Good Times Ahead

Good Times Ahead

American duo Good Times Ahead (f.k.a. GTA) are one of the most recognized names in Dance music, but don’t try to confine them to a single genre. Having worked with a wide variety of artists, including Diplo, Skrillex, Vince Staples, Rihanna, and countless others, Matt and Julio bend genres and styles to their personal taste with regularity. Known for their impactful remixes, major collaborations, and successful original productions, Good Times Ahead have amassed a huge following and performed live all over the globe. With FL Studio as their DAW of choice, adding them as official FL Studio Power Users has been a long time coming, and we’re thrilled to have them on board.

Diplo & Good Times Ahead – Boy Oh Boy

Tell us about yourselves and how you got into music.

Matt: My name is Matthew Toth and I love making music! I am Cuban Hungarian, born and raised in Miami, Florida. As far as I can remember, music has always been part of my life. My grandparents and parents would always have music playing while cooking or cleaning or anything really. I always gravitated towards music. I would always be in charge of the radio when I was in the car. I would be in charge of playing music when my parents had parties at our house. So I had started by learning to play guitar when I was pretty young. From there I joined band classes in high school where I played bass guitar. I was really into metal and classic rock at the time so I had wanted to learn how to record myself, which is what led me to learning about DAWs and FL Studio.

Julio: My name is Julio Mejia. I grew up in Miami, Florida and played trumpet in school bands throughout high school and into college. Around that same time, I started listening to a lot more electronic music which started my interest in producing on a DAW! Once I learned how to use FL Studio a bit, I met my friend Matt Toth and learned even more about producing and DJing.

How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?

Matt: I started using FL Studio around version 9. I learned mostly everything about producing from tutorials I’d find online and in forums. I had first tried Ableton and I just had such a hard time with it — so then I had read about FL Studio and almost immediately picked it up. The workflow made so much sense for me. Now I’ve learned and occasionally use Ableton and some others but I always end up bouncing out stems and continue to work or mix and master in FL. I always bring it back to FL Studio!

Julio: ⁠The first time I ever used FL Studio was because my friend told me about it at lunch one day. I’ve learned over the years from hanging out with Matt and watching tutorials, and now it’s now my favorite DAW and has been ever since I started producing!

Martin Solveig & Good Times Ahead – Intoxicated

Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.

⁠Over the years we’ve always had a “Death To Genres” mentality. We love making all genres of music but currently we mostly make House, Big Room, Tribal, and Electro House, usually always with a latin twist! We LOVE drums. We also make tons of Reggaeton, Hip Hop, Trap, Pop, etc. We really love all kinds of music and enjoy challenging ourselves. The production process in general is what really drives us. Some artists we’ve worked with are Diplo, Martin Solveig, Vince Staples, Tinashe, Skrillex, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Party Favor, What So Not, and Baauer, amongst many many others!

Tell us about your production environments and the gear you use.

Matt: At the moment, I work out of my apartment here in Denver with IK Multimedia iLoud MTMs with a Focal Sub6, while my Focal Twin6 b are undergoing repairs. I use a custom built PC desktop, Output desk, UAD Volt 276, Audient Nero Monitor controller, Native Instruments Komplete S61, Roland VT-4 & Pioneer XDJ-RX3. I don’t have a treated room at the moment as it’s kind of a big, open loft space, but it works for me to produce, and I then mix down using headphones (Bose QC25 & Sennheisser 550HD). Now I know it’s a bit odd of a set up, but after over a decade of traveling and using noise cancelling headphones, I am just so accustomed to the sound! hahaha. On the road I use a Razer Blade 15 with FL Studio, of course. Most of what I use is digital. Parametric EQ2 is everything to me. As far as third party plugins, I have been loving all of Cradle and Slate Digital plugins, as well as Noisia’s Vision 4x.

Julio: ⁠I work out of my loft in Downtown LA, with a custom built PC! I have KRK 8s with a KRK sub, Moog Little Phatty and a Native Instruments Komplete S61 keyboard, as well as a UAD Apollo Twin. I also use FL Studio on my MacBook Pro when I’m on the road.

Matt’s Studio in Denver

What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?

Matt: Less is more!! Almost always, less is more, and I mean that in different ways. Simpler song ideas are usually the strongest & you don’t need 80%+ of the plugins that you think you need. Everything can pretty much be done just out of the box & with stock plugins. Really learn what they all do and it’ll save you a lot of time, frustration, and probably a lot of money!

Julio: I’d recommend saving frequently and make sure you make use of the “revert to last backup” feature!

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

We’re very excited about becoming FL Studio Power Users. We’re both long time users and supporters of FL Studio and are always up to date on new releases. We both use FL Studio every day of our lives. It is our daily creative canvas!

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