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Keith Mills, founder of the Finish More Music system, reveals the creative strategies and mindsets he teaches to thousands of music producers so you can write more and better music, ready to release and share with the world. Discover workflow hacks to speed up your writing process, mindset approaches to overcome avoidance, procrastination and perfectionism, and compositional techniques to help you take your underground dance music productions to the next level.
 
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Do you want to know the REAL biggest mistake you can possibly make? Well today we're talking about the problems that come with success. If you want to play a bigger game and achieve more in your life and with your music, you will be inviting new and bigger problems into your world. …and avoiding them is exactly the way that you'll never reach your …
 
No one wants to look back at a life squandered. …a life spent on poor choices and destructive habits. Destructive habits that put you in quicksand - no matter how focused you are on the race you are trying to run. And if you don't bring the habits and distractions that aren't serving you well into your awareness, then you'll waste time on tasks tha…
 
Do you want to break new boundaries with your music? ...or discover exciting new ways to challenge yourself creatively? Well, today I’m going to share with you a series of powerful and linked mindset hacks that I’ve curated from this year's podcast episodes. ...To help you move faster and further into the next year of your creative journey. To expl…
 
Today we have an amazing mix to round off our series… For our 4th and final showcase we turned to the skills of Australian DJ Hyasynth (Andrew Mashiko) for our showcase from the future! This is a multi-genre mix covering a whole lot of bases and a lot of ground with 34 awesome tracks! Sit back and enjoy!…
 
In part 3 of our FMM DJ mixes, we are being treated to some full-on Techno, in a mix crafted by Alex Mar from Slovenia. As with the previous mixes, this one is created entirely from music made by members of the FMM community. We have more members than ever releasing music and landing on top-tier labels in the underground music scene and more member…
 
We continue our voyage of discovery this week with part 2 of our FMM Christmas Showcase! Today we move into a much more Housey vibe with another cracking mix, this time from our Bristol-based DJ, Tom Marron aka TGM. The quality of music is insane and I absolutely love this mix! It’s a real journey from start to finish and is a great reflection of t…
 
This week I’m bringing you something a little bit different… …and a lot special! To celebrate a wicked year inside the FMM community I thought it would be a great idea to showcase the talents, and highlight the diversity and quality of what our members are producing. So I’m bringing you a very special series of guest DJ mixes from our members that …
 
Have you ever been in a position where the first time you heard something it wasn't the right time? …but the second? That was the moment that flicked the switch. That was the moment that inspired you to be, do and have more in your life and with your music. That’s why reflection is important. It’s so easy to forget pieces of information that can li…
 
This year has been messy... ...one of the most challenging years I've personally experienced in some time. And today I'm going to share with you those challenges - the highs and the lows - and how the journey unfolded up until now. Most of the world treats the end of the year as a time to wind down, but for me , this is the time to put my foot down…
 
There’s a trap that you can fall into that is a sure fire way to lose your energy… ...A trap that will suck the enthusiasm right out of you. And let me ask you, who is more likely to succeed, the person brimming with enthusiasm or the person feeling flat and disappointed? How we measure our progress determines how much progress we are likely to mak…
 
Today we’re looking into a topic that I love... ...this is something that if leaned into can be the basis for a Pandora's box of inspiration. And if you embrace this strategy you will unlock new sonic territory and drive your creations in exciting and original directions. However, if you're closed off to this idea, you run the risk of being stuck u…
 
This week we're joined by a Grammy-nominated producer, DJ, label owner, and bonafide pioneer of Detroit techno. Someone who has continued to set trends and break boundaries with his music, his sound installations, and his performances. The man in question is Carl Craig, a key figure in the electronic music scene who has blazed a trail through sever…
 
We’ve got a pretty special episode waiting for you this week! This is something that we’ve never done before - brand new and totally unique! So let me first ask you this… Do you worry about putting your music out into the world? Maybe a fear of judgment stops you from being creative. Perhaps you are struggling to figure out your next steps. You fee…
 
Don't be a 'Yes, but...' person! We all know people who rubbish ideas. Nobody wants to speak up and share ideas in their presence. And often nobody even wants to be around them. And yet unwittingly, we often find ourselves being THAT person... The person who picks holes in other people's suggestions, cutting the creative connections dead… ...And wh…
 
So here's the deal. We all hit creative problems. And we often try to solve those problems with the same level of thinking that created them. ...forcing a solution the wrong way, digging in deeper, making the problem worse, and building frustration in the process. Maybe you start second-guessing perfectly good work, start to make mistakes, and head…
 
John Graham aka Quivver is a man who's been at the forefront of electronic music for over 25 years, both as a producer and DJ, writing and playing everything from House to Techno to Breaks to Drum and Bass. With his new album Revelate released on Bedrock and hitting the music stores we really got down to the nitty gritty of the creative process and…
 
As music producers we all want to achieve the sound that we hear in our heads but we often get disheartened that our work does not sound as good as our ambitions. ...And this is because our abilities don’t currently match up with our taste... Maybe you can relate...you get so caught up in the idea that what you’re going to make won’t sound as good …
 
Have you ever caught yourself saying “I don't have enough time”? We’ve all been there...you can have hours and hours of time, yet see no meaningful growth in your skills and the quality of your music. But it often isn't a lack of time that is creating the problem… ...it's a lack of efficiency in the way you are operating that is to blame. So how co…
 
The power of getting the right people around us can’t be understated… ...but who exactly should we aspire to surround ourselves with? This week we dig into a concept that ties together several ideas that I’ve talked about previously in this podcast. And these are actually concepts that I've purposely built into the Finish More Music community and t…
 
Today we are in conversation with electronic music legend Dave Seaman, well known for his releases in the famed Renaissance Masters Series and Global Underground and currently releasing music and running his highly respected label Selador. In this episode, we lean heavily into the music industry and what it really takes to get heard and stand out f…
 
We all get opportunities in life, some that come quite regularly and others that are more significant and rare. We sometimes call them lucky breaks, the types of opportunities that can make a huge difference in our life... ...and none of us wants to be the person who had that chance and let that golden opportunity slip through their fingers. If you…
 
If you’re like most music producers juggling the logistics of home life with studio time you’re going to love this episode... Today I’m sitting down with Cassy, a globally in-demand DJ and producer who boasts landmark recorded mixes for the likes of Panorama bar and Fabric, and has releases on a who's who of labels from Aus Music to Uzuri and Bass …
 
Ever caught yourself saying things like “when I can write music as good as this top producer, then I’ll be happy”...? Or, “when I have this piece of hardware, then I’ll be on fire”...?While it may seem harmless at first, it’s actually a sure fire way to kill the vibe and all of your fun in the studio.Because the issue with looking at external outco…
 
We all know that taking big leaps towards our goals requires taking radically different actions to the ones that we're taking right now…But we also know that these radically different actions will bring with them discomfort. Maybe it’s creative anxiety, or the pain from pursuing a fitness goal, or perhaps the hunger of following a particularly diff…
 
If there’s one thing a great many books and online gurus will tell you, it’s that in order for you to succeed, you need to know your purpose in life.A purpose which transcends you, that serves the greater good, and builds your drive, optimism, and resilience to succeed.And so the question beckons, will your career in music be held back until you’ve…
 
Today we're going all sci-fi...yep, it's time to talk about AI! Now when you hear the term Artificial Intelligence (AI), you're likely to either get super excited, or to feel the fear welling up inside of you... And perhaps if you're like me, it's a mixture of both. Because on the one hand, the advances in technology in this area give humanity and,…
 
Today we’re tackling a VERY divisive topic, one that for music producers worldwide has become the cause of a huge amount of debate in the last few years… And that’s the impact that music streaming sites like Spotify, Apple Music and others are having on our scene. Now, many people believe that the current streaming model is crippling artists and da…
 
It doesn’t take an expert to know that when you’re achieving things, like ticking off your to-do list or having a kick-ass 30 minutes in the studio, it feels good. And when you feel good, you’re able to achieve more!But what happens when you’re NOT achieving things?What happens when you feel like you’ve been wasting time, letting life slip through …
 
Today I'm joined by DJ, producer and multimedia artist Rashid Ajami. Now Rashid has been releasing music for well over a decade on the likes of Armada, Anjunadeep, Get Physical and Einmusika to name a few, but the road to releasing on these top labels was far from plain sailing… Like most producers, Rashid has had to deal with his own fair share of…
 
If you’ve been writing music for a while, chances are you’ve got a back catalogue of unfinished tracks that are laying to waste...Or rather than a back catalogue, perhaps it’s a graveyard of unfinished loops.Either way, when we’ve hit a wall with our music or we’re in need of some inspiration, it can be tempting to return to these tracks to get the…
 
Today I'm joined by Barry Jamieson and Dave Gardner, two incredible producers who over the years have quietly had a hand in some of dance music’s biggest tracks, and have a huge list of accolades to prove it...Barry, aka Mono Electric Orchestra, has worked closely with major artists such as Madonna, New Order, Thom Yorke and Depeche Mode, and was n…
 
A good workman never blames his tools...or does he?Today we're going to be talking about the age old producer dilemma: should you switch DAWs? In fact, should you be making any major new purchases for your studio at all? As a music producer, it’s easy to get your sights set on a brand new piece of gear that will seemingly flick the switch for the q…
 
Today is the final episode of our very special series in which we've been hearing about the journeys and lessons from the producers inside of the FMM community.Just like you, these producers have BIG ambitions - and here we get to learn how they’ve faced and overcome a variety of challenges to see the amazing results they are seeing today.In today’…
 
There’s an old saying that goes “the most precious resource we have is time”...But in reality, time isn’t the most precious resource we have - attention is.Because two people with the same amount of time will get wildly different results depending on where they focus their attention, and the quality of that attention. I see so many people using the…
 
We're continuing with our very special series in which we're hearing about the journeys and lessons from the producers inside the Finish More Music community.So today I’m joined by Imran (1MRN), who struggled to write any music for TEN years.But after starting to follow a proven creative process just two years ago, he’s completely revolutionized hi…
 
If you’ve ever found writing music to be a real challenge, you’re not alone.Maybe you’ve been fighting hard to make progress for years, and it just isn’t happening for you...Maybe you keep going round in circles with the same old habits, wondering “why on earth do I keep doing this to myself?!”...Maybe the big question looms large in your mind…”Sho…
 
Today is the start of a very special series in which we're going to be hearing about the journeys and lessons from a number of our producers from the FMM community. And I'm super excited to share these journeys with you because they'll give you the opportunity to learn from producers just like you…Producers who have BIG ambitions, and who've wrestl…
 
An unavoidable part of being a creative is facing your demons: self doubt, perfectionism, worrying about what other people might think...I get it...these are things we all have to stare in the face.But one easy way people often try to avoid these feelings is to start copying other work.(And it’s something you might be doing right now without even r…
 
When you think of the best way to describe the world’s finest DJs and producers, what comes to mind?...Taste-maker?...Trend-setter?...Visionary perhaps? Only a handful of people can really claim to fit that description, but this week’s guest is all of the above…Because in the hot seat this week is Steve Bug - a pioneering DJ, producer and label own…
 
Unless you've spent years with your head in the clouds, you’ll know life is full of ups and downs...And as a music producer, you’ll understand this more than most.Whilst being creative has the tremendous power to light us up, the harsh truth is that it can also bring about negative thoughts and feelings, negative environments, and negative people. …
 
Today I’m talking to certified house legend, Harry Romero...Having helped define the sound of the legendary Subliminal Records before launching his own Bambossa imprint, Harry Romero is an undisputed heavyweight of house music.But even with a string of classic records to his name, Harry’s success lies not in his past achievements, but in his consta…
 
When you think of your dream DJ set, where do you imagine it would take place?Huge festival stage? Sunrise in Ibiza? The deli counter at your local supermarket?Maybe not that last one, for most people...In this special episode of the Finish More Music podcast I’m talking to SUAT, a British DJ who took the internet by storm during the pandemic by sp…
 
If you’re serious about wanting to get your tracks played by your favourite DJs and raising your profile as a producer, there’s one thing that you need to be doing...Releasing.But if you’ve had any experience with submitting tracks to labels in the past, you’ll know the process is often fruitless and unforgiving...Dealing with rejection, the anxiet…
 
To celebrate the release of my brand new ebook 50 Tips for Killer Techno Tracks, I’m sharing with you some of the very BEST advice my guests on this show have given for aspiring producers.Featuring tips from techno legends Dubfire and Alan Oldham, and rising stars Mha Iri, Habischman, and Roberto, this episode is packed full of knowledge bombs to h…
 
For most producers, the quest to create original music is near impossible… Even trying to have your own sound is a whole other battle which many fight, and lose, every single day. But what if I told you there was a special method, in fact a whole new way of thinking, that could set off an avalanche of unique ideas? Well in this week’s podcast I’m g…
 
As electronic music producers, the very art that we pursue brings with it a never ending abundance of options...Just think of all the steps it takes to write a piece of music... from conceiving the idea to composing it, producing it, engineering the track, and then finally shipping it out into the world.Then add all the plugins, hardware, samples, …
 
As artists our mission is to try to take the music we love, and the culture we find ourselves in, further than it was before. But it’s very rare that an artist comes along and influences an entire genre, and even rarer to do that over multiple creative disciplines...Well this week I’m joined by someone who has done exactly that, Alan Oldham AKA DJ …
 
If there’s one giant misconception about music production, it’s that you’ll reach a point in your journey where it suddenly gets easy...Some point where there’s no more anxiety, no more lack of inspiration, no more creative blocks.But in reality, you couldn’t get any further from the truth.That’s why this week on the podcast I’m pumped to be joined…
 
We’ve all heard the phrase “two heads are better than one”.This rings especially true when it comes to your music, as collaborating with another producer can create extraordinary results…From stepping out of your comfort zone to enhancing your workflow to learning new skills and building bonds with like-minded people, collaboration is a source of a…
 
We all want to see progress in our lives, yet I see so many people running around without ever actually moving forward. Like having your foot down on the accelerator but the wheels are just spinning in the mud...Being busy but not getting anything done.I know for a FACT that if that’s happening in one area of your life, chances are that the knock-o…
 
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