After several months of work, I have finally finished a song I wrote called “I Am Free.” It’s by far the best pop or rock song I’ve ever written, and it’s definitely the best mix I’ve ever made, too. (I’m still waiting for a few things before I can upload it, but in my next post, I’ll probably have it uploaded and I can talk about it more.) Emotionally, “I Am Free” took a lot out of me to write. I’ve put so much into this one song, but now I’m done. So I ask myself: “Now what?”
Wow, this month, I’d say that my mixing skills have improved more than they did for the past two years. So what happened this month, and what are some good ways to improve your own mixing skills?
For one thing, I’ve been putting in even more time mixing and listening to great mixes by people who are far more experienced. I think the best thing you can do to get better at mixing is to listen to great mixes. An even better way to learn would obviously be to go work in someone’s studio, but if you can’t do that, listen to the demo songs that come with Logic or whatever software you use.
When you’re mixing, sometimes you just can’t get out of the studio; every time you think you’re done, you always hear something else that needs to be fixed, so you keep listening and tweeking over and over again until you reach exhaustion. Recently, I wrote a poem about it because I thought it would be funny: Continue reading “The Ballad of the Mixdown”
When people ask me, “What do you want to do for a career?” and I tell them that I’m a music producer and composer, they always look at me like I don’t know what I’m talking about. They always seem to be thinking “That’s nice, but don’t you want to eat?” and they often ask about my “backup plan.” But the way I see it, if I don’t go all out, I’m definitely not going to make it. I work as hard as I can and dare myself to fail harder. If I had a backup plan, I would already be admitting my failure. I know that God has called me to music as a career, and to not believe it will work out is to say that I don’t trust God.