Weird Shit You Shouldn’t Be Doing When You Don’t Master The Basic Shit

I’m officially gonna stop using sounds called “Kitchen_Utensils_2718_abX.WAV” in my music.

Something weird keeps happening in the process of me analyzing music in an attempt to learn from it.

It goes something like this:

  • Yeah, that’s alright, that offbeat hat in the reference track – but I’m gonna create a much more interesting pattern. Just you wait.
  • Yeah, that’s alright, that that’s effectively 1 bass note in the reference track – but I’m gonna create at least 27. Just you wait.
  • Yeah, that’s alright, that they’re using a typical deep housey stab sound in the reference track – but me here? I’m in fact gonna create stabs with a found sound called “Kitchen_Utensils_2718_abX.WAV because well, that’s WUHAY more interesting of course 🙄.

Just you wait.

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Life Of A Creator In Emojis

When you’ve just STARTED your new beat:

When you’re tryna FINISH your new beat:
When you realize that at least it’s BETTER than your previous beats:

Of course, you can replace “beat” with blog/book/painting or any other terrifying creative endeavor.

Can you relate?

I finished another demo last week and you can listen to it by hitting play at the top of this post.

I’ll probably redo the arrangement for the final version, but I learned a lot from my practice this month.

And… that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Progress & small steps!

Let’s keep going for our dreams 🙂

Love, Anja

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Happy Aging Everybody!

I’m turning 33 today and here’s why that makes me grateful AF.

When you grow older
You become so much more you
It’s so much easier to hear
The voice inside your head
The one that is yours
And not theirs

When you grow older
You care so much less about what people think
You don’t wonder half as much if they like you
Because instead, you ask
“Do I even like them?”

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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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