It’s my way of showing you how to literally REMIX YOUR LIFE
I have touched lives with my art, but I TRANSFORM lives with Producer Dojo. There is a big difference in how it feels to see producers I've helped crush it out in all avenues of music world and I am HOOKED!
That's why I designed the DOJO MAX membership to fit in any producer's workflow and for every type of genre, sound, style, and skill level.
That was me. For YEARS.
But then I got a little help from my friends: When I finally accepted that it was next to impossible for me to figure it all out on my own, and started treating music as a collaboration instead of a competition, it was like a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. When I started learning from established producers who were making the music I wanted to make, instead of dry tutorials from educated wanna-bes, I learned the workflow and started finishing my tracks. When I learned to make the process FUN for myself, I became addicted to making music and the 10,000 hours it takes to become an expert flew by before I knew it.
Music saved my life. Making music took me places I never imagined. When it was my turn to give back I created Producer Dojo, and now the Dojo has a life of its own. I knew it would be good, but I never thought it would be THIS good. Your success is my success, and the success of our Producer Dojo members is living proof that the system works.
All you have to do is keep showing up.
Our system, our senseis and the Dojo community will keep you on track, keep you accountable and make sure you meet your goals. It’s not impossible to learn everything on your own, but it’s a LOT harder, and it takes at least five times as long. Progress is all about momentum, and you can’t have momentum without direction. You can take a long zig-zag path full of dead ends and false starts OR you can learn from those who’ve made the mistakes and save yourself a ton of time and effort.
Every producer is different, but the problems we face are the same. We think external factors will solve our problems but the real issues are internal: we get distracted by shiny objects and infinite possibilities. We procrastinate. We get in our own way. We fear we are not living up to our potential. We have trouble finishing things. We have trouble meeting deadlines and we have trouble taking accountability.
The good news is that this is all normal so you don’t have to feel bad about it. But you’re not going to escape this cycle if you don’t commit to making a change. If you want to solve a problem once and for all, you have to tackle the root of the problem.
That solution begins with you, right here, right now deciding that enough is enough and making the commitment to Remix YOUR Life by joining Producer Dojo today.
Imagine how it’s going to feel when you cross those goals off the calendar on your wall.
Imagine how you’ll feel when your friends hear your progress and say, “Damn! What have you been DOING!?”
Imagine how you'll feel knowing that you’re living a life authentic to your OWN values, setting your own rules and living up to your own measure.
Imagine how you’ll feel when someone at a party asks what you do and you can point them to a sick artist page filled with all of your awesome new music.
You’ll know you put your money where your mouth is and did something of real value that you can be proud of for the rest of your life.
When you taste that feeling, you’ll get hooked and then it becomes easy. We’ll get you through the hard part as quickly as possible. It’s like a recipe we’ve made a thousand times before: if you follow the steps it won’t take long.
Supported by Science
Here’s how it works:
We hack discipline by making it fun. We get together online frequently, we support and encourage each other, and we all share everything we learn with the community. There is strength in numbers, but there is also FUN in numbers! We get together every month to celebrate the progress of our members and we give away prizes to the most deserving members. We have amazing prizes, too: you can get one-on-one time with me personally, and we give away software, memberships at Producer Dojo, and even physical hardware prizes like a Maschine Plus standalone from Native Instruments!
Having a Guide makes all the difference:
Working one-on-one with a coach will be the backbone of your growth in Producer Dojo. This is hands down the most important part of this membership. I cannot stress this enough. When you have a professional producer working alongside you, you'll take the fast path around the noise and be able to focus on embracing your strengths and strengthening your weaknesses in every phase of your production. I'm 100% positive that your music means something personal to you; and your training deserves to be personalized for you.
Our Dojo Senseis have gone through my programs, they’ve released on my label, and they know EXACTLY what it takes to gain significant progress in production and the music industry. They know because they've already done it.
Every month you’ll meet with one of our Dojo Senseis and you’ll get an hourlong video session. During this session, your Sensei will help you break through any of the blocks you may be currently facing. They’ll be your coach and they’ll hold you accountable to your goals and deadlines.
Not only will you get one-on-one coaching with your Sensei, but I’m throwing in a couple of badass bonuses!
You'll have EVERYTHING you need to be successful.
The Power Of Choice
I geek out on people who transform their lives, we all do. It’s inspiring, special and reminds us that WE ourselves have the power to change our lives at almost every level. That’s the beauty of free will: you have the power to make a decision and Remix Your Life.
While I was backpacking through Southeast Asia, I met an American doctor and his family on an extended vacation. He’d written books, fallen in love, had a beautiful family and a thriving career, yet somehow, also managed enough free time that he could float down a river with a bunch of young people stopping to chug Lao beer and jump off Tarzan ropes. Clearly this carefree doctor was a man I could learn from so I asked his advice. I will never forget his words, he said:
“You can change anything you want about your life, Dylan. Don’t like your job? Get a new job. Don’t like your city? You can move. Don’t like the people around you? Go find new ones. The only things you can’t change are permanent health problems and the way you’ve spent your time. Most people don’t realize this or maybe they’re too afraid so they just do the same thing forever and then hate their lives. Don’t fall into that trap!”
Humans are geniuses at rationalizing our decision making. No matter what you believe, there is a website out there with all the confirmation you need telling you that you’re on the right path. There are a million reasons NOT to make music, write a novel or go to Burning Man. They’re expensive, they take lots of work, you don’t know how they’ll turn out, blah blah blah, on and on and on. We don’t make decisions rationally, we make them emotionally. The thing to realize is that we all have a metaphorical demon inside that gives us terrible advice all day and makes us say things about ourselves we would NEVER be mean enough to say to another person. This demon feeds on fear and shits poison. It’s your job to slay this demon by choosing love. If you face every choice as a choice between fear and love it is a lot easier to see through the demon and make less regrettable decisions.
In this fascinating study a large group of older people were asked to reflect on what they regretted when they looked back on their lives. One would assume that older people reflecting on their lives would regret some things they had done. People do awful things every day after all, but as it turns out, the subjects regretted the things they HADN’T done much more acutely. It turns out it is much easier to forgive ourselves for making mistakes than it is to forgive the lack of initiative. This makes sense in retrospect; humans make mistakes and we are all only human, but the price of our humanity is the inevitability of death and the reality of all the time we wasted. I am reminded of this anonymous quote:
“The definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.”
So how then are we to avoid slipping into inertia and apathy, procrastinating and distracting ourselves while we run out the clock? How can we learn to delay gratification, prioritizing what we TRULY want over what we want in the moment? I have thought long and hard about this. I’ve studied some of the best science on this subject, and I’ve experimented on myself and my students for fifteen years now. I’ve learned to hack my psychology with a simple, easy to follow recipe for tricking myself out of being a lazy bastard and into creating the life I always wanted. And, I’ve learned to replicate this effect on thousands of others. I call this art of lifestyle design ‘Remix Your Life’ and it kicks off every January at Producer Dojo. Now let’s talk about the science of why it works.
According to many studies (like this one from Gail Matthews at Dominican University) there are three magic tweaks that, when used together, are able to more than DOUBLE the rate at which people achieve their personal goals, regardless of whether the goals are about fitness, creativity, or anything else.
REMIX YOUR LIFE three factors:
These three factors used together are how I have been able to Remix My Life, finally getting regular with working out, quitting drinking, losing weight, writing in my journal daily, and even doing timer beats every single day for over three months!
Another major factor in the determination of success is Loss Aversion: a cognitive bias first identified in 1979 by Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in their groundbreaking paper ‘Prospect Theory’. In this paper, they showed that we value the pain of loss more than we value the pleasure from gaining the same thing, even when it is clearly irrational to do so. Athletes perform better when they are behind and there is a distinct psychological advantage to being the challenger vs the defending champion. Here’s another classic example of loss aversion: In a tennis club with a free outdoor court (weather permitting) and an indoor court that requires $50 to reserve - what do you think happens on a nice day? Most people who paid the $50 will play the objectively inferior game of indoor tennis so they don’t count the $50 as a loss in their memory afterwards.
I experienced the power of loss aversion for myself at the turning of the millennium. I was the DJ in a breakdance crew full of straightedge vegans who were always making fun of me for smoking, drinking, eating bad food and not exercising enough. They had a bet going where they all put in $50 and promised no drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, unhealthy or non-vegan food and working out every day for three months. One slip up and your $50 went into the pot and those who remained impeccable got to split the pot at the end. They saw me as easy money and asked me to join in. I saw them as pretentious vegetabullies and wanted to beat them out of spite. One by one, I saw them all fall. At the end of the three months I emerged a changed man. I had developed a taste for discipline and home cooking that has stayed with me to this day.
So all of this is to say that one of the MOST motivating things you can do is to commit, and to place a bet on YOURSELF with some real consequences (after the 30 day trial period of course). You don’t need to bet a lot of money because the Dojo membership is extremely affordable, but even the small amount we charge has proven to be enough to tap into loss aversion and help motivate our members to be their best.
Speaking of refunds, we always allow 30 days for you to change your mind and ask for a refund. Although I don’t consider myself Buddhist, I try to live by their Eightfold Path, a set of best practices which includes ‘right livelihood’ squarely in the middle. In this day and age it’s also really hard to go around being a jerk without it blowing up in your face and taking you down. As a result we have an extremely high customer satisfaction rate. I know that having this policy means you could sign up, raid the entire website, do a session with one of our Senseis and then get a full refund, but I’m willing to bet that you won’t do that. I win this bet every time because the Dojo is the real deal and it transforms lives every day. I have the utmost confidence that once you’ve made your commitment, turned your goals into deadlines and made some new friends in the Dojo, you’ll want to keep training and celebrating your victories with us. Check out what other members just like you have to say about their time with Producer Dojo.
Now we are at a crossroads and you have a decision to make
You can keep doing what you’ve always done and keep getting the same results you’ve always gotten. OR, you can choose to commit to this path and Remix Your Life with Producer Dojo. Do you have a burning voice inside of you telling you that you HAVE to make music or are you cool just doing whatever? Are you 100% happy with your music or do you want to push yourself to improve? Are you cool playing WIPS for houseguests or do you want finished releases for the whole world to hear? Do you want your 90 year old self to be proud or call you out? Do you want to choose fear or love?
I’m asking you to bet on yourself, but it’s not a risky bet. The Dojo recipe has worked thousands of times before. You have 30 days to get a full refund if you change your mind. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. The only way you lose this bet is by not making music or booking your sessions.
Are you sick of waiting for ‘some day’?
Are you ready to Remix Your Life?
Great. Then I’ll see you in the Dojo.
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The DOJO MAX MEMBERSHIP Includes:
Every month you'll get to work with an artist on your tracks and get the personal attention your music deserves.
Hit the library
Your coach will guide you through the 400+ hours of videos in the Dojo, prescribing you the exact learning to jump start your growth.
make awesome music
The best way to solidify everything you learn is to practice. Writing music is the most important part of being a musician!
Check in with one of the coaches any time you want. Link your latest song & get detailed, in depth feedback.
RELEASE GREAT MUSIC
Nothing feels quite like listening back to your new song and thinking, "I can't believe I made this." That's what it's all about!
REPEAT AND LEVEL UP
Finishing your best music is addictive. The results will keep you coming back for more!
LET'S MEET YOUR COACHES
Specialties: Sound Design (Operator, Wavetable, Resampling), Mixing, Arrangement/Song Structure, Workflow
Creating music for the lovers and the lost. 6TH STREET's latest EP "Neon District" hitting #1 in future bass, trap, electronica, and dubstep on Beatport and has rocked successful releases on the various labels, including the Producer Dojo, Artist Intelligence Agency (Hegemon Select), and 99L.
Specialties: Chords and melodies, Vocals, Social Media and Branding
Future Twist are a duo of Alumni from the Class of 808 program, who came back to support the students of today. They focus on a blend of melodic yet heavy bass music, and keep up with all the hottest styles of electronic music today such as Colorbass. Since graduating from the Dojo, they’ve gone on to play in direct support slots for artists like Pixel Terror and Dr. Ozi, written collabs with artists who have headlined shows in their city, and signed music to multiple different labels. Their goal as mentors is to help students find their creative edge, where they can stand above the crowd through modern and innovative self-expression.
DAW(s): FL Studio, Ableton.
Specialties: Composition, Modern / Innovative sound design, Artistic intent, Brand Development.
Cryptochronica is an Ableton Maestro who specializes in Composition, Arrangement, Mixing and Mastering, Layering and Detailing. Through demonstrating all the latest Ableton hacks and high-level functions, Cryptochronica's fast-paced, vital lessons will teach you speed, control, and fluency in the DAW.
Specialties: Composition, Mixing, Workflow and Detailing
Illexxandra’s producing and performing career covers a huge range of styles. She has released jungle and footwork tracks with Hospital Records, Black Marble Collective, and more. She has released glitch-hop and halftime tracks with Producer Dojo and Mallabel. Illexxandra co-founded the long-running Tropic of Bass party in DC and was a longtime resident at NYC’s breaks party Vitamin B. Illexxandra helps students clarify their intentions and distill their goals into repeatable methods. She has a background as a professional singer and studied music at Northwestern University and the Manhattan School of Music. In lessons, she covers everything from efficient basics to advanced mixing/mastering, sound design, artist psychology/philosophy, artistic identity, and DJ performance techniques.
Specialties: Song structure, mixdowns, philosophical outlook
Spiderhound has been producing music for 30 years and he wants you to learn from his mistakes so that you don’t have to endure what he did over the years. In addition to helping you with cutting edge music production, he can help you manage the psychological aspect of making music so that you can maintain a positive and healthy outlook while increasing your productivity and working towards your clearly defined SMART goals.
Specialties: Workflow, Project Management, Mixing, DIY Mastering, Creative Hacks
Moonsplatta used to be a physicist, now he makes and teaches music. He loves to talk about anything and everything from nerdy technical things like sound design and music theory to the more abstract like finding inspiration and developing workflow.
Specialties: Sound Design, Modular Synthesis, Mixing, Arrangement
Luke Rain has released bass tunes independently and through the Producer Dojo label, and as Trap Jesus he has produced rap and RnB records for up and coming indie acts Bingx, Sam Shoemaker, Wonderwish and more that total over 1 million streams on Spotify. He's an expert in Reason Studios and enjoys giving track feedback and teaching Dojo Ninjas about productive mindset and time saving tips, including library organization, sound palettes, mix templates and setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
DAW(s): Reason 11
Specialties: Workflow, Mindset, Productive Habits, Engineering and Arrangement
Much of Daniel's music is inspired by his spiritual awakening journey. He aims to help spread a message of unity, peace, and harmony through his music and empower others to do the same
DAW(s): Ableton, Logic (for recording and comping)
Specialties: Songwriting, Production, Creativity, Finding Your Sound & Brand
Tesko loves teaching all levels, but he's extra passionate about leveling up the producer who knows their tools to freely express themselves in the DAW. However, his approach is not at all DAW-dependent and instead focused on understanding why/when to apply techniques - with that said, he can also deep dive into Ableton workflow and shortcuts!
Specialties: Workflow, Mixing, Developing your own sound, Finishing
As a House and Techno producer, ShadowStar can teach you how to harness the FEELING of House music, and how to appreciate the full range of Techno. He likes to approach music as if he is an Audio Alchemist- to calibrate and create. He loves to share this concept with anyone that resonates. His goal is to link up with the people with who he can best serve as a guide to getting on the fast track of music production.
If you're the kind of student that is teachable and wants to work hard, he is here for YOU!
DAW(s): Ableton, (NI Maschine/Reason 12 coming soon)
Specialties: S.M.A.R.T Goals, Style Development, House/Techno Composition, Philosophy
DETØX has been featured by media outlets such as EDM.com, electric hawk, Conscious Electronic and others while gaining support from well know producers in the industry. Known for his style of heavy and uplifting bass music, DETØX loves working with up and coming producers to make sure they get the knowledge needed to reach industry standard in today's competitive market and to find the quickest and easiest ways of getting what's inside, out. Art is one of the main ways we can heal from our past trauma and DETØX is dedicated to making sure you get exactly what you need out of your music experience and journey.
DAW(s): FL Studio
Specialties: Arrangement, Sound Design
The DOJO MAX MEMBERSHIP Includes:
The ill.Methodology Complete Collection
This truly is the complete collection of my work as a music educator
I’ve extended my methodologies to help producers at every level of production and built an entire collection of my workshops, samples and products. I’ve founded a record label and a music community. I’m still doing work for big names and all of that work is in this complete collection.
The DOJO MAX MEMBERSHIP Includes:
400+ hours of on demand training
The Weekly Download is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to close the gap between your unfinished music and the music you'll be inspired to complete. When you work with a Sensei, the hundreds of hours of tutorials inside the members' area will become an encyclopedia for your growth and training.
Even if you signed up, raided the downloads and cancelled, you'd still have hundreds of dollars in new tools.
You'll enjoy access to the full archive of weekly downloads (over 300 weeks and counting) including LIVE Workshops, a growing archive of VIP tools, sound packs, templates, samples & presets for the modern producer.
The DOJO MAX MEMBERSHIP Includes:
unlimited track feedback
Track feedback is such a valuable thing that a producer can have at every skill level. It's one of the best ways to learn where you can keep improving your production.
In addition to written track feedback from the Senseis whenever you like, we also have a recurring stream every Wednesday and Friday with LIVE track feedback from ill.Gates, the Senseis, and special guests from outside the Dojo!
Featuring Weekly track feedback streams!
Every Wednesday and Friday on Dojo TV, you can join our live track feedback streams with one of our amazing Senseis and occasionally ill.Gates as well! You'll be amazed when you see how interactive track feedback can be when the keyboard barrier is broken.
The Producer Dojo mixtapes, called cyphers, have been a staple on the label since its inception. ill.Gates has played entire sets of cypher tracks and Ninjas have even gotten gigs from promoters who listened to the cyphers!
Bonus: The EDM Cookbook
1. the melodic buildup recipe
2. The Synth Sampling Recipe
3. the preset shredding recipe
4. the sample based recipe
First comes Finishing. Then comes Speed. Then comes the best music of your life.
This year we gave the EDM Cookbook a complete makeover and pushed it into 2022 and beyond. Now within the sample projects you can download, you'll see the entire breakdown of our updated recipes in an entirely new light.
These Recipes and Workflow Timers, when properly utilized, are the most effective learning tools you could possibly have.
We've completely revamped the projects - allowing you to download the templates and access the revised and refined notes & recipes within the projects inside your DAW!
**Added compatibility for FL Studio (More DAWS coming soon!)**
Still on the fence? Check this out…
lll.GATES is a bass droppin’, educatin’, oscillator modulatin’ space genius from the future. DJing since age 13, ill.GATES has had a long and lavish career in the music business. Known for his epic collaborations with underground legends Opiuo, KJ Sawka, Excision, Destroid, Beats Antique, Mimosa, Amon Tobin, Eskmo, Apashe, The Dead Kennedys, Mr. Bill, EPROM, G Jones, and Grammy-winning artists Gucci Mane and Alanis Morissette (14 nominations, 8 wins), his music is no stranger to the top of the charts.
With 4 studio albums under his belt and hoards of unreleased original music ill.GATES is known for unforgettable live sets peppered with improvised finger drumming and original visuals. Many up and comers and professionals alike credit ill.GATES with breaking them out of their shell and into the music business.
How did we remix our lives?
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