Stirring the pot
where stirring the pot pays off: http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2012/06/editorial-dance-music-has-gone-mainstream-but-it-doesnt-have-to-sell-out/#axzz1yiyumAng kicking the beehive isnt always the best idea, and my word alone isnt gospel, thats for sure, but to encourage other ACTUAL writers who know the scene better than i do to speak out on the same topic… is astounding.
A Message to a Young Producer
Hey man, keep challenging yourself to make music. I listened to your stuff, and naturally you need to be working on it more often. It’s hard to completely fail at music (all art is essentially good) but it’s hard to succeed as well (not all art will make money and have fans).
We live in a share-Share-SHARE world, especially you, since you’ve barely known a time there wasn’t a facebook or reddit or whatever to share on. It takes great discipline to just NOT share and keep working on the next thing.
Sharing music online kills it. It will be 100 times harder to go back into a song and fix things or work on it further once you bounce it and once you show it to someone. On the other hand, if you commit to making say 50 tracks in 1 year WITHOUT sharing them, you will find out why you’re making music in the first place, which is for you and you alone. You will always be your most honest and hardest critic.
I listened to each song, just keep working at it. The one you probably listened to, Incursio Tres is only my 20th song. I learn and grow leaps and bounds with each song.
Fastest way to get really good? Watch how other producers work, learn one DAW and how it works thoroughly, and mostly CREATE CREATE CREATE. Don’t settle when you are creating something. Make it sound how you hear it in your head. Donno how to do that? Learn.
Music is a huge commitment: your mom, your friends, they’re always gonna lie to you and be kind. But to sell it in concert form, or online, it has to be the best thing ever. The anonymous audience will not lie. They will tell you your music sucks shit, or they will not pay any attention at all.
My advice is to make 50 of your most awesome tracks you can in your next year.
Then, your 51st is where you start showing them. Not to ‘regular people’ they don’t know shit. To other producers who have good ears and can critique and offer solutions. The #1-50 you scrap for parts and cannibalize. No one will have heard them, so you can take the best parts and reuse them for #51-100.
Your 100th song, that one will be the first song you learn to perform live in front of an audience. To the masses you will appear as if you arrived fully formed. You will be hailed as a prodigy, a young genius with ‘natural’ talent.
No one will ever know that you spent 2 years in your mom’s basement training hard at music-kung-fu. No one will realize you did not SHARE your practice, because they have no understanding anymore of how someone could not SHARE-SHARE-SHARE. They will call your hard work ‘natural’ and your skill ‘talent’. You will be a god to them.
And that’s the secret. ;) Good luck!