About Dan Giffin

Dan Giffin is a nationally recognized producer, drummer, mixing engineer and Ableton Live Trainer. He is the Ableton User Group Organizer for Indianapolis and Founder of the Ableton Live training website LiveProducersOnline.com


Dan’s credits include sharing the stage with world-class artists including Tiësto, Slushii, and has performed live at large music festivals such as Electric Forest under his electronic/ indie/ funk band PHILIA. Dan has also worked alongside Platinum & Grammy artists including Mac Miller, The Band Perry, Machine Gun Kelly and others. He is also the host of the Ableton Music Producer Podcast.


In 2018, Dan founded LiveProducersOnline.com, a website teaching music production in Ableton Live, providing personalized training to artists needing help from studio to stage.

In 2019, Dan was accepted into the MasterTrack program with Electronic Creatives, founded by Laura Escude. Dan worked with some of the music industry's most prominent artists, playback engineers, and music directors to share trade secrets and best practices for fourteen days. This valuable 2-week experience explored using Ableton Live for live performance to control backing tracks, lighting, lyrics, autotune for vocals, and custom patch switching and show automation. The Electronic Creatives credits include world tours with Kanye West, Iggy Azalea, Kid Cudi, Pentatonix, The Weeknd, American Idol, Martin Garrix, and many more.

How it all started...

Dan started drum lessons in 4th grade and began his music career doing improvised DJing with live drums and guitar. In 2012, he attended Dubspot, an underground music school in New York City. After receiving his Ableton Live Music Producer Certification from the school, he began training as a Mastering Engineer under the Multi-Platinum, Grammy, and Emmy nominated audio engineer -Daniel Wyatt. Dan eventually moved to Indianapolis, IN in 2014, and began focusing on his first EP project called Everything About You.

A year later, Dan produced and engineered The Worship Remix, a compilation of remixes from Christian artists including Kim Walker Smith, Kalley Heilligenthal, Hillsong United, and others.

Soon after, he joined forces with The Lodge Recording Studios in Indianapolis, one of the most recognized and largest studios in The Midwest, USA. Dan worked with The Lodge to jump-start The Lodge Academy, a music school inside the studio training artists using today's advanced professional analog gear and digital music technology. As part of the academy, Dan became the Ableton Live Music Producer Instructor, and the official Indianapolis Ableton Live User Group Organizer.

In early 2017, Dan started a new solo project called PHILIA. The project includes a blend of live drums, guitar, and DJing that could be described as "Jamtronica" or "instrumental EDM". The name Philia stems from one of the four ancient Greek terms for "love".  CLICK HERE to check out Dan's Philia project.