Andrew Siemon is a writer, music producer, and guitarist, and is the creator of both Producer Society as well as Traveling Guitarist.
My Career Story
I grew up in a small farm town out in rural, Ontario, Canada where there wasn’t much to do. As a kid, I really grew to hate it (like you hear from anyone who talks about growing up in a small town), but now I look back at it kind of fondly.
When I lived in my small-town, I worked a lot of odd jobs, including on farms, in factories, and in construction very briefly. These jobs taught me the importance of having a good work-ethic for which I feel pretty grateful.
Not only that, but it’s hard to complain about working in an air conditioned office for 8 hours a day when you’ve done physical labor in the hot sun. I spent a good portion of my time playing the guitar, jamming with a good friend of mine, and getting into all kinds of trouble before I finally left to Mississauga in 2011, to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Political Science was my specialist and French was my minor, although, I probably should’ve just stuck with Political Science, to be honest with you (French is hard). In the backdrop of all of this, I always played the guitar and had a fascination with music. I took guitar lessons from when I was about 10-years-old until I was 18. I was obsessed with Nirvana and Metallica.
I definitely had a brief phase where I was all about the Seattle “Grunge” thing, but it was Metallica that really got me into the musician-side of music, so to speak. I bought all of the Metallica transcription books that I could find and played them religiously.
Eventually, I got into more bands from that genre and then that was it – I was straight-up hooked. During my time at University, I never stopped playing guitar but ended up slowing down as the years went by. I studied music theory for around a year, I did a test for Advanced Rudiments and managed to get that certificate.
Once I graduated from university, I worked in the nightlife industry for close to two-and-a-half years in Montreal, Canada, and admittedly I stopped playing guitar during this time. I finally discovered Garageband which played a huge role in getting me back into music.
I spent two years with the software, really learning the ins and outs of it, until the point where I had a reasonable grasp of the skills required to make music. I noticed that, other than a few YouTube tutorials, there wasn’t a lot of information out there.
During this time, I was getting into online content creation and marketing which brought me to WordPress and the first website I ever made. After building my first site – which was more of a general blog about a little bit of everything – I started creating Producer Society in 2018 using the skills that I learned from the first one. When I discovered Income School, I realized what was possible and got really serious about it.
These days, I’m focused on musicianship and music production – although, I definitely read a lot more on other topics – and I’m always learning more in this field. There’s no question that you’ll see more certificates on this page as time goes on. In fact, I’m currently enrolled in Mixxin Academy’s Music Production Certificate which you can check out here.
My goal with this website is to cut the learning curve in half for other people looking to learn how to create music with a DAW. Enjoy!