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Reach-Promo.Agency Review (Music Promotion Service

Here's my review of reach-promo.agency.  

SPECIALISTS IN HOUSE AND TECHNO MUSIC PROMOTION, PROMO POOL AND MUSIC CONSULTANCY

First off - they are a legit operation. I appreciate anyone willing to say something is not a fit. That's what happened when I first reached out about a campaign. The song in question just wasn't the right match in terms of genre so it didn't make sense for both parties. 

No harm no foul. At the time I appreciated the response and book marked the site for future use.

This past August I released a bootleg I had been working on and wanted to get it out there. 

Here's the tune.  Also covered in this tutorial 

So I reached out to Reach-Promo. 

This tune was good to go so off it went.

A few things to keep in mind.

The artwork and description of the release is entirely up to you so get writing or find someone to do it. Writing an article about the release isn't needed but a solid paragraph is. Some people specialize in this. Just get it done well before hand. Here's my release.

This will help DJs who get the release want to give it a listen. The words should be factual but also curiosity generating - kinda like a good press release.

Here's what I wrote which got reposted on NoiseGate.

I chose to make a modern interpretation of Nat Monday's Waiting. I borrowed parts from The Creamer and K mix.

This was early 2000s progressive house. Think Tenaglia and Deep Dish. Actually the tune was on one of my favorite compilations ever - GLobal Underground Moscow - mixed by Deepdish - the duo Dubfire was in before going solo. 

Anyhow I got some great feedback - far beyond the guaranteed minimums. 

DJs including

Sahar Z

DJ Boris

Paco Osuna

Chris Fortier

Ian Dillon (Decoded Magazine)

Shmitty (minimal Sessions) 

Kintar

Gene Farris.

Overall 290 opens and 240 plays 3.8 out of 5.  Some big names got it, listened and gave feedback/support - and by the way the names above genuinely downloaded and left a comment.

"Downloads for Richie Hawtin" don't count. I did get that LOL.

All in all great service this is something the pros use. 

Great for some if you who want real feedback from people other than your Mum or Bros. This service is used by some top labels so you also have access provided it makes sense.

It goes without saying your material should be well mixed and professionally mastered.  If you already have some street-cred and releases behind you all the better. That's not required but helps tell a story and for new artists that story is what helps you get heard.

Metallics (Ableton Template-techno)

Are your grooves stuck in a loop?  Use this template to help you finish your own songs.  "Metallics" brings subterranean kicks and toms, metallic percussion of course, a middle section with a rolling chugging synth line with all elements coming together during the break and drop.  

Deconstruct the arrangement and mix. Uncover how patterns change and evolve over time so you keep your listeners interested in your music. All it takes is a few variations on your main musical patterns over time - see how it works in this template. 

All you need is Ableton Live 9 Standard.  Fully tweak-able as all tracks main elements are sampler instruments with midi and audio. It's very simple to get a demo or club ready master in the box or within Ableton. For best results always have a professional engineer master your tracks.  It will make a world of difference. This track was professionally mastered by Rob Small. The mastering chain in Ableton is get you results you could use to test your material in the DJ booth or to send to labels as demos.  

Copyright belongs to ItsTheDJ - this offering is not affiliated or endorsed by Ableton. This is offered for educational and informational purposes only.

  

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  • Fully mixed in Ableton  - no 3rd party plugins
  • All main elements available as midi - plus audio for effects and atmosphere 
  • Deconstruct the mix, arrangement and mastering chain
  • Full professional master included to hear the difference between a pro and an "In the Box" do it yourself master

Get This Template Today - $29

Finish Higher Quality Music in less Time

100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Stop struggling with mix downs and arrangements when you can deconstruct and borrow from this template.  Replace the elements of this template with your own sounds and you won't have to struggle figuring out where your break down should be, how you'll build energy in your tracks.  You'll even have a very close rough mix barring some additional adjustments.  

Meet Diana May from Berlin

Diana is an in-demand DJ residing in Berlin & beyond.  She does a number of parties, teaches and writes for amazona.de.  Catch her in the mix below. Her new single is out now.

Meet Diana Mau from Berlin - ▼ DJ ▼ Artist Coach @ Music Pool Berlin / Noisy Academy ▼ Producer.

Devil's Bells is her new single which is out now. Check it out on Beatport. 

In her own words, "Devil´s Bells is produced in Ableton, all automations I made with the APC MK 2, main synth with Serum VST.

Main Sounds are the reversed bells, a split hit hat ( which was the actual starting point, every sound is build around that) and the serum synth. 

Name of the track is referring to the bell sound ( original name of the bells is: „cursed bells“), plus my mom used to call me devil´s child - somehow it reminded me of that time 😀

Next release „Murmur" is out on 3rd of Oktober on Kellerbeats."

https://www.beatport.com/track/devils-bells-original-mix/12331004

Diana's Upcoming Events:

19.08 Crack Bellmer - Berlin

06.09 FridayHappiness - Tojeiro Portugal

12.10 Technoklstsche, Oldenberg (DE)

Got You (Ableton Template-techno)

Are your grooves stuck in a loop?  Use this template to help you finish your own songs.  "Got You" brings rolling bass, catchy key stabs and a hypnotic arpeggio to the table along with subtle atmospheric sounds and effects.  

Deconstruct the arrangement and mix. Uncover how patterns change and evolve over time so you keep your listeners interested in your music. All it takes is a few variations on your main musical patterns over time - see how it works in this template. 

All you need is Ableton Live 9 Standard.  Audio tracks only. It's very simple to get a demo or club ready master in the box or within Ableton. For best results always have a professional engineer master your tracks.  It will make a world of difference. This track was professionally mastered by Rob Small. The mastering chain in Ableton is get you results you could use to test your material in the DJ booth or to send to labels as demos.  

Copyright belongs to ItsTheDJ - this offering is not affiliated or endorsed by Ableton. This is offered for educational and informational purposes only.

  

Full Audio Preview

  • Fully mixed in Ableton  - no 3rd party plugins
  • Audio Only
  • Deconstruct the mix and mastering chain

Get This Template Today

Finish Higher Quality Music in less Time

100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Stop struggling with mix downs and arrangements when you can deconstruct and borrow from this template.  Replace the elements of this template with your own sounds and you won't have to struggle figuring out where your break down should be, how you'll build energy in your tracks.  You'll even have a very close rough mix barring some additional adjustments.  

Techno Production: An Easy Way to Think About Arrangement or Song Structure

An easy way to think about arrangement is if we think about the song in 3 main sections:

Beginning

Middle 

Conclusion

There are certainly sections within each but if we keep it high level this means you have about 2 minutes or so for each main section.  

The intro kicks things off, the middle section is where you have your main element or hook. There will likely be a breakdown and drop and finally the conclusion wraps things up. The conclusion can be the same or a slight variation of the intro.  Don't need to re-invent the wheel when it comes to your tracks conclusion.  

If you can develop a solid sounding 8-16 bar loop you can easily turn this into a whole song. 

Watch and follow along as I break this down in the video. 

This entire Ableton Template is available for purchase at the link. 

Ableton Live Techno Template

How to make techno in Ableton Live 

Starting with a template is a good way to start making tracks because it gives you a framework to start with.  As a beginner step it's great because you have a road map of how the entire track can come together.

The alternative is to start with a blank new session and from there figure it out.  The problem for newer producers is they never get past 8 or 16 bars of music.

It's easy to make new ideas, it's harder to turn those ideas into fully fleshed out dancefloor ready tracks.

In the video above I cover how I made the rumbly low end in my techno template "afraid" you can find on Abletunes.com.

Here's the Link.

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