Music producers, instead of looking for critiques from every single person, make more beats, let me tell you why I say that.
Music producers, it’s great to give feedback, feedback is welcome especially in the beginning when we don’t know what we’re doing. It’s great to get people who are like hey man like, that beat is trash but the 808s are nice and the piano keys could use some work but you’re still pretty dope and you got some work. It’s great to get feedback, right? It’s great to get feedback from the right people too. But, I would suggest this to you, no matter what somebody tells you about your particular beat, no matter what you may even think about it today, no matter what your friends or your mom or your producer mentor may say about it, it don’t matter. Make more beats, there’s a few benefits to you continuously working on quantity before quality in the very beginning.
Now, I know a lot of producers may disagree, they say nah man, focus on quality first not quantity. You know it’s funny because I actually got this particular ideology or this philosophy from my friend 01:20, from BusyWorks beats T.V. and that he says in the very beginning you must focus on quantity before quality and I started thinking about it like yes that is so real because in the beginning you don’t know what you’re doing and by focusing only on one beat you’re not learning enough about the process. You learn the most when you’re failing, but when you’re sitting there and you’re like well I’m great at piano keys, OK I’m going to fix the piano keys even more. I’m going to perfect that, I’m going to add some drums, OK that’s cool. I’m going to perfect, when you’re sitting there on one beat, you’re not learning enough lessons, your learning curve is going to be so slow because you’re sitting there trying to perfect everything in the first beat, when you could have been fifteen beats into it and I’m not, don’t get me wrong.
I’m not saying make beats for the sake of making beats, I’m saying make beats for the sake of failing so that you can learn from that failure, the faster you fail, the quicker you get to success. But a lot of us are scared to fail, a lot of us are frustrated, a lot of us get angry at the process. Why can’t my beats not sound like metro 02:21 on Sony digital today? Why do I have to wait? Why do I have to learn? Why? Man, that beat is not even that crazy, it’s simplistic, it brings out the hater in you sometimes and that’s not cool. What you gotta focus your efforts on, make more beats. Another benefit of making beats and continuously worrying about quantity first and not quality is that the more beats you make, the less you start to hyper. You know, the less hyper sensitive you are about the feedback of one beat. Because in your mind that’s one beat out of an arsenal of eighteen. Oh, you don’t like that one, cool. I’ll just continue to keep going.
Now, when you’re going make sure that you’re learning from every beat, make sure you’re learning a lesson that can help you improve and not make the same mistake in the next beat. You know maybe you listen to like a batch of five beats and your like these are cool but man, like, my drum patterns are just weak. OK. Well, now you’ve got somewhere to start at, what’s weak about your drum patterns? I think the kicks should be a little bit more thump-ier and I think that the snares you know just need a little bit more reverb, a little more air. Whatever that is, start improving that, maybe they need more percussion, maybe they need more interesting rhythms, maybe you’ve got to take a snare out and put a kick where you would generally put a snare at. Do it, but you’re learning along the way and you’re not going to learn by sitting up here trying to test drive one beat to every single person because everybody is listening for a different reason and a different thing and they’re all at a different place in their life creatively.
So, do not obsess over it. Make more beats, stop looking around like yo, could you listen to this beat and let me know what I need to work on? That’s cool for a second but at the end of the day if you don’t like it who the hell cares what they care about it? If you don’t like it why does it matter? If you don’t like it continue to find the information, continue to find the sounds, continue to find the ways to upgrade what you are doing so that in turn you say you know what? I like this you know what now I am prepared to bring this to somebody else and then ask them, how can I enhance this even more like, my 808s are decent but I want to make them go from a four to like an eight. How can I do that? Oh, great specific question do this, add this equalizer, add this base, add this, all of these tools will now be beneficial to you because you actually have beats to judge off of.
Now somebody can say now, I like the drum pattern you did in beat number four and I really like the melodic ideas you had in beat sixteen, beat nine I think that this was a great balance of both. Here’s the thing about it, you have more you know sort of testimonials, those beats become your celebrity testimonials of your skill set. They become representation of your skill set, but you will not know until you get out there and fail. So, instead of fearing failure, make more beats, no more fear and failure, you gotta make more beats, there’s no time for all that, fam. Make more beats, you know a lot of us get so worried about well why is it not perfect yet? It will never be perfect, when you feel like your beat is perfect and it’s already perfect, quit. When you feel like the beats that you’ve made are just perfect, quit because that means that you are committed to not growing any more. You know and you lowkey don’t even deserve to be a part of this great beautiful art where you do not stop growing, there’s a reason why you know a Quincy Jones could make music from being seventeen all the way to his seventy’s because this is of him. He is forever a student, he’s a teacher too, but he’s a student of this as well.
So, my suggestion to you, instead of looking around for mentors, looking around all the time for this person, this person. Just make beats. Fail, fail, fail, fail, fail, fail until it smells, fail until it gives you hell. Fail, fail, fail, until you and so you get some new mail and a new mail coming in, the message that’s coming in is growth is occurring, growth is happening for you but you’ve got to get out there and your beats gotta stink before they get to the quality of me. I’m over here rhyming like crazy today because it’s true, make more beats fam, make more beats and stop complaining about this person or this person or stop and another thing to, stop criticizing your peers. If you’re not even at where you want to be at, you know you can’t, you’re not even in a position to criticize your peers, stop worrying about what they’re doing. If you’re not at where you’re at you’re not doing your job and what you’re doing is you’re stagnant if you’re criticizing somebody else even if you’re at what you’re happy, where you’re at, if nobody’s asking for that critique stop, stop, focus on you.
You’ve got way too much growth to happen, you know there should never be a point in time where you feel like you just know too much and you know more than everybody else or no that’s not the case. I even have things that I have to continuously learn about whether it’s more things about music theory, whether it’s more techniques that I can use that will bring out the emotions that I have when I’m making my beats. I can learn something too, but never stop making beats. You know you get analysis paralysis to the point where you get so many analysts and so many critiques that you do nothing at all, that’s not going to benefit you.
Music producers let me ask you the question now. How many times has critiquing your beats to hell been of benefit to you? Do you agree that you need to make more beats? Talk about it. How has failure helped you out? Leave a comment below, we would love to hear your feedback, we encourage the engagement.
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