No, I’m not talking about feedback from your speakers, I’m talking about feedback that you receive from people. What people? Anyone! It’s hard to hear from someone that they don’t like your music, or not get any feedback from anyone at all, but there’s also positive feedback as well. Just because a few people liked your beat, doesn’t mean that you’re amazing and that from now on you’re going to be some super producer everytime you step foot in the studio. So what do you need to know before you let people hear your beats?
First, Don’t Let Anyone Hear You
I know the sole purpose of making music is that you eventually have your music heard worldwide, but before you let them, you have to first hone your skills. You may think that your beats are really good, and maybe they are, or even great, but first you should really take a step back and analyze your own beats.
Are they good?
Are they great?
Can you picture a rapper or singer on top?
Is this the type of music that people will want to hear?
Will people pay money to hear your music?
It’s hard to really analyze your own productions, but it’s something that you should definitely do. Don’t just take a quick listen, but instead take the time to listen to your music deeply. Go deep and see if you can really feel the music as it’s intended to be. If you can’t, then it’s not at that level yet.
Compare Your Music To Others
I’ll be the first one to tell you that you need to do YOU, and not sound like others, but this isn’t about sounding like other producers, instead it’s whether or not your music is similar to theirs, or “fits the mold”. For example, if your beats are Hip Hop but you always tend to lean more towards the Pop genre by having a fast tempo and lots of synths, would your music be marketable to the Pop fans?
If you were to take a listen to someone like Kanye West, (whom a lot of people try to copy), how does your music stack up? You definitely don’t want to SOUND like Kanye, but is your music in the same realm as is? In other words, can your music go toe to toe with Kanye’s?
Let Everyone Hear Your Music
Once you’ve analyzed your own music and you feel that you’re ready to let everyone hear what you have, then do it! By all means necessary, post your music all over the place, on social websites, forum communities, word of mouth, on the street, at the barbershop, just go for it. There’s no sense in just posting it on Soundcloud then putting a link to your beats on your Facebook page. That won’t cut it. It’s like that saying, “if you build it, they will come”. That line definitely does not apply to this scenario.
Your music is something that YOU created, and you don’t want to just have a few hundred people hear it, do you? Since you feel that your music is worthy to go toe to toe with Kanye’s, then either go all in, or go home.
This is the big one. Once you’ve put your music out there, it’s time to receive some feedback. There will be plenty of it, as long as you promoted it properly and pushed it enough so that a big audience heard it. One thing that you must understand is that even if you feel that your music is great, it doesn’t mean it is. As long as YOU feel your music is great, that’s all that matters.
The reason I’m saying this is because when you get feedback from people, especially online, you will get a lot of haters. A lot. Of haters. People just hate, it’s the way the world is today. I’ve heard beats that I thought were really good and yet I saw people comment with stupid and hateful posts, or give the beat a thumbs down, it’s inevitable. That’s why there’s lots of people online that don’t post on sites like MyFlashStore or IllMuzik, because they’re afraid to. They’re afraid that if they post the wrong thing, everyone will jump all over them.
The same thing applies when receiving feedback. I’m sure there’s some amazing beatmakers out there but they’re afraid to post their beats for fear of ridicule, and that’s just not something they’re prepared to encounter.
As I mentioned, you will get lots of haters. When you do, the last thing you want to do is get into a posting war with these types of people. I never understood why someone would post negative comments such as, “You suck, your beats suck, give it up”. That makes no sense to me. Obviously, these are people that are just itching to get into an online argument with you. Don’t do it. The best thing you can do with a comment like that is to reply with something positive, like, “Thanks for your comments, I appreciate it”. Basically, by doing that, you’re showing that person that their stupid comment doesn’t bother you, and if anything, they’re the ones that are all mad now because you didn’t bite!
There will also be comments along the lines of, “The beat was okay, it could use some more changeups though”. That’s not such a bad comment because even though they didn’t really like your beat, at least they didn’t insult you, plus they’re offering you some sort of advice. You have to realize that when you post your music, it’s not just about getting feedback, but it’s also about getting advice. Even if your beats are amazing, there’s always room for improvement. Even the best producers out there have beats that weren’t that great and could have been much better.
When you do receive negative feedback though, no matter if it’s nice or insulting, you can’t let it bother you. Of course it will, and that’s natural because here you have something (your music), that you put your heart and soul into for years, only to have some random person online completely stomp all over it. It hurts, but don’t let it. Instead, use ALL of the negative feedback as motivation.
Getting positive feedback is not the only feedback you want. It’s important, and actually good, if you receive negative feedback, because like I said, everyone can use improvement. No one is perfect. But when you get positive feedback, of course you’re going to feel great because now you know that people really like your beats. All that hard work is starting to pay off. What do you do now? Where do you go from here?
Analyze it. I actually think that the positive feedback is much more important than the negative. The reason is because most of the negative is just a bunch of morons causing trouble, and even though you should pay attention to what they’re saying, don’t dwell on it. Instead, dwell on the positive comments that you receive. As I mentioned, people today are just naturally mean, so if you get good comments, that means these people actually like your music.
When you get positive comments, use them to your advantage by studying what people are saying. Some people might say, “I love this beat, especially the part where the bass comes in”. This tells you that there’s a certain part of your beat that sounds amazing, so you should then go back to the drawing board and re-analyze your beats again. Ask yourself:
Should I make more beats with the bass that everyone likes?
Everyone seemed to like the way I do my drums, should use them again?
It’s important to re-analyze because even though you’re getting positive feedback, that doesn’t mean that you should keep doing exactly what you’re doing. Why? Because then you might become stagnant, and everyone will get used to your style of beats, which could become tiresome.
You must remember that getting feedback is super important. Both positive and negative should be given the same amount of attention because without them, you will never know what your audience likes. Always analyze and listen to your music, and what people are saying. Good luck!