[b]Tip #2 Take a risk - Collaborate![/b]
You can't be an expert in [i]all things[/i] when it comes to creating awesome music. Before anyone tells me otherwise, there are of course a few here that certainly can! But for the rest of us, we probably have a particular skill set where we excel (yep, that's how yer got in, right?), and we're pretty much mediocre at a lot of everything else.
Think about everything that's involved in producing a great song. Beginning to end: Writing and arranging the music, and the lyrics -> recording the vocals, harmonies, and all the instruments -> mixing the track -> mastering the track. C'mon, that's a fair shopping list if you really think about it.
If you want your songs to be better, and to sound better, it can be a pretty good idea to take a step back and let others get involved in that process. I.e. you focus on what you do well while others focus on what they do well. Yanno what I mean.. collaborate!
Let's say you're the best vocalist in the world. You probably think you can play bass too, right? Or programme a drum machine like no other, right? What if, instead, you invite an actual bass player to your project and an actual drummer too. If that's their natural habitat then you're surely gonna get some awesome results.
There's a lot to be said about throwing some salt on the control freak sitting on our shoulder every once in a while, and instead, working with others who share our vision and passion for producing the best song that we can. It can be pretty hard to let go sometimes, but it can be well worth the effort and a lot of fun.
For sure there can be mental barriers that prevent us from giving it a real chance. Like ego, for starters - "I think I'm pretty darn good at it all!" Then there is trust and reliability - "People ignore their messages or just don't work fast enough". Some of us just want to do everything ourselves because we enjoy a challenge or because it's just fun to try. And there's probably a hundred other reasons too.
So for this month's tip, we're saying - take a risk. Put yourself out there. Check out other member's profiles and their music (including our listeners who are just waiting for the right projects to come along). See who's got the talent you need for your project. And go ahead and invite them! G'wwwoon - make better music!
Originally posted by MonkeyC on Fri 13 May, 2016