I’ve been looking into and planning on attending The Academy of Contemporary Music in Oklahoma City. What’s your overall take on music schools? – Sean Gross (0:33)

Why do all of the sounds of big name productions sound so big? I understand mixing/panning/effects, but I feel like they’re all getting their sounds from some hidden vault out there that only they have access to. I’m mostly referring to electronic production, whether it be hip hop, EDM, or pop. – Jon Taylor (7:47)

I feel like my chorus melodies sound a lot like something I’d rather use in a verse, if that makes any sense. – Kate Nord (10:11)

One challenge that I face with my songwriting and that you’ve touched on a bit with your twenty one pilots video, is how do I go from different musical genres/styles while maintaining a sense of continuity, and not having a “grab bag” feel to my songs/albums? – Sean Clements (12:27)

As to my biggest challenge in songwriting, it probably is trying to determine wether a song I write sounds like one solid unit or if it sounds patchy and like it’s made up of different parts with little cohesion. – Lena (18:05)

What advice would you have for a young person who wants to make a living with their own production studio? I have set up a nice home studio with two powerful computers and some nice gear, and I’d like to learn as much as possible about how to maximize its effectiveness and profitability. What resources have helped you build momentum? – Craig Wippich (23:10)

About the Author Friedemann Findeisen

I’m Friedemann Findeisen, a creative weirdo from the middle of nowhere. I love making things, learning things and helping people. If I don’t make, I get restless. If I don’t learn, I feel empty. If I don’t help, I feel ungrateful. Good things have happened when I managed to balance all three.

In the past, I’ve been a magician, public speaker, music video director, songwriter, producer, board game designer, author, publisher, YouTuber, music profiler, illustrator, musician and film composer.

The best things I've ever made are Holistic Songwriting Academy, my book The Addiction Formula, the YouTube show The Artists Series, my Grunge album Canohead and my board game Cantaloop.

  • Songwriter and artist for 15 years. 
  • 10+ million streams as an artist and co-writer.
  • Signed several recording and publishing contracts with Universal, Warner, and Sony. 
  • Headline tours in 20+ countries + many major festivals (including Coachella).
  • Winner of NME and Los 40 artist awards.
  • Degree in Jazz vocals.

He lives in Spain and Australia.
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