80 Tips and Tricks to Get Your Music Heard and Out of the Bedroom in 2015
Sometimes you need a little inspiration to kick start the process. Here are 80 inspiring ideas to get you going!
1. Ignore every obstacle anyone has ever put in front of you.
2. Make music everyday – no matter how much time you have.
3. Set a deadline — and stick to it.
4. Learn to record yourself, and do it whenever and wherever’s possible.
5. get your music mastered or learn to do it yourself
6. Do as much as you can on your own, see what’s missing, THEN get help.
7. Try Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies, or buy the original deck of cards made for mixing music.
8. Write lyrics with concrete imagery.
9. Get out of the box.
10. Try a free trial from Ableton or try stagelight App, change up the way you make things.
11. Record every musical idea you have. Use your iPhone, tape recorder or dictaphone.
12. Keep a pad and paper by your bed.
13. Read about your favorite artists. They were once where you are now.
14. It’s never too late. Anyone, at any age, can make music.
15. Learn about the origins of Hip hop or house or the genre you make.
16. Use Garage Band, it comes free with your computer.
17. Get a 4-track recorder.
18. Play a piano.
19. Try collaborating through Splice.
20. Stop reading Pitchfork.com. Make music instead.
21. Attend a festival.
22. Buy or download free inspiring production tools here
23. Get a friend to sing the chorus.
24. Ignore every recording rule you’ve ever heard.
25. Listen to other's music - like this weird stuff
26. Try to join the Underground Producers Facebook group (it’s invite only).
27. Block internet distraction for a chunk of time with the Freedom app.
28. Learn the Circle of 5ths.
29. Sing in the shower.
30. Set up drums in your living room.
31. Go on tour.
32. Ask questions on Reddit.
33. Recreate your favorite song.
34. Harmonize with a friend.
35. Learn about multi-band compression.
36. Stop playing the instruments, only play the effects.
37. Quit your day job.
38. Work nights.
39. Buy a drum machine.
40. Buy used gear only.
41. Use what you have already.
42. Delete every plugin that you’ve never used, keep only what you use.
43. Sleep less.
44. Quit a band and start your own.
45. Get the PolyTune app.
46. If you can’t figure it out, there’s probably a YouTube tutorial that can teach you.
47. Record it backwards.
48. Read Attack Mag.
49. High pass filter vocals.
50. Eliminate computers from your live setup.
51. Play your new song in front of people.
52. Record sounds that aren’t musical.
53. Learn about sampling.
54. Stop caring.
55. Subscribe to The Wire.
56. Sell your guitars and buy turntables.
57. Sell your turntables and buy guitars.
58. Ask yourself: What would Prince do?
59. Ask yourself: What would Pink Floyd do?
60. Learn to play the drums.
61. Take frequent breaks from mixing.
62. Finish a song in one sitting.
63. Watch every episode of Fact Magazine’s Against the Clock.
64. Approach songwriting like a DJ approaches a party.
65. Buy a hardware synth.
67. Think about music in the shower.
68. Get familiar with Tone Generation.
69. Invest in monitors if you have the money, but work with what you got if you can’t afford them.
70. Get Reaper, it’s free. (Editors note: It’s not free anymore)
71. Learn to read music.
72. Check out maniacmusic.net for loops, presets, and samples.
73. If you have the opportunity, make music with a toddler.
74. Talk to other musicians.
75. Share your music with the world.
76. Make your own website or blog - get started here for free
77. Learn about music marketing - Here is a great book to do this:
78. Get organized and on a schedule
79. Create in different places
80. Have fun!!!
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