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When Brian Abraham joined Recording Connection he was riding high. Under the name “TYRNT” he’d just coproduced the KAOS track with the Australian duo SCNDL. To date, the song has amassed an impressive 1.2 million streams in 57 countries and that number is rising rapidly.
Today, Brian is poised to reach his next benchmark with an EP in the works that features popular vocalists and appears on a chased-after label. Named Generation, also the name of the title track, Brian says it deals with “explaining this new generation” and processes by which “the youth are slowly taking over the music industry.”
Armed with his new name “Autti 22,” Brian says the project also signals his transition to just make the music he wants to make. ‘
I just be doin’ me…I got my own flavor… The song “Generation” was originally just a regular hip hop beat, but I ended up throwing my trap edm sound in, just to try something new. I feel like I don’t sound like no one else in this scene.”
So how did it all come to be?
Flashback to the unexpected success Brian attained with the KAOS track. Rather than gloating, or simply doing more of the same i.e. producing more tracks, he made a pinnacle decision to improve his game as an Ableton producer and artist. Willing to go the distance, he made the move from his hometown of Harlingen, Texas, to Austin, four hours north. Soon after, he started his externship with composer, music producer, and mentor Jeramy Roberts.
Having spent two decades in the EDM scene, first as a DJ, then as a successful EDM producer who’s broken into the Top 100 in sales charts internationally, Jeramy is the founder of the Electronic Musicians Guild and owner of E.M.G. Recordings. When he isn’t composing tracks, he’s actively involved in producing and releasing music worldwide—and he’s all about sharing his secrets with his most dedicated students.
Known for getting many of his externs releasing tracks while they’re in the program, many of the students who have trained with Jeramy have developed into full-fledged music entrepreneurs who are actively building the careers they want to have rather than simply applying for them.
Shining a light on the delusions many people have about how the music industry works in the 21st Century is central to Jeramy’s approach:
All artists have misconceptions,” he says. “Then you start breaking down the process…and they very quickly find out that it’s nothing like they thought it was going to be… So once they start to get all this information, then their minds start to pick it apart and go their own way.”
Since he’s started training with Jeramy, Brian has seen a spike in his ability to produce new tracks. He’s finding what once required focused concentration is becoming more and more fluid:
I’ve started two songs within the past two days, and I’m flying through them faster than I usually have been before. Like way faster than usual, and the ideas that I’m getting are way better, more creative than they have been from my previous songs. I feel like it’s all getting easier now.”
Brian’s also making the most of the insight Jeramy has shared with him on how he can protect his interests as a music creator and set himself on the right path going forward:
He’s has helped me a lot. There was a lot of the business stuff that I didn’t know before I came into this course…Last year when I signed this contract, I had no idea what the hell I was looking at. So it’s kind of comforting knowing that I have someone that will lead me into the right path…He’s always there.”
For Brian, the focus at the moment is to finish the Generation EP and put the knowledge he’s gained under Jeramy’s mentorship to some serious use. By building his repertoire in an informed way, Brian is learning what it takes to set himself up on the right footing to advance his career as a producer within the world of EDM. And with Jeramy mentoring him through the process, he’s not alone in this endeavor. Speaking of what’s in store for Brian’s project, Jeramy tells us the upcoming release will roll out on “one fat production snowball” after which “the business conversation gets a lot easier…Each one of these milestones is a very important step.”
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