There’s a lot of false belief in young musicians today, belief that I didn’t quite relinquish until later years and If I can use my experience for the better, I will.
As a young guy or girl entering this world can be exciting as hell! and I perfectly understand why impressionable youngsters might get ahead of themselves.
Music was the first thing I ever cared about and what people thought of my skills was more important to me than anything else at the time.
While I knew I had talent, the things that held me back were having an incorrect mind set and attitude.
If I could give my younger-self anything, it would be these few music production tips for beginners, That If I had way back when, I would have treated my time differently and found my path a lot quicker before I was catapulted into a corporate world and held down by a 9 to 5 quickly realising I might be stuck here for the next 50+ years.
Don’t follow trends!
Sure trap music is all the rage right now!
But do you actually love it? when I say do you love it what I really mean is does it move you? when your feeling down do you look for the latest track from Waka Flocka Flame? Or is mumble rap more your thing?
Often as a young producer, I found myself with such a desire to be heard I would follow whatever trend there was at the time and make my own version of it.
The biggest problem there was, I didn’t LOVE what I was doing!
I’d never really listened to a trap beat, to me everything I’ve heard since sounds like the same bullsh*t repeated over and over.
I saw a really funny video on Facebook a while ago saying that hiss rap might be the next big thing! I don’t think that’s too far from the truth!
The lesson here is to make what you love! if you don’t make what you love how is your head ever going to 100% in it!
The answer is it’s not!
If you love Hip Hop, then make Hip Hop! period!
If you love Trap…Well, I think you know what I’m getting at.
Follow trends and you’ll sound just like every other Lex Luger wannabe out there.
I wasted so much time worrying about what other people thought of my music that I lost sight of the thing that mattered most to me, Hip Hop.
Set yourself a goal! get in the studio every day and create!
It doesn’t matter whether you make a completely fresh beat! add some keys to a beat, tweak your drums, the important thing is getting yourself into what I like to call a creative hyper drive, If you’re in the flow of creating every day, your catalogue of material will grow fast! The more beats you have at your disposable the more projects you can dedicate yourself to at once.
Knowone Cares! Until You Make them
So you’re a great producer, right?
I’m going to give you one piece of advice that an old friend gave me in my first year of university.
If you want greatness, let others tell your story, Never tell your ownRoshan Sharma
Roshan was just like any of us, All though he was In his 30’s and had 13 years on me, But I’ll never forget what he said, What he saw was a slightly disillusioned kid but he had a lot of belief that I could take my talent somewhere bigger than where we were.
After that, I started to change my approach, I no longer feared to make my production heard, Sub-concisely before that I would silently judge people and compare everything to what I was doing, Not to say I thought what I was doing was any better, I’d just pick at the things in my head that as far as I knew no one else was! It would completely ruin me, from there I would go and attempt to make something similar to what I was hearing from other people on my course.
But I soon realised, KNOW GIVES A SHIT! At least until you give them a reason to. You’re a great producer, right?
Put your work out! don’t fear haters! you got in this game because you love it, and having love for what you do is all that matters.