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Interview with Dynamic Blake McLain (Music Producer)

Interview with Dynamic Blake McLain (Music Producer)

Riddhi Bhattacharya

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I am Riddhi Bhattacharya, a student, freelance blogger and writer and editor at The Teen Pop Magazine. My passion resides in etching down feelings of my heart and notions of my mind – conveying them to the world with my speeches, debates, articles and blog posts.

Today I am in conversation with Music Producer Blake McLain.

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Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake is driven by his desire to become a pioneer in a new age of music. Pulling inspiration from those who came before him, as well as the people surrounding him, Blake strives to provide a new space for people to communicate their deepest emotions through not only his own music, but the music of other artists as well. Through his seasoned experience in Writing, Producing, and Audio Engineering, Blake is has quickly become the backbone of a new era of Music.

Interview with Blake McLain

How did you get trained for music and production?

Actually, I don’t have any professional training in the industry. Everything I’ve learned has been of my own doing and through my own research. In the beginning, I will admit that learning on my own was incredibly difficult as I really had no idea what I was looking for when searching the internet for how to make specific sounds. Other than that, I would say that my learning on my own accord has been more of an asset than a detriment because it’s through trial and error that I’ve been able to learn far more than what is normally taught in an educational setting.

How did you get into music and for how long have you been producing for?

I started playing music when I was around 13. My dad actually bought me a drum pad and lessons for my birthday. From there on I was pretty much sold. I played in a lot of bands all through high school and realized that I had a knack for musical arrangement early on. Once I got to college, I couldn’t play drums anymore due to my being in a dorm room, so I started buying recording equipment and writing my own songs!

People starting out in music may be questioning what they need to get started. What was the first set of equipment/software you ever bought?

The first piece of recording equipment I bought was ProTools when I was in my very first band. We had absolutely no idea what we were doing and the recordings turned out terribly! That being said, I would suggest investing in a DAW of some sort, like Logic Pro or Pro Tools. Honestly, a DAW will give you all the tools that you need to get started writing and producing.

What’s the process you go through in finding the perfect tune? Did you study with courses, learn online or just experiment?

It varies every single time. I’ve learned over the years that you can do everything in your power to pinpoint the perfect writing process, but really, it simply doesn’t exist. Songs come differently every single time. At least the good ones do. Most others end up feeling forced and not very genuine. After the bones of a great song are established though, that’s where things start to get fun and being a producer comes into play. Etching away at a melody and slowly making it as close to perfect as possible is an incredible feeling.

Tell us about a project you are particularly proud of.

One project that I’m extremely proud of and excited to continue is my series The Producer. Having the opportunity to work with artists that have no established name whatsoever is absolutely amazing. Currently I’m working with the winner of last season, Noah Richardson, on releasing his single this spring.

Your song, “Dirty Laundry” was extremely popular and your listeners loved it. How long did you work on it and when did you know it was the right mix?

Dirty Laundry was actually one of those songs that came extremely quickly. It was almost as if suddenly my writing was shoved into a new perspective and everything flowed. After writing it however I took about three weeks recording the song. There were probably around 4 different versions that I played with, the first of which was very punk pop with crunchy guitars.

In the end though, I stripped away the music thinking it might be a fun play on the lyrics to the song, and my vocals really stood out far more than they did in the original version. That’s when I knew I had something special. It finally felt good, like what I had originally heard in my head. Interestingly enough, for that particular song I recorded the vocals first, completely a cappella, then built the track around the vocal to make sure that everything was perfectly in sync.

Your “Producer Reacts” series is extremely popular and people love the way you analyse and break down songs and albums. When first did you have this idea and how did you develop it into what it is today?

There’s an incredibly interesting story behind the series. I was actually on spring break at my family’s condo in North Carolina when Covid hit hard. During the break, my school, Belmont Law, where I was studying entertainment law, informed me that classes were going to continue online. Because of that I decided to stay at my condo alone instead of going back to Nashville.

Honestly, I really just needed something to do in between studying for my exams in order to keep myself sane, so I started the channel. I didn’t tell a soul about it either. I just wanted to see what would happen and I knew I had interesting information to offer, so I started posting. Things really started to take off and it was unbelievably exciting. I didn’t even tell my family or friends until I hit around 40k subscribers. Life is crazy because I never would have imagined myself in this career a year ago.

What inspires you and what makes you want to keep producing music?

Literally everything inspires me which can be extremely motivating but also frustrating at the same time especially with my channel. To clarify, I always look for the good in music, and as a result, I tend to get very excited about what I’m listening to at the time, which drives me to write similar music. The downside to this is that I’m now listening to wildly different genres of music everyday, so writing can be difficult because my inspiration is constantly changing drastically.

Aside from the writing and producing, it’s always been my goal to make a lasting impact on the music industry, and ultimately find a way to take the industry as a whole to a level it’s never seen. That was my primary reason for going to law school and for doing everything I can to be as well-rounded in the industry as possible.

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Rapid Fire:

  • What are you listening to whilst answering these questions?
    Right now I’m actually mixing one of the new songs for my EP. The song is called Daisy.
  • Your favourite genre and era of music
    I honestly can’t pick. Last week it was Motown, the week before it was post-hardcore, and right now, it’s primarily late 70’s to mid 80’s rock. As for an era, I absolutely loved the 70s and 80, but there’s something particularly charming about the music written in the ’40s-’50s. Of course, I can’t forget the ’60s so yeah, I can’t pick.
  • An upcoming star/band that you think has great potential and would make it big?
    Really there aren’t many I’ve heard lately that have given me that feeling and that don’t already have a lot of traction. I’m always listening for someone though.
  • The most common error music producers make
    The most common error music producers make is forgetting that if it sounds good, it is good. A lot of them get way too technical or try to overdo everything. Simplicity is king and uses your ears, not your eyes!
  • If you were to produce a song about the following celebrities, what would you name the song:
    • Billie Eilish: Mona Lisa Smile
    • Shawn Mendes: Falling for a Ghost
    • Why Don’t We: I’d probably have them start doing names like fall out boy used to do where the name is literally a random long sentence like the one I’m currently typing. So Yeah that would be the name of the song haha!
    • Harry Styles: I’d probably give him my song Daisy
    • Taylor Swift: Warning Signs

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Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

Blake McLain is a music producer from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his rise to the top, through his YouTube channel where he breaks down the music of other artists from a production perspective. Within 4 short months, Blake amassed over one hundred thousand Youtube subscribers and created a dedicated fan base on both Twitter and Instagram. In addition to keeping busy with his fans, Blake also writes, and produces his own music; start to finish.

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