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Learn how to produce Indie Pop

Discover how to record, produce, and mix Indie Pop tracks just like your favorite artists through 4 in-depth modules on Indie Pop Production.

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Would you like to produce Indie Pop? 

Indie Pop is an up and coming genre that’s slowly becoming mainstream over the past few years. Based around guitars, synths, raw drums and throwback sounds to the 80s, it’s a type of music that more and more artists and producers want to incorporate into their music these days.

Artists and bands like The 1975, CHVRCHES, M83, The Neighbourhood, HAIM, Maggie Rogers, are all examples of Indie Pop music today.

But unlike genres such as hip hop, rock, EDM or pop… there aren’t many resources out there to teach this specific genre of music.

The way you’d produce, arrange and mix a song for Indie Pop is completely different to most of the chart-topping songs you’d hear on Spotify these days. 

There isn’t the huge low end and drums of hip hop, or the glossy sounds of pop - instead, it’s warm, raw, natural sounding… yet modern and fresh. 

Even as a Grammy-nominated producer who’s worked with artists such as Jason Derulo, Sia, Kygo, Timbaland, and various others - it took me a few months to figure out how Indie Pop records are made today.

But I cracked the code…

After months of diving deep into Indie Pop, I discovered there were 3 main styles of the genre today:

  1. The raw, gritty Indie Pop sound of bands such as MGMT and Foster The People
  2. The throwback, synthy sound of CHVRCHES, King Princess and The 1975
  3. The intimate, singer-songwriter sound of artists such as HAIM and Maggie Rogers

And by breaking down and dissecting the sounds of these various styles, a producer or artist could easily understand how to incorporate elements of Indie Pop into their music - regardless of what genre of music they make.

So if you’d like to discover production techniques that will help your music sound warmer, more powerful, while having that retro, throwback feel that makes your listeners feel familiar with your music even on the first listen…

This brand new Beat Academy course is for you.

Who you're learning from today

I'm Ivan Corraliza, but in the music world I'm known as ill Factor.

I've been lucky to work with top artists such as Sia, Kygo, Justin Timberlake, Jessie J and many others.

As a Grammy-nominated producer, I created Beat Academy to teach musicians all over the world about music production and entering the music industry.

And I’m super excited to teach you how to produce Indie Pop today with my brand new course…


Producing Indie Pop is my all-comprehensive music production course that shows you the production techniques and tricks behind today’s best Indie Pop artists…

And how to produce Indie Pop yourself.

With 4 in-depth video modules, you’ll be walked through the entire production process of drums, synths, bass, guitars, vocals, as well as mixing for Indie Pop - in an easy-to-digest, content-packed course. 

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll discover inside the course: 

Module 1: Foundations of Producing Indie Pop

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of producing Indie Pop, it’s important to set the groundwork of mindsets and perspective to be a great producer. 

You’ll discover:

  • What exactly is Indie Pop, and what are the sonic features of this popular genre of music? 
  • How to properly train your ears to take apart and recreate the sound of your favorite Indie Pop artists 
  • The final, definite answer to the question: do producers need to learn real musical instruments to get good at producing music? 

Module 2: Indie Pop Drums

In this module, you’ll be taught how to create the sounds found in the three types of Indie Pop music today: 

  1. The rough, more gritty Indie Pop drums found in artists such as MGMT and Phoebe Bridgers
  2. The throwback, 80s reminiscent drum sound of M83, CHVRCHES and The 1975
  3. The intimate drum sounds of artists like Maggie Rogers and HAIM 
Here’s a teaser of the production techniques you’ll learn inside this module: 
  • How to create unique-sounding drum kits that create groovy, catchy beats 
  • Tricks to using drum breaks to turn your programmed drum VSTs into sounding like a real drummer played them
  •  What to do to prevent your throwback 80s drums from sounding too cliched, but modern and fresh instead
  • Why the secret to great drum tracks is imperfect programming and how to do that, without destroying the rhythm of your productions and sounding amateur 

Once you’re done with this module, you’ll know how to create drum tracks that grab your listener’s attention and have them grooving to your track seconds after they hit play. 

Module 3: Indie Pop Musical Elements

Now that your track has its drums sorted, it’s time for you to start adding more musical elements to the production. 

This module will show you how to produce the bass, guitar and synth sounds of Indie Pop.

You’ll discover: 

  • How to create that powerful, thick bass sound found in tracks by M83 and CHVRCHES - the type that immediately gets you feeling the groove and low end of a track the moment it starts playing
  • Tricks to creating a natural-sounding bass guitar sound even if you can’t play bass guitar
  • Why your favorite guitar tones from artists like The Neighbourhood and Joji come from reverb and delay plugins, and how to nail them inside your DAW
  • How to create the atmospheric synth sounds of The 1975 and MGMT with stock synth plugins
  • How to use your own raw vocals to create unique soundscapes and pads 
  • Tricks to having the upfront, wide, vocals found in Tame Impala’s tracks

This module is like a mini-encyclopedia of producing Indie Pop’s classic sounds. After going through Module 3, you’ll start to develop that crucial ability of being able to recreate sounds you hear, and turning sounds inside your head into a reality inside the production of your tracks. 

Module 4: Putting it all together

This is the module where the entire course comes together, and you see me personally produce a track in the styles of Indie Pop taught in the previous modules. 

You’ll see how I take the same melody and vocal and produce it in two completely different ways. 

First, you’ll see me produce the track in the throwback Indie Pop style, with huge drums and a strong, pulsating synth production. This is where the rubber hits the road as you’ll see how the lessons taught previously all come together to create a track similar to M83, The Neighbourhood and CHVRCHES. 

You’ll also see how I mix the drums, musical elements and vocals to come together in a cohesive, warm mix that sounds retro while having the sheen and polish of modern Indie Pop tracks. 

Then, you’ll see me take that same track into a live drum, MGMT/HAIM influenced production where I use organic drum samples, alongside new synth parts to create a more raw, electronic mix. 

Then, you’ll see how I take a track submitted by a Beat Academy member, and mix it specifically to fit the genre of Indie Pop. 

If you’ve ever wondered how Indie Pop artists have tracks that somehow smooth, yet gritty and raw at the same time - this tutorial is for you. 

You’ll discover: 
  • My personal vocal chain for getting upfront and warm lead vocals, and a compression trick I’ve relied on for years to do the trick
  • How I balance the kick and bass relationship inside an Indie Pop mix (note: this is way different from any pop or hip hop mixing tutorial)
  • A routing technique inside Ableton you can use to bring excitement, depth and space the moment your chorus kicks in
  • One simple EQ trick that prevents you from overcompressing your mixes (without this, your mixes will get over-squashed and just won’t sound good)
  • What to do to have a lush, reverb-heavy lead vocal while still keeping it crisp and upfront in your mixes
  • A mix bus chain that transforms your overall mix into a warm, analog-sounding Indie Pop mix
  • Why being subtle is the key to giving your mixes that glue and shine of a professionally released track
This is where everything you’ve learned in the course comes together - and you’ll walk away with a complete, in-depth understanding of how to produce Indie Pop music.

As you can see, Producing Indie Pop will give you the tricks, techniques and understanding you need to start incorporating Indie Pop into your music. 

So how much does Producing Indie Pop cost?

I’ve created Beat Academy to teach aspiring artists and producers all over the world how to produce professional music without the high costs of going to a music college or audio school. 

And I don’t want Producing Indie Pop to be outside of the price range of any aspiring musician out there. 

What you’ll discover inside this course will save you so much trial and error and hours spent trying to figure it out by yourself. 

And when you consider that a music production course can cost anywhere from $1,500 to tens of thousands of dollars? 

Producing Indie Pop will cost a fraction of that.

To get lifetime access to the course, it’s just one payment of $97.

To join Producing Indie Pop and to discover the production secrets behind Indie Pop, click the button below: 

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As part of the initial launch period of this course, you can grab half price off Producing Indie Pop until Saturday Midnight Pacific Time.

This is your chance to get an entire step by step resource to understand the genre of Indie Pop, and discover its unique techniques and take them into your own music. 

And with a no-risk 60-day full money-back guarantee, there's no risks on your shoulders to join the course today. 

If you join Producing Indie Pop but you're not happy with your results, just email [email protected] and my team will refund you your purchase, no questions asked.

So if you’d like to level up your music production skills, now's the time for action.

I look forward to seeing you inside Producing Indie Pop!

ill Factor
Beat Academy

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Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, you can join my course Producing Indie Pop for just $97.

Producing Indie Pop shows you the production techniques and secrets behind today's popular Indie Pop artists and bands, and how to achieve the same sounds and sonic textures in your own productions.

Producing Indie Pop comes with a 60-day full money-back guarantee. 

So in the unlikely case you’re not happy with what you learn inside the course…

Just send an email to [email protected] and my team will refund your entire payment, no questions asked.

Chances are, if you’re an aspiring Indie Pop artist or producer - this course will help you take your music skills to the next level. 

Even if you make hip hop, pop, trap, lo-fi, or acoustic music, there’s so many valuable production techniques inside this genre of music that will help your own music stand out in its genre if you start incorporating them.

From getting your drums to sound both raw and punchy with a powerful low end, to using retro-sounding synths and VSTs to give your music a live feel, what you’ll learn inside this course can be used inside any genre of music.

If you’ve ever faced beat block or ended up going in circles using the same sounds and beats over and over again inside your productions - this could help you break that cycle, and give you the musical inspiration to create new music. 

Inside the course, I do use some third-party plugins in certain tutorials. 

But do you need those plugins to produce Indie Pop like I do?

Far from it. 

To get the best results from Producing Indie Pop, you just need a microphone to record vocals with, an audio interface to record them into, a MIDI controller to program music with, and a laptop to produce music on. 

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