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The #1 Reason Why Producers Plateau

I was first introduced to Ableton Live back in 2001 by my good friend Dan.

We used to spend hours in his home studio making tunes night after night.

I’d been making music for about five years in my AKAI sampler and Propellerheads Reason.

Dan was completely new to making music inside the computer.

But what I loved about producing with Dan was his passion as we got to grips with Ableton Live every night.

Even though he was new to making electronic music, Dan’s skills jumped by leaps and bounds every single night.

Within a few months, we knew our way around Ableton inside and out.

We could design fairly decent sounds, compose and arrange sequences and layer them into sections of a track, then write each section of the song structure to produce a full song.

But as time went by, our music (and our skills) started to plateau.

Sure, we could write tracks, but they weren’t sounding like label-worthy masterpieces.

As our skills plateaud further, I noticed that Dan’s passion also started to drift off.

He wasn’t as excited about producing new tunes like he used to be.

And then one day it hit me –

When you’re brand new, your skills are so limited that figuring out how to do anything creates a major step forward in your skills

(Remember the first time you mapped an LFO to a synth parameter to make the sound move? Felt like magic right?)

But as you figure out the basics and settle in to your own habits, those habits become extremely hard to break out of to propel yourself to that next level.

Unless you’re constantly being exposed to new methods and ideas, you’ll eventually run out of steam and become a sitting duck stuck in the water. 

Sure, there’s YouTube tutorials, but 99% of them are being pumped out by bedroom producers who aren’t much better than you (and many of them are probably worse than you!).

And if you’re learning from people at the same level as you, how can you expect to grow?

It wasn’t until I quit my job, moved to a completely new country and dedicated an entire year to working on my music that my skills started to accelerate to new levels.

That was one year before I started BassGorilla. It was also the year I got signed by a label for the first time and got featured on BeatPort.

From there I started interviewing tons of A-list producers for the BassGorilla podcast. Any money I made was reinvested into hiring these A-list producers to share their secrets with our audience. And that’s how BassGorilla’s Full Access Pass was born five years ago.

Since then, dozens of our members have been signed by labels, won remix contests, got paychecks for making music for film and television and even had their music played by big producers at festivals around the world.

Coincidentally, I met up with Dan recently. He has a wife and a baby now.

He told me that even though he’s happy, he often regrets not chasing his dreams of producing music. But there’s no going back for him now…

Here endeth the lesson.

Luke

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