I’ve always been a big fan of doing things differently, from where I get my samples from, to how I mix down my final tracks. Most people tend to follow the norm and do what everyone else is doing, but is it the right way? Maybe it is, or maybe it isn’t, but regardless, the best option to choose is whatever you’re most comfortable with.
Doing Your Own Thing
When I sit down to make a beat, I usually dig through vinyl or MP3, but there’s nothing set in stone. One day I might be in the mood to sample only from MP3, or another time I might just be looking at different websites (YouTube, for example), in order to find something to sample.
What I tend to do is to sample music that not many others sample. I won’t give away my secrets, but let’s just say that I usually stay away from Soul and Jazz. Those are two great genres to sample from when you’re making Hip Hop beats, but for me, I sample whatever sounds good to me.
The reason why I like to do things differently and on my own terms is for a few reasons.
It’s part of my personality.
I have a “screw the system” mentality.
It’s not that I don’t want to do what everyone else is doing, it’s just that it’s not in me to do so. As a result, I’ve been successful at doing what I do best, which in this case is to go out on my own and make whatever beats I want to, instead of worrying about what people will think about them.
Doing What Everyone Else Is Doing
The majority of the beatmakers and producers out there will do what everyone else is doing. It’s too easy to point the finger at people like that and judge them, but hold on a second. Maybe what they’re doing is actually really smart, and I’ll tell you why.
They’re making beats that just work. They’re making beats similar to other beatmakers because they know that those beats will be successful and music lovers will love it. Is that a bad thing? Hell no! Why not make beats that sound like someone else? Why not make beats that have a Top 40 sound to them? If you make beats like that, you’ll have a much better chance at getting your music heard, getting your name out there, and making lots of money. Is that a bad thing?
Love vs. Money
It really all boils down to whether or not you want to make beats for the love of it, or to make boatloads of cash. Everyone loves cash, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting tons of money, but when it comes to your beats, there’s a huge difference. I’ve seen people that made beats for years and got nowhere, then one day they decided to ditch it all and go in an entirely different direction. I don’t see anything wrong with that whatsoever. I’ve been making beats since 1997 and even though I’m not some big name music producer, I just haven’t stepped outside my comfort zone and done my beats differently. The reason is that I just can’t be bothered, but that’s a whole different story!
Making a certain style of beats just to fit in with the rest is actually a great idea, but it just depends on where you’re going with it.
Do you want to get your music heard all over the globe?
Do you want to make lots of money?
Do you want to make beats just to bob your head to?
Those are the questions you have to ask yourself in order to move forward. I’m sure there are some beatmakers out there that are able to switch between making beats and making beats that sound like everyone else, but it’s hard to do.
If you want to make beats just for fun and bob your head, then obviously do whatever you want. If you’re looking to make money, you can switch it up and do what others are doing, but you could also still keep doing your regular beats and obtain money and success, just maybe not as much. It’s not necessarily about “selling out” as a lot of people will say, but it’s about moving forward and being successful. So, which is it for you?