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MPW Podcast

MPW Podcast

By Xylo Aria
A podcast about different areas of music production and audio engineering for the everyday musician. Each episode is a discussion between artist, and founder of Music Production for Women, Xylo Aria and a renowned expert in the topic of the day. Although the tools of music production are more widely available than ever before, delving into them can at times feel like a never-ending black hole. The MPW podcast aims to give musicians of today enough starting knowledge without falling too far down the tech rabbit hole!
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2. Shut the front DAW!

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Less is more!
When starting out in the music production or mixing journey, it can be often tempting to keep adding where sometimes taking away may be the right solutions. In this episode, Xylo chat with producer and mixer Nick Mills about his production and mixing process and specifically, the tricks he has to not overdo it! Become a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial
40:11
May 13, 2021
29. Composing for Visuals
In this episode, Xylo chats with LA based producer and composer Drum & Lace on producing for film and visuals, how she got her breaks in the industry and also how to deal with rejection in the industry. Get 30% off the first year's subscription for Distrokid: https://distrokid.com/vip/mpw Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
37:34
April 29, 2021
28. Playback engineering, what is it?
The job of a playback engineer can sometimes be misunderstood. In this episode Xylo chat with experienced playback engineer Rayna Zemel on what the job of a playback engineer entails, her tips to get into it, and also some insightful stories of her time on tour with many world-renowned artists. Become a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial
46:10
April 15, 2021
27. Women in music - a man's perspective
The issue of underrepresentation is sometimes spoken about within silos of men or women but not often between men and women on an equal playing field. In this episode, Xylo chats with guest artist and song-writer Benn Jordan on his take on why there are so few female producers. The episode was inspired by Benn's Youtube video exploring this very issue. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ipb81z46kI&t=1820s Become a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
01:06:23
April 1, 2021
26. Finding Creativity in a Rut
Have you ever sat down to write a song and your brain feels like jelly and tells you that you have no more creativity left if you? Lucky for you, seasoned songwriter Lizzy McAvoy has been in this situations and overcome it countess times, proven by her Gold and Silver Certified song credits aswell as writing for some of the biggest publishing labels in the world.  Become a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
53:60
March 18, 2021
25. We'll be fine, with sound design
The term Sound Design can cover a huge number of things including creating sounds from scratch, to recording environmental noises to manipulating samples. In this episode Xylo chats with sound designer Dom Smart on his various experiences in the field and all the different career paths that sound design can lead into. Get 30% off the first year's subscription for Distrokid: https://distrokid.com/vip/mpw Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
26:10
March 4, 2021
24. The brand for your band
When creating music, an artist's focus can often be on just that, creating music! While that's great, the importance of giving time and thought to a release strategy and PR can be forgotten. In this episode, Whitney Asher, CEO of The Marketing Mixtape shares her best time for DIY tips for when they're approaching self-marketing and where to get startet. Become a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265 Follow The Marketing Mixtape: https://www.instagram.com/themarketingmixtape/
44:51
February 18, 2021
23. Vocals that pop!
Vocals are often the most important element of a track and need some attention during the mix stage to ensure they have the desired presence and feel. In this episode, Xylo Aria discusses the process of mixing vocals, different vocal mixing techniques and favourite plugins with renowned producer and engineer Damien Lewis.  Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
44:10
February 4, 2021
22. Working with Metal
When we think heavy metal, we think a lot of sounds that are really big! Sometimes when we have many sounds fighting for an area of space, it can be a challenge to give each the clarity and space it needs. In this episode Xylo chats with multi-platinum award-winning producer and mixer, Ulrich Wild about working with rock and heavy metal music and his best tips on producing and mixing this genre. Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
44:55
January 21, 2021
21. That human connection
Often when we think production, we think the technical aspects of production and how to create better sounding sounds using the tools available. In this episode however, we chat to producer Maria Elisa Ayerbe about the all important human connection of the producer with the music and the artist. Listen for Maria's tips on how to get the best from the artist during sessions by understanding their needs. Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265 Get 30% off the first year's subscription for Distrokid: https://distrokid.com/vip/mpw
43:11
January 7, 2021
20. Let's play, with Delay
In this episode Xylo chats with MPG Award-winning engineer Manon Grandjean (Stormzy, London Grammer etc.) about different aspects of Delay, how it works and how to use it Manon also chats about her career and her biggest takeaways for new comers in the industry. Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
49:51
December 24, 2020
19. Master of all trades!
Mastering a track before release is something all musicians will most likely need to do at some stage, however, what is involved in this process or the job of a mastering engineer can be a little elusive or difficult to comprehend! In this episode, Xylo Aria chats with experienced mastering engineer Matt Colton on how he approaches the process and what is involved. Matt also provides some general life advice which is worth listening to! Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
59:44
December 10, 2020
18. The Mobile Studio
With such a vast range of technology available to make music today, the possibility of available tools are endless. One thing you may not have considered to be one of them is your iPhone or iPad! In this episode, Xylo Aria chats to Pete Johns from Studio Live Today about the surprising number of possibilities available to musicians with these mobile devices.  Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
39:54
November 26, 2020
17. Live in 3, 2, 1!
In this episode, Xylo Aria chat with electronic music producer and live performer Rachel K Collier on what needs to be considered when setting up your music to play live and what tips and tricks she's learned along the way. They also discuss the behind the scenes of becoming a "real musician" and what success means to Rachel. Rachel K Collier video on Live looping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h47KS_tsSs&t=113s Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265 Get 30% off the first year's subscription for Distrokid: https://distrokid.com/vip/mpw
48:19
November 12, 2020
16. What's the film score?
Composing for film requires a variety of different skills, some may surprise you! In this episode Xylo Aria chats to Nainita Desai who has been involved in composing for Oscar, and BAFTA winning films about the end to end process of film scoring and what's involved, Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
51:27
October 29, 2020
15. The Perfect Mix
Mixing is a huge topic and involves so many different aspects and considerations, from the genre, to the feel you're trying to induce in the listener. In this episode Xylo Aria chats with David Gibson, the author of one of the industry-standard books, The Art of Mixing. They discuss the 4 elements of mixing in the world of imaging and where to start with it! Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
39:30
October 15, 2020
14. Synthesize me!
In this episode, MPW Podcast host Xylo Aria, chats Synthesizers with Novation product specialist Chris Calcutt. They discuss the different types of synths available, what to consider when buying one and what functions you're likely to see in most synths. Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
47:57
October 1, 2020
13. Equalizing the score
EQ is one of the most important tools in a music producer's toolbox but at times can also be the most overused tool. In this episode podcast host Xylo Aria chats with producer and chief engineer of Miloco Studios London Simon Todkill (credits include Elton John, Kanye West, Bastille and more) about what EQ is and when and how to use it. 
39:09
September 17, 2020
12. Get my track on Spotify!
Getting your track to as many ears as possible by reaching music stores and streaming platforms can easily be done through a music distributor. Before using a distributor for the first time however, some artists may assume the process to be difficult or may not know where to start in finding the right distributor for them. In this episode, podcast host Xylo Aria chats to Director of Acquisitions at Distrokid, Daniel G Harmann about the process of music distribution and what artists need to know when finding and using one.  Distrokid have kindly offered all MPW listeners a 30% discount off the first year of their annual subscription! Use the following link to redeem the discount: https://distrokid.com/vip/mpw Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial3273626
41:41
September 3, 2020
11. Time to interface the music!
An audio interface is something that any music producer will need to purchase fairly early on in their music production journey. In this episode Xylo Aria chats to interface expert Caroline Tew about the the main functions of interfaces, and the different features that you will find in most interfaces.  Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
33:26
August 20, 2020
10. Is it legal?
There are many myths about what is allowed and what is not allowed with relation to sampling and mixing in the world of music production. In this episode, MPW host Xylo Aria gets experienced music lawyer, Bindu De Knock's perspective on these myths to break through to the actual facts. Some may surprise you! This episode is a must-listen before remixing/sampling or even covering anything! Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
48:44
August 6, 2020
9. The vocal pack edition
There are a few different income streams available to producers to choose from and making sample packs is becoming increasingly popular! In this episode, Xylo Aria chats with KARRA, an artist who has created two of the most downloaded vocal sample packs on Splice about the sample pack creation process and the steps involved.  Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
44:40
July 23, 2020
8. Stop, Play, Record!
When recording different elements of a song, there are a number of things to think about from the performance, to the instrument, room and the mic. In this episode MPW host Xylo Aria, discusses these elements with seasoned professional recording engineer Olga Fitzroy for tips on how to create the best recordings. Some might surprise you!  Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
26:43
July 9, 2020
7 . A Killer Mindset
Skill and technique in music production is important but almost more important is having a strong and positive mindset! Xylo Aria chats to producer and engineer Anna Laverty about having and developing a killer mindset. They also chat about the impact of perfectionism and comparison and tips on how to not let this overwhelm you! Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
46:02
June 25, 2020
6. My sound, my headphones
Headphones are often one of the first purchases an aspiring music producer will make and is something that they are likely to use on a daily basis. The different features of headphones can make them more or less suitable to certain music-making or recording sessions. Xylo Aria goes through all the different factors to consider when shopping for a pair of studio headphones with guest music producer Sara Carter. Sara also talks about her journey into the producer and engineering world which and how it can be done as a career change from a completely different field.  Sara can be contacted here: https://www.musicmixpro.co.uk/ Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
50:02
June 11, 2020
5. Clinically Compressed
Compression is a topic that all producers need to know about when creating most kinds of music but understanding what exactly it does may not be clear when one's starting out. In this episode, Xylo Aria discusses how compression works, the different elements of it and where to use it with music producer and Abbey Road Institute lecturer Pete Dowsett. Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
47:25
May 28, 2020
4. Let's reverberate!
Reverb is an incredible tool in every music producers toolbox but when you're starting out, one may not understand exactly what a reverb plugin is trying to achieve and how to get the most from it. Xylo Aria goes into this topic in detail with MPG Award-winning producer, and self-proclaimed "reverb monster" Marta Salogni. The episode also goes into the importance of having role models when starting out in the field of music production. Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
42:13
May 14, 2020
3. Sticks and stones may break my microphone
If you've started to do some research on which microphone to buy for your studio set up but are not sure where to start, then in this episode Xylo Aria has you covered. Talking to MPG award-winning engineer Dan Cox, the episode covered the different types of mics that are available and what you need to consider when choosing one and also how to best use it.  Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
47:50
April 29, 2020
2. Shut the front DAW!
Choosing the right Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW) can sometimes feel like a confusing and overwhelming task! In this episode, Xylo Aria chats with user of multiple DAWs and Ableton Certified trainer, Tom Glendinning on the different types of DAWs that are available, what to consider when choosing one and some of the benefits of each. Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
46:28
April 15, 2020
1. Music Production...what is it?
What music production is and the role of a producer can at times be vague and encompass many things. During this episode, MPW host Xylo Aria chats with Grammy-winning producer Catherine Marks about what music production means to her and her journey into it. They also discuss self-doubt and how this impacts creatives at all levels. Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
41:45
April 15, 2020
MPW Podcast - Introduction
A podcast about different areas of music production and audio engineering for the everyday musician. This episode tells you a little bit about what's to come in the episodes and a bit about the motivation to start it! Support us by becoming a member of MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/membership Learn to produce music with MPW: https://musicproductionforwomen.com/free-trial32736265
02:28
February 27, 2020