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”.
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. [Read more…]