Helping young music producers

,  14 June 2012

Scottish music producers Tigerstyle talk about their course where young people learn basic music production skills, and why living in Glasgow makes them better artists.

"I'm Raj from Tigerstyle and this is Pops from Tigerstyle. Our main background is in Punjabi folk and fusion music."

Getting into music production

Pops

"We always felt that there wasn't anything for young people who wanted to learn about music production"

"A lot of our skills are self-taught. We came through a community project through Scottish Arts learning Indian classical music and then from there everything else has been self-taught.

"So DJing skills, music production – all that kind of thing – has always been self-taught."

Teaching music production skills

Raj

"We just always felt, when we were coming up, that there wasn't anything for young people who wanted to learn a little bit about music production.

"So we thought it would be cool to design a course that was for young people to use introductory software, that would lead to them learning more industry standard stuff later on.

"The course that we teach is based around software like Wavelab Steinberg Sequel and Sony Acid."

"We talk about the music industry, and rights management, and things like income streams. Just so they get an overall view of how music is made and how you generate income from it."

Pops

"The Scottish Arts Council have funded the course. And Glasgow City Council Culture & Sport have also come on board."

Making music in Glasgow

"There's a lot of 'samey' stuff that comes out within our industry and being detached from all that lets us be free with what we're doing."

Raj

"The good thing about living in Glasgow is that we're kind of away from the Asian 'hubs' as it were. Birmingham and London have large Asian populations, and that's where the majority of bhangra music is made.

"I think being detached from that works to our advantage. Because it keeps us and our sound unique and stops us getting sucked into trends that producers in those hubs might be getting sucked into.

"There's a lot of 'samey' stuff that comes out within our industry and being detached from all that lets us be free with what we're doing.

"Plus Scotland is just a really chilled-out place to grow up. Glasgow is a lot slower in pace than London or Birmingham. I think it just lets us do things in our own way and not be rushed.

"Plus I can't handle traffic jams in London it's just too much aggravation. So Scotland – it's all good!"


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