I have heard it far too often and it’s something that strikes a lot of beatmakers and producers – motivation. Or lack thereof, I should say. With all of things in our lives such as the internet (that’s a big one), video games, television, movies, etc., one has to wonder how anyone finds the time to sit down and make beats.
It’s not just the act of making beats, but it’s what goes into it. You have to take into account all the time you spend digging for sounds, updating software, troubleshooting (like on those random days where your gear just doesn’t work right), and much more. How do we find the time? How do we find the motivation?
Give Yourself A Break
With a lack of motivation being the main culprit, all of this could very well just be that you need a break. I have seen many beatmakers make a handful of beats every single day for weeks or even months, and even though they get a thumbs up for having lots of creativity and motivation, that kind of productivity can easily backfire.
When I make beats, I usually make a couple per week. Sometimes I don’t make beats for weeks, but that’s just me. I have a lot on my plate so making beats is something I can do only when I have the time. For those that want to make some money from their beats
and make a name for themselves, always remember: quality over quantity.
Quality Over Quantity
You can look at it like this: when artists send in their demo to be heard by an A&R, or even a website that does music reviews, it’s always best to send no more than 10-12 tracks. There’s a few reasons why, but mainly it’s because any more than that and it gets tedious and tiring for the person listening. I have done many music reviews and after a while, I actually get tired! So imagine how an A&R must feel.
The same logic can be applied to making beats because YOU could get tired, and that is probably what is leading to your lack of motivation. But it’s also that by making so many beats all the time, you could be sucking all the creativity out of you, and in the end it’s your beats that end up sucking.
Don’t Find The Motivation
Let the motivation come naturally. I’ve told people to take time off from making beats if that’s what’s needed, and it works. It’s possible you might need to step away for months. I know that for some of you that’s not an option because you’re making money (or trying to) from your beats, so instead of taking time off, here’s what I recommend: pace yourself. Instead of making beats daily, skip a few days here and there, or just lower your overall amount of productions to half of what you normally do.
If you normally make beats seven days a week, shorten it down to only three or four:
Now this doesn’t mean that the days in between you totally forget about beats. You could if you wanted to, but I recommend that you use that time to do other things related to beatmaking, such as cleaning up the music folders on your computer, or reading blogs about music. Even though you won’t be making beats during that time, at least you’ll still have your mind into it, and you might get some great ideas for your next beat.
Once you start backing off and not making as many beats, you will start to gain your motivation again, which will lead to better beats.
Take a look at your favorite television show. Some shows start off great for the first few seasons, then by the 8th season, the quality is a lot worse than before. This is probably because the writers are running out of ideas and can’t come up with anything new or groundbreaking. If you use this thinking when it comes to your productions, you won’t have a problem with motivation – trust me.