1) Attending Icon Collective Production School
I assume the first thing that popped into your head was, is this worth the money…? Yes, it is– and I’ll tell you why. Not only are you emerged with all the music theory, music production, and music business knowledge you can handle, but you are surrounded by like-minded individuals that all are hungry for success. You become engulfed by a hustle that’s contagious, and through this hard work, you learn to genuinely appreciate the success of others, which in turn makes you more successful. As soon as you join, you know you’re in the music industry for life, and with this mentality, you cannot fail.
2) Listening to EDMProd
To help stimulate my mind during my old 9-5 job, I listened to Sam Matla’s podcast interviews with individuals that are working in the music industry. He interviews music professionals ranging from Lucas James (Seeking Blue & Mr.SuicideSheep), well-known music producers like Said The Sky and WRLD, to Nik Cherwink (Icon Collective’s music industry advisor). By listening to these podcasts, I gathered more courage than I thought I had, and this really leveled up my music production skills.
3) Practicing Self-Discipline
Learn steady focus and the real meaning of hard work. This is a cliche, but…
Is the amount of work you’re putting in right now, all you’ve got?
If it is, then congratulations! You accept yourself and the level you’re at right now. If it’s not, you’re one step closer to realizing that your dreams take more than you dreaming about the end goal. “Overnight-success” manifests due to HARD WORK. Put in the hours. Ask the right questions. Dream big.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
4) Realizing I don’t have to write “bangers”
Will this play out in a club? Are people going to lose their minds when they hear this track? Does this growl sound enough like Seven Lions?
The faster you stop comparing your work to others, when you stop worrying about what others think, and when you STOP asking yourself ridiculous questions like these, the more you’ll enjoy the process of writing music, which in will help you produce better music. Not giving a shit can bring about many things, but the 2 big outcomes can be: originality & authenticity.
Originality, aka– You’ve got something special.
Authenticity, aka– “oh, is this song by ____? Sound a lot like his/her music.”
Learn to accept and to show people who you are with your music, and you’ll be surprised with the outcome. Write the music you want to hear, and you’ll connect on a deeper, and almost spiritual level with your audience. These 4 things really changed the game for me, and I hope this might be at least a little helpful.