You’ve dreamed about becoming a house music producer.
But you're not sure exactly where to start or what skill sets you need to master.
And honestly, maybe you don’t even know if you’ve got what it takes to get into music production.
Trying to figure it all out on your own by watching a thousand YouTube tutorials or asking random strangers on forums for career advice will only set you back. Or worse, send you spiraling.
And I know this because…
My name is Jon Kong, widely known as the engineer behind Leftwing: Kody. I've been working as a professional DJ, producer, and engineer in the electronic music industry for over 14 years.
I've been involved in countless projects, covering everything from house to techno, commercial to the underground.
I've released music with both major labels and cutting-edge underground labels, including Sony, Columbia, Virgin, Positiva, Ultra, Anjunadeep, Toolroom, Defected, Musical Freedom, Spinnin’, Armada, Hot Creations, Circus, Desolat, Moon Harbour, Relief, Knee Deep In Sound, Sola, Truesoul, Lost, Moan, Great Stuff, Viva, and many more.
I've put together award-winning sample packs, a best-selling course, and I've taught at many renowned music schools.
In my early 20’s I spent every waking hour producing music. All-day, every day, I was constantly coming up with these great ideas and loops, showing them to my friends, and sending them off to my favorite labels.
I thought I was onto something, but I never heard back from the labels.
I'd gotten a few tracks signed to some smaller labels, but I was getting very frustrated, and I was ready to give up music.
About to turn 30, I approached a few producers and engineers who I respected a lot, and asked if they would consider mentoring me. Soon, I discovered that many things were happening behind the scenes of a professionally produced record that I would have never learned without being on the so-called "inside."
They saved me years and years, and finally, I spent the next couple of months honing in on my own sound.
That's when my artist project Leftwing: Kody, with Chris Adie, was developed. And it wasn’t long before we got a few productions signed to a very respected Berlin-based label called Off Recordings.
The first release was an EP called Bump & Flex, and it hit number 11 on the Beatport chart, which encouraged me to keep going and convinced me that we were onto something good.
We followed it up with a succession of four or five tracks that hammered the Top 10 — "You Were," "Lost," "I Know" — just massive tracks on Beatport, like number two, three, four.
Soon enough, we got signed to a booking agency. And that was the day when I handed in my notice and quit my job. The rest, as they say, is history.
I spent the next five years touring the world: a residency in Ibiza, lots of clubs, lots of parties, North American tours, South American tours, Australia, all over Europe.
In that time, we got signed to some of the best labels in the industry: Hot Creations, Toolroom, Desolat, Knee Deep In Sound, Solid Grooves, Relief, Fever, True Soul, Mobilee. We did a lot on our own label, Lost Records, too. And all the big hitters were playing our tracks: Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Marco Carola, everyone!
It was a great time to be in the scene, playing, and touring with my peers. Still, the lifestyle of constantly being in and out of the country with no sleep and drinking took its toll on me.
I decided I didn't want to tour anymore, so I stopped.
My partner, Chris, and I agreed that he would continue to do the shows, and I would make the music. That was the summer of 2018.
You see, I had always aspired to produce other music. And now I finally had the time to work with other songwriters and other producers, while still making music for Leftwing: Kody, and even taking on high-profile mixing and mastering projects, too.
My first students were friends who wanted to learn music production, and I started doing one-on-one sessions with them.
It was such a great way to start out as an educator, doing these intimate, highly-focused classes with true beginners, because it gave me the opportunity, right out of the gate, to find the best ways to teach my production techniques to any producer, regardless of their prior experience.
And over the last two years, I’ve expanded on those early, one-on-one experiences by taking my teachings to larger and larger groups of students, as I began leading masterclasses and conducting courses for aspiring producers at all levels of development.
Then, one day, I thought, Why don’t I just do my own thing, teach without compromise, and build up a community of students that I’ve nurtured myself?
Not only was this new entity created, but I also came up with the idea for my Ableton Accelerator For Beginners, a 12-week house music production training program.
I built this program from the ground up, so beginners can learn what it takes to sound just as good as their favorite artists and labels.
It's the program that I wish was around when I was starting out, because it would have spared me at least ten years of blind experimentation and repeated failures. But I’m just so grateful that I can help you save that decade of your life and career.
Honestly, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing my students suddenly flourish.
Some of our students have been signed to Hot Creations, Toolroom, Simma Black, and more, and they're constantly in the Beatport charts.
And some of our mixing and mastering students are already taking on professional projects and building reputations as engineers in the industry.
Simply put, this is a practical, hands-on, thoroughly guided program that’s specifically designed to produce real-world results.
Every step of the music production process, from start to finish, is diagrammed and explained. Everything, from drums and basic beats to loops, grooves, basslines, synths, pads, chords, stabs, vocals, and much more. And you won’t just learn how all of these different components work in isolation; you will learn how to bring them together through music theory, synthesis, mixing, and mastering.
Plus, you will be shown the system that I use to produce my music. So, when you sit down to work on a track, you won’t get stuck or have to stop what you’re doing to search for solutions to inevitable, routine, or recurring problems.
When you’re done with the program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and framework that you need to finish your records, without wondering if you left anything out or whether you’re ready to send out demos.
After you’ve completed the program, you don’t have to worry about me abandoning you. . I’ll make myself available to you for a full month after you graduate. You can ask me anything. So that if you’re unsure about anything production-related at all, you can get the answers you need, simply by contacting me via our private community.
Private Online Community
As a member of our private online community, you will be among like-minded producers who are on the same journey as you. It’s an incredible place with a ton of opportunities to forge long-lasting partnerships or collaborations and to network with other producers who will increase your chances of getting heard by new fans, well-known artists, and prominent record labels.
Our community is also an ideal environment to ask for feedback on your works in progress. You can bounce ideas off trusted peers. You can also ask for technical advice or creative guidance. Whatever’s on your mind related to music. Expect the kinds of intelligent responses that you won’t get by asking friends and family who may not share your enthusiasm and passion for music production. Over here, we’re all obsessed.
Plugin presets, templates, and sample packs are just sitting on the virtual shelf. With them, you will save time, avoid unnecessary stress, and produce more professional-sounding tracks. All of the assets in our resource library have been personally curated by me. They have also been thoughtfully optimized for performance in the studio. And they have been and continue to be used on hit records. Another perk: You will save a lot of money by not having to buy additional sound libraries.
With all my experience, I can save you years of frustration and needless failures. You have the rare opportunity to work closely with one of the industry’s most sought-after producers, engineers, and educators, to fast-track your way to a complete understanding of the tools, software, and principles that you’ll need as a professional music producer. You will also be given immediately applicable insight into how to get noticed in the industry and what to do about bringing your tracks to the attention of the most influential people in electronic music.
The Ableton Accelerator House Music Production Training Program For Beginners is a 12-module foundational course consisting of 45 videos (plus lots of bonuses!), along with clear benchmarks to keep you focused and on track for success.
MODULE 1- Session View & Audio
MODULE 2- Session View & Midi
MODULE 4- Bass
MODULE 5- Sound Design & Music Theory
MODULE 7- Vocal Fundamentals
MODULE 8- Breakdown Fundamentals
MODULE 10- Main Break Down
MODULE 11- Mixing Fundamentals
If you deem this program has not fulfilled your expectations, or you feel that you have not moved the needle in your house music production skillset...And you have completed ALL of your weekly assignments, as described, to the best of your abilities...Either I or one of my coaches will be in touch to figure out where you’re getting stuck and what we can do to help you get past any sticking points.
This way, you will always have us by your side while you navigate this new terrain. I want you to know that we’re like the Navy SEALs, and we don’t leave anyone behind.
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