Brandon Cook, Co-Founder of Topple Track, a leading content protection company that works with artists, labels, and distributors to protect and monetize digital music.
Whether you are an EDM producer or not, you're likely familiar with its recent surge in popularity. Producers like Deadmau5, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, and Aviici have all become household names in recent years, and it seems that this is just the beginning. Fueled by technology and a widespread acceptance of electronic dance music, the culture shift has enabled any musician with a laptop to give it a go at electronic music production.
With all of the time and energy that goes into marketing and promotion, sometimes we need to put technology on our side. There are a plethora of online tools and apps that could prove useful to an up-and-coming EDM producer, but not all of these tools are created equally. I sifted through hundreds of apps and found these 5 to be the most unique and powerful tools that EDM producers can use.
This tool helps artists monitor Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and Youtube all from one user-friendly dashboard. Cultivating a fan base becomes much easier when you can schedule posts, upload content, and create competitions all from one place. It is an absolutely essential marketing tool for extending your social reach, saving time and money.
Making a remix but worried about licensing? Check out Legitmix. This web tool was created to help composers who uses samples in their work sell it legally and legitimately. The service removes the sample from your remix or mash-up and allows fans to purchase your work. After purchase, Legitmix prompts fans to buy the original sampled material and reconstructs your remix.
Blend.io is a social platform for music collaboration. The service currently lets users easily publish their Ableton Live projects for the whole world to hear. Others can browse profiles, give feedback, and even remix your works in progress. Blend.io is a great place to put yourself on the map as a producer, build your reputation, and network with other like-minded producers.
TouchOSC is a control surface that lets producers control their production software of choice via iPhone or iPad over a wi-fi network. TouchOSC is fully customizable, allowing you to create your own templates from a variety of controls including rotary knobs, toggle buttons, faders, EQs, and XY pads. This is a great way for producers to keep a "hands on" approach in digital production.
If you really want to stick with your fans and extend your reach, create your own app! Shoutem has simple, pre-made templates for artists to create great looking apps. Add music, photos, videos, news, tour dates and more all at a fairly reasonable price. This is a great way to stand out from the crowd and help your fans remember you.