Is Music School Necessary To Succeed As A Music Producer? – Interview With Jaka Bostjancic

I have had the great pleasure of talking to Jaka Bostjancic and here you can find everything we talked about.

Known as NGHTBLD, Jaka established his authority in the music industry and has started producing music when he was just 16. I was wondering how does one just suddenly decide he wants to do music full-time, and which steps Jaka personally took to get where he is now.

The first thing I wanted to discuss was his transition from “just playing piano” to making full songs with artists all over the world. “Playing piano was always a nice way to relax for me. I’d get home from school all tired, do my homework and play my piano afterwards. It’s like a kind of meditation and all I think about in that moment is how certain notes sound, that’s it. No worries, no stress, in that moment it’s just me and music.”

Still, there are thousands of professional pianists all around the world and not many of them decide to start producing, so I naturally wondered what motivated Jaka into music production.

“Like I mentioned in my other interviews already, it was the simplest decision I have ever made. There was no contemplating, should I do it, should I rather do photography, maybe I should just get a normal job, none of that happened. I don’t know, something just “clicked” in my mind and I was convinced – I wanted, needed, to make a living off music or die trying.”

 

 

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But, should upcoming music producers sign up for music courses either online or in music schools? Do they need a real education in order to succeed?

“Not at all! I had the luxury of being gifted with a talent and the bonus of going to music school for 6 years as a kid. But honestly, you don’t need that. You need talent, that’s for sure, but music school is far from necessary. I’m convinced that no single person alive doesn’t know what sounds good and what doesn’t, and that’s all you need to make music, as long as you’re willing to put the work in. If you know which tones sound good together, you can make chords. If you can make chords, you can come up with a melody on top. Then you add drums and kaboom, you just made a beat.”, Jaka answered.

Making music sounds so simple hearing it from him, just keep in mind that he’s been making it for over 5 years. “I still remember the first dozen of beats I made. At that time, I though those were amazing. But, I didn’t get any beat sales so I wondered what am I doing wrong. Only now I realize how bad those beats were. No wonder I didn’t get any sales, haha.”

As you can see, making music may sound simple at first, but music producers really do put a lot of work into their craft. And, I got the answer I was looking for. No, music school is not necessary to succeed!

Jaka Bostjancic’s thoughts on Slovenian music scene

Jaka Bostjancic is a Slovenian music producer who’s old just 20 years and he shared some of his thoughts on Slovenian music scene and explained why he brands himself as a worldwide artist.

Slovenia, for those of you who don’t know, is a small country near Italy and Croatia and has population around just 2M. As you can imagine, music scene is not huge there and can’t even compare to USA.

“It might be hard to grasp this, but even if you make it as an artist in Slovenia, you didn’t really make it. The whole scene is so small that even some of the biggest stars had to get an extra job to pay their bills, music alone couldn’t provide for them. Not saying this is the case with everyone, but it used to happen a lot.”

Jaka explained why he decided to sell his music worldwide instead of focusing on Slovenia alone. “There are a lot of rappers (my primary audience) in Slovenia and I could probably do well just selling my beats here. But in the USA alone, there are what…50, 100 times more rappers? So why would I focus on Slovenia, if I can easily triple my potential customers by selling in Italy, let alone the whole world…”

Taken by Jaka Bostjancic in his studio.

“Another thing, it seems like people don’t appreciate artists here as much as they do in other countries. Slovenians mostly listen to foreign music and if a Slovenian song starts playing on radio, they turn it off. That’s just the reality of it, really hard times for musicians here, except the ones who make traditional Slovenian music”, he says.

 

Dropshipping Will Never Die – Here’s Why

A very popular topic in the past year is Dropshipping. People who realized that this business model is doing millions of businesses around the world. Dropshippers have their own online shops, they do not have any camp or ever touching the goods they sell, they deal exclusively with digital marketing.

In short, the dropshipping business model is as follows:

You have your online store where you sell a variety of things, or even one thing.
You are not a manufacturer of goods, nor do you have any of these goods in stock. You never physically touch the goods you sell.
You’re dealing exclusively with marketing – bringing people to the site, optimizing conversions, Facebook Pixel, and all the things I’ve been writing on this blog for 10 years.
There is someone else on the goods and the stock (most often in China, but it can also be local). The manufacturer is engaged in production and gets from you X orders per day, which packaged and sent to people who ordered you.

Note: Before you think this is some kind of “easy hunt” – it may just work the way I wrote it, but to do this, you need a very good knowledge of marketing, social trends, and psychology of people. Read thoroughly everything I’ve ever written on the blog and if you are 100% clear, then you can slowly enter into this kind of business. In particular, you have to understand very well what is a sales funnel, a marketing pixel (primarily Facebook) and all its features, then retargeting, A-B testing, and perhaps the most important of all – a sense of people and their passion. If you want to learn how to dropship like a pro, check out this shopify ninja review.

Note 2: This is not affiliate marketing – it’s incomparably better than that because you are developing your brand.

At first glance, it looks like this is some kind of “reselling of goods,” but it’s not – this is incomparably more sophisticated, and even allows you to develop your own global brand, a thing that has not been as easy as it possibly could until recently.

Let’s say what Facebook Ad Manager looks like from Dropshipping Adriana Morrison. Impressive figures.

How To Choose The Right Guitar

The first step, the guitar-shopping, is a very important aspect in every musician’s life. It can be exciting and scary at the same time. When you start conquering the world with your guitar, you’ll experience different things, you’ll make many mistakes, and fail over and over again…It’s really important that you pick your first guitar carefully and that’s why other websites made this list of the best acoustic guitars.

However, we are going in another direction; we’ll give you some helpful advices, not just feature the most recommended guitars.

What Will You Use The Guitar For

It’s nothing wrong about being dead serious when you’re just starting out. Because you’re actually going to need a lot of courage and motivation, to overcome every obstacle on your way. Now, when you’re just starting out, you need a guitar that is very forgiving and won’t show every mistake you make. If you pick a professional guitar for example, it’s true that it sounds better than entry-level models, but your mistakes will also be much more “visible”.

Which Genre Do You Want To Play

Definitely a question you have probably been asked before. If you like hard and distorted sound, then go for an electric guitar. Otherwise go for an acoustic guitar.

Of course, you can still play classical music on an electric guitar, but it just doesn’t feel right.

How Much To Invest In Your First Guitar

It’s very simple – expensive guitars sound better, are made out of better materials, can be easier played and learning on them is faster.

Still, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend all of your savings on the first guitar. If you really are serious about this hobby, then I recommend going for something in the range of 300 to 500 USD.

What To Look For

As you may know, wood has a strong impact on the sound, playability and appearance. So, I recommend that you research and learn about different types of wood first, then pick a guitar with your favorite type.

That’s pretty much it. I know this whole buying process can get overwhelming, but trust me, once you pick up your first guitar and start learning, you will enjoy the experience more and more as you get better. It really is one of the best feelings in the world. Plus, you can impress girls with your new guitar. ūüėČ

Thanks for reading.

 

Michael Jackson’s Musical Legacy

‚ÄčIn 2010, ‚ÄčMichael Jackson, was delighted with the posthumous pop music album. The enthusiasm did not last long - fans have been claiming that some vocals in the tracks do not belong to the late Jackson, but the label denies this.

‚ÄčIn a lawsuit filed by Vera Serov's fan against Sony in 2014, three songs - Breaking News, Keep Your Head Up and Monster - are postponed to the posthumous board.

‚Äčhe vocals should belong to the imitator Michael Jackson. After years of judicial battles, the fan has not given up yet, and it does not recognize Sony's scam. "We have no reason to worry about us," ‚Äčthe ‚Äčlabel says.

‚Äč60 Years since he was born

‚ÄčA late musician who, after his death, remains one of the world's largest musical earners, would be 60 years old this year. The king of pop died unexpectedly nine years ago, precisely at a time when he planned a great return to the stage. ‚Äč

However, his premature death did not diminish the popularity of his music, at most the opposite.

‚ÄčHe was already a boy in the band The Jackson Five, where he sang with four other brothers. In spite of the great success of the Boys' Choir, he decided, at the beginning of the 1970s, to become an independent‚Äč artist. This decision made him one of‚Äč the most successful entertainers of all time.

‚Äčhis second album - an incredible success

‚ÄčIn 1979, he released his first solo album entitled The Off The Wall, which sold 11 million copies in the list of best-selling albums in the world.

He reached the peak of his fame three years later when he sent a record label entitled Thriller to the musical shelves. The Thriller album, known for Beat It and Billie Jean's albums, will not lose its popularity for a long time - by 2017, it sold 33 million copies on home soil.

He came out in 1982 in the golden age of music when the albums were successfully sold and the American music television program MTV attracted new listeners.