Beat School

Beat School

By Kia Orion
This podcast is for beatmakers, beginners and bedroom producers who want to level up their production. Weekly episodes on gear, philosophy, marketing strategies, creativity, and productivity. Hosted by Kia Orion. ESKETIT
Available on 9 platforms
HOW TO START SELLING BEATS ONLINE?
THIS ONE. Gems dog. Want to know how to crack into the Youtube game? This is an episode you don’t want to miss. I share my exact process on how I was able to start making sales from Youtube and other places online. Case and point: it’s not about spamming people, it’s about continually showing up and providing value. DMing people a spammy soundcloud link ain’t gonna cut it. You have to actually treat people like...people. What a concept. If you want to start making sales you have to put the work in. But it might not be as hard as you think. As long as your beats are decent you’ll be able to make sales. And don’t underestimate the power of free. Give this one a listen and let me know if you need help getting bites on your beats, that’s what I’m here for.  - Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! Head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
11:44
April 12, 2019
HOW TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WITH A FULL TIME JOB?
OOOHHH YOU AIN’T READY FOR IT. I probably get too personal on this one, but it’s my podcast. So fuck it. This is the most difficult question to answer, because I’m an extreme guy. It’s actually this exact question that inspired me almost exactly a year ago to sell all my shit, quit my job, and buy a one way ticket to Thailand. Full time jobs blow. Unless you’re one of those people that like your job. Then you’re lucky. And I’m jealous. But I never liked working full time, and I realized after having a series of big boy jobs that all I really wanted out of this life was to travel and make music. So that’s what I do now. It was easily the best decision I’ve ever made. I could continue to rant about happiness and life purpose, but for the sake of your sanity let’s just say balancing a full time gig and music is not easy...but it’s possible. - In this episode I dive into my top resources and recommendations on how to maximize your time outside of work to be productive. It’s for this exact reason I created my new course, the Blueprint to Beatmaking. It’s meant for beginners and busy individuals. In it I give aspiring producers a step-by-step framework to make beats that it took me years to learn. Save time. Improve quickly. And make better beats. I take the trial-and-error out of it so you get right to the good stuff. Interested in learning more about the course? You can find out more here or by clicking the link below.  - Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! Head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
12:48
April 10, 2019
WHERE TO FIND INTERESTING DRUM SOUNDS?
Get creative! Watch some videos of Timbaland in the studio and you’ll see how many interesting sounds he makes himself. Have a microphone? Go record random stuff in your kitchen. No microphone? No problem. Use your iPhone. Using sounds you record yourself can be a really fun and creative way to incorporate more of yourself into your music. I also recommend layering sounds. If you don’t want your tracks to sound like everyone else then don’t use the same samples as everyone else. OR...start with samples you like but layer other interesting sounds on top of them. Think outside the box. In this episode I give you some resources and inspiration to set yourself apart.  - Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! Head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
04:37
April 8, 2019
HOW TO MAKE MY TRACKS LOUDER?
Have you been trying to make a track louder but can’t seem to bump up the volume no matter what you do? I got you. Truth be told a lot of volume issues stem from a bad mix. Mastering a track isn’t rocket science, the real key to getting a loud track actually happens way before you start to bring up the master volume. In this episode I give you my tips and tricks on how to mix a track properly so that by the time it comes to mastering all you have to do is use a limiter to raise the volume and add some final touches. - It’s not always about making the track louder, it’s about carving out space so each instrument has a place to live and interacts with the other elements of the track. There’s no secret to making an amazing mix from the jump, it’s a skill you have to learn from doing it over and over again. So listen to this ep and then get to mixing! Nothing to it but to do it.  - Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! Head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
06:34
April 5, 2019
SHOULD YOU PAY FOR PLUGINS?
YES. Yes. and...Maybe. This is a tricky question because it honestly depends on where you’re at in your career. I’ll say this time and time again, it doesn’t matter how fancy your plugins are if you’re trash at making beats. It’s like anything else. Master the basics first and the rest will follow. Plugins are the icing on the cake. Want to be an amazing boxer? It doesn’t matter if you have the nicest gloves if your footwork is whack. Now, once you’ve got your fundamentals down and you want to level up plugins can be a great way to do it. I’ll be doing an episode soon on my favorite free plugins, but for now if you want to know some great paid and free resources you can download my guide where I go in-depth on both at www.kiaorion.com/software.  - Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! Head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
07:28
April 3, 2019
HOW TO STAY INSPIRED & CONSTANTLY CREATIVE?
Woo! Now THIS is one of ‘dem ones! Want to stay creative? Put yourself in positions to constantly feel creative shit. Music and art are emotions. Period. It’s important to treat your creativity like a job. But it’s equally necessary to have life experiences to draw from to encourage that. I spent most of my 20’s trying to reach arbitrary milestones with my music. Instead what happened was I let some of my best years pass me by. In this episode I take a deep dive into what I’ve found the best practices to continually be creative and bust through plateaus. Staying inspired when you’re doing the same work every day over and over can be difficult. I share my top recommendations on how to balance your creative work with your real life and how they don’t have to be mutually exclusive.  - Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! Head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
13:14
March 29, 2019
WHERE DO I FIND DOPE SOUNDS? (MY TOP 5 RECOMMENDED RESOURCES)
This is an important episode. I give you my top resources online to find inspiration and interesting sounds. By incorporating different and unique sounds you can really breathe a lot of life and character into your tracks. So, where to find these sounds? Listen to the episode to find out! Or you can download the guide here lol. When you approach your next track try to include a sound that you’ve never used before, bring some ambient noise in to tell a story with your beats.  Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! So - head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
05:41
March 25, 2019
SHOULD YOU SEND THE SAME BEATS TO DIFFERENT RAPPERS?
As I’m sure you probably guessed...it depends. There is a strategy to how you send beats out, and it depends on where you’re at in your career/what you’re shooting for. Peep the episode to hear what my current tactics are with sending beats to artists, and the recommendations I give for a few different scenarios.  Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! So - head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. I hope you take what worked well for me and incorporate these strategies in your decision. Believe me, you won’t be sorry if you take the time now and experiment. But you will if you waste time trying to switch in the future.  I personally use and recommend Ableton Live (you can get a free trial here) and if you do decide to go with Ableton here are a couple resources I’ve put together to get you going as fast as possible.  This is my free Ableton course on how to get started making beats in 45 minutes or less.  And here are my top 5 resources for how to upgrade your production almost immediately. 
09:35
March 23, 2019
WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO CONNECT WITH OTHER PRODUCERS?
Music is a collaborative process. That’s not a secret. So where are the best places to connect with other producers? I’ve got a few recommendations for ya. Building your community is a huge element of success. They say you’re an average of the 5 people you spend the most time with and I have found that incredibly true in my own life. There are a few places online in particular that I recommend looking for community and support when it comes to music production. Hip-Hop producers are notoriously a creative and reclusive bunch, but also many are very helpful and willing to show share tips and tactics. I also recently started to build a community of music makers online, DM me to find out more if you’re interested! Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! Head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
08:32
March 21, 2019
BEST SYNTHS FOR MELODIES?
What are the best synths and plugins for creating melodies? In this episode I do a deep dive into my favorite soft synths, and which ones you should buy depending on where you’re at in your career. I’ll do a guide on this at some point, but just know this: having an amazing plugin won’t make your beats better if you don’t know how to use it. Learn the basics of synthesis and it’ll be a game changer if you want to create your own melodies. You can spend a lot of money on plugins, but they won’t all be a good fit. So if making melodies is important to you this is an episode you’ll want to peep.  Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. I’ve recently updated the course and will be launching the new version soon! Head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. If you’re new to beatmaking I personally use and recommend Ableton Live. You can get a 30-day trial and access my free crash course on Ableton here to  get started making beats in 45 minutes or less. 
10:29
March 20, 2019
WHEN SHOULD I START CHARGING FOR BEATS?
Has anyone bought beats from you yet? Do you think they would? Those are two very important questions, and often more confusing than you might think. I remember when I thought my beats were sellable (they definitely weren’t). At the same time, I didn’t realize until years later that I could have been selling my beats MUCH earlier than I did. It’s a tricky question, and if you’re interested in selling beats online as a part time or full time hustle this is one you’re going to want to listen to.  Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. The course will be enrolling new members soon, so head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. I hope you take what worked well for me and incorporate these strategies in your decision. Believe me, you won’t be sorry if you take the time now and experiment. But you will if you waste time trying to switch in the future.  I personally use and recommend Ableton Live (you can get a free trial here) and if you do decide to go with Ableton here are a couple resources I’ve put together to get you going as fast as possible.  This is my free Ableton course on how to get started making beats in 45 minutes or less.  And here are my top 5 resources for how to upgrade your production almost immediately. 
05:52
March 19, 2019
SHOULD I LEARN TO MIX/MASTER/ENGINEER?
Should you learn to mix/master and engineer? Short answer: definitely. In this episode I talk about the pros of knowing engineering and how it can benefit you even as a producer. Do you need to be the best engineer ever? Absolutely not, but it can have huge advantages. Are you curious how to make better mixes? Ask me about it! Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. The course will be enrolling new members soon, so head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. I hope you take what worked well for me and incorporate these strategies in your decision. Believe me, you won’t be sorry if you take the time now and experiment. But you will if you waste time trying to switch in the future.  I personally use and recommend Ableton Live (you can get a free trial here) and if you do decide to go with Ableton here are a couple resources I’ve put together to get you going as fast as possible.  This is my free Ableton course on how to get started making beats in 45 minutes or less.  And here are my top 5 resources for how to upgrade your production almost immediately. 
07:38
March 17, 2019
IS IT BAD TO SELL BEATS FOR $20?
Is it bad to sell cheap beats to artists? Maybe. In this episode I do a deep-dive into when/why you should sell beats cheap or even give them away for free. There are strategies to keeping your prices high, but don’t forget about the power of free. Listen in to find out what would work best for you and your model.  Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. The course will be enrolling new members soon, so head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. I hope you take what worked well for me and incorporate these strategies in your decision. Believe me, you won’t be sorry if you take the time now and experiment. But you will if you waste time trying to switch in the future.  I personally use and recommend Ableton Live (you can get a free trial here) and if you do decide to go with Ableton here are a couple resources I’ve put together to get you going as fast as possible.  This is my free Ableton course on how to get started making beats in 45 minutes or less.  And here are my top 5 resources for how to upgrade your production almost immediately. 
07:17
March 16, 2019
WHAT SKILLS DO SUCCESSFUL PRODUCERS HAVE?
Last episode we covered the question about whether you need music theory to be a producer (spoiler alert: you don’t), and in today’s class we talk about what skills you DO need. In my experience I’ve found these few things incredibly essential to the success and longevity of music producers, especially in hip-hop. Have a question you want answered? Slide in the DM @kiaorion  or email me here: kia@kiaorion.com - This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. The course will be enrolling new members soon, so head over the course page to claim your spot.  - Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! - I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. I hope you take what worked well for me and incorporate these strategies in your decision. Believe me, you won’t be sorry if you take the time now and experiment. But you will if you waste time trying to switch in the future.  I personally use and recommend Ableton Live (you can get a free trial here) and if you do decide to go with Ableton here are a couple resources I’ve put together to get you going as fast as possible.  This is my free Ableton course on how to get started making beats in 45 minutes or less.  And here are my top 5 resources for how to upgrade your production almost immediately. 
12:47
March 15, 2019
DO I NEED TO KNOW MUSIC THEORY TO MAKE BEATS?
Do you NEED to know music theory to make dope beats? Listen to the podcast to find out! The answer might surprise you. In this episode we talk about how to make beats whether you know music theory or not, and if you don’t possible alternatives to still make bangers. Even if you don’t know it, don’t use that as an excuse not to dive into production.  This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for mastering the fundamentals and mindset of music production. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. The course will be enrolling new members soon, so head over the course page to claim your spot.  Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. I hope you take what worked well for me and incorporate these strategies in your decision. Believe me, you won’t be sorry if you take the time now and experiment. But you will if you waste time trying to switch in the future.  I personally use and recommend Ableton Live (you can get a free trial here) and if you do decide to go with Ableton here are a couple resources I’ve put together to get you going as fast as possible.  This is my free Ableton course on how to get started making beats in 45 minutes or less.  And here are my top 5 resources for how to upgrade your production almost immediately. 
06:23
March 15, 2019
IS SAMPLING ETHICAL?
Most producers have no idea what to do when it comes to using and clearing samples. And for good reason, it’s an incredibly complicated space. Also, is it ethical? I first tackle this question and then give you my recommendation on what kind of samples to use to avoid copyright infringement and sell your beats royalty free with a clear conscience. This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 3-step system for creating beats from start to finish. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. The course will be enrolling new members soon, so head over the course page to claim your spot.  Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to this joint? If you’re not, why you sleepin on the boy? I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in an read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you! I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. I hope you take what worked well for me and incorporate these strategies in your decision. Believe me, you won’t be sorry if you take the time now and experiment. But you will if you waste time trying to switch in the future.  I personally use and recommend Ableton Live (you can get a free trial here) and if you do decide to go with Ableton here are a couple resources I’ve put together to get you going as fast as possible.  This is my free Ableton course on how to get started making beats in 45 minutes or less.  And here are my top 5 resources for how to upgrade your production almost immediately. 
07:49
March 14, 2019
WHAT'S THE BEST GEAR FOR UPCOMING PRODUCERS?
I'm glad you asked. When it comes to buying good gear there is a lot of mixed information out there. I want to be clear that a lot of this will boil down to preference, but I put this episode and guide together with my past self in mind. If i could go back and do it all over again where would my money be best spent? I’ve bought a ton of equipment just to sell it a year or two later. We live in an age when there are more options than ever to choose from, and especially when you’re first starting out it can be hard to find the best fit. You can get the guide and links to all the gear in the episode here.  This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 6-step system for creating beats from start to finish. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. The course will be enrolling new members soon, so head over the course page to claim your spot. 
16:42
March 6, 2019
WHAT IS THE BEST DAW FOR HIP-HOP PRODUCERS?
What DAW is best for hip-hop production?  I get asked this question all the time. Having spent far too much time bouncing around from one to the next I’ve got the scoop on which is best/why.  TL;DR The best DAW in 2018 will be up to you. Everyone has their own workflow and preferences, so take a crack at the most popular DAWs and find out what one works best with your brain. The DAWs I cover in this episode are: Reason Logic MASCHINE Ableton Live FL Studio (ish) I share my tips and tactics in hopes that you don’t have to waste as much time as I did figuring this out. Believe me, you won’t be sorry if you take the time now and experiment. But you will if you waste time trying to switch in the future.  I personally use and recommend Ableton Live (you can get a free trial here) and if you do decide to go with Ableton there are a couple resources I’ve put together to get you going as fast as possible.  This is my free Ableton course on how to get started making beats in 45 minutes or less.  And here are my top 5 resources for how to upgrade your production almost immediately.  This episode is brought to you by: This episode is sponsored by my masterclass “Blueprint To Beatmaking”, my proven 6-step system for creating beats from start to finish. If you are struggling to get started with production OR if you are not progressing as quickly as you’d like to, this course will help you get there. The course will be enrolling new members soon, so head over the course page to claim your spot here. 
20:21
March 5, 2019
WELCOME TO CLASS (Trailer)
Welcome to Beat School! The podcast for bandits, beginners, and beatmakers.  Whether you’re producing from the bedroom or the basement. I’ve got something for you.  This is a Q&A style show where I answer your questions on everything Hip-Hop music related. After producing for over 10 years I get asked a lot of the same questions, so this is my way to put them all in one place. If you're curious on how to upgrade your production game, or your just starting out, ask me anything and I'll include it in the show.  New episodes every week, so stay tuned and let's make some music.  Questions? Send a carrier pigeon...or email if it's easier: kia@orionbeats.com ESKETIT
02:18
March 4, 2019
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