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10 Videos (52m)
    • Introduction

    • Process & Project: Write & Produce a Song

    • Groove

    • Chord Progressions (or Not)

    • Song Form

    • Lyrics

    • Chorus Design

    • Bass

    • Production

    • Closing Thoughts


About This Class

Writing songs in the style of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) poses unique challenges and warrants the inclusion of the production track into the writing process.

In this 52 minute class with songwriter, producer and film composer Boris Berlin you will learn the fundamentals of writing songs that work effectively in EDM. Boris teaches different ways of creating contrast and dynamics to keep the music exciting while certain aspects remain constant.

Boris draws from years of experience writing, producing and remixing for various artists, bands and record labels. Prior to coming to New York, he had earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Songwriting and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music.

This class is geared towards aspiring songwriters, producers and DJ’s in the EDM genre.  Some basic experience in a Digital Audio Software (DAW) is useful for the completion of the class project but not required as you can also collaborate with a producer or DJ to help complete the assignment.

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This is a great class! I love EDM, but never had the opportunity to follow the creative process involved in songwriting for this or any genre. The lessons are clear and easy to follow. Boris is very knowledgeable and provides enough background information about the subject to activate prior knowledge and to allow rookie students to make meaningful connections.
This class was a really helpful springboard to give me a framework for composing EDM songs. Boris offers a number of great tips, and a thorough intro to EDM song form that helps you get going if new to writing within this genre, and to refer back to when crafting songs in the future (especially if you get a creative block). His thorough knowledge of the repertoire is apparent, and he made clear the importance of listening, transcribing, and analysis to become a better musician and songsmith. Thank you, Boris, for the great class! It was well organized and inspiring.
Boris's class is extremely helpful both to the experienced producer and rank musical beginner alike! It does not attempt to go into high level detail on every single aspect of EDM music production, but it does give you surprisingly easy to breakdown tips on how to get inspired to finish an entire song. It gives just the right amount of detail in fact so as not to get bogged down in minutia and it allows you to follow a formula for success in a fairly straightforward manner! I come from a classic music background but was stumbling around to try my hand at EDM. Boris's course gave me the confidence (and sense of freedom) to build an EDM track that would have taken me much longer to try to figure out on my own! Highly recommended!





Boris Berlin

Songwriter, Producer, Film Composer

Hi! My name is Boris Berlin, and I’m a songwriter, producer, film composer and multimedia artist originally from Berlin but transplanted to vibrant New York City to pursue my creative dreams. After several years of working for NY-based music production houses, I’ve gone completely independent working mostly from my own project studio. The digital revolution has brought so many amazing tools to our fingertips that it’s an incredible time to be a freelance artist.

My music has appeared on records, compilations, single releases, tv & radio advertising commercials, movies and games. I write and produce a lot for film and multimedia these days, and release records under my own name and pseudonyms.

New tools allow us to experiment and achieve awesome soundscapes, creating new worlds by colliding old ones. One can consider the creators of the many softwares and virtual instruments the silent collaborators. These tools shorten the gap from imagination to manifest soundwaves. Traditional style or genre classifications are outworn stereotypes. We can and should be merging all influences now, into a unified whole. It's a privileged time to be a creative.

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