There are way too many beatmakers and not enough producers in this world. There, I said it. The way I’ve always looked at it is that a beatmaker is just that – someone that makes beats. A producer can also be considered someone that makes beats, but does a bit more, like making a beat for a particular thing or person.
Most of the time though, it’s just beatmakers banging out beats every single day and not caring about the rest of the production, such as mixing and arranging. As a result, we’re left with lots of people making beats and being just average.
Go Big Or Go Home
I have heard tons of beats over the years from many beatmakers online. I have heard some that were great and others that were just average, or “meh” as I like to say. After a while, I have begun to think of why there are so many average beats out there and not many that really stand out. There are many different reasons why this is, but I think I can safely say that the bottom line is there’s not enough substance in today’s beats.
When it comes to making beats, there are times when I get lazy and make whatever, but most of the time I try to make every single beat truly EPIC. It may not turn out that way, but nonetheless, that’s my goal. I don’t have to make thousands of beats, but as long as I have that one beat that is truly amazing, I will stand out.
You have to take a look back at popular music from years ago, and think of all the “one hit wonders” that were around – and now they’re not. Just in the 1980’s alone, there were so many one hit wonders that had such big hits, but since then it doesn’t seem like they’ve done much at all.
I’m not saying that you should work towards being a one hit wonder, but the point is to make beats that will really stand out and put your name on the map. I just recently wrote an article asking “Is Producing Music What You Really Want To Do?” and that’s because it seems like there are so many people making beats, but most of them aren’t really in it for the long haul.
I understand that some of you are making beats strictly as a hobby, but for those that want to either make a career out of it, or at least make some decent money selling your beats, http://www.myflashstore.net/marketplace it’s time that you start to get epic.
You may have a bad day and are not in the mood to make beats, or you could be trying really hard to make something special, but it might not work. You don’t need to force your creativity, instead just let it flow and come out when it wants to.
Many times I’ve written about changing things up and trying different things, and all of that is to get you to be successful at producing music. Nobody will remember you as “that awesome producer that could make 50 beats a day”, but they will remember you as “that producer that did that song”. Understand? In other words, quality over quantity.
Your music should come from the heart and not be something that you feel like you have to do, nor should it feel like something you’re expected to do. I recommend that you have your own, unique style, but if you start making a beat and it comes out sounding something completely different than what you usually do, then maybe it’s time you try that new direction.
Whenever I give out advice to someone on their beats, I try to be constructive in my criticism, but in a way that it motivates them to be big and embrace it. You shouldn’t settle for just a regular beat that will maybe sell, instead you should be diving right in and going all out, no matter what the cost.
UFC fighters don’t go into the ring and throw light punches that gently tap their opponent’s chin, of course not. Their punches are thrown every single time with the most power because their goal is to knock you out!
The same thing applies to your music. Don’t just create a lazy 8-bar drum loop and throw some weak sample on it, instead you should be banging those pads like your life depended on it. By doing it this way, you will end up so wrapped up in the music that nothing else will matter to you and your emotions will show in your music.
Most of the time, emotion is what is missing in today’s music, and that’s because the music industry is pumping out songs like an assembly line. To them, it’s not about emotion, it’s all about sales.
You need to think the opposite of that. Sales are definitely important, but should not be the motivating factor.
The next time you sit down in the studio to produce some music, I want you to own that beat and make it sound EPIC. Then you will be epic.