If like me you still secretly dance to “Pony” and “Are You That Somebody” in your bedroom, you gotta go check out Timbaland’s Masterclass 😁
It’s an incredibly valuable inside look at the creative process of a legend and his team (even better if you also use Ableton!). But my most favorite thing from the entire 15 lessons is seeing how much FUN he has in making music.
Timbaland lets the music MOVE him, literally and figuratively. And his joy is so, so infectious!
You know this meme where they talk about the creative process right?
“This is awesome, this might be okay, this is shit, I am shit, this might be okay, this is awesome.”
Now I’m sure that Timbaland is just as human as the rest of us and will have experienced this mental battle at some point in his career. But as a general observation, it seems like he allows himself to stay in that “this is awesome” – state for a lot longer than I (and maybe you?) often do.
You could argue that well duh, it’s Timbaland and he’s already produced countless hits so his music IS in fact also sounding more awesome. Okay okay 😉 Or did it also BECOME more awesome because he lets himself create from that state of fun, flow, and freedom most of the time?
That happy, joyous OOHHHH THAT’S DOPE – state vs. that judgmental inner critic – state that already knocks down any creative idea before it bubbles up from beneath the surface.
It made me think that what separates people who become successful over the long term from those who don’t is not just talent and hard work. It’s also that they’re able to contain a lot of that child-like, woah-level ‘wonder’ about whatever it is they’re creating.
What do you think? Let me know here on Facebook.
In any case, he’s really inspired me to have even more fun with producing than I was already having!
Go check it out if you’re a Timbaland fan: https://masterclass.com You just might fall in love with his music and your own even more ❤️