Calvin Venus is a professional music producer and mixing engineer from London now based in Houston, Texas. He’s a former DJ with a professional music studio where he records, mixes and masters tracks. Here is his advice on how to use Twine to find more collaborations and paid work.
“I’m a big believer in collaborations, I simply could not function without them. 15 years ago this was not the case. I was a soul, funk, hip-hop and reggae DJ playing in and around London with completely the wrong attitude. Looking back, I was pretty private and guarded with my craft, I had a competitive nature, which, I’m sure limited my potential…I was all work and no play…I was literally coin operated. I used to think that ‘money talks’… now-a-days relationships do!
Whilst studying a Music Production degree in 2004 at the University of West London, I found myself abandoning my comfort zone and open myself to real working relationships. Even now, I’m still learning the value of opening oneself to feedback, developing a larger clientele and team working. I couldn’t progress without collaborative efforts.
Twine is a great tool for me, as it extends my reach from local to global. It massively cuts down my networking time and supercharges my portfolio with awesome collaborations. Ultimately, it’s about setting yourself up so you’ve always got projects going and with Twine I can do all my collaborations and showcasing of my skills in one place. Now, not everything I do is going to be paid, some of my projects are going to be freebies, but I need to keep myself moving. If I’m not moving I’m stagnant and not building my craft or sharpening my tools. I see every project I do as an opportunity to get more paid work in the future.
I think the best way to get more paid work and collabs is to just go online and have fun finding out what artists are doing and congratulate them on their projects. If you congratulate somebody on their projects then they might check out your profile and message you. I have got a lot of business this way by writing comments like “Well done!”, “Sounds great!” and then get messages later saying “Hey Calvin, I didn’t know you do mixing and mastering. I’ve got a project I’m working on and I need someone to work on it quickly” and I never say no to business!
The best thing about using Twine is that I can make sure I have new and exciting projects each week…I’m busy and I like it. You can be too!”
Check out this video of him talking about the two things he loves most about Twine.