Motivation and Dedication

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    • #81159

      Easy Sample Genie Crew,

      Hope everyone is all good.

      Just wondering what people on here do to stay motivated and dedicated to writing music?

      No matter what i do i just cannot find that determination and motivation to make music anymore? I have recently invested in new equipment, read loads of forums and watched a ton of tutorials but actually putting these into practice has seemed like an absolute chore over the past year.

      When i was younger i was spend a lot of my free time making sounds & messing around which i found so much joy in. Which even led to releases on Flexout Audio, Proximity Recordings and Uprise Audio. Now just even looking at my music equipment completely puts me off but what does my nut in as there is nothing else more i want to do more. I will spend 4 hours max making something to at the end of evening completely delete what i have done.

      Very weird catch 22 situation but i was wondering if anyone else has been in this position and how they got out of this head space.

      Safe Ya’ll


    • #81164

      I have much to say on this. Before I do, a few questions, asked in earnest:

      1) how long have you been producing with serious intent? Not dicking around, but furiously serious…?
      2) have you set any personal goals? What would you like your efforts to achieve?

      I’ll reply more after those answers…

      _-| get to work |-_

      • #81168

        Easy Shrike,

        Thanks for the response mate.

        1) I have been producing with serious intent for around 8 years or so now. It’s mainly been the last 2 years where i have struggled. I have tried multiples methods such as changing workflow, taking a break, producing different genres, and doing more education.

        2) Previously i have set goals in terms of production etc this week ill just write basses, this week drums etc.. And i have set personal goals which one of them was to leave my job and go travelling for 5 months which i did but neither methods have helped.

        I just want my efforts to achieve music that has clarity, depth and makes me and other people do the screwface.

      • #81202

        I’m still thinking about this. Not gonna write a half ass answer, so I’m waiting until I can truly commit some time.

        _-| get to work |-_

    • #81175
      ,Zero Four

      I think everyone goes through this, some days I sit down on my desk and make 1 percussion loop, in the great scheme of things it may not seem very productive but actually when you are in the mood to make a track sometimes these sounds just fit.

      Nothing wrong with making sounds to go into your library for later use.

      D&B is a tough old place and everyone is fighting to get a release and to make people dance but you gotta keep grinding away.

      if you listen back to your music from say 5 years ago, you will see progression and it will make you keep pushing. Music should always be fun rather than an effort.

      Have you tried using a different DAW? Possible Studio One Professional or BitWig. Even just to mess about with plugins etc. It may just spark something.

      Hope this helps.

    • #81178

      Hey man,

      Just my two cents, but don’t delete things as much as you want to. I know the feeling where you’ve felt you had a good session, then listen to someone else’s tunes, get discouraged and feel like binning the entire project.

      Instead, share more with your friends, family or label contacts (as it sounds like you have a few). Obviously don’t spam, but if you feel a bit ambivalent about a WIP, see if someone else is digging it. I’ve found that sharing often is a great motivator, as it affirms creative direction and gives you an audience that has your best interests in mind. By that I mean someone who’s taste you respect, who is critical but fair, and who appreciates the difficulty of the art. These people lift us up.

    • #81185
      ,GENIE HQ

      …No matter what i do i just cannot find that determination and motivation to make music anymore?

      ….When i was younger i was spend a lot of my free time making sounds & messing around which i found so much joy in. Which even led to releases on Flexout Audio, Proximity Recordings and Uprise Audio. .

      The bit about messing around, finding joy in that. That’s the creative mindset…
      It sounds like you have experience and developed some solid skills, and now perhaps finding (or reaffirming) your new production aesthetic might be the path to turn you back on so to speak.

      Perhaps this can be found by not listening to Drum & Bass for a little while. Absorbing yourself in other genres for a couple of months to get some more inspiration inside your head.
      When you get the urge to sit down at make some music… fight it for a bit longer. Keep building up the inspiration and only when the urge is too big to switch off, get back to the writing, then you know you’ll have something to explore….

      We have only limited time on this planet! As a creative person you must relish that time…

      • #81193

        This is great advice to anyone pursuing any art/hobby/labor of love/whatever. Looking forward to your craft is, quite possibly, the best feeling there is. Just feeling the motivation to get into the studio and acting on it is so satisfying.

      • #81213
        ,GENIE HQ

        It’s definitely not easy either! The life of an artist is always flecked with doubt and struggle… it’s part of the deal. But as long as you don’t chop of your own ear or anything… it’s still worth it for those rare moments of satisfaction!

    • #81223

      For some reason this situation makes me think of physical exercise. It took a while, but over time I got to know what type of workouts and equipment I enjoyed using (swimming, group classes, functional training gyms), what was a struggle to get excited about (running, exercising by myself, weight rooms), and that when I do exercise, I tend to feel better about other things going on in my day to day life.

      With production, I’ve had many setbacks, I have had year long stretches of not doing anything (thanks video games!), I’ve experienced envy when peers have successes and I’m feeling stuck, or trying to use tools that I don’t know or understand and eventually look like lost time & money (Zynaptiq Un:Mix…), and points where I am not enjoying what I am experiencing or think I’m not experiencing. But then I have also gained perspective, experiences, ideas (when I remember to act on them, or at least make note of them), and connections with other people, that when you step back & think about, are really cool. Lately, I’ve been in a strange space because of a major move, and several big changes; new job/career, new city, another kid on the way, got rid of most of my hardware, no space for a studio currently, just starting to meet music scene people. I also realize these are new opportunities and challenges, and when I start to fixate on bad stuff, I need to shift and remember what’s good as well. I’m also thinking more about “what’s the story I’m trying to tell” when I do get in the mood to write music.

      It might be time for you to think about what’s important to you in regards to music. Ways to spark the fire, or approaches that work for you. That could be exploring a new sound, or a limited set of tools, or making a new personal sample bank. It might be reaching out to someone for a collaboration, or offering to share some of your knowledge & experience to help someone else. What has been enjoyable in the past for you, what are the accomplishments that make you go “fuck yeah, I did that!”? What’s the story you’re trying to share at this point in the journey?

      "Knowledge kept is knowledge lost." - Bobbito Garcia

    • #83950

      Easy all,

      I would like to thank everyone on here for their comments. Everybody’s input really does mean a lot!!

      I have decided to take a break completely from producing for sometime to re evaluate some things, hence the extremely late reply. I have decided to return to my roots of playing guitar/ukulele as i find here there’s personally more room for expression.

      But again thank you to everyone who responded on this!!



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