Harley Arsenault

Harley Arsenault

If you’ve ever heard a Drake song (who hasn’t), you’ve probably heard something Harley Arsenault has touched. The Canadian producer and engineer is signed to Drake’s OVO Sound label and is credited with production, engineering, mixing, and instrumentation, across several of his chart-topping records. In addition to his work with the Canadian rapper, Arsenault has collaborated with other incredible artists such as Bad Bunny, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, and many others. FL Studio has remained his DAW of choice throughout his career, and we’re thrilled to have him as an official FL Studio Power User.

Drake – TSU (co-prod. by Harley Arsenault)

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

I grew up in a small city just outside of Toronto, Canada. I always loved music as a kid and gravitated towards it over other things. It started with pots and pans, little toy guitars, and harmonicas, but when I turned 14, my godmother gifted me an electric guitar. After a few years of playing guitar and writing songs, a friend of mine introduced me to FL Studio and it became a serious obsession that continues to this day, to be honest.

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

When I was in high school, I saved up money and bought a tiny 13” HP laptop. My older cousin was a drum & bass DJ who did a lot of underground raves and parties around Toronto. He knew about computers and music software so he set up the laptop for me and introduced me to FL Studio, and the rest was history. It gave me an outlet to create, so it means the world to me.

Drake & Central Cee – “On The Radar” Freestyle (co-prod. by Harley Arsenault)

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

I’ve worked on songs with Drake, Frank Ocean, Central Cee, Future, Young Thug, Yeat, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Bad Bunny, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Chief Keef, Kid Cudi, and lots more.

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

I’ve been blessed to work in lots of incredible studios all around the world, including Marvin’s Room, SOTA Studios, and Abbey Road. But on most occasions, I’m recording in our real-life, day-to-day settings like hotel rooms, concert venues, or even tour buses. My usual gear includes a MacBook, ATH-M50x headphones, UAD Apollo Twin, and a U 87 AI microphone.

Harley in the Studio

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

Some of my best advice for new users getting introduced to FL Studio would be to worry less about the technical aspects because they can be overwhelming at first. Instead focus on having fun with it . As you continue to create and progress, so will your understanding.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Take risks and focus on what’s in front of you.

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