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Online Music Collaboration Tips

Here are some tips to help with online music collaboration. I’ve tried it with various friends who I’ve gotten to know on Soundcloud. If you’re active on Soundcloud you probably have made friends with like-minded producers from around the world. You may have even talked with them about collabing on a track together. But have you ever gotten further than possibly sending them some stems, or an intro or drum beat to work with, then never received anything back from them? I’ll admit that it’s happened to me a number of times. When I think about why it has happened there are a few reasons and I’m writing this article to help you to actually succeed in completing a collaboration. Here are some ideas that should help you to reach your goal.

Online Music Collaboration Tips

  1. Choose people carefully. The person you collaborate with needs to be someone who you can work with easily, who is motivated to completing the collaboration. It also needs to be someone whose musical style and production skills you respect and admire.
  2. Hold weekly Skype meetings or Google Hangouts which happen at a set time every week, come rain or shine, to hold each other accountable and discuss the direction and progress of the song in more detail. Communication is key.
  3. Discuss the concept for the song in as much detail as possible before getting started – what tempo will it be? What style or genre? What mood or tone or emotion do you want to convey to your audience? Maybe you have a specific label or two in mind to send the demo to. Discuss influences and inspiration from other songs – you may like the style of the drums on this track, or the bass sound design on that track.
  4. Be flexible to some degree – it is likely you’ll have different opinions about many aspects of the track. If there’s something you can’t agree on, both of you can try making that part how you think it would be best, and you can compare results with each other after.
  5. Set a time line to have certain milestones completed by.It is like managing a project, and this helps to further ensure that shit gets done and there is a plan to which you can hold each other accountable to.
  6. Assign different tasks to each person – one person is responsible for beats programming, the other for the bass line, one for the intro, etc.
  7. Be supportive and encouraging of each other – motivating each other will go a long way.
  8. If possible, spend time in the same project studio together. This is impossible if your partner lives in St. Petersburg and you live in Madrid. If this is the case, try having your song loaded in your DAW during your weekly meetings.