arrrggg im a drummer thats having motivation problems ahhh, thanks for you story , it helps to know im not alone with this feeling
Hey bro! Glad you found the article useful. I find it as true as ever, today. There are times when motivation just doesn't come, and I turn to some of the tricks listed here. Sometimes, I also like to just start working on a short sample, experimental stuff. I just clear my mind of expectations and start writing a melody. Sometimes it turns into a track, sometimes it just gives me more ideas. The name of the game is to keep and open mind and not be afraid to try new things and innovate, in one way or another. I still turn to classical, a LOT. In fact, I am listening to some right now.
I have to say i TOTALLY agree with almost everything you have staed above. I'm going through a mental block now...
I feel as though I've reached an epiphany TECHNICALLY. I now know how to make a sample do what I want it to, but I feel as though my projects have lost that creativity I enjoyed over the last 5 years. My last work, "my mistakes" has set a new bench mark for me and I feel as though I need to top that mark, or at least be on par. But everything I TRYYYY to work on just sounds dreary and dull.
I'm going to take your advice and listen to everything around me and open up. And I'm going to upload my old stuff too to see if any one else likes it but me..lol
Thanks for your article! Glad to know I' not the only one who's had exactly the same experience!
Hey bro, yes, you definitely helped me out with some great reviews early on. I feel like in music its really important to have the support of people around you, it keeps you motivated. The majority of my close friends aren't into electronica, which makes it hard to stay motivated sometimes. This is why a place like iDJ is so important. Getting on here and chatting with people and listening to new, original music is very inspiring. Then again, creating music is a very fickle thing. Sometimes you just need to take a break if nothing is happening. I've been running into this a lot since I've started doing commercial remixes. A lot of the time I spend hours trying to think up what I think the client would like to hear, and it starts hindering the creative process for sure. So, sometimes its a good idea to just take a break, forget about music for a week or two, and start again once something inspires you. :)
Great article Kirill thanks for mentioning me made me feel very proud that i helped you in some way. Really good article as i have recently experienced a block of a year and a half. The way i'm hoping to get around it is buying cd's of different genres and listening to them over and over to gain inspiration!
What you said at the beginning is how I feel about things now. I've been making music for about two years now; two under my gabber artist, Ladee Beetz, and one under Kat Hennessy. Everything I made I thought was sooo good, and I felt almost vain, as in, WHO could NOT like my music? But then REALITY kicks in and I realized I'm still just an amateur with raw skills and who still has a LOT to learn. This past week I've learned a lot more techniques than I did, say, in the past couple of months and I owe it all to you guys. I'm really glad I joined iDJ because now I feel I will get to the point where my music really kicks AZZ; because you guys care enough to review and pinpoint ways I can improve! iDJ rules!
Something that I did that I thoroughly enjoyed was taking two random genres and creating a song that was a fusion of the two... Like trance and gabber. That is an awesome combination.
Awesome article and an awesome topic. I think many people will appreciate this, I know I did. This will help me greatly in the future and I will be coming back to this article for ideas.
Thanks guys, I am glad you found this useful and/or inspiring. This article seems to be getting linked to a lot, which is great. I am thinking of writing a couple more general music articles, since there seems to be some interest.
Your life makes the music! Its pure feeling.
Yes indeed a great artical and well written. This should help many, youre a saint.
Yes I agree with just about every little bit of this. Good advice is very nice indeed.
great article , I'd also like to add that no matter what , producers need practice like any other professional. If you think you can sit for 2-3 months without brushing up on your techniques and learning new programs, you're only fooling yourself. I think this article focused brilliantly on the fact that you need to diversity in music..to only be influenced by one popular sound will only limit your talents until that sound becomes completely out of touch.
great article Sonaris..a foundation for all producers to keep in their blueprints
@Whiz Thanks bro. I had all these thoughts about music inside of me and I finally threw it down on "paper" at like 5a.m. a couple of weeks ago. I am just glad it made sense. I am a bit embarrassed about the spelling errors, though, really should have proofread this before posting, lol.
@RoBiN Yeah man, its scary to think that you might not be "as good as you used to be" but its all in your head! You make yourself think that way, and each success makes it a bit harder to raise the bar next time. I think all creative people go through this, but its easy to overcome. Realistically you will always be able to do better things because you learn something new with each track you make. So, yesterday's big big success is a stepping stone for you tomorrow. Always remember that your mind is nearly limitless in terms of what you can accomplish. And, for the record, I think you have been improving in your latest productions so just keep at it and you will get that sound you like.
"I was feeling better about the overall project templates which I was creating, but they just stopped seeming quite as good and catchy to me as the did before."
that was the most scary thing you said... i have experienced exactly the same thing... lately, my tracks aren't that catchy as they were when i started producing and it's all because i'm working more and more on the quality instead of the melodies and the catchyness...
funny how we all share these issues...
great tips also! as for newbs and for ancients like me hahaha...
Awesome article bro. I have gone thru the same thing. Just glad that you have managed to put it so clearly. Thx :)