Ian Dowling: Creative Flow State, When Art becomes Art, and Getting the First One Out There - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 20

Published on:

17th Feb 2021

Ian Dowling: Creative Flow State, Starting a Label, and When Art Becomes Art

Today’s guest is Grammy award winning engineer, mixer, producer, and songwriter Ian Dowling. Ian is based out of the UK and has worked on an uncountable number of gold and platinum records for artists such as Adele, Kasabian, KT Tunstall, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. He does composition work for various television and radio clients, runs two record labels, At Swim Music and Punch Up Records, mentors young engineers, and has a podcast. We have a great chat about removing creative obstacles, listening to what the song wants, AI engineering, hitting the flow state, and when art becomes art.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Hitting your creative flow state
  • Removing all creative barriers in the studio
  • Learning to filter the important from the unimportant
  • Starting a record label
  • Working with Adele
  • How a lack of options can inspire decision making
  • Beating burnout
  • DJing and getting into techno
  • Finding label signings on Submit Hub
  • The song is always greater than the technical side

Learn More About Ian Dowling...

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamdowling/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamdowling

Website: www.iandowling.co.uk

Learn More About At Swim Music...

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/atswimmusic/

Website: www.at-swim.com

Bandcamp: atswimlabel.bandcamp.com

Learn More About Punch Up Records...

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/punchuprecords/

Website: www.punchuprecords.com

Bandcamp: punchuprecords.bandcamp.com

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Guest: Ian Dowling

Host: Travis Ference

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
Conversations exploring creativity, productivity, and career growth in the music industry. Join in each week as Travis sits down with some of the industry’s best and brightest to discuss the mindsets and strategies that they use in their careers every day.
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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.