"I take notes like some people take drugs." - Tim Ferriss

I'm a compulsive note-taker and love extracting, synthesising and sharing information. My goal with this site is to share condensed cheat sheets for everything I consume.

I also write, produce music, create YouTube tutorials and design sounds.


What I'm doing now

Here is a list of the things currently occupying my time.

โœ๏ธ ย On this website, I share all of my notes from everything music production-related I consume. Whether it's books, podcasts, articles, or videos, I've always taken a plethora of notes for later use. Previously, I kept this private, but I thought it would be more valuable to share everything for free. The notes I take from each video are not a complete transcript, but a condensed 'cheat sheet' of the most valuable information. I do clean up the text and add explanations where I feel necessary, marked 'MV:'. If anything sounds silly or off, assume it was my mistake.


  1. ๐Ÿ“ง ย I have an email newsletter which you can sign up to by clicking on the right hand-side of this page. I'll send you an email once per week with the latest notes to browse through.
  2. ๐ŸŽฌ ย I create educational content on Beats by Vanity TV, a YouTube channel that deconstructs the sounds of electronic artists. Check out the tutorial and maybe subscribe to help me one day reach 100k ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. ๐Ÿ“€ ย Alongside the tutorials, I release audio sample libraries and D.A.W. projects on Samples by Vanity.
  4. ๐Ÿ’ฌ ย I run a Discord channel as a home outside of YouTube for creatives.
  5. ๐ŸŽน ย I'm continually working on original music. You can follow me on Soundcloud or Bandcamp to keep updated with my musings. Or Twitch to catch my live streams.
  6. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ ย If you're interested in supporting my work, you can buy me a coffee and aid my caffeine addiction.

Get in Touch

  1. ๐Ÿฆ Twitter - If you've got a question or message, please tweet @MatthewVere
  2. ๐Ÿ“จ Email - If it's a longer message, or you don't want it to be a public tweet, please email me (contact@beatsbyvanity.com).
  3. ๐Ÿ’ฌ Discord - If it's a question related to art, creativity or music, I ask that you post it in the Discord, letting others benefit from the discussion. If you'd rather the question not be public, please email me.

Other Stuff

  1. ๐Ÿ“š I read many books, both fiction and non-fiction. My favourite fiction genre is Fantasy, with Sci-fi and Historical being close second and third. Authors such as Scott Lynch, John Gwynne and Brandon Sanderson are among my favourites. Neil Gaiman too. I do my best to track all of my reading activity on Goodreads. If you share my love for reading, please send me any recommendations.
  2. ๐ŸŽง ย I've recently dropped streaming and circled back to using Bandcamp for music consumption. View my collection and please send any recommendations my way.