How to Make a Hit: Unsung Heroes Workshop w/ ill.Gates and KJ Sawka

The Illustrious Unsung Heroes duo, ill.Gates and KJ Sawka have combined their music production wizardry and years of experience as established artists to present an extensive workshop that takes you inside their chart-topping Beatport banger ‘Unsung Heroes’. Together, these two Bass Music masters share essential tips, tricks, and production secrets necessary to take your music to the next level.

Join ill.Gates and KJ Sawka in this FREE 50-minute segment of the 4 hour Unsung Heroes Workshop. These two hold nothing back as they share all of the tips, tricks, and production secrets that went into their Beatport Glitch Hop/Dubstep #1 ‘Unsung Heroes’.

After demonstrating their skills in an epic MIDI Battle ill.Gates and KJ Sawka take you inside their project and walk you through the creative process step by step. If you want to take your music to the next level, this workshop is a must.

Subjects Include:

  • Unblocking Your Creativity
  • Staying Focused and Motivated
  • Finishing More Music
  • Songwriting 101
  • Hacking Music Theory with MIDI Plugins + Sampling
  • Arrangement and Workflow
  • Mastering Percussion
  • Advanced Audio Editing
  • Achieving The Perfect Mix
  • Integrating Maschine, Push and Other Hardware
  • Next Level Live Performance and MIDI Battling

The full 4-hour workshop is available at Producer DJ here.

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Exclusive MIDI Battle and Workshop Preview

In this exclusive preview, ill.Gates and KJ Sawka go head-to-head in epic MIDI Battle flexing their skills in an all-out Unsung Heroes demonstration. The two Bass Music Champs also walk us through how they set up their MIDI weapons of choice and share their approach to MIDI battling.


Dubspot Presents: Unsung Heroes Remix Competition w/ ill.Gates and KJ Sawka

In addition to teaching the ways of Ableton Live and music production, the famed duo is also seeking the next Unsung Hero through a colossal remix contest with over 13k in prizes. On top of that, Gates and Sawks are going to do their best to launch your career and get your music heard by some of the biggest names in the industry, help you reach new fans, and catapult you into the spotlight as the next Unsung Hero.

For more information and contest details, visit here.

Are you the next Unsung Hero?


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. 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.

What’s Included:

  • 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

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.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.