How to make music like Getter.
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Getter creates music in multiple genres. In high school he was a huge metalhead but turned to producing electronic music because he could do it all by himself. His journeys into music are a constant learning experience as he is open to all kinds of music. Getter elaborates on this theme in a Tattoo.com interview1, “…The more I learn leads me towards being able to do it all on my own. The more I research, the more that I can do…I’m really just trying to get everything locked in so I can do whatever I want to do.”
From Getter’s lips to your ears, the first step in making music like Getter is to adopt his thirst for knowledge and his positive attitude. Research, learn and try new things. Try things you hate, expose yourself to new experiences, take chances, make mistakes (if you aren’t making mistakes in the beginning you are not trying hard enough.) Grow and develop—be fluid. Your goal here should not be becoming a clone of Getter, but rather, taking his principles of growth and development and making them your own.
Getter’s sound comes from inside but in order to capture the sound he’s looking for, he’s always been open to trying out new gear. In an interview with DJtimes.com, Getter was asked, “DJing or production—which came first?” to which he answered, “Production. What would you DJ if no production?” His first DAW was Reason, but since then he’s used Logic, then Ableton Live.
Here’s a partial list of the hardware and software Getter has used:
- Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface
- Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol Keyboard
- M-Audio MIDI Trigger Finger Controller
- Arturia MiniLab
- Akai Professional MIDI/USB Software Controller
- Native Instruments Massive Synth
- Xfer Serum Advanced Wavetable Sythesizer
- Waves Element
- iZotope Ozone 7
- BassJump 2
- ADAM Audio Powered Studio Monitors
- Apple Logic Pro
- Ableton Live
- Teenage Engineering Portable Synthesizer
- Pioneer CDJ-2000
Getter’s path to stardom started with his breakout antics on Vine where his early tracks were noticed and released by Firepower Records, leading to his first U.S. tour. Further fame and acclaim came from the release of “Head Splitter” on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. 30 releases and multiple tours later, Getter remains true to himself. Never afraid to try new things, Getter has a multitude of yet-to-be-released music-in-the-can but rather than growing complacent, he’s finding inner inspiration through self-discovery, staying positive and is always on the lookout for new things to try—experimenting with music and collaborating with other artists.
The lesson to be learned from Getter’s success is not his music production techniques or his equipment list but instead to take heed of his attitude and willingness to take risks. This, coupled with his strong desire to be true to himself, even when he’s evolving as a person should be your takeaways. As you approach your own music, these are the lessons you should be learning from Getter’s career path. Rather than trying to sound like Getter, try sounding like yourself. To do that you have to absorb knowledge, experiment and dig deep inside to find who you really are and understand that will be a moving target. Self-realization is a great formula for success. Tattoos-optional.