Music production

Exclusive music production interview with Terry Golden

Hailing from Denmark, Terry Golden is something of a veteran of the dance music industry, with nearly 30 years of knowledge under his belt as a DJ and producer in the electronic music scene.

With musical influences built from various genres and the artists who helped shape Sponge‘s sound today, you can thank the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Tiestoand some of his more recent influences like David Guettait’s Future Rave his, who Sponge focused on and took its own direction.

golden sponge delivers fresh and unique music by fusing his various techniques and experiences to create truly catchy music. SpongeThe sound of is best described as a powerful mix of genres such as Big Room, Trance, House and Progressive, all mixed with a bit of golden sponge flavor. Terry’s fan base is growing day by day and will soon reach staggering heights, so keep an eye out for this rising talent.

1. Which software is better to use for beginners?

I use Ableton because it’s very easy to use and has lots of plugins. It is also ideal for recording live performances and has many easy-to-use advanced features. I guess all DAWs have pros and cons, so my suggestion for a new music producer is to give them a try (most have a one month free trial or something)

2. What are the essentials a budding producer needs to start making music without breaking the bank?

You need a pair of downhill monitors, good headphones, a DAW like Ableton and I would suggest a midi keyboard.

3. Do you have any suggested books/YouTube channels people learn from?

I’ll suggest so both have great DJ classes and production classes for all levels, all done with video, and very affordable prices. YouTube is also a great source, but many videos can be a bit of a waste. So I mainly use YouTube if I’m missing something specific.

4. What is your advice on sampling?

Great tool for builds, but don’t get too carried away – you don’t need to sample to make good music, but if used creatively it can be one of the things that triggers really your track. So my advice is if you’re new, don’t overthink it, start adding it later. Learning basic mixing skills, understanding reverb, EQ and overall mastering how to scrutinize your sound image – is much more important

5. Which part of the track should you start with?

I always start with the drop and melodic parts, then it’s easier to add everything else afterwards

6. Which plugins are best to download first?

Start adding a good synth, I mostly use Serum – you need a good synth to make electronic music. My next must-have software is Fabfilter (Great EQ, Limiter, etc.), Valhalla (Delay, reverb) and Izotope Ozone suite (Best for you master and rod masters)

7. Do you have any tips for mastering the iconic “Big Room” sound?

Bass, Kick and synth are the essentials. It’s actually not in your master, it’s in your mix that it all happens. The master will simply add this supplement in addition. Use layering for both your bass and your synth to give them that fat, wide sound (this technique is something you can learn from YouTube or most production courses). What am I doing. After this FX effect to add extra tension and and and….

But if your mix doesn’t sound good, no master will make it sound good. The best recommendation is to always use 1 or 2 reference tracks, to help define the different sounds in the mix.

8. Do you think it is necessary to learn to mix and master?

If you need to be a good mixer to make good music, that’s just my opinion, but you don’t have to be a mastering engineer, you can outsource that part to a pro, so focus you first on learning the mixing parts, then on the mastering may some later or never

9. As a DJ, is there anything producers should avoid doing in their tracks that might be boring for DJ sets?

Not really, but it’s still nice to have 8-16 bars at the beginning and end, just with the rhythm and not so much the melody. It’s always more difficult to mix a song that ends with a vocal part or a drop, etc. But like producing music, as a DJ you will always find a way

10. What should a producer do if they have trouble finding inspiration?

Listen to a lot of music, and maybe from different genres than the genre you’re making music in, that sometimes something magical can happen.

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