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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.
 
The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.
 
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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…
 
Hey there! Just a quick pop in to say that I'm taking an early summer break this year. If you can call it a break... I'll be taking some time off from podcasting to welcome another little human into the world. I've already got an amazing lineup of episodes in the works for when I return, so make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss them when th…
 
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…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a high end music school in downtown Boston, that serves mostly adults. In this episode, you’ll hear about how the vision Alyssa had for her school has gradually come to fruition and how she’s grown as an entrepreneur, particularly in the area of finance, along the way. If you’ve been listening to the show for a whi…
 
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, …
 
A few months ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jamie Slutzky of the expand online podcast to talk about some of the many ways music teachers can expand their businesses. Today, I'm going to be rebroadcasting Jaime's show here on my feed. But before I do that I want to talk about the Expand Online Summit that I briefly mentioned at the end…
 
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 …
 
We've talked about music publishing and app publishing and digital resource publishing on the podcast before, but in this episode we're talking about something different - fiction publishing! And what does this have to do with music teaching or studio ownership? Well, it just so happens that today's guest, Ashley Rescot, is a violin teacher who too…
 
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…
 
Today’s guest is Stephanie Smith of Dynamic Doodle Co.. She’s another “accidental entrepreneur” who was pretty convinced that running a business other than a music studio was not something she’d ever want to do. But when she had an idea for a studio incentive program that would require investing $250 in a button machine, she decided to offer her bu…
 
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…
 
Today I’m talking to Nick Schlueter, the co-owner of a type of business that we haven’t had on the podcast before. For lack of a better term, I’d call it a dueling pianos talent agency, but I suspect my guest would say that’s too fancy for a venture he and his business partner started kind of on accident. In the interview we talk about how they got…
 
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…
 
Today’s guest, Noa Kageyama, got an early start as a violinist studying with none other than THE Dr. Suzuki - founder of the Suzuki method. Everything was on track for his performance career when he took a class at Juilliard that exposed him to sports performance psychology and the trajectory of his career shifted. Today Noa’s sharing the startup s…
 
As a producer it’s not uncommon to enjoy writing various genres of music, and to want to get it all out in the world.But exploring several creative avenues while establishing your name as an artist can be a confusing business…“Can I release multiple genres of music under one name?”“Should I release my side project under a new alias?”“What happens i…
 
Today’s guest, Tanuja Gomes, is a former banker turned entrepreneur and music school owner. Tanuja shares in the interview how she has built an incredible business over the last decade that serves 75,000 students. Along the way she’s raised money from investors, pursued different formats for music education, and even built some cool technology. A f…
 
Most of us have got an idea of where we want to go in life, and what we’d like to achieve with our music.... You might call it your Plan A.Your True North that guides you towards your goals, or the path that you hope will lead you towards your version of success.But what about Plan B? “Keith, isn’t it sensible to have a back up plan just in case th…
 
I’m taking a spring break from podcasting this week to attend the virtual MTNA conference! If you’re registered for the conference, I gave my presentation “Let the Website Speak: Crafting a More Effective Studio Website” on Sunday, but it’s not too late to view! It will be available for registered attendees through June 1. I’ll be back next week wi…
 
If you’re like most producers, navigating the music industry can seem like a pretty daunting prospect.With little information out there on the ‘right’ way to approach labels, or how to actually get your music in the hands of the right people, making an impact in an industry often working behind closed doors is a real cause of confusion and overwhel…
 
Today I’m talking to Joey Lieber, a music teacher and virtual music school owner, about how he’s made a shift from thinking about income goals to lifestyle goals and how that impacts the way he manages his personal budget and his time. A full transcript for this episode can be found at musicstudiostartup.com/episode076. Upcoming workshop: I will be…
 
As an artist, there’s no better feeling than being inspired to write music that lights you up. But as you may know all too well, inspiration rarely lasts forever. And when it does suddenly disappear from us, we’re left in a place that NOBODY wants to be in…The creative rut.As painful as it is easy to fall into, getting stuck in a rut with no idea o…
 
Way back in Episode 048, Judy Naillon was on the podcast to talk about how she started a ukulele program in her studio. In our conversation, Judy had great things to say about the Rainbow Ukulele curriculum she purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers to lead this program. A lot of you have asked about what it’s like to sell on platforms like Teachers Pa…
 
No matter what stage you’re at in your music production journey, there’s a classic trap that you can easily fall into...and that’s forcing it. I’m sure you’d love to master every step of the production process yourself, or have a super recognizable and unique ‘sound’, or always get quick results in the studio... But in reality, pushing for these so…
 
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