If you are a music producer, you have probably found yourself in a seemingly hopeless situation many times before. Sometimes you just feel stuck at a certain point and it seems you won’t go over it no matter what you do. There are days when creativity just bursts like a fountain. On the other hand, there are days when everything seems rather hopeless. You might think that creativity cannot be forced and that you should forget about the song you are working on. But trust me, there are certain tricks you could utilize to get the creative juices flowing. The worst thing you could do is to sit in front of your DAW while waiting for magic to happen.
In many cases, we tend to hide behind excuses or we are too critical of ourselves. Comparing your song too much with the track from your favourite artist won’t get you anywhere as well. It’s ok to take a track you like and use it as a reference, but to constantly listen to it in an A/B comparison way will just confuse you and slow you down. Keep this in mind: Your favourite artist is probably someone whose music is unique. Therefore, you should strive towards being unique and use your reference as an inspiration only.
Experiment with your starting point
There is no formula that will always be applicable to great song creation. Sometimes you can start with drums but if that’s not working try to delete those drums and start with a fresh chord progression. That chord progression will also contain the certain rhythmical structure and it might give you an idea on how to bind it with the drum groove afterwards.
Nobody knows everything
Let’s face it, most of us out there are not professional mastering or mixing engineers. Therefore, for example, when you get stuck to a certain point in your mixing process you might just go ahead and search for a solution on the internet. There are numerous tutorials out there (be sure to check more of the Soundbridge`s music production tutorials here: https://soundbridge.io/blog/) Try to narrow down your search and find exactly what you need. Then, go back to work. If some other technique which seems interesting pops up, avoid it. You will apply it to your mix and it might not be necessary, so you could easily ruin what you made so far. In other words, don’t fix what’s not broken.
Do not be shy to ask for advice
Try to send a message to your favourite artists on social media. Going to workshops and being generally open for advice also helps. Ask them how did they make something specific in their song, how did they feel when they made that track you love so much. Workshops are particularly useful because you can meet a lot of people who probably know something you don’t. Exchanging information is crucial.
Pay attention to state of your mind and body
In my opinion, this is a crucial point. Sitting in front of your computer for countless hours can be really hazardous. Not only will it result in a lack of inspiration, but you can also experience serious health problems. So, whenever you can, you should take breaks, stand up, stretch, go outside and get some fresh air, maintain a healthy diet and try to exercise daily. Fresh ideas may also come while you’re reading a book or doing anything else that sets your mind in a calm state.
We all probably have a large number of unfinished projects containing numerous ideas. They were left behind at a certain point of creation. Every once in a while browse through these project and I am sure you will find plenty of interesting material which can be useful for the track you are currently working on. Take a track you previously made, and maybe even released, that got positive feedback. Try to remember the story of that track. How did you feel when you were working on it? In what emotional state have you been? Try to apply the same approach and it might lead you to create an even better song.
In the end
Try to take the advice mentioned above as a starting point. Also, tend to embrace every situation in life and convey it to your music. Great music comes from deep feelings and if you succeed to reflect these feelings in your music, you surely won’t go unnoticed.