Hyperbits Masterclass Student Spotlight:
'If you don’t ask, the answer is always no'
The bass music and tech-house world of dance music has long been the most competitive scene in the industry — the scene is so saturated that it can be hard to cut through the noise.
Unless, of course, you've mastered the art of trusting your instincts and diving headfirst into the world of music production...
That's exactly what San Diego duo, FOMO, did after working directly with me and my team over at the Hyperbits Masterclass. And the results have been better than I ever could have imagined. With a long string of incredibly successful releases, FOMO is getting millions of streams.
And the craziest part is that they attribute all their success to one thing: committing to a plan and simply loving electronic dance music.
Yes, there is more to it than that but rest assured, it's not anything you yourself couldn't do as well. So let's dive into the interview on the latest Hyperbits Masterclass Alumni Spotlight...
Tell me a bit about your journey as a producer. What got you into dance music in the first place and what about it has kept you going this long?
We got started producing music in college at SDSU when we first met. At the time, we had just been introduced to Dance Music and were simultaneously trying to figure out what to do with our lives so we just took a leap of faith and made it work! In regards to our journey, it has been around an 8 year grind with a lot of speed bumps, but we both see music as one of the most important aspects of life so there’s never been any thought of turning back.
The biggest thing when starting any endeavor is just to trust your instincts and make sure you put in the work every single day.
What quality do you love most about producing music? Has it always been this or has what you deem most exciting about music shifted as your skills have improved over time?
Sound Design has always been our favorite thing about producing. At the end of the day, it’s always the artists that find that new “sound” that push the music scene forward.
We’ve probably taken apart about 500 songs from other artists just to learn all the tricks out there so we can put them to our own use!
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What's the hardest aspect of producing music and what's a 'production hack' you've picked up that helps overcome it?
The hardest aspect of producing is definitely the fact that there’s an infinite amount of knowledge surrounding the topic, this is why we always develop “practice exercises” at every step of the journey to make sure there are no weak points in our production.
We like to think about it a lot like sports, where you practice a majority of the time to make sure you develop a strong skill set.
Probably the biggest production hack we have is like we said above, sitting down and trying to recreate a song from your favorite artist every so often. When you’re consistent with this, you start to develop a big production tool kit over time and it’s easier to get an idea out of your head an into the daw more quickly.
What was your outlook on music production when you first took the Hyperbits Masterclass? Has those perspectives changed at all since graduating?
Honestly, we took the Hyperbits Masterclass during our first couple months of producing so we barely knew a single thing about music.
I guess you could say our outlook on music was we just love this shit so we’re gonna do it by any means necessary, and that hasn’t changed!
What did you think 'success in music' would look like when you were younger? What does it mean to you now?
When we first started, ‘success in music’ meant just having fun and to one day inspire kids just like us that wanted to get started in music (and also make money along the way haha).
This same mentality still stands today, in fact, just last weekend we had a show with a bunch of artists we always looked up to and thought to ourselves “Can you imagine telling us 5 years ago this shit was gonna happen?”
Growing as an artist has been an incredible experience so we plan to be the best entertainers we can be and to inspire anyone looking to do what we do!
Out of all of the online production schools out there, why did you choose the Hyperbits Masterclass?
At the time, we were really into big room house and had been fans of Serik’s for a while so It just made the most sense!
On top of that, the course seemed very thought-out and well organized so we gave it a shot.
Share with me the biggest piece of wisdom that has nothing to do with music, but that has had the largest impact on your musical life.
If you get 1% better everyday for a year, you’re 3.65x as good as you were at the beginning of the year.
Tell me something that nobody told you about the music industry that you wish they would have when you started out?
The secret to success in the music industry is there’s no secret, you just have to think of your own way of achieving it. Everyday there’s someone out there trying something ridiculous that ends up making it, so just be creative with it!
"I still use, up to this day, the reasonings and teachings I learned in the Masterclass, which have helped me overcome critical decisions on arrangement and mixing.
Learning the correct order and chains to achieve a certain result, this has been the most beneficial thing for me"
Tell me your hottest take...
Without fail, this little motto has helped us at every step of our journey: If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.
FOMO's journey has been far from unique. What makes them stand out from the crowd is the confidence to pursue what they love, loving the scene, and dedicating themselves to making it happen. So keep up with their journey through the links below:
Everything that FOMO has done are things you can start doing right now. A lifelong career in music happened for FOMO in under five years — which goes to show that it doesn't take a lifetime to make professional-quality music. But their first step was working with me and my team at The Hyperbits Masterclass.
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