I am an 18 year old incoming freshman in college and have recently started DJing. I have been honing in my mixing skills for the past 5 months and have gravitated mostly to Electro House and Progressive House. I am very interested in producing my own electronic music, but am running into some problems because I am so new.
Having been a sports guy most of my life, music was always a tool used for inspiration and relaxation. Although I played a few wind instruments as a child, I don't know very much about music theory or production at all. I have herd from many that music theory in dance music isnt the most important thing and it should not be focused on. However, never having played guitar, piano, drums, or any other instruments like that, I feel as though I have no idea what I'm doing.
I am currently running Ableton Live 8 on my PC and am mixing with a Traktor Kontrol s2 and Traktor Pro. My question for you guys is if it would be worth while/beneficial for me to learn keyboard as a side project over summer. Would that help teach me concepts that I would need to know for production? Also, what books would you recommend for someone in my position (I know about the reading thread I'm just asking anyway)?
Thanks for any and all help guys! I'm very passionate for my music and inspired to create it! I just feel very behind because I don't know alot about music. I plan on taking music courses throughout my time at the University as well.