Best of luck this week!
If we’re talking fully producing a song from scratch then I need at least two solid days. One to get the arrangement and produce then one to finish producing and mix. That’s a tight schedule for me. I do work in advertising writing music so I fully produced tracks in a few hours on a regular basis but 95% of the time they are 30 seconds or less.
I mean, I suppose it all comes down to the deadline. If your making you own, then keeping it more relaxed can’t hurt. If its being made for you, that ussually means your off to the races.
Aside form technically/theoretical elements of composing, I think about listening objectively and trying not to lose that objectivity. Sometimes something that bothers me about a piece of music I’m working on just fades away into the background the more times I hear it until my brain starts to autocorrect and it starts to feel fine. That’s a dangerous place to be and I try to not enter that zone but sometimes it’s unavoidable.
I think keeping that in your mind as your writing is a good thing. Taking breaks can help but I find the fool proof way to keep your objectivity is to listen with someone else. Somehow you listen through their ears and automatically know what’s wrong before they even open their lips, it’s a wonderful thing.
All the best!
Ya I was in a similar boat to you bosone. After doing some research the other day I found out that its from the moment you first upload a track. I uploaded my first track on july 28th then had a decent august but obviously no sales in july which was technically my first month. If we had waited a few more days to upload our first track then I believe we would have made it on that list.
But it’s alright, just keep cranking out quality tracks, and one day you’ll have your moment to shine somewhere else on aj!
All the best and good luck.
Haha talk about moving up in the job world! In house composer is kinda my dream job, i’m jealous. Until then it’s post keeping my fingers crossed with AJ. What’s being an in-house composer like?
Very demanding, occasionally you are there 9-5 twiddling your thumbs. I work on the advertising side of things so I get to try a lot of different stuff. I’m not sure I can recommend the gig to be perfectly honest. I suppose I would for someone who was pretty green and wanted to pay his/her dues in a hurry. A few positive things that come of working in house as an ad music guy are that you get very used to rejection, so much so that most of the time it means very little to you. You get very fast and efficient and you build your demo reel.
Cant beat the experience you’ll earn. But IMHO its best to do it for a few years and take what you’ve gained from the experience to find something better. Im still enjoying it right now, but I think my ultimate goal would be to have enough clout to earn the same or similar living freelance. Or work in house somewhere doing long format instead of ads for a change of pace. I do enjoy ad work though, definitely keeps me very busy.
Good luck man!
Currently I work in house as a composer for a music production company in Toronto. Before that it was gigging and teaching guitar lessons. Before that it was stacking apples at the local grocery.
All the best!
My best advice?? Write. Don’t force the music (ever)... but DO force yourself to spend time each day writing. Even if it’s only 10 minutes…
This is very sound advice.
Years ago when I finished school I was pretty burned out. Didn’t really have the energy to or will to write and was generally lacking in enthusiasm. I actually had the opposite problem everyone on this thread has had. I had all the time in the world but not motivation.
Then I got off my sorry A%$ and started hustling for a job. Luckily I landed a gig writing music in-house somewhere. Now I know you guys are saying not to force yourself and thats something I agree with but when I got this gig I had to write quite a bit and do it every day including some weekends and it turned my life around completely.
Writing every single day even if only for a short period of time is great because A) you learn to listen objectively to your music because you have time away from it and you get the practice you need to really get take your music to the next level and that only comes from doing it every single day.
I was at a point in my life where I needed hard and fast deadlines and I was extremely lucky. My advice is that same as Patricks. Find those few minutes everyday because the speed and fluidity that comes of it will help you maximize those few hours that you get in a week.
Hope that helps!
Al the best!
I use Logic 9, and in the past i’ve used Digital Performer and Pro Tools.
Logic is my fav but the others are very solid as well. I’ve also heard great things about Cubase. If I ever leave logic Cubase would probably be my next venture.
This could work great for stings and transitions.http://www.audiojungleradio.com/player.php?item=2840044
All the best!