I have been developing my music production skills for many years now. In college I took a class on music production, which brought me up to speed with most of the main concepts, but learning in a classroom setting versus learning by doing are two very different things. I decided to focus on learning Ableton, which is different than most other production software because you can perform songs live or on-the-fly as well as fully editing or assembling a song. My progress has been steady, and thanks to a series of "recitals" amongst my friends, I've pushed myself to practice, perform, and record full songs. It's easier for me to start with covers, since I can focus my efforts on achieving a concrete goal while learning a few new production skills along the way, but I also have a number of original songs in the works.
The first song I worked on for a recital was a medley of Justin Bieber songs, "Where Are U Now" and "What Do You Mean". I'm still finishing up the recording of it (I still need the cello parts from a friend), but I will post it here when I'm done. The second song I developed was a cover of the Seeb remix of Mike Posner's song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza". I like the original song, which is acoustic, but the remix was much more popular and doing a cover of it allowed me to work on electronic music skills. You can hear the final recording below:
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