More info on the course structure and the chapters
Module 1 - The magic of Albums: expressing your intent, how to shape and express the concept, overcoming creative blocks
In this module, Daniel will go through what albums have meant for him over the years.
- Opening and closing statements.
- What you want to say as an artist.
- Pivotal moments
- The importance of cutting things out
- Using an album to show your breadth as an artist
- The importance of trusting your instincts and making last-minute decisions
- The importance of disregarding how others may perceive you and make whatever feels right in that moment
- How bad days in the studio are just as important as the good ones
- The importance of discarding ideas that are not serving you (Sensation)
- Progression within your own work. Pushing yourself beyond repetition
- The idea of a record as a time capsule/statement of intent. Using all of your own experiences to create something unique to you. Embracing your own style (Slow Fade)
- How the studio itself becomes an instrument. Atmosphere, surroundings and situation.
- How the worlds of club and ambient intersect.
- Creating a ‘wider world’ that can extend to club nights, art pieces, videos, extra releases etc
Daniel’s debut album Drone Logic will be used as the real-life case to add context for the first part and his Song For Alpha for the second part.
Module 2 - Approach to remixes: picking the right artist, respecting the material and working with your gut feelings
In this module Daniel will explain what remixes mean to him and how to approach the creation of this particular piece of music.
Focusing on my remixes for Mandy, Indiana and Confidence Man we’ll look at:
- Laying out the stems. The first step. Being ruthless
- The importance of scrapping ideas, even if you have worked on them for a long time
- Interesting ways to use vocals
- Creating elements out of unexpected things
- Making drums work for you
- The importance of not over-thinking. The importance of immediacy.
- Relationships and connections with other artists
More info on Daniel Avery
Spanning the last decade, Daniel Avery’s musical path has been unpredictable and far-reaching. A self-confessed late-starter to the world of dancefloors, instead lured by the guitars of The Stooges and My Bloody Valentine during his teens, over time Avery became fascinated by the expansive possibilities of sound design and refined a beautifully brutal style distinctly his own.
Through acclaimed albums like Song For Alpha and Love + Light, he has cemented a worldwide reputation as one of the most original artists in contemporary electronic music. The release of the seminal debut Drone Logic in 2013 — an album defined by mentor Andrew Weatherall as “gimmick-free machine funk of the highest order” — is a record that still makes its presence felt today. A collaboration with synth master and Nine Inch Nails member Alessandro Cortini spawned the full-length Illusion Of Time. The latest album Together in Static, much like its sister record Love + Light, was surprise-released during the lockdown and presented live at a unique event in London’s Hackney Church, further proof still of Avery’s range, delicacy and skill as a producer.
Avery has simultaneously carved his own place as one of the most trusted and exciting techno DJs on the scene with lauded entries into the DJ-Kicks and FABRICLIVE series as well as two BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes. An artist who is ever-evolving and with new material due for 2022, it feels like Avery’s path may have only just begun.