9 Advices for Getting Unstuck in Your Music Project (#8 May Hurt)

 

One of the most common problems I face when making music is getting stuck on an idea. The dreaded 8-bar loop syndrome!Continue Reading

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Reflecting 2014

As we begin our journey into 2015, I wanted to take a moment to look back into the past year and make notes of some of my personal highlights.

Workflow things, books, plugins, tools, music, websites, general wellbeing and productivity… This is a very personal list and some of the stuff I’ll be mentioning doesn’t sound like anything to do with music production. Never the less it all has made a difference for my work.

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Mastery by Robert Greene – a Book Recommendation

I like to read, both online and offline. Every once in a while I come across something truly remarkable. Recently I discovered one such book, and I can’t help but write a few words about it in a form of strong personal recommendation.

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Ableton Tutorial Videos: 7 Unusual But Ingenious Ableton Live Tricks

I love Ableton Live. It taps into your imagination. There’s so much you can do with Ableton it never ceases to amaze me.

I like to learn and immerse myself with new ideas by watching YouTube videos. For this post I’ve put together a few great Ableton tutorial videos as examples of what is possible when great software design meets creative individuals. Let’s have a look.

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New resource page is up!

Last week I asked my email subscribers what kind of content would they like to see here in the future. Your response was overwhelming (a big thank you is in order – I think I’ve got back to most of you by now but apologies if I missed someone!). One of the most common requests I received was to hear more about which plugins, sample packs, books, websites, tools and so on I like to use in my craft.

To answer your call, I have created a new page that lists the things that I use and love the most. I have also included comments for each resource on why I like it/how I am using it.

I’ll be adding more too as time goes by, so you may want to bookmark the page and visit every now and then.

Have a look.

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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Can’t Sleep? Try This Free App.

Staring at the sun

Can't Sleep? Try this free app.Do you tend to stay up late in studio, staring at the computer screen?  Ever have trouble sleeping afterwards?

Sleep deprivation sucks. Sleepless nights happen to me quite often and I hate it.

I have really come to value sleep and the importance of sufficient rest. Needless to say it has a huge effect on creativity and productivity.Continue Reading

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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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Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky – Book Review

I’ve always been pretty productive, but also always had the problem of not finishing many projects I start. I’ve developed systems to counter this, but never really knew why it happens.

Having loads of unfinished projects is a very common problem and people are constantly hitting me up about it as well.

Making Ideas Happen

 

I recently read this bestseller book by Scott Belsky called “Making Ideas Happen”… And I am not exaggerating when I say it was a complete revelation for me.
Made me realize lots of things, so I wanted to share  it with you quickly.
The book succeeds in breaking down the problem of not finishing your projects and shows the path to, well, making ideas happen.

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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.

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?

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