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2 years producing and still having issues...
« on: August 17, 2017, 04:52:46 am »
Hey Everyone, I thought this would be the best place to ask this, so here we go.

I have been producing for a solid 2 years, and have released about 37 tracks over that time (500ish hours of studio time).  Obviously when I first started I struggled a lot but over time I was able to get a little bit more comfortable and my mixes seemed to get better. I would say within my first year I grew a ton as a producer however, this last year has not been near as good (In my eyes).  I pretty much only make chill music, to include Chillstep and Melodub sometimes, as that is what i enjoy producing the most.  I run in the circles of Sappheiros, Cash, Day 7, Reclaimed and a few others.  All of these other producers I mentioned are exceedingly better than I am and though they support my music, I feel as if they do it just to be nice...  Many of these guys have collabed or have worked on collabs among each other, however, any time that I have asked about doing a collab, they say they are busy and that "now is not a good time".  That bothers me a lot because I feel that no matter what I do, my music will never be comparative to theirs.  IMO, my music is very robotic, synthy, and that my melodies are very corny.  I have tried many avenues to counter this however, it never changes in the end.  At the time of making my tracks they sound good all the way through my project, but then about 2 weeks later, I listen back again and think "damn this sounds pretty bad". 

I guess what I am asking is, does anyone else have similar issues or am I just comparing myself to much-to much better producers?  Is being 2 years in and still struggling this bad normal?  Any thoughts or advice you can provide is greatly appreciated.  (Sorry for the long read)

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Re: 2 years producing and still having issues...
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 10:39:38 am »
Hi man !
First of all i don't think you should compare yourself too much to the point where you doubt yourself way too much and you end up hating what you're making. I definitely feel you when you say that everything you make is corny, but i guess thats just the procedure of getting better at music production. I've been producing for the past 7months so maybe this coming from me doesnt mean anything. Meanwhile you're still producing and getting better at it without really noticing i guess. Maybe you should try to get better at sound design, how to get better textures out of your sounds/samples etc.
All i can say is that, in 2 years you made 37 tracks. I made one that i'm barely proud of in 7 months basically through all the learning. I think you can be proud about that already its a good start if you're not having any troubles with finishing tracks and arranging them :)

Just keep producing, keep being curious about how the artists that you look up to are doing their things and you'll learn bunch of new shits on and on !
peace dude

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Re: 2 years producing and still having issues...
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2017, 12:59:56 pm »
It is normal, have a look at your tracks and look at your strengths and weaknesses

If its melody, try work on that, read chord progressions etc or if its sound design work on that
watch tutorials, have a look at what the pros are doing, ask questions, ask for feedback

experience is the most important thing, keep going man, it took me nearly 6-7 years to get my first record deal

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Re: 2 years producing and still having issues...
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 04:28:54 pm »
Hey guys,

Thanks to both of you for your thoughts on my question.  Both of you made some really good points and some of them are the same advice.  I need to self assess and work on some things for sure. In my opinion, song content should out weigh the mixing and sound design.  If the song content is really great, but the mixing isnt so hot, I still find it enjoyable however, the other way around does not work IMO.  So, that is where I think I will focus first.  To me, it doesnt matter if you have bee producing for 7 months or 6-7+ years, both of your thoughts were valuable, and so it is very much appreciated.  Thanks :) 

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Re: 2 years producing and still having issues...
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2017, 08:51:00 pm »
Just listened to your productions and they sound beautiful man ! Keep grinding, it'll eventually lead you to a place you want to be !

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Re: 2 years producing and still having issues...
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2017, 06:15:46 am »
Thank you Etiks.  I am probably a bit to critical of my own music, but I think being critical is healthy. I just need not overdo it.