A bit about my worldwide trips, oriental culture, music production, Ableton & Apple, people I met, things I learned and discovering new sound in 2016

 

My Korean friends always tell me that when an opportunity arises, you need to react upon it as quick as possible. So I did, and here are some of my favourite experiences in 2016.

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Review of the songwriting conference Songs Con in Berlin on 8.10.2016

 

I didn’t stumble upon David Guetta and Max Martin, like I did at ASCAP Expo 2016 in Los Angeles earlier this year, but it was indeed a unique and valuable experience.

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Will voice synthesis technology replace human singers?

Remember the days when musicians actually had to go to the studio and play real instruments? What if I told you that even recording vocals will become the matter of past?

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Simple steps for overcoming songwriting blockage, finding creative inspiration, and writing better lyrics and melody

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5 best resources for A&R managers, music publishers, artists and others looking for awesome songs online

 

These tips come from my experiences as songwriter, band manager and though my connections. They apply mostly for finding songs for a recording artist, but may be helpful for TV/film/game placement.

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Ableton Live 9 or Apple Logic Pro X? Comparing and choosing professional music production software that fits your needs

 

My background

I’ve been using Logic Pro X for 3 years for producing songwriting demos. Although I am not a full time producer, for my hi-quality demos I do the following operations:

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Best resources for songwriters and A&R managers on advancing songwriting skills, recognising true talent and understanding the song machine mechanism

 

Since I enrolled Music Business and Songwriting in 2005 at Music school for Pop & Jazz Music in Zagreb, I went thru more than 50 books on various topics from songwriting to music business/industry.

In this review I am not talking about putting two chords together. These books truly broadened my horizons and brought my songwriting to a whole new level. Here are my 5 best books for advanced songwriters.

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Interview with Calle Sjönell, the founder of music making technique “Meet & Beet”, at Bizarre Star Bazaar Festival in Stockholm

 

One day when your grandchildren ask you how first Meet & Beet started, this is the story you’re gonna tell them.

Right in the early 2016 when Swedes announced Bizarre Star Bazaar festival, I knew it was something worth checking. It was promoted as a Swedish version of Burning Man, a participatory festival taking place every summer in Nevada desert.

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At the heart of music business – my story at the world’s leading songwriting conference

 

I usually avoid this kind of events, but it was a cold winter night in Berlin and the decision was made. I knew that Californian weather won’t hurt me. Besides, I was really happy for the opportunity to present my newest pop-dance tracks in the light of Darrell Brown’s show.

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Born in a family of audiophiles and computer entrepreneurs, I’ve been involved in music and tech intensively since my youngest age.

Surrounded with newest computers and rarest gadgets, and watching Star Trek before the time I learned to write, I developed huge interest in technology and pursued computer science professionally.

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