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

Editor: Travis Ference

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Interviews highlighting successful careers in music and breaking down the steps it took to achieve their goals.
I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.
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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.