Romaan is a trailblazing DJ and music producer that aims to share his vision, sound and hard-hitting style with the world. With releases on notable labels like COYA Music and Sirup Music, Romaan keeps pushing boundaries, working on new music that will surpass previous achievements.
While he performed at top venues in cities like London, Monaco and Riyadh, now he’s focused on releasing new music that will take over dancefloors all over the world.
We invited Romaan to share some music production advice, and talk about his own experience being a DJ and music producer.
Hello Romaan, how are you?
I’m very well thank you!
What kind of gear do you think is necessary to set up a home studio?
A good computer, a master keyboard, some plugins and creativity
Which DAW do you use and why?
Ableton Live. I started on Cubase, like many of my generation, and I quickly turned to Ableton Live because it was easy to use. The workflow is more interesting for me. But, of course, it depends on each one, I don’t think there is a better DAW than another, you just have to be comfortable and master it.
Which plugins are your favorites and why?
If I had to choose, I would say Waves and Fabfilter. I don’t include Universal Audio which is still excellent for a more advanced level I think, especially for mixing and mastering.
But Waves and Fabfilter are accessible to all and constitute the essential of what one can use daily.
Which part of a track would you say is best to start with?
That’s an interesting question and I suppose it depends on the individual and the style of music. I like to take a sample or a melody and build around it.
How can someone know when a track is ready?
You never know! LOL, just kidding. Obviously, we’ll consider the end of a track when we’re satisfied with the result and for DJs, when we’ve been able to test it too. If the reaction is overall good then we can finish it and release it, if we can’t play it then we have to play it and wait for the feedback.
What’s the most important thing to keep in mind while producing new music?
For me, it’s the pleasure of composing above all. The creation! Then, according to the objective of each one we will direct the production towards a precise goal. But I think it is necessary to remain in a creative spirit and not focus too much on an objective.
Do you have any recommendations of books, YouTube videos or blogs for music production beginners?
There are many things to learn today. I myself learned through MJ tutorial, a French website from one of the best sound engineers and producers of his generation.
There is Toolroom Academy which I can mention, Axtone, which is in another register. For pure technique I would say Puremix, the site is just incredible and full of knowledge, and finally, My Mix Lab by Luca Pretolesi.
What would you say is helpful to keep yourself inspired to create new music?
By listening to it already, trying to listen to what you’re not used to listen to, opening yourself up to other styles also allows you to refine your own style.
What advice would you give to someone that’s starting to produce their own music?
In one word: Perseverance! Today for newcomers there is an extraordinary opportunity, the Internet! You can learn absolutely everything you need to know and produce yourself without anyone’s help.
Of course, you have to learn how to do it properly, but with the help of the right tools and a few mistakes at the beginning, you can make your passion your job, even your empire.