A few pearly words of wisdom to start off the new year. You know how I’m always going on about finishing your productions, even if you don’t think it’s going to be a hit, just finish it. (Check out the blog that I wrote in 2007, How to Become a Great Producer.) This is the only way to build your catalog, by finishing your tracks. Now, for some inspiration, here’s a quote about hip-hop producer and artist Lil Wayne (taken from BMI’s MusicWorld Magazine),
“Lil Wayne is said to have made over 800 recordings in 2007.”
Admittedly, there might be some exaggeration going on here, but even finishing an eighth of this number of songs would be hugely impressive. Imagine completing 100 quality productions in a year. That’s adding to your catalog! Then, with your completed productions in hand you’ve got the products to promote, whether for film and TV placements, songs for sale to artists, or simply to show off your production skills.
In a Mix Magazine interview, Bruce Swedien, the engineer for countless hit records over the past 50 odd years, gave this advice,
“It’s much easier to be done than to be satisfied.”
Swedien is a professional that has worked with the industry’s top artists and producers, from Quincy Jones to Michael Jackson. He’s been there and knows what it takes to get the job done, to stop fiddling with the production and the mix and call it a wrap. Because, frankly, there’s no such thing as a perfect mix, just one that sounds solid and translates well over a variety of systems (from personal computer speakers to a swanky home stereo system).
Now, here’s the challenge, how many top notch productions can you complete in this coming year? Make it a goal and keep at it each week and every month and by the end of the year I’m sure that you’ll have some wonderful tracks to show for your efforts.