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Read the [notle] Interview below and share it on social media.


Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Hey, my name is Elton Fernandes, I'm a 20-year-old Fine Art student from Australia and I've been producing music as a hobby since 2013 under the name "[notle]." I'm a self-taught producer. I feel I have learnt so much over the years, but I admit that I still have a very long way to go, before I'm as good as the professionals.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


My style of music has definitely evolved over time and that’s all due to my changing influences since I started producing.
I began making just simple House music, mainly Bigroom House because that’s mostly what I used to listen to (Showtek, Martin Garrix etc.) Then I discovered Trap after listening to DJ Snake’s track “Bird Machine” and I’ve enjoyed teaching myself to produce trap music since then, but I still like making house sometimes. From Trap, I recently progressed to Future Bass music, after listening to artists like Flume, Graves, Fabian Mazur, Boombox Cartel etc.

I went on an art school trip to Japan in year 12 and since then I’ve started watching a bit of anime and quite enjoy incorporating those sort of bright, cutesy vibes and sounds into my music, especially after getting into Kawaii Future Bass and that sort of smooth future bass style. At the same time, I am interested in making down-tempo, emotional music and often tend to mix these different styles together.

I definitely don’t like the idea of sticking to a particular genre. I realise it may turn people off from listening to my music because they wouldn’t know what to expect from me, but there’s something about researching and learning new styles and techniques that keep me interested in producing and I find it a lot of fun. Yet no matter what genre, I always love more melodic music, often on the down-tempo, chill side of the spectrum, because I really enjoy that emotional, melodic side to making music.


What´s new right now?


I have several tracks that I've been working on over the last month or so. I find it hard to stick to one, so I've got a lot that I'm working on simultaneously. I don't really "release" tracks professionally or anything like I said, I do it as a hobby for fun. My music production is just another way for me to create art. I just want to make music for people to enjoy, I don't really have plans to make money from it as yet.

I have been working on producing music for an EP with Toree, a singer/songwriter from Brazil for the last few years and that is near completion, so we'll be releasing that in the near future.

There was a delay in working on anything for the last few months since I required surgery on my eye for a (luckily benign) sun damage, so I've been recovering from that for a couple of months and obviously wasn't able to work on any music for a while. I'm still in the healing process, but I want to continue making more music, it is a passion and slight obsession of mine. I just hope other people enjoy listening to it as much as I do creating it. ?

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?


From experience, I've found that to improve my production skills, I listen to a large range of music and draw inspiration from different styles. Take interesting elements from tracks that you like and try to recreate it as best as you can. You most likely won't get it exactly the same, but chances are that you will learn a lot along the way and end up with something that you can incorporate into your next song/track perhaps.
Try remixing tracks that you like, adding your own style and spin on them. Spend as much time as possible on a track, until you are happy with it. Every time you open it, add something new to it that improves the overall sound of it. Just adding small things in different areas throughout the track can make such a big difference, because it shows that you have taken the time to put in more effort on your music.


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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?


I have trouble with finishing tracks a lot. The main thing that keeps me engaged in a track is whether it appeals to me on most levels. I might like a melody of a track, but if the other aspects aren't really working or sounding good, I just can't seem to find the motivation to continue. I save the file and leave it for later. Start working on a new track, there's more chance that you'll use the time more effectively and in the time that you would otherwise be struggling over a track that is going nowhere, you can be coming up with chord progressions or melodies for other tracks which may be way more interesting and engaging to work on.

Once you know you can handle working a track for days or months, start building a rough skeleton of the track structure. If you have a great introduction, but don't know where to take it from there, something I do it just work on the drums of the build-up, drop and break etc. and layer it all out, then copy and paste out similar sections and once you have a base structure of the track and know where the drops come in and such, then start building the rest of the track from what you already have. Then edit parts which are repetitive or sound similar and add variation, especially to the second half of the track, so that the listener doesn't get bored.

You don't have to start with the drums, you can use any melody, arp, bassline, chord progression etc. to lay out the main outline of the piece and then it is always easier to work on the rest and complete it once you know where all the sections will be going, rather than getting stuck with a really great loop of one section of a track and not knowing what to do from there.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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http://www.soundcloud.com/notle-2

http://www.facebook.com/notleaus

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