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Modern Indie Pop: Write & Produce Breakout Pop Songs From Start to Finish

Learn everything you need to write & produce breakout indie pop songs. In this class, multi-platinum artist Chelsea Cutler takes you into her studio and teaches you her complete songwriting and production process — a unique process that has taken her from DIY bedroom producer to global star with billions of streams. Follow along as she writes, records, and produces a new indie pop song from start to finish, explaining everything along the way.

$269.99

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (8h 14m)

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    Step-by-step curriculum

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    Online and at your own pace

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    Watch on all devices

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    Unlimited lifetime access

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Multi-platinum songwriter & producer known as one of the first/biggest breakout bedroom pop artists ever. Billions of streams. Collabs with Kygo, Noah Kahan, Jeremy Zucker, etc.
What you’ll learn
Chelsea Cutler's unique approach to modern songwriting & production
Building a distinct sonic world for your song by manipulating sounds & samples
Composing emotional chord progressions
Chelsea's favorite alternate and open guitar tunings
Writing lyrics that tell compelling stories
Crafting memorable vocal melodies that are optimized for your own voice
How to record, comp, edit, tune, and process modern pop vocals, including Chelsea's exact vocal chain
Chelsea’s go-to sounds, plug-ins, samples, synths, pedals, and FX
How to record, pocket, and process acoustic guitar, electric guitar, rubber bridge guitar, bass, banjo, synths, & more
Producing indie drums with samples, break beats, and VSTs that sound real
Creative production tricks using audio effects, guitar pedals, and performance techniques
Producing an explosive bridge that elevates your song to a new place
How to optimally arrange a song to keep listeners listening
Composing, recording, and processing harmonies, background vocals, & doubles
Ear candy & hooky production moments
Mastering & finalizing your song

Class Overview

Learn all of Chelsea Cutler's songwriting & production secrets
Chelsea Cutler is a multi-platinum songwriter, producer, and artist. Ten years ago, Chelsea started making music in her bedroom, posting her original songs to SoundCloud, and building an audience online. Since, she's amassed billions of streams, toured the world playing her music for millions of people, and collaborated with artists like Kygo, Noah Kahan, Jeremy Zucker, Quinn XCII, and many more. Chelsea is considered to be one of the first and biggest bedroom pop artists to breakout and become a mainstay of mainstream music. She's become a model for independent artists around the world who are trying to take their career into their own hands and embrace the modern DIY approach to music making. In this class, Chelsea teaches you everything she knows about writing and producing breakout indie pop songs. During class, Chelsea brings you into her studio and shares with you her entire creative process from start to finish. You’ll follow along as she writes, records, and produces a brand new indie pop song completely from scratch, starting from how she find her initial ideas, all the way through mastering and exporting the final track. Along the way, Chelsea explains everything that she’s doing and thinking in detail — every idea, decision, tool, and technique. There’s no where else you can get this level of intimate access to Chelsea’s brain and process. By the end of the class, you’ll know everything you need to write and produce modern indie pop songs of your own. You’ll develop a complete music-making toolkit that you can use for the rest of your creative life.

Lessons (11)

Apply what you learn

Write & produce your own breakout pop songs, step by step

In the class, Chelsea Cutler breaks down her songwriting & production process into clear, actionable steps. Follow along with Chelsea’s process step-by-step and craft your own breakout indie pop songs. You can also watch Chelsea’s process in full first and then bring the ideas, tools, and techniques into your own projects. By following Chelsea Cutler’s proven process, you’ll learn everything you need to write and produce songs like these:

Who’s this class for?
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You’re a fan of Chelsea Cutler and want to learn exactly how she does what she does. Go inside her studio and watch her unfiltered creative process from start to finish.

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You're a songwriter, producer, or artist looking to level up your skills. Bring Chelsea's tools, techniques, and best practices into your own process to create better songs.

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You're a professional songwriter or producer looking to hone your craft by diving deep into Chelsea's unique approach to songwriting & production.

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What students have to say about the class
Eric Spiegel

Feeling very inspired, right out of the gate.

Adam G

I've seen Chelsea's progression since just about the very beginning. Self-taught, which makes it relatable and easier for us amateurs to absorb. Pretty much feels like I'm just chillin in the studio with chelsea and learning a lot in the progress. I've wondered about her approach to songwriting for years. Thanks for doing this!

Molly Moloney

This is one of the best lessons I've received. Super grateful for the opportunity to learn from my main role model in music.

Sheena Rice

I didn't realize I could love Chelsea Cutler anymore than I did already. I'm a singer/songwriter and currently learning the ins and outs of the production process. I've always wondered about Chelsea's production process as a fan of hers for many years. During this studio session I found myself absolutely in awe of Chelsea's workflow and how creative and intuitive she is with the process. Going through these videos has been really inspiring as a musician, and also incredibly enjoyable as a fan. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in learning production as an independent singer/songwriter to watch this series. Or just to any fan of Chelsea Cutlers. And if you weren't already a fan, I'm sure you will be after this. It has really been an incredible unique look into the creative process of an artist. I can't wait to go and play with Logic and learn more and get better at my own workflow and continue to follow my natural intuition around my own songs. Thank you Chelsea Cutler for sharing your process and creating this beautiful song with us alongside you. And thank you Studio.com for making it possible.

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meet your instructor
Chelsea Cutler

Chelsea Cutler is a multi-platinum singer, songwriter, producer, and artist. Ten years ago, Chelsea started making music in her bedroom, and has since amassed billions of streams and toured the world playing her music for millions of people. Chelsea is considered to be one of the first and biggest bedroom pop artists to breakout into the mainstream. She continues to champion her DIY approach to music. She's collaborated with Kygo, Noah Kahan, Jeremy Zucker, Quinn XCII, and many more.

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Frequently asked questions

$269.99

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (8h 14m)

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    Step-by-step curriculum

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    Online and at your own pace

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    Watch on all devices

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    Unlimited lifetime access

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