What is good my fellow Musicians, Producers, Young Artists, Rappers, Home Studios, Singers, Songwriters, and Beat Makers alike. I am back with yet another resource to challenge your growth.
As a DIY home producer myself, I can understand the mentality of doing everything ourselves... But sometimes, that is the one thing keeping us from releasing better quality songs...
Me, Myself, & I:
Simply put, the most basic reason we're not releasing better quality songs is because we think we are the Sh!+...
Here's a little more detail on why this can be a problem:
We get used to the sound...
Working on a song from start to finish can be fun, daunting at times, & can highly influence the way we hear it. Without taking breaks, we tend to listen to our own songs & think everything we do to it sounds great & the more time we spend listening to it - & listening to it loudly - the less issues we spot out - unless you're like me, more and more issues can emerge from no where.
Our ears are like super computers that adjust to sound around us...
This means that the more we listen to our own songs & the more changes we make, the more used to it we become. MEANING - the less issues we actually notice.
You're mixes are probably rolling down hill much like this T-Rex...
But there's HOPE! Here's one thing you can do to improve your mixes:
- Learn everything there is to know about good mixing / recording and try it.
It's good to keep learning in general if you're a serious music producer. But that will only get you so far. Like I said above, you're ears are already getting used to the sound. The other thing you can do is:
- Take tons of breaks.
This is some advice I was given a while back and it has helped tremendously. I've taken it even further. Here are some things I personally do to avoid burning out my ears:
- Mix at low volumes.
- Come back to a mix after 24 hours.
- Mix / listen to other songs that are different from the one you're working on.
- Go for a long walk / drive.
- Get fresh air.
- Do something unrelated to music.
- Change your scenery.
- Get feedback from 2-3 friends.
But, whatever you do, don't do this:
Don't delete your song. Unless there are recording errors that absolutely can't be worked with.
And don't release your song / songs unless you have spent at least 24 hours away from them, listened to other music, & can say you and your friends would be completely happy sharing the version of your song with the world...
So, get up. Go take a deep breath outside. Spend 5 minutes - that's not even 0.003% of the day out of 24 hours or 1,440 minutes in a day...
Take quick breaks like that and watch how drastically better the quality of your songs will become. Or give me a holler - I'd be glad to help.
If you've known me for a while, you will know that I have a passion for empowering, sharing resources and encouraging others to grow in their craft. I believe in the revolution that is changing the music industry and I am personally experiencing this revolution... I want you to be a part of this revolution, so I also offer Coaching and Mixing Services to anyone who wants to improve the sound of their mixes, so they can stand out on the charts as well as grow in their knowledge as a home based artist.
If you're interested in having a coach challenge you along this journey, or you want to improve the mix of your songs, get in touch with me; I will be more than happy to help. I look forward to helping you take your songs to the next level:
I hope you enjoyed and were encouraged by this article. I look forward to working with you. If I should add something, feel free to let me know or comment below. If you think someone could benefit from this information, go ahead and share this article. If you have your own ideas that have been working for you, let me know what they are; I'd love to learn about what you guys are doing. If you have questions, feel free to contact me. What would you like to know next? Let me know in the comments below. Do me a favor, smash that like button, share it, let me know what you guys want to learn next, be nice to someone, and have a great day!