It’s normal to want to make beats on a daily basis, especially when you’re motivated enough, but sometimes it can be quite difficult. With all of today’s distractions in front of us 24/7, it’s hard just finding time to make one beat a week, let alone every day.
But what about setting a schedule to make beats? I know that it may seem too “robotic”, if you will, however it can be very beneficial to make time every day to do something related to your beats.
1. Use A Calendar
I love having things organized, but for some reason it took me quite a while to actually get organized. It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that I guess I was in a “controlled chaos” type of situation, where I was organized enough in my head that I actually got things done on time each week.
Making music shouldn’t be scheduled like daily chores, because it should be about when you’re in the mood and are feeling inspired. However, by scheduling actual times each day or week to work on your music is a good idea – it just doesn’t mean you have to follow it to the letter.
Having a calendar full of times and dates focused on your beats is a great idea, but we all know that things happen and there are going to be plenty of times when you just can’t commit. So this is why you should at least TRY to follow a schedule. Just because it’s on your calendar doesn’t mean you HAVE to do it, but at least try to aim for that goal.
2. Make a List
With dates set up on your calendar, it’s time to make a list of things to do. You don’t have to sit down and make a beat every single time, but instead you can work on certain areas of a beat you did the other day, or just practice working on your chopping skills.
Not too long ago, I had just come back from taking time off from making beats. I didn’t need a break, but it was because I just didn’t have the time to do it (or the motivation, in a sense), so when I started up again, I made a list. I knew that I had to work on certain areas of my beat making before I could dive into it, so I set aside certain days to do it, and what to do.
For example, I had forgotten how to do certain things in Maschine, so I knew I had to spend time practicing and getting used to the menu and where everything was.
3. Make a Routine
You cannot achieve perfection unless you have some sort of routine to follow. You can learn anything (except quantum physics!) if you just practice enough. But the main thing that you want to be able to do is to master your routine.
For example, if you have a calendar and a list of things to do each time you hit the lab, then the next step is to continue doing that every single time without fail. Let’s say you have it scheduled like this:
Monday: Make a new beat.
Tuesday: Fine tune drums.
Wednesday: Add other sounds.
Thursday: First mix.
Friday: Final mix.
It would be great if you were to follow this pattern each week because then you will be so used to working like this, that it will become second nature to you.
There are some websites and apps that can help you keep a to-do list, and one of those sites is Trello. It may be beyond what you need, but it’s worth checking out. You can of course, just use something simple like Notepad, or pen and paper. I have noticed by working with a schedule, I have been able to get a lot more done than I ever did before. There were many times when I knew I should have been making beats, but instead I was playing Xbox. Prioritize!
Producing music is indeed something that sometimes just happens, and a lot of it comes from inspiration, but there’s nothing wrong with aiming at following a schedule. By having a schedule, not only will you master your routine, you will also define your own sound, which of course, will set you apart from other