Amtrac visits Dubspot LA in this exclusive interview to demonstrate his creative approach towards music production in Ableton Live while sharing helpful tips for aspiring musicians everywhere.
Storming the scene since 2008, Amtrac has been on the fast track to superstardom over the years making his mark as a prominent producer, DJ, and musician in the industry. Since the release of his debut LP ‘Came Along’ in 2010, the multi-talented artist has been electrifying dance floors with his expressive DJ sets, an arsenal of edgy house infused original productions and a string of remixes that have garnered the respect among fellow artists and heavyweights around the globe. Extending his passion for music creation, the Kentucky native stopped by Dubspot LA to demonstrate his creative approach to starting a new tune in Ableton Live while sharing production tips for aspiring musicians everywhere.
Amtrac, real name Caleb Cornett, has been pushing his creative limits as a producer, DJ, musician, and sometimes-vocalist since 2008. The multi-talented artist can electrify an audience, be it with a moving live music performance or by working dancefloors up to a sweat with his driving yet funk-filled DJ sets – it’s his mantra to be as diverse a DJ as possible, to connect with the crowd and to keep them moving at all costs.
Raised in Morehead, Kentucky on a diet of deep cuts by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, Caleb was lured to the dance realm by crossover acts such as The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers. Both sets of influences show on his debut LP, Came Along (2010), a 13-track adventure awash in post-punk influences and indie dance charm. From there, he branched out even further with Hey There Kiddo (2012), an all-sample opus with deep disco roots inspired by one of his favorite albums of all time, Since I Met You by The Avalanches; and The Scheme EP (2012) explores underground deep house vibes with dark, funky rhythms. Most recently he released his single “Those Days” featuring a Stevie Wonder vocal on legendary UK dance label Toolroom Records.
But as impressive as his original works may be, one can’t discuss Cornett’s body of work without mentioning what may well be the calling card of his career: the remix. An Amtrac remix has become a coveted commodity in today’s music business – from majors like Interscope, Warner Bros, Def Jam, and Sony to tastemaker labels like Fools Gold, Kitsune, Defected, and Ministry of Sound. He has worked with a host of popular artists as well including Ellie Goulding, Alesso, Elliphant, Axwell, Ingrosso, Two Door Cinema Club, and Kaskade, who have all requested the Amtrac treatment, and each time he’s delivered (and then some).
Never content to settle, Amtrac’s musical mood and influences change with each passing season. His ambition and curiosity keep him locked on the edge, always happy to experiment with new techniques and sounds. His music is what he feels in the moment. Simply put, his constant evolution comes from a hatred of boredom and a love for his labor. It’s just not in his nature to stagnate.
Lost in Motion from Amtrac is available now on Super Music Group.
At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.
About This Program
This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.
- Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
- Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
- Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
- Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
- Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
- Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music
Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here.
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