All-Fanu Mix Volume 8

I’m proud to present to All-Fanu Mix Volume 8 to all drum-and-bass-loving ladies and gentlemen out there.
[also available on Mixcloud]

This is a selection of only my own productions from the past few years. This is what drum and bass is to me: chopped-up breaks and jungle, borderlining more modern shades of bass music, taking influences from contemporary styles such as footwork and juke.
When I was cutting my teeth as an artist breaking into the drum and bass scene a decade ago, doing these mixes gained my style some attention Continue reading All-Fanu Mix Volume 8

Advice for young producers

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First, a few words about me in case you are not familiar with what I do, as it is somewhat relevant in terms of this blog post.
My name is Janne Hatula, and I have been making electronic music for around 25 years. I have made and released most of my music as Fanu, and I also make a bit of hip hop as FatGyver and some slower tempo electronic stuff under my real name.

In addition to making music, what keeps me busy is being a mixing and mastering engineer and running my own company for it. I am also an Ableton Certified Trainer. And I like to blog/Instagram about music stuff quite a bit. So all I do has to do with music; it is a situation I have worked a whole lot for, and that makes me happy.

I have been out there as an artist for a good while; my first proper release came out around 2002. I started making music in 1992 as far as I can recall. So it has been a journey, for sure, and it ain’t stopping.

That is why I receive questions relating to making music often, and one question I get asked a lot is, ”What tips would you give to a new producer?” Continue reading Advice for young producers

Productivity: easily create songs with Ableton Live’s session view

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Hello, all music makers!

Many of those who have been yours truly probably know well I’m really into using Ableton Live.
Also, what I know about many music makers out there based on asking them what’s challenging to them about making music is that many of them often say that finishing a song is one of the hardest parts when it comes to making music – or, coming up with enough ideas so that the song would be easy to finish. Seems many are struggling with 16-bar loops (or loops of any length that are not forming into songs).

I wanted to share with you what’s been helping me tremendously in terms of actually being able to write songs instead of those frustrating loops. Continue reading Productivity: easily create songs with Ableton Live’s session view

Free and sucky Max For Live device by Fanu: Dub Delay!

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Here it is: my first-ever Max For Live device. And, dear god, it sucks!
But you know what – that’s exactly what I wanted to achieve: a simple delay that can give you really dirty results if you want.
So there’s nothing special about it? Not really, but it gives you two filters, feedback + delay + an audio degradation section, which should be good for your delay needs. It’s mono – in proper dub delay fashion!
Basically, this was my first exercise in programming things in Max For Live and combining a few things. Watch out – more sucky shit is probably coming!
So what does it do? Continue reading Free and sucky Max For Live device by Fanu: Dub Delay!

Ableton Push 2 and Simpler: warping modes, slicing audio in Simpler, and step sequencing

I recently became an Ableton Certified Trainer, and wanted to celebrate that somehow. I did a new video on Ableton Live / Push 2.
I’m often asked why I like Live so much, and whether Push 2 is worth it in my opinion. I did a video demonstrating some Push 2 features I like.

In this video, I’ll show you how to:
-convert an audio clip to Simpler
-use different Simpler modes (classic, oneshot, slicing)
-use different warping modes in Simpler
-make beats using the Push 2 step sequencer
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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