In the Underdog Bootcamp, you will learn a whole suite of concepts that will serve as your foundation for developing your own electronic music.
Underdog's focus is on producing electronic music genres, often oriented for the dancefloor.
You will learn all the concepts that producers use every day, in the music-making software called Ableton Live (you can use the trial version for free). This includes:
This part of the bootcamp is taught by Athila Battery, Dubspot graduate, veteran music coach, and accomplished Drum 'n Bass producer.
You will also learn the basic theory behind music, including the following concepts:
These theoretical subjects are given by Oscar Verlinden, Underdog Founder.
Requirements: No prior knowledge necessary. This is a course for absolute beginners. You should have a computer, headphones, and Ableton's free trial version.
The Deep Dive consists of a fixed curriculum, and an adaptive curriculum.
The fixed curriculum is a hybrid course of workflow, artistic and technical concepts to ensure that students never get stuck in their production projects. It goes into depth on the subjects of:
The fixed curriculum is given by Remy Lebbos, mixing and mastering engineer with more than 20 years of experience.
The adaptive curriculum focuses on the topics that are the most relevant to the students who are participating in the course. It pays attention to the particular questions that students are struggling with in their own productions, and takes time to focus on this in a deeper way. Typically this includes:
The adaptive curriculum is given by Oscar Verlinden, all-round producer with a focus on techno, house and electronica. Oscar releases music under his Torc moniker.
On certain days the focus will be on student projects in class. This means that students who are willing to share their work can do so, and the tutor will workshop this project, using it as an example for the other students of what works well, and what some strategies could be to developing the project further.
In between classes students will be given individual homework challenges, designed especially to help overcome their current production challenges. During the course, students have 3 project feedback checkpoints where they can submit their projects to the teachers privately, and receive a video-recorded feedback.
Between 2 and 4 Guest Masterclasses are held, where professionals from across the industry come and share their behind-the-scenes projects and workflows, answering student questions.
At the end of the course, there will be a graduation livestream where all graduating students will be able to play their productions, either directly, or as part of a liveset or DJ-set of their design.
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Course price: €999
If you are familiar with the basic functions of your DAW and started trying to finish tracks, you know enough to join the Deep Dive. Classes are taught using Ableton Live, but the concepts also apply to other software.
All classes are taught online, using Zoom. You can join from wherever, as long as you have an internet connection.