To People Who Want to Succeed in Music

Today I received an email from Mr X:

“I began with the program Logic pro X. But i have a problem: I want to get some plug ins for this program, i’d like to get it for free, because buying it is too expensive for me at the moment,
so i like to download it, but it’s so hard to find it…

I need the following plug ins:

[followed by a list of paid VST-plugins]“

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Discovering Perfect

This is something I keep coming back to again and again. I run into it in my own pursuits, my peers and the precious people who hit me up.

I’ve said it time and time again:

There is good. There is great. There is beautiful. Yes. But forget about perfect. It doesn’t exist. Striving for it will drain you and ultimately stall your progress.

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How to Express Yourself

This is a guest post by Zac Citron of  www.zenchamusic.com. I recently hooked up with him and quickly realized we share a lot of similar views about music production. This post is about how to express yourself and discover your own sound. Check out his website for more.

how to express yourselfYouTube user stefanhyltoft recently responded to one of my videos asking why I made certain compositional decisions.

Why did I use those chords — what was I thinking when I wrote that section. Etc.

I spent some time reflecting on it. While I do remember some of the specific reasons, they don’t underlie the fundamental principle that I was following.

This principle is so obvious. It is so apparent. And unfortunately, this causes people to gloss over it (both deliveree and deliverer).

What’s the tip?

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Breaking Workflow

This is a guest post by Kim Lajoie. I recently came across his blog and felt very much connected to his way of thinking. So I invited him to write a little something for me and here we go! I’ll let Kim take it from here. Why should breaking workflow become a part of your workflow?Continue Reading

Trial and Error

I was chatting to a friend of mine Gabriel (some of you might know him as Gremlinz).

He said he really liked this little remix Loxy and I had made about a year back of one of our own tracks and said it should be released.

The thought of releasing it had never even occurred to me.

Why?

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Hype, Stress and Whiners

I came across an interesting article by Alex at Sitting Ovation called I Don’t Understand The Scene : Part 1 – The Producers & Hype. Some of it I agree with 100% but other parts left me thinking. I decided to scribble down a few words of my own. This is an independent article, but I still I highly recommend you go read Alex’s excellent opener first, as well as the comments.

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Switch Things Up

We need routines, but sometimes routines can also work against us.

It’s easy to stop searching for new ways of doing things and eventually things get stale.
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Your Worst Enemy

Ever thought the tune you’re working on isn’t finished just yet… That it needs a bit of tweaking before it goes out??

Ever wondered wether you should do something now or wait till you’re more ready, more skilled or more established?

Story of my life…

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What MacGyver Knew

Remember Angus MacGyver?

I’ve just realized many of you may be too young for that!

Anyway, he was my childhood hero.

This is probably one of the best tips I can ever give to you.

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The Acme of Skill

Sun Tzu said it 2500 years back in “The Art Of War”:

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.

The mix is not unlike the battlefield…

There’s lots of fighting going on!

But what is the highest point of skill?

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