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Make an Album With Mike (MAWMer Flexible)

Make an Album With Mike (MAWMer Flexible)

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I'm working closely with a small group of musicians and producers for 4 months to complete our albums by September 18th 2024. Whether you're making a release-ready album or a collection of 10-12 individual songs/tracks, the "Make an Album With Mike" (MAWM) program will mean you get a bunch of high-quality music release ready!

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Here are the 4 Phases of Making an Album

May 31 - Jun 27: Preparation

On May 31 (Jun 1 for Aus/NZ), we will meet for a "Unique Style Preparation".

In this 2-hour session, I'll show you how to set up so you can run 100s of experiments to find the ingredients which will make up your unique style.

Plus, I'll show you how to organise and arrange your life outside the studio.

This will set you up so that even with work, family, friends and life - you can laser-focus on making the best possible unique album.

Then, before the main program starts (four weeks after this session), you'll run these experiments for yourself using the specific unique style strategies I've given you.

Jun 28 - Jul 25: Idea Generation

One of the fatal mistakes when trying to make unique music is believing you can THINK your way into it.

You can't.

What you think you want to make is simply a starting point.

Extreme quantity is the best method for making the best music AND developing your unique style.

Trust me, I've been obsessed with my unique style for decades, and there's no other way to do it.

So, we'll turbocharge your idea generation to discover what your style and album could become.

Jul 26 - Aug 22: Execution

First, you'll say "no" to most of the ideas you've made and most of the experiments you've run.

Because you'll have made so much by this point, you'll be shocked to see an authentic style emerging—a style that excites you. This excitement and momentum will mean you can't help getting these ideas into an arrangement.

You'll still work on more than ends up on the final album, so you won't have to force ANYTHING.

By focusing on the best ideas, building draft arrangements in your unique style is a breeze.

Aug 23 - Sep 19: Presentation

By now, you'll have a clear style you're working towards and a clear idea of the shape of your album.

Some songs will be "possibles".

These will be either great OR in your unique style.

But some will be "musts".

The musts will be in your unique style AND great.

Starting with the "musts", we'll go deep into solving their problems.

Together, we'll iron out the issues between you and that unique style album you can be proud of!

Our final deadline is September 18th

This gives us a week to finish up any bits and pieces, so you can work on getting the tracks release ready (or released).

Here’s how the Make an Album With Mike program works:

M.A.W.M. Team Coaching

Every Thursday (Friday if you're Aus/NZ), we will meet for 2 hours. We'll alternate between:

a. Thoughtnado Sessions (bi-weekly from Jun 27)
So few artists think through what they're making and why. They just go into the studio, throwing random stuff at the wall. The artists who make much better, unique music.

Take a step back and consider what you're going to throw at the wall. You'll save hours of frustration and get a much better result.

And these "Thoughtnado" sessions are where you'll do this.

They are my thinking tools designed to deliver deep insight into your music.

I've designed these new tools to identify and enhance the unique ingredients that will work together to make your album stand out from the crowd.

b. Studio Hours (bi-weekly from Jul 4)
I will personally help you solve the inevitable problems you’ll face making your album.

Bring music for feedback.

Or a problem you're stuck on.

Together we’ll find a breakthrough.

NOTE: to keep it simple, ALL SESSIONS start at the same time - 3pm EST (New York).

PLUS: All sessions are recorded. So if you can’t make it you won’t miss a thing.

Weekly Make Music With Mike Sessions

In these sessions, you'll make your music with others making theirs.

You'll do this live on Zoom or join the recorded replays.

This is "Solo Collaboration" - a weekly lightning bolt of motivation and clarity. 2.5 hours of focused music-making feels like 2.5 minutes!

I'll give you step-by-step music games to unlock your unique style. I design them bespoke for the group's needs/wants at every phase.

These sessions start at 3pm on Jun 30, then weekly until Sep 15.

(NOTE: All sessions are recorded if this doesn't work with your schedule. So you can do them when you want.)

Plus, as a bonus:

After the MAWM program finishes on September 18, you'll get lifetime access to the live weekly Make Music With Mike session to continue making music!

M.A.W.M. Team Community

You'll also join a private MAWM-only area of the Make Music Your Life Tribe.


Between sessions, you can ask questions, support others, and share your progress with your community and coaches.

“Sweet Release!” Bonus Session

MAWM is focused on making the album, so you'll have it done by September 18.

But in this final session on Sep 18, after celebrating our success, we'll focus on releasing and promoting your album to maximise exposure.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do the Live Sessions happen?

There will be two weekly sessions - Magic Music Machine sessions and Thoughtnado/Studio Hours sessions - until the album deadline.

Every Music Machine session will be on Monday at 5AM Brisbane​.

(Note: This time zone does NOT observe Daylight Savings Time)

If you're living outside of Australia, the sessions happen at:
Monday at 5AM Sydney
Sunday at 7PM London​
Sunday at 8PM Berlin​
Sunday at 11AM Los Angeles​
Sunday at 2PM New York

Every Thoughtnado/Studio Hours will be on Friday at 5AM Brisbane​.

If you're living outside of Australia, the sessions happen at:
Friday at 5AM Sydney
Thursday at 7PM London​
Thursday at 6PM Berlin​
Thursday at 11AM Los Angeles​
Thursday at 2PM New York

I'm worried I'll miss out if I can't be there for all Live Sessions...

You won't miss anything! The purpose of MAWM is for you to make an album WITHOUT destroying your life. :)

You do NOT have to make every weekly session. The reason there are so many is to provide support when you need it and to make each individual session less important.

The “Thoughtnado” sessions are more important (as we’ll be doing thinking exercises to help with the album.

But the Studio Hours sessions are simply Q&A / coaching sessions, which are optional.

I don’t think there’s anyone who came to all the sessions (except me and another coach)! In fact, a few people didn’t make any and simply did the program using the recordings. They loved it!

Plus, with the recordings, I make it very easy for you to catch up. I clearly mark the videos you can ignore and those which are essential.

What if I can’t make a session?

No worries! While it’s ideal to attend live, for Make an Album With Mike there are replays of the live sessions so you can always catch up if you have to miss a live session.

I make it very easy for you to catch up. I clearly mark the videos you can ignore and those which are essential.

How long do I have access?

You have access to the recordings of all sessions for life. In addition, you have lifetime access to the Magic Music Machine sessions.

How long are the live sessions?

The Magic Music Machine sessions are 2 hours 30 minutes. The Thoughtnado/Studio Hours are 2 hours (occasionally we run over, but you don't have to stay the entire time).