I Wanna Be A Producer When I Grow Up

I WANNA BE A PRODUCER WHEN I GROW UP.

What about you?

When I started my Facebook Page I called myself a “songwriter” because that term describes best where I feel I’m at in my musical journey.

A vocalist & songwriter who is learning how to write better songs as well as how to produce said songs.

But, for the coming year, my goal is to get to a level where I feel good about actually calling myself a PRODUCER (eek!).

Now you could say that anyone that dabbles in Ableton or any other DAW could call themselves a producer in theory, so this is more about a certain quality I want to work towards.

As much as it’s not my aim to become a “sound designer” or “mix engineer” I do want to get a level where I can arrange complete tracks that have a sick groove, great sound choices, an arrangement that is interesting from A to Z and soulful sexy vocals that make it pop.

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Permission To Practice

What is the kindest thing you’ve done for yourself lately?

For me, it’s giving myself permission to practice.

As much as I wish I was releasing my tracks yesterday, having the patience to say to myself “It’s OK to practice some more” has been freeing.

It’s OK to take more time.

It’s OK that I didn’t start out making epic beats out of nowhere.

It’s OK that I studied “vocals” and not “songwriting” and have some catching up to do.

It’s OK that it took a while to know what kind of music I wanted to make in the first place.

It’s OK that it takes time to figure out how this whole producing thing works.

It’s OK to be learning and sharing the process.

It’s all just freaking OK.

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When You’re Learning New Things

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
Actually, you haven’t yet learned anything at all

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
You have to start over
Completely from scratch

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
All the things you thought you had already figured out
You actually maybe still hadn’t

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Getting My Feet Wet

What is your favorite deep groove house tune since like forever?

This week I’m continuing on my journey of practicing groove, deconstructing beats and basslines and resisting the INTENSE urge to add 72189 melodic and harmonic ideas before I nail the foundation of the GROOVE.

It’s hard, yo.

When I was studying at the Pop department at the Conservatory, we all resistantly admitted that some of the best Pop songs truly have only 4 chords. NOW I have to accept the fact that a lot of the house tunes I TRULY love have even less. Sometimes it’s just 1, or 2 when I’m lucky 😱.

FFS! How to deal? It can’t be that easy now, can it? Wasn’t making music supposed to be hard?

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