You may have asked yourself: “How can I be more creative when it comes to music production?”
This might be the most common question music producers ask in their journey, especially from the get-go. After all, it’s creativity that sets us apart as artists and fuels the cutting-edge sound we use to express ourselves.
While being creative in your music isn’t necessarily easy, many great musical ideas follow a similar creative process.
Here are the 5 steps to effectively improve your musical creativity:
Step 1: Give yourself permission to create junk
When producing music, you have to give yourself permission to create junk. There is no way around it. Sometimes you have to produce four terrible songs just to discover that you’ve produced one good hook in the second verse on the third try.
Producing a compelling piece is like being a gold miner. You have to sift through a lot of dirt before you find the gold. Bits and nuggets of genius will find their way to you, if you allow yourself the permission to let the muse flow.
Step 2: Create on a schedule
No single action will uncover more creative genius than pushing yourself to produce consistently. Creating music over and over is the only way to become decent at it. The person who sits around theorizing about what a Spotify top-charts song sounds like will never produce it. Meanwhile, producers who show up every day and put their butt in the chair and their hands on the MIDI keyboard — they are learning how to do the work.
If you want to do your best creative work, then don’t leave it up to chance. Don’t wake up in the morning and ponder, “I hope I’m feeling inspired to produce something today.” You need to take the decision-making out of this. Set a schedule for your music. Creativity arrives when you show up enough times to get the average ideas out of the way.
Here at BassGorilla, we’ve even set schedules and deadlines to get our content out of the door to you and our community, whether they’re block-busters or just stepping stones to learn from. As long as we follow the philosophy of Kaizen, or continuous, consistent improvement over time, we’re churning and producing an unstoppable momentum, just like you can with your tracks.
Step 3: Finish your tracks
Finish your tracks. Anything. Stop researching, planning, and preparing to do your song and just start producing. It doesn’t matter how good or bad it is. You don’t need to set the world on fire with your first try. You just need to prove to yourself that you have what it takes to produce something.
There are no musicians, artists, or entrepreneurs who became great by half-finishing their work. Stop debating what you should produce and just make something.
Step 4: Stop judging your own music
Musicians struggle to produce great songs. Even great artists.
Anyone who creates something on a consistent basis will begin to judge their own work. I produce new songs every other day. After sticking to that producing schedule for three months, I began to judge everything I created. I was convinced that I had gone through every decent idea I had available. My most popular song came 8 months later…
It is natural to judge your work. It is natural to feel disappointed that your creation isn’t as wonderful as you hoped it would be, or that you’re not getting any better at your craft. But the key is to not let your discontent prevent you from continuing to do the work.
You have to practice enough self-compassion to not let self-judgement take over. Sure, you care about your work, but don’t get so serious about it that you can’t laugh off your mistakes and continue to produce the music you love. Don’t let judgment prevent execution.
Step 5: Hold yourself accountable
Share your tracks publicly. It will hold you accountable to creating your best work. It will provide feedback for producing better songs. And when you see others connect with what you create, it will inspire you and make you care more.
If this sounds too daunting, the next best thing is to share your work with trusted friends or groups that provide constructive criticism and solutions. For BassGorilla Members, the exclusive Discord channel is the perfect setting to put yourself out there and get honest feedback that will improve your skills. You can also join the BassGorilla Facebook Community to connect with like-minded people.
And sometimes sharing your work means you have to deal with haters and critics. But more often than not, the only thing that happens is that you start to attract the audience who have interest in your music or who support the music that you believe in — who wouldn’t want that?
There has never been a better time to push yourself and commit to your music career. Join the BassGorilla Community now and unleash your potential.
Until next time,