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.

It’s an illusion, a false mindset.Continue Reading

115
Shares

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.

YouTube 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?

Continue Reading

64
Shares

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

13
Shares

Get Out There

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?

Continue Reading

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.
Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

3
Shares

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?

Continue Reading

How to Deal With Writer’s Block

We’ve all been there:

You want to make music, and you try, but nothing good comes out of it.

It just won’t happen no matter how hard you try.

In fact the harder you try, the worse you feel.

The dreaded writer’s block has been thrown upon you.

Continue Reading

The Vicious Circle

Last week I talked about how you should not hesitate to dump/change things that you’re not sure about in your tune.

I must confess I forgot to mention something very important.

Continue Reading

Make Em Count

I’m not Rambo.

But I’ve done my time in the army.

And you know what – ideas are like bullets in many ways.

Continue Reading