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Why Is “The Minimum Viable Product” Not A Thing For Musicians?

I’ve been talking to a lot of different musicians lately and many of them said the exact same thing:

“Yeah, eventually I want to focus on making my own stuff too, but you know, I just never think it’s good enough….”.

I was like “Um yeah, I never think mine is good enough either. In fact, it probably isn’t in many ways, but I’ve started to share it anyway and trust that it will get better the more tracks I finish”.

Blank stares.

In the online producer community I’m part of (Finish More Music) we’re drilled in the mindset of allowing yourself to make a continuous stream of crappy-ass tracks, because that’s the only way you’re ever going to get to the good stuff.

But, in talking to musicians outside of that community I have noticed how NOT common that mindset still is. So many people are so freaking afraid that their music isn’t good enough that they never get past that phase of it actually not being good enough.

There is nothing more freeing than realizing that your music needs to be shit first. And that that’s OK, because it doesn’t mean that YOU are shit or that your POTENTIAL is shit.

I noticed that in talking to these musicians I almost — for a brief moment — got my old mindset back again of thinking it would indeed be better to hide in a cave for 10 more years and also quit my blog and vlog….’Cause what kind of loser do I think am I to be sharing all these crappy demos on the internet?

It’s always good to be triggered by people because it helps you realize what your core values are.

And I realized that for me being authentic, living my truth and sharing my imperfect art is always going to WIN over pretending to be someone or somewhere I’m not.

For me, being real will always be more important than being brilliant.

In fact, if “making it” as an artist would mean I have to put on a persona of perfection — I don’t want to make it.

In the business world, there is this term called “minimum viable product”: a development technique in which a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters.

“Sufficient”.

In other words, the product gets made and shared with an audience WAY before it’s brilliant, mindblowing, groundbreaking, or earth-shatteringly epic.

And then, it simply grows from the imperfect, potential-having-mess that it is and gets better over time.

So for today, I am sharing with you my new “sufficient” demo.

Apart from sufficient for my current skill level, it is also poppy and groovy and feelgood and has some smooth warm summery vibes… if you’re into that kind of thing 😉

You can check it out here:

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Another Day, Another Demo

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

Right on Andy, right on.

When several people on different occasions mention the same quote in 1 week, you know you gotta pay attention yo.

I’m gonna make even more art!

In fact, it’s my intention to finish 2 tracks a month from now on, instead of 1.

And yes, I’m saying that out loud to keep myself accountable! #eek

Check out a preview of my latest one by hitting play on the video. You can listen to the full demo here: https://soundcloud.com/anjakicken/i-feel-you-demo

Happy week ahead ❤️

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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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Whip Your Hair, Like You Just Don’t Care

As I just finished my demo for the month I thought to myself:

“My mix sounds like horseshit.”

You must have seen that meme about the creative process?

The “this is awesome – this is tricky – this is shit – I am shit – this might be OK – this is awesome” cycle?

Whereas last week I thought my song was the bomb diggity, right now I think it’s pretty F-ing SHIT.

I’ve vlogged about the terror of song-finishing-week before.

BUT… I’m not posting this to get hugs or feedback from you that “it’s not shit” or anything of that nature.

(Although hugs? Tempting…)

No, I’m posting this because I’m OK with thinking that it’s shit 🙂

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What You Want On The Inside

Happy Sunday!

I just finished my new demo “Wait Is Over”! You can check it below 🙂

This one is all about:

BELIEVING in yourself.
NOT WAITING for your “turn” to arrive.
DECIDING to turn on your own light.
KNOWING that you have been given a dream for a reason.
Going ALL IN without having one foot on the brake.
CHOOSING to be guided by your own intuition.

And, ALLOWING it to be easy…

The lyrics I write are usually quite simple.

They’re a bit like affirmations that I want to repeat over and over, so that I can pierce my whole being with them.

Words that I let marinate in my mind, again and again, so that they become my new reality.

Purposeful phrases that become my default, so that I can live a brave, soul-fueled life and not a life limited by my fearful mind.

For me, right now, believing in myself means moving back to the Netherlands after almost 2 years of living in Singapore.

Living here has been the most amazing and unexpected experience of my life.

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