As 2011 comes to a close, you have to ask yourself the question: How much music did I make this year? Whether you are primarily a musician trying to record your own material, or an engineer trying to produce other peoples’ music, the question is the same. How much did you actually record, edit, mix, and release in the past 12 months?
If the answer is disappointing (that you didn’t produce much after all), then you need to assess what went wrong this year. Were you just not writing much music? Were there not many clients? Or perhaps, you were distracted in your studio time doing other things like troubleshooting, re-organizing, or drooling over new gear. If it’s more of the latter, then I’d like to (If I may) offer some suggestions for the coming New Year.
It’s All About The Music
No matter what anyone says, recording and mixing in the studio at any level is always about the music. If you truly care about the music you’re recording or you care about making a living off of producing the music you’re making for someone else, then you have to elevate the music above all else. This means not focusing on the wrong things like gear, or peoples’s weird opinions.
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