The best songs ever written came from a place of real authenticity on the behalf of artists from every genre and background you can think of. This unique creative voice is the product of an artist’s complex experiences, musical intuition, and the countless hours they’ve spent developing their ideas to become better music-makers. If you’re at the very beginning of your music career or are years along but aren’t sure how to rediscover a creative voice that’s unique only to you, consider these tips:
Chasing perfection in music creation is a constant temptation. It’s natural to want to create and perform the best music you can, but focusing too much on perfection isn’t how you’re going to get there. From dumbing down your best ideas to sacrificing authenticity, your music ends up suffering when you obsess over its flaws. Here are four big ways your music suffers when you worry too much about perfection:
The non-musical world often thinks that making and performing music is always fun, easy, and instantly gratifying. But serious musicians know that this is only one part of their story. Loading your equipment out of a venue you just played after a show that no one attended isn’t fulfilling. Pitching your new album to a long list of email contacts and never hearing back isn’t fun. And yet both these examples are things independent musicians have to do to find audiences for their music. You can think of it as “paying your dues,” but the kicker is that some artists never manage to move past the stage of trying to get the world to notice their music, even if their songs are great. That’s a hard truth about pursuing music.
As a musician, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re only being productive when you’re writing, recording, or performing. But the truth is that your life in music will end up being far more fruitful and rewarding if you punctuate your hard work with breaks. Taking breaks is essential not only for preserving creativity and energy but also for sustaining your personal life. If any of the following four scenarios describe your current mindset, it’s probably time to take a break from music:
We all know that writing, producing, and recording one song is a ton of work, so it’s fair to ask why it’s worth the trouble of creating multiple versions of your tracks. But between music-hungry audiences, streaming algorithms that favor different versions of the same song, and big creative benefits, it’s worth trying out different approaches for your songs. Here are some of the biggest reasons why:
Curiosity is by far one of the most important traits to embrace as a songwriter. By asking questions, you’ll get new perspectives for your music; ways of seeing and hearing that will take your music into exciting new directions. But coupled with curiosity is the risk of failure, and whether we realize it or not while writing, most of us try our best to avoid failure at all costs, even if that means not living up to our potential as music-makers. Pursuing music in an open, curious way takes intention and work. These five strategies will help you to prioritize curiosity in your songwriting practice:
The pandemic might prevent musicians from working together in person, but it is not an excuse to stop collaborating altogether. With the technological tools at our disposal, we can collaborate using remote sessions to record videos and songs. In fact, many music videos or performances are being created with remote videos these days. With some planning and coordination, it is possible for anyone to create remote music videos. In this blog post, we’d like to outline the six steps for making a collaborative performance video remotely.
The situation of when a great new idea runs into a wall is all too familiar for serious songwriters. For countless reasons it can feel difficult or even impossible to finish a song, even if you love where it’s headed. Sometimes, it takes a couple days, hours, or weeks to realize that a promising song just isn’t worth finishing. But for the ones that are, but just aren’t there yet, you’ll need to find strategies for how to move forward and wrap things up. Here are five ways to finish songs: