Identifying Procrastination

The latest lesson in Smart Productivity for Musicians is about dissolving procrastination.

Before you can deal with procrastination, you must identify procrastination. And it’s not as simple as it may seem!

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A Solution for Overcoming Chronic Lack of Time

This week’s lesson in Smart Productivity for Musicians is about how to overcome stress, procrastination and chronic “lack of time” – while at the same time enabling your brain to focus on what it does best: being creative.

I wanted to share some thoughts on the topic here on the blog too.

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Excellence is a Habit

Well, it was somebody else who said it first:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Aristotle

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Why Focus is So Important for an Artist (and how to improve it)

This is a guest post by Sam Matla.

Sam is the author of the most excellent eBook/audiobook/video package The Producer’s Guide to Workflow & Creativity. I totally love what he’s done with the guide. It’s important and well carried out and I think it deserves all the attention it can get.

If you like this post then you should check his guide as well. Now, let’s welcome Sam to Resoundsound and see what he has to say about focus. -Ilpo

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6 Lessons From Mozart to Modern Creators

Wolfgang Amadeuz MozartI recently listened to an excellent audio biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (grab it free with Audible trial here). It was extremely inspiring and thought provoking to say the least.

Besides teaching me a lot about history it especially got me thinking about the parallels between Mozart’s days and ours. Of course, musical styles and the tools of making music have since evolved to something completely different. But there’s a lot – and I mean A LOT – of common ground underneath when it comes to conducting the craft itself.Continue Reading

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How The Levels Changed My Approach to Writing Vocal Music

In the past couple of years I’ve been working on a lot of vocal tracks as part of our new project, The Levels.

I wanted to share with you something important I’ve learned while doing this.

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Busting Music Marketing Myths with Andrew Apanov

Busting Myths

The music business is fertile ground for assumptions. There’s lots of myths and folklore flying around. We hear about all kinds of success stories, but we often don’t know about the real facts and reasons behind them. It can be difficult to put together a clear picture of how to develop your career in this environment.

Andrew Apanov

Andrew Apanov (founder of Dotted Music and WeSpin)

I decided to reach out for my buddy Andrew Apanov to bring you some insight on what is working right now in indie music marketing. Andrew runs a music marketing agency (Dotted Music) as well as a great training program for electronic artists (We Spin). Besides that he is a consultant, speaker, blogger, DJ – in short one of the hardest working guys in music I know.

Here’s the plot: I put together a bunch of common assumptions about the electronic music business. Many of these myths stem from the personal beliefs that I’ve had at some point of my career. Andrew will tackle them one by one, and I will bring it all together at the end of the article. Andrew knows the ins and outs of electronic music marketing, so no better person than him to do some mythbusting with! Let’s see what he has to say.
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Stimulate Your Creativity

Making music should feel good, right?

I recently received a great email from a reader and a fellow producer, Richard Anderson. I wanted to quote his email here (with his permission), as it really hit the mark for me.Continue Reading

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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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