I really can't say enough good things about the service that Eddie Bazil and Samplecraze provide.
Before I stumbled across Eddie I had been trying to learn how to produce house music for over three years, going on numerous so-called production courses and trawling through hundreds of YouTube videos, and no matter how many tracks I made they never sounded anywhere near the standard I was trying to achieve. I started to doubt whether I was ever going to be able to make good quality professional sounding music.
So I started one-to-one tuition with Eddie. The first thing he did was take me back to the basic building blocks of music production, about which – if I am honest – at first I thought "do I really need to know all this? I just want to make a fat beat and bassline". But what I soon started to realise is that knowledge of the basic building blocks is fundamental to making great sounding music.
Now my tracks are getting signed and I have numerous remix offers with my tracks being released on all the big dance sites
Anybody can watch a video on how to use a compressor or an EQ, but every circumstance is different, and if you understand why you need to use certain tools for certain jobs and how to use them, then you can make the right decision for the job rather than sticking a preset on something and hoping for the best.
At the end of the day there isn't a tutorial for every mix problem you are going to come across. This is where knowledge of sound becomes your best friend, and Eddie explains it in a way that is clear and easy to understand. I will never be able to thank him enough for that because I must have been a nightmare to teach – I wanted to know how to do everything straight away. The truth is there are no shortcuts if you want to be able to achieve a professional sound, and you will never stop learning. But understanding how sound works gives you freedom to manipulate and mould sound in your own way.
Understanding how sound works gives you freedom to manipulate and mould sound in your own way
When I first started I was a million miles away from getting my tracks signed. Now my tracks are getting signed and I have numerous remix offers with my tracks being released on all the big dance sites. My foot is firmly on the ladder now, and I have Eddie Bazil and Samplecraze to thank for helping me on my way to achieve my dreams.
So finally if you are contemplating using Samplecraze you won't find a better, more friendly, supportive and well-priced service anywhere else. Eddie has become much more than my mentor, I class him as a close friend too. Thanks Mate.
It’s been more than a year that I have been having private lessons with Eddie Bazil. Now I reckon it’s the right time to share my personal experience with others, hoping that this can help them make the right decisions in their itinerary.
I think most of us have faced the frustrating and difficult challenge of finding where to acquire the right knowledge and techniques in order to succeed in the music industry. My personal aim was to compose, write, arrange, mix and produce songs for other artists. I started five years ago from scratch, didn’t have a clue about music theory, playing instruments, or mixing/production techniques. I have started piano lessons with many teachers, been to two sound engineering institutes and seen many music producers for private tutoring.
When I met Eddie, the main thing that struck me was his amazing knowledge of mixing, production and sound design
I did one year full time at one well-known institute in London four years ago, hoping to finally get the knowledge to work professionally in the industry. The outcome was somewhat disappointing. I have the feeling that music institutes do not teach you to become a good mixing engineer/producer at a professional level at all. They teach you how to become an amateur mixing engineer/producer. Basically, what they do is teach you the definition of compression, EQ, effects, and so on, but don’t really show you how to use them. You have to figure that out yourself. Music institutes, in my opinion, represent maybe 25% of what you need to know.
When I met Eddie, the main thing that struck me was his amazing knowledge, in depth, of mixing, production and sound design. It made me realize that my work was still very amateur, not to say rubbish, and there was still so much more to learn about compression, EQ, effects, mixing, production, and sound design, in order to tackle the industry – because remember, this is business, and there is no room for amateur. You can learn it on your own and improve but I’m afraid it will not be enough, even after ten years. I met more than ten music producers with many years of experience for private lessons, and none of them have the in-depth knowledge of sound and frequencies like Eddie does.
It took only ten minutes for Eddie to create the commercial kick sounds I wanted
Just to give you an example, one big frustration I had was that I wasn’t able to produce the sounds I wanted for my type of music. I tried to reproduce some kick sounds that I like from commercial songs and went to see many producers but none of them could recreate those kick sounds for me. With Eddie, it took about ten minutes for him to get the kick sounds I wanted, spot on.
Finding a good producer is one thing. But finding a good producer who will be willing to share their knowledge is another story. Not everyone would be ready to show what they know. With Eddie, I appreciate his desire to help his students and guide them to become professional engineers and producers. Remember, one or two lessons with him won’t be enough. This is a learning curve and there’s much more to learn than we think. I have been with him for a year now. And I am starting to feel closer to a professional stage.
His experiences with major names in the industry are a major asset when giving you advice, and enable him to aim the lessons towards the direction you are looking for, according to the field and type of music you are into.
I would definitely recommend Eddie for everyone who wishes to pursue their music career seriously at a professional level
Like most of the tutors I met, Eddie is a very nice person, great personality, easy to talk to and a patient teacher. But one thing I appreciate from him is that I never feel any pressure from him trying to convince to take more lessons, or lessons on a more regular basis. With some tutors, they tried to convince me how important it is to take lessons every week (in order to keep their income stable!). But with Eddie that never happened.
All in all, this is what I have observed after five years of learning and trying different schools, tutors, and courses. I do not claim that I know the miracle path to success. But I assume I have enough understanding and experiences to give some good advice for many out there who are trying to decide.
I would definitely recommend Eddie for everyone who wishes to pursue their music career seriously at a professional level. Why? Because I am still having lessons with him and truly believe he can help me to tackle seriously the industry. This is an investment.
Work hard and good luck for everyone!