Music Lessons from a Viral Blog Post
Many of you may now be aware of my recent post that went viral called 10 Things they Don’t Tell Music Producer’s ‘Til it’s Too Late
As of this writing, it has received over 11,000 likes & tons of shares. This is huge for me.
First off, I owe my readers a huge thank you. This is the most popular post I’ve ever written. This all came as a surprise as, although I thought there was value in it, I didn’t expect it would be any more popular than any other post. In fact, I feel some of my other posts would connect better than this one.
This got me thinking about music making.
In the past, when artist would say “Wow, I had no idea this song would be a hit”, I really thought they were full of shit. Now I am realizing, that when you write music regularly, you can’t marry yourself to one song. You have to just keep writing more songs & let whatever happens happen. If you spend too much time over thinking things, you can easily lose the creative flow you are in.
If you are creating, you aren’t judging & if you are judging, you aren’t creating. Of course you will ping pong between the 2 during your creative process, but you don’t want to get yourself into the 2nd guessing game. That is murder on your productivity.
The truth is, if you write a lot, your big moment has a much greater chance of happening. If you write every song with the intention of it being huge, you will miss all the subtle creative moments of genius while looking for that one overused sound that will make your song a “hit”.
This is why I like to spend an hour recording a synth I don’t know at all. While trying to figure it out, I am not even thinking about the great random sounds that are being spit out. It’s a true joy going back and finding happy accidents in the randomness of just playing. No creative pressures, just having fun.
Creativity is intelligence having fun. Don’t take the fun out of your art. Some of your work will not be fruitful and some will. It’s ok to learn from those things that connect with people, but I’ve always loved an artist for those gems that the masses didn’t connect with. Something that touched me in a more personal way.
Remember, you are sharing you. Don’t get caught up in someone else’s story, just because they are more successful in this moment. If you can find your own voice through someone else’s art, great. Just please don’t make the mistake I made of thinking you like something only to later realize that you were just infatuated with the success of it. If you do that, you will be chasing someone else’s game for the rest of your life.
Here’s a quick video I made on this subject. I hope it connects with you.
Happy music making,