From tuba to the charts – the making of a pop producer

The role of a producer has changed dramatically in recent years. The puppet master figures of the past have come out from the shadows to share performance credits and stages with the stars.

At its heart though production is a craft. It requires considerable knowledge and experience, as well as that instinct for musical magic. 

Paul Whalley is a producer who has that instinct. It’s why we just collaborated with him to create a course on ‘Pop Production Secrets’.

We wanted to work with Paul because he ticked all the boxes for us. From an improbable start studying tuba at the Guidhall School of Music, he’s gone on to tour with Ellie Goulding and Mumford and Sons, played on top 40 hits like Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix, and  found his calling in production (check out this seriously catchy production of his for NAO, which was featured in a Samsung advert)

His new course for MusicGurus breaks down his composition and production process. Paul uses Pro Tools, but he aims to teach techniques and principles that you can apply no matter what DAW you use. The type of hard graft that goes into making a great production; honing the hooks, perfecting the transitions, fine-tuning the atmosphere tracks.

Paul’s course uses his track ‘Red’, which he wrote with a top liner called Emmi Green, to demonstrate these principles and techniques. You can expect to hear the track next from the likes of Katy Perry or Zara Larsson, if the record companies banging on Paul’s door have their way.

Check out Paul’s explanation in the video below, and check out the course here.

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Liam is part of the team at MusicGurus. He is a music journalist and keen amateur jazz musician.

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