark on an avant-garde surround sound showcase tour - that would definitely be interesting!)
  25. Be more inclined to use a midi keyboard rather than using a midi sequencer editor, your riff will sound more human = interesting and less robotic.
  26. Don't be afraid of sampling. It's what most of dance music is built upon. especially a lot of the early stuff but do it wisely. There is a difference between sampling and theft. Be cunning, don't be!
  27. Every so often, turn off the computer screen & listen to what you are making. It's music not blocks of colour.
  28. Take breaks from the studio to avoid ear fatigue. your ear drums are muscles. If you've been banging away at the project for 12 hours straight can guarantee when you come back to that tomorrow, it'll sound completely different!
  29. Educate yourself about Tinnitus & the dangers of loud music.
  30. Make music you feel not what others want you to make. It has to come from the soul.
  31. Save, save, save! Regularly save your projects.
  32. Back up, back up, back up! Same as above really! But it's just good practice because you never who might want to remix that track from 3 years ago ;).
  33. If you're producing house music, place your bass notes on top of the kick or hihat produces a driving feel.
  34. Use polyrhytms in your drums to create interesting drums sounds.
  35. Try layering several kicks to 'conjure up' the perfect kick.
  36. Be careful of phase cancelation when layering your kick drums.
  37. Make the bass 'Phatter' by putting a high synth on top of it. The low frequencies and high frequencies will create a contrast.
  38. Try layering a clap & a snare to create more 'bite'.
  39. Use buss compression on your kick and bass at the same time to get a bigger sound. 
  40. Use white noise as good sweep up/sweep down.
  41. Use Panning to make your drums and percussion sound organic.
  42. Listen to other genres of music to loosen up your mind. It'll help breed inspiration.
  43. Struggling with a writers block? Listen to other music to get ideas about arrangement, structure, automation etc.
  44. Manage the time on your projects. You can spend hours listening to the same loop, tweaking, changing notes and fannying around with little bits and pieces but  try focusing on workflow. A completed track is better than no completed track.
  45. Don't be afraid of using automation - logics curve tool is immense!
  46. During a breakdown, sometimes less is more.
  47. Before you send your mix to the mastering engineer make sure you are happy with the final mix down. the mastering engineer has a fantastic set of ears but he isn't a wizard and can't undo any mistakes you send him.
  48. Make sure you send the mastering engineer a high quality file. No crappy 128 mp3s. As discussed he isn't a wizard and also see above. You can't polish a turd. 
  49. Leave around -4dB in the final mix down for the engineer so he has enough headroom to work is magic.
  50. Remove any bus compression, limiting, eq from the master channel before you hand over the final mix to the mastering engineer. In other words, don't touch that master channel!
  51. If you are recording live instruments and putting them in your dance music, make sure all signals are clear. Use the same principles when using live instruments as you would do when using samples. 
  52. Use side chain compression on white noise with the kick drum to create interesting fx.
  53. Use side chain compression on the bass with the kick drum to make the baseline pump.
  54. Compare you mixes to tracks you want to sound like, after all you want to sound like this right?
  55. Write a hook. it's what people will remember, if you have an interesting hook - chances are you'll have a killer track.
  56. Studio gear is not as important as great ideas. You can buy expensive equipment, great ideas are priceless. Music is judged on how good it sounds not on what was used to make it or where it was made.
  57. Don't get too caught up on what you don't have in the studio. Rather, focus on what you have and become an expert of your 'studio'.
  58. when EQing try taking out any nasty sounds before emphasising the good frequencies.
  59. Be imaginative with your percussion to come up with some interesting beats.
  60. Be organised. Know where your samples are. This is good for faster work flow and helps save time if you have hired out a studio.
  61. Be organised. Label and name your individual tracks in your project. (You never who might want a copy of your project to remix it).
  62. Be organised. Group tracks together (I'm not talking about bussing here) Organisation helps your work flow i.e put your drums together, put your synths together. Seeing & knowing where your tracks are is good for workflow.
  63. Try not to arrange until you have all the parts for your song. Would you start colouring in a picture if you didn't know what colours you were using?
  64. Remember sometimes percussion elements have a key and may clash with other musical elements if they are not in the same key.
  65. Remember it should be fun making music, don't take it too seriously and have fun.
  66. Avoid writers block and don't put too much pressure on yourself.
  67. If your track is sounding a bit flat, don't worry. mastering and mixing it down will brighten it up.
  68. Save time and try and mix your tracks properly as you go, this will save time at the end of your project.
  69. Choose you daw of choice wisely, remember its a personal taste thing and its up to you what you find easier to make music on.
  70. EQ and Compression are to music what salt and pepper is to food. You can't tell that they are there but they make a difference.
  71. EQ a kick drum around 2.5 kHz to give it a 'slap attack'.
  72. EQ a snare drum at 240kHZ to make it sound 'phat'.
  73. EQ a snare drum to 5kHz to make it 'crispy'.
  74. EQ an organ at 80-120Hz to highlight its bottom end.
  75. EQ an organ at 240Hz to bring out the 'body' in the organ.
  76. EQ an Organ 2.5kHZ to bring out its full 'presence'.
  77. EQ a Bongo at 5kHz to give to a real presence.
  78. EQ strings at 240 Hz to give more 'fullness'.
  79. If you have sibilance on vocals eq them at 7.5-10kHz to remove it.
  80. Make sure you power up and power down properly with you speaker monitors or else… KABOOOM!!!
  81. Remember you are making dance music, it's not Rock Metal music, you don't need to over produce tracks. Focus on the mix and getting the levels right.
  82. Make your sounds work for you. Don't work for your sounds. If you're spending ages trying to make a sound work, its the wrong sound. Spend more time arranging rather than fanning about with the wrong sound.
  83. Tease the listener. Open filters gradually. Use 4s, 8s & 16s. Make transitions gradually and keep the listener interested.
  84. The human ear can only focus on 5 things at once apparently so not only will layering sound upon sound sound 'muddy', it'll also confuse the listener.
  85. Presets are good but alter them and change them. Personalise them. Make the sound yours. "Find your own beat".
  86. Treat you computer like a real music making machine. Don't clog up your HD with unneccesary files, you'll need it for samples and for your projects & that extra RAM always helps with that CPU which is good news for your VSTs and Plug-ins.    
  87. Seek constructive feedback. As they say feedback is the breakfast of champions -   it can only make you better right? 
  88. Use Parallel compression on your drums to brighten them up - Don't under estimate what this can do!
  89. Use Mix Bus Compression on your drums to glue all of the elements together so the track sounds more cohesive but be careful when using this technique as the track can sound too squashed and it will lose its punch.   
  90. Try using gated reverb on your drums to make them sound more powerful. A technique which was commonly used in the 1980's.
  91. Use a hint of bit crushing across the whole of your mix to add colour. Be careful when doing this on your mastering as most of the time it'll just sound distorted but used wisely and it can go a long way.
  92. When using vocals make sure that they are in the same key as the rest of track. Common sense but some of you itching to get started to make that #1 hit track might over look this so watch out when when sampling those vocals.
  93. When writing a build up or drop, try stripping away all of the main elements of the track in the last 1/8 of the bar to create a little suspense and the drop/build up will sound 'bigger'. 
  94. You can use Logic and Ableton to edit Quick Time Movies so take this into account if you want to sample those wicked rainforest noises from your favourite wildlife documentary or if you want to sample audio from your favourite movie.
  95. When programming in drum patterns try changing the velocity of the hits to make them sound more human. Try doing this with midi notes, they'll sound less square too.
  96. Use the recorder on your phone to record melodies that pop into your head. Don't be afraid of humming or singing them ion your phone - you never know when inspiration will strike! 
  97. Use major chords to evoke happy emotions while minor chords can be used to evoke sad emotions.
  98. It took me years to figure this one out: There are no secrets to making music. It might seem like your mixes sound flat, your music might sound uninspiring and you might think that you'll never make a release quality track. But the key is hard work, patience and persistence. Be willing to make mistakes and embrace learning. There is no perfect way of producing/composing music. Keep pushing yourself, have motivation and do it for the love of music and you can't go far wrong. You'll get there eventually and the journey will be well worth it.     
  99. You make the music, your gear doesn't make the music. You can go and invest in a top of the range studio but that doesn't mean you'll produce top quality music. A top quality producer can still produce top quality music on the most modest's of set ups. Learn your craft, develop an understanding of music theory, acoustics, mixing techniques, understand and appreciate other genres of music, learn how to use your set up and the rest will follow. You'll soon be king of your studio.
  100. There are no rules. Good music is all that matters right? what you use, how long it takes and how you get to the holy grail of a release quality track is up to you. People dancing in the club don't care where the track came from, they care how good it is - this is what you are judged on. It's thickle but focus on a great sound and a great production and that is all that matters. Simples.       
  101. Have patience. Practice makes perfect and just because you know how to use Logic with Ableton as a re-wire slave, doesn't mean your going to become the next big thing overnight.
All the best! 

Joey :)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Joey Martinez Kick Drums

Hey Guys!

Here are 10 of my favourite kick drums ready for you to download for FREE!

Can't find the right kick drum for your music productions or do you just want to build your kick drum sample library?... Well here are 10 kick drums for you to download now.

There are no excuses.... download these kick drums from my SoundCloud & get started now!!!!!

Joey Martinez KICKDRUMS

Joey Martinez Kick Drum                 DJ Joey Martinez KICK DRUM 


Friday, 18 October 2013

These Gods Will Fall


I am very excited to announce that my Remix of Marc Vedo, Boy George, Federico Scavo and John Gibbons is out now & available to download at Beatport as a BEATPORT EXCLUSIVE!

These Gods Will Fall - Joey Martinez Mix Beatport Exclusive

I am very blessed to be part of this release and I am forever grateful to Alex Kenji & The Hotfingers Team in giving me the opportunity to remix this song and to work alongside great names and some of the biggest guys in the house music scene at the moment... So Thank You Alex Kenji & Hotfingers... You have made me very happy! & Thank you to everyone who supports and buys my music!

These Gods Will Fall - Joey Martinez Mix (Joey Martinez Music Channel)

These Gods Will Fall - Joey Martnez Mix (Hotfingers Records Youtube Channel)

Marc Vedo & Federico Scavo feat. Boy George & John Gibbons - These Gods Will Fall (Original) Music Video

Monday, 30 September 2013


Hi Guys!

Hope you are well! Joey Martinez Mashup

Here is the download link to my new Daft Punk Bootleg & no... It's not a Get Lucky Mashup ;)

It's a French House track that I made myself with a twist of Daft Punk. Joey Martinez Daft Punk Mash up

128 bpm so it's perfect for those party raves where it's going right off! Joey Martinez free Bootleg

Here is the download link

Have a listen, download and please comment if you like :) Joey Martinez Harder & Better Mashup

I'm giving away a free download just for you beautiful people :) Joey Martinez Free Download

ENJOY & keep smashing those dance floors :)

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