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ONLINE COURSES

Producer bootcamp

difficulty level: beginner

  • Learn the fundamentals. Start from zero, and within 6 weeks you'll be finishing your first tracks.
  • 6 weeks (12 classes) offering an overview of all the basic skills to get started as an electronic music producer. Classes are Tuesday & Thursday, 18h30-20h30, online via Zoom.
  • Get familiar with the workflow of electronic music production thanks to the underdog "bootcamp roadmap". Follow the roadmap to completing a full track, and then adapt that roadmap to your own needs afterwards.
  • Develop your ear to listen with a technical perspective. Learn to solve the most common technical problems to ensure your productions shine.
  • Learn the basic musical concepts you need to start writing effective basslines, harmony and melodies.
  • Individual coaching to help design your production goals and learning journey.
  • As a bonus, bootcamp students who can reach Brussels physically can join the synth workshops for free.
Price to participate in the bootcamp: €499

Starting date:

Requirements: No prior knowledge necessary. This is a course for absolute beginners. Classes are taught using Ableton Live (the intro version is enough), but the concepts also apply to other software.

Location: All classes are taught online, uzing Zoom. You can join from wherever, as long as you have an internet connection.

Photo credits Alexandru Poliac.

Producer deep dive

difficulty level: intermediate

  • The deep dive is an advanced music production class for people who want to start really finishing tracks. It is a combination of advanced production classes, project work and coaching that ensure that at the end of 3 months, you will be autonomously making tracks that are good enough to be sent to labels or played on the radio.
  • The course spans 24 classes, typically on Monday & Wednesday, 18h30-20h30. Classes and coachings are given online.
  • During workshops, students bring in their own projects, and together we analyse and develop them. During the seminars we'll go deeper into technical concepts like synthesis, arrangement, recording, analog synths, mixing, and live performance.
  • The course will dig deep on the genre-specific details of your genre of choice, including urban/hiphop music, and techno/house/trance music, or even IDM and left-field electronica.
  • Get personal followup throughout, with continuous feedback on your productions. In the class we will listen to your projects and together we will problem-solve them to make them shine.
  • As a bonus, students signing up for the deep dive get automatic free access to the synth workshops and behind the scenes tours happening around Brussels.
Price to participate in the deep dive: €999

Starting dates:

  • ––– 7 September 2020

Requirements: If you are familiar with the basic functions of your DAW, and have started trying to make your own tracks, you know enough to join the deep dive. Classes are taught using Ableton Live (the intro version is enough), but the concepts also apply to other software.

Location: All classes will be taught online. Phsyical excursions planned will happen around Brussels.

Photo credits Alexandru Poliac and Bastien Claeys.

Producer coaching

difficulty level: tailored to you

Level up your skills with one-on-one discussion of your musical project and your learning journey. Coaching is the fastest way to understand what concepts you are missing to achieve your goals, and the best way to help plan your development. Coaching focuses on you as the artist and your artistic project. One hour of coaching can save you weeks of trial-and-error and frustration.

The coaching can take place in real life (in Brussels), or through skype and screensharing. You're also welcome to visit the home studio of the teachers, or attend professional studio sessions together. We'll tailor-make this approach to your needs.

BRUSSELS COURSES

Synth workshops

  • Get your hands on synths and effects, and learn how to put them to good use.
  • This is an introductory workshop, giving a first initiation to what the synths do, and how to start having fun with them.
  • The synth workshop is included in both the bootcamp and deep dive programmes.

Next workshop date to be confirmed (temporary interruption due to COVID-19)

Location: Workshops take place at La Maison des Musiques, Rue Lebeau 39 in Brussels.

Photo credits Bastien Claeys.

Production and DJ workshops

  • Join our Brussels masterclasses and introduction sessions.
  • Learn from guest teachers who are masters in their specific domains (mixing/mastering, composing for film, etc)
  • Get an introduction to DJing on universal club equipment (Pioneer CDJ and vinyl turntables)

Next workshop date to be confirmed (temporary interruption due to COVID-19)

Location: Workshops take place at La Maison des Musiques, Rue Lebeau 39 in Brussels.

Photo credits Alexandru Poliac and Bastien Claeys.

Behind-the-scenes field trips

  • Join our guided tours around Brussels, exploring the music scene from within.
  • Visit large nightclubs by day, and learn what is expected of you as an artist if you perform there.
  • Visit concert venues to understand what goes into a live performance, and what your options are.
  • Visit recording and mastering studios to understand the added value of pro environments.
  • All field trips are included for deep dive students.

Next field trip dates to be confirmed (temporary interruption due to COVID-19)

Location: field trips take place around Brussels.

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testimonials

  • "Oscar from underdog has helped me develop skills to transform my passion for music into solid projects. I had a clear idea of what I wanted my creations to sound like, but very little knowledge on how to get there. As a beginner I remember I used to feel discouraged for not getting on Ableton exactly that sound that I had in my head, but this quickly changed thanks to the lessons we had. I'm now able to design elements and arrange them in a way that makes my tracks sound interesting from beginning to end, to obtain quality recordings, to treat and add them cohesively to the mix. I highly recommend learning from him!"

    – Gustavo da Costa
  • "Underdog really helped me to grow professionally, before I went there I had many ideas but I didnt know how to put them together, I also met some really nice people and the energy was always great. Keep up the good work guys 👌"

    – Emanuel Ngjeçi
  • "Cool guy & great producer! I followed the electronic producing school scene in Belgium for quite some time but none of them met my expectations. I enrolled and couldn't be happier with the very good overview on all aspects regarding producing & mixing. 🐩🐩 WAF WAF FOR UNDERDOG !!"

    – Olivier Roels
  • "When I was DJ'ing a lot I really wanted to know more about how professionals create the techno tracks that I love so much. After some coaching with Oscar from Underdog, I started to understand and appreciate all the work that goes into even simple techno tracks. Learning Ableton was hard, but Oscar has a really good way of breaking it down into understandable concepts. Highly recommended!"

    – Frederic Noodle VC
  • "I really recommend Oscar’s teaching. He is a true boss when it comes to electronic music: he is a creative force but more importantly - for me - he really knows technology and is able to explain how and what in an easy way. If you want to learn how to make electronic music, do not hesitate to contact him. Thanks to Oscar my music production took a quantum leap!"

    – Gijs Ramboer