Music Production 101 with Tony Sixx

Tony Sixx has stormed 2018 and is showing no sign of slowing down. Releasing originals and remixes, including his remix of Chainsmokers supported by the artists themselves, he has shown his power of production and his inherent need to improve and impress. We caught up with the producer to learn more about how he does what he does and get some more info about the behind the scenes stuff which goes on in his studio!

Hey! Thanks for taking time to talk to us about the production aspect of your career. Give us a bit of info about how you got in to producing! Were you self-taught?

Tony Sixx: Well, when I started producing I taught myself everything. After a couple of years of producing, I attended the Icon Collective Music Production School in Los Angeles and learned more than I could have ever imagined.

How did you develop your music production skills and talents?

Tony Sixx: I constantly worked to improve my work flow and put my ideas down. I would spend countless hours watching Youtube videos and learning as much as possible. 

Where do you get your inspiration from when producing new music?

Tony Sixx: Before I work on anything, I try to listen to different genres to see what I can do to make my work different. I get really inspired when I go for a run as well or just take time for myself. 

What’s the typical process you go through when working on a new tune?

Tony Sixx: I usually try to find an acapella that I like and then begin to produce a track around it. Once it’s finished, I decide whether I want to make it a remix or if it’s different enough to be an original.

Do you have a specific method of production you stick to?

Tony Sixx: Not in particular. I like to go with the flow. I try not to stick to doing the same things over and over again because I want my music to come naturally. 

When you are producing, what are your go to plugins and equipment?

Tony Sixx: My go to plugins are definitely Sausage Fattener, Camel Crusher, and Kickstart. And as far as equipment, I’d say my KRKs and Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones. 

What’s your favorite synth?

Tony Sixx: I’d say my favorite synth is Nexus. I find so many different sounds that I really like. 

And your favorite sample pack?

Tony Sixx: Definitely the KSHMR Pack.

Do you have a favorite plugin for your mixdowns and masters?

Tony Sixx: Not in particular, but Ozone is great for mastering.   

What plugins/equipment is on your master channel?

Tony Sixx: I like to keep my master really simple. I try to make my mixdowns as clean as possible so I don’t have to clean it when I master it. I feel like it’s really important to have a clean mix and not really depend on the mastering to make it clean. Depending on the track, I’ll either use Ableton’s stock plugins or Ozone. With the stock plugins I usually literally just have an EQ to cut out some of the mud and maybe subtly boost some of the high ends, and then of course, a sausage fattener. I usually make my mixdowns loud but maybe add a utility to boost the master up 1- 2Db. It really depends. If my mixdown is low I’ll have about 6Db of headroom to master and that’s when I use ozone so I have more control.    

How long does it usually take you to complete a new track?

Tony Sixx: I’d say for the most part most of my tracks take about a week and a half to finish completely. 

Which traits do you think make an excellent producer?

Tony Sixx: I think as a producer, having a positive attitude and being confident in your work as well as having a good work ethic will make you an excellent producer.  

Finally, what can we expect in terms of new music from Tony Sixx?

Tony Sixx: You can definitely expect a bunch of new tracks soon. All of them are completely different. I’m extremely excited to be releasing them within the next couple of months. 

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