Getting DJ gigs in a flooded music industry is tough, especially if you want to showcase your latest productions to a live audience for the first time, it can be quite a nerve-racking experience. However, how do you get to that stage when you know no one in the music industry, and you've got no connections or solid relationships with the right people? Where do you start as an upcoming producer? When you’ve perhaps been a hermit for so long, trying to perfect your music for years locked away in your studio? All for that one moment to finally get the chance to get your first DJ gig and cement a residency position at your local nightclub.
Success is a very broad topic, however, for the sake of this blog, I want to really talk about progress towards your own goal as a music producer, whatever that may be. One thing I think we can all agree on is that no matter what our goal is, we must finish plenty of music to achieve it. My research and experience are based on many years of working with mentors/music producers that were far better than me, and a lot of harsh learning curves that really stopped my progress along the way.
These six habits are not the ultimate guide to success, but what I have implemented in my music writing to get over the frustrating hurdles that myself and many other producers I come across have faced. So, I hope you cannot only understand it, but also use it to your benefit.
Writer’s block can without a doubt be one of the most frustrating things to overcome as a music producer. I can tell you this first-hand because I have witnessed many producers including myself getting stuck in a rut and not being able to finish anything. As a matter of fact, it took me 18 months to finally finish something that I was remotely happy with, and even then as I look back it was not worth the wait. So, how can a music producer overcome this problem? Well, I can tell you what I have continually had to do to beat this bad habit. Here are five habits/techniques you can use.
Do you ever feel like you have a major distraction or perhaps a concentration problem? I certainly did and sometimes I still feel like this; I have just learned to manage it in order to finish more music. If you feel like you have lost your creative mojo and lack some drive, motivation and discipline like I did, then this blog will most definitely serve you well.
All I ask is that you give at least a couple of these activities a go.
Everybody makes mistakes, it’s a given, but these mistakes cost me so much learning time in a big way, so in me writing this blog my purpose is for you to not make the same. As a music producer, it can be hard to get the outcomes you want, it's hard to articulate an idea from your head onto your D.A.W, especially when you are a less experienced producer. What I have learnt after 6 years of music production is that to learn faster and get the feeling of job satisfaction, some certain practices should be avoided, or at least be noted. These are the 5 mistakes that cost me time.