Announcing Our New Course With RJD2: From Samples to Songs

New Course Announcement!

RJD2: From Samples to Songs

We are extremely excited to launch our brand new online course with one of the most influential instrumental hip-hop producers of the 21st century, RJD2.

When he first hit the scene with his acclaimed 2002 album Deadringer, sampling artist and innovator RJD2 proved that it was possible to make infectious instrumental hip-hop beats for a wide audience without the need for a singer or MC. Since then, he’s taken on one creative challenge after another, from composing the TV theme music for Mad Men to collaborating with vocalists and rappers, and taking the art of sampling to new heights.

Sign up for RJD2: From Samples to Songs, and learn from RJ himself how to write and arrange music drawing on the power of sampling records and a collage-based mindset. He will show you how he personally tackles new tracks with his trusty MPC, and he’ll open up sessions from some of his classic tracks to show how they were made.

You’ll learn new approaches to sampling, songwriting, and arranging, and how to make instrumental beats that capture someone’s attention from start to finish. Along the way, RJ will share with you his wisdom, perspectives, and advice for fulfilling your creative dreams.

RJD2’s music shows how you can make exciting art within radical constraints. In fact, that’s what so much of his process is based on. In this course we’ll explore those constraints and how they can help you create powerful new music.

This course is for anyone interested in producing compelling instrumental music drawing from a sampling tradition — no previous experience or MPC required. Drop that needle and let’s get started!

Let’s talk about outcomes. In this course, RJ’s going to take us down the rabbit hole of sampling and songwriting. More specifically, we’re going to cover:

  • The history and background of sampling and how it evolved,
  • RJ’s creative process and how he comes up with ideas,
  • How RJ uses his MPC to capture and manipulate samples (and we’ll show you how to do it in the DAW, as well),
  • RJ’s approach to chopping samples and turning them into a beat,
  • A deep dive into the process and sounds behind some of his most well-known songs, and
  • A wide variety of different arranging techniques RJ uses to keep his music interesting.

Preview a full lesson in RJD2: From Samples to Songs.

Meet Your Instructor

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Producer, DJ, & Composer

Ramble Jon Krohn, better known by his stage name RJD2, is a songwriter, composer, and producer known for his genre-defying tunes and versatile sampling-based approach to music.

His first album, Deadringer, was released on Definitive Jux label in 2002 and was widely acclaimed as a landmark in hip-hop instrumental beat making. Since then, he’s released six more albums under his solo moniker, traversing a wide array of genres from hip-hop to funk to indie rock and beyond. He’s also been involved in a number of collaborations and remixes, including for such artists as Massive Attack, Tycho, and Polyphonic Spree.

His track “A Beautiful Mine” became widely recognizable as the theme for AMC’s hit show Mad Men.

How does a Soundfly course work?

Great question! We offer two ways to experience our courses: on your own with an all-access subscription or with personalized coaching from a Soundfly Mentor.

It costs as little as $19 per month to subscribe to Soundfly. And with your subscription, you’ll get unlimited access to all of the premium course content on, including this course, to go through at your own pace. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials that make our online courses one of a kind!

But that’s not all, subscribers receive an invite to join our private community Slack channel, exclusive perks from partner brands, and exclusive access to livestreams, office hours, and contests. Plus, you’ll be entitled to a 25% discount on custom mentorship sessions.

If you’d like personalized guidance, feedback, and support from a professional as you go through the course material, you can do that with one of our incredible Soundfly Mentors. Simply subscribe, and fill out a Mentorship Interest Form (found inside all our courses), or head here to learn more about what custom mentorship entails and to get in touch with us directly.

Are you ready?

Let’s get you signed up, so you can learn from one of the most influential producers of the 21st century, how to create truly original sample-based music.

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