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With his blossoming label off to a blazing start to the new year following the release of his collaboration “Gunfinga” with Conrank in addition to his highly anticipated album, Open World, set to drop next month, Protohype has proved to be quite the force to be reckoned with as we slowly settle into 2020.

Considered a seasoned veteran in the world of dubstep while continuing to evolve as a producer every step of the way, the Underdog Records label boss has recently took the time to share a handful of production tips to help out all those up-and-coming producers out there looking to kickstart their career by learning from someone who certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to engineering some serious heat.


Check out Protohype’s essential production tips below and keep an eye out for Open World which is set to be released March 6th.

1. Focus on mixing, and not mastering.

Mastering is like icing on a cake…it can make the cake better, but if the actual cake itself sucks than it doesn’t matter. Mixing as you create is an easy way to make sure that once you get to the end product, there isn’t much work to be done.

2. Learn how to create your own drums from scratch.

Being able to create unique and clean drum sounds through synthesis is a great way to create your own sound and stand out from the pack…as well as just level up as a sound designer. Everyone nowadays is using the same drum samples from Splice, and getting lost in the crowd. Having original drum sounds is a fast track to owning the club!

3. Organize your samples, plugins, and racks

Having your samples, go to plugins, and processing racks organized in a neat and tidy fashion will help you spend less time picking sounds, and more time being creative.

4. Have different types of production days, but always have purpose.

Sitting down to make music without a goal or purpose is fine if you just want to mess around…but sitting down with an agenda will help you accomplish your goals. Set aside days for sound design, set aside days for melodies and chords, and set aside days to organize. I rarely have success when I create music without an agenda. I will sit down and say “ok, I’m going to start a new drop today, or write chords, or learn a new plugin”…this leads to more consistent success.

5. Take your time finishing and releasing music

Once you release a song, you can’t take it back. And you can’t take back a WIP you sent out to a producer you look up to when you want to send them v5 instead of v3. Only send out finished demos, and only release a track if you are TRULY PROUD OF IT. There have been too many times in my career where I have released tracks just for the sake of attempting to stay relevant. This has the literal opposite effect…you can hear when music has soul, as well as when soul is absent. Put your true love in heart into every element of your song, and your fans will thank you for it!”

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