How many songs did you write last year?

2? 5? 10? 20?!

What if I told you that you can easily DOUBLE your output in the studio?

What if I told you that you don’t even need to spend more time in the studio?….

Would that be interesting for you?

Ok, I’m teasing…. I know it would :p

And that’s great because the point of this post is to show you exactly how I did it and how YOU can follow that same roadmap to make more music.

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THE FIRST THING you should know is that it doesn’t matter how little music you’ve been writing and recording lately, you can absolutely double your musical output without having to make more time for music!

In 2014, I only wrote 4 tunes.

In 2015, I doubled my output and produced 9 new tunes….

 

 

THEN I had a real big breakthrough and things went a bit crazy…..

In 2016, I wrote, recorded and produced another 1 hundred tunes!!!!

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THE SECOND THING you should know is that the biggest roadblock you face as an artist has got nothing to do with music…. 

The biggest roadblock you face as an artist is…..

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the perfectionist mindset!

I could tell you exactly how I went from point A (9 tracks in 12 months) to point B, (100 tracks in 12 months) and it wouldn’t help you one bit if you can’t get it out of your mind that every single track your release has to be “perfect”.

Don’t worry, I know you know this already and you’ve tried getting over it before. 

I’ve got you covered 😉

 

GETTING RID OF THE PERFECTIONIST MINDSET

I’ve already told you that I wrote 100 new tunes in 2016.

That year, I also released  2 albums and 2 EPs in 6 months…

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Why am I telling you this?

It’s simple really: I want you to know that I released albums and EPs that were NOT perfect (far from it!!!) and…. nothing bad happened to me 😉

I’m still alive, I’m still making music, I’m still licensing music. All is well. 

I’m not making millions but I’m doing ok, doing something I love. 

All because I stopped aiming for perfection and started thinking about a few things differently…

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work - Aristotle

1. “Quality” doesn’t matter, enjoy the process

Quality comes with quantity.

For some reason, we seem to think quantity and quality are mutually exclusive.

They are not.

In my experience….

quality comes with quantity 

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The more I practice, the better I get.

That’s applicable to music just as it is applicable to sports and office work.

There will be plateaus and short periods of regression but overall, if you keep going, you’ll get better and better at writing music.

And guess what? 

You’re more likely to keep going if you’re enjoying the process.

And you’re more likely to enjoy the process if you’re not focused on the ever elusive target of reaching perfection 😉

Quality can come easily

Sure. Some tracks take ages.

Still, others turn out great in just a couple of hours.

Here’s an example of something I wrote in 30 minutes. No changes, no additional mixing, no nothing.

This is the result after 30 minutes, no cheating:

Well, I like it!

Maybe you don’t. I hope you do but that’s not really the point!

The point is I made something out of nothing and had fun doing it!!! 

Aaaand….. it took me 30 minutes. 

Who’s to judge what’s good and what’s not

For some reason, and even though we know the enjoyment of art is subjective, we seem to think that we’re the best judge of our own music….

 

It’s not for us to say if our music is good or not.

In fact, it’s not for ANYBODY to say!

Some will like your track. Others won’t.

The point is you should enjoy making it.

Then, it makes sense to try to sell it so you can support your musical passion and make others.

Whether you manage to sell it or not, whether that’s through streaming, album sales, licensing or other, doesn’t really matter.

The whole point is you ENJOY making music.

If you don’t, if you spend night after night questioning your self-worth because your last track doesn’t match up to your musical heroes, what’s the point?!!

The less you focus on judging your music and trying to anticipate what others will think, the more you can enjoy the process 😉

The more you enjoy the process, the more music you’ll make, the more you’ll improve your music making.

2. You don’t need anything “more”

You don’t need more time.

Have you noticed how much more time something takes when there’s a long time to do it… There’s actually a name for this phenomenon. It’s called Parkinson’s law…

Parkinson's law - work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion

The truth is you don’t need any more time. 

Yes, even if you have a full-time job and a side gig as a parent of four! 🙂

As long as you can squeeze in 30 minutes here and there, you can make more music.

Little side note here….

If you don’t have 30 minutes to spare for music every week, there are two possibilities:

  1. you have other pastimes, music is simply not a priority at this moment and that’s fine
  2. you have ZERO time for leisure and you’ll be burning out soon…

If you fall into the second category… you might want to check out my post on scheduling music around a full-time job….

If that doesn’t help, donR