10 Things they don’t tell Music Producers…. til it’s too late


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10. Everybody steals

So many people are so ****ing paranoid that they just sit there staring at their computer screen like me wandering aimlessly in a supermarket trying to put a meal together. My god, if I couldn’t steal recipes from people much more gifted in cooking than me, I’d be in even more trouble.The truth is, that all of the music you hear is inspired by another musician, artist, poet or some abstract thing someone recognized as having a beauty that others might not have seen from that perspective.That idea you are afraid to borrow was almost certainly inspired someone else, if not completely stolen. Picasso, John Lennon & Steve Jobs, all considered to be creative innovators all are famously quoted for nicking ideas pretty blatantly. You think Led Zeppelin were innovators? I did too & I still love them, but if you do some research, I’m sure you’ll be shocked.Stealing ideas is how artists constantly fuel their own creativity. Letting go of the fear of being completely original will actually set you free & make you more creative, not less. Use samples, presets, loops, quotes, or even steal from your own past ideas. Nothing you can steal will be put back together quite like the source you got it from.We are all human filters. This means that no matter what we borrow or steal, it still has to run through our unique set of parameters before it gets spit back out as our own art. Drop the fear & use everything around you when you create. It’s liberating.
MAAANNN TELL EM B! but this was a dope read tho. reading this did give a lot of confidence, so i thank you dawg


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Wow, I just joined these forums and I already like being here :). Thanks for this post. I am always kind of harsh to myself for not investing more time into learning music theory rather than just creating music. After reading this I feel like I can relax a little and just keep doing what I really love :).

Thanks a lot!

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Its 2018 and this thread is very inspiring! Thank you for your thoughtful insight!

I wanted to comment something similar. Even though a lot of time passed since the article was written and shared, it still has valid points! I think if I feel frustrated or need motivation, I will come back to read it again! :)


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I think no. 10 is responsible for the decline in the ‘quality’ of music in recent years. The fact is, since the beginning of time music has been inspired by existing music and its nearly impossible to avoid this issue. Otherwise you’d basically have to re-invent theory for every new song. But this helps supply one of the single most important aspects of a good song, familiarity and predictability (I say single aspect because these are two sides of the same coin).

Ever sit down with your instrument of choice, and start playing a few chords and think, “oh my god, I’m in the process of writing a huge hit!”, only to realize after adding the next transition, that it’s a song someone has already written? Or maybe even just that it sounds like another song. Even Bach experienced this. Then for a hundred years or more, everyone wrote songs inspired by advancements Bach made to classical music theory (in modern day terms we’d say, “ripped off his songs”).

Well, there is the root of the problem. Even when it’s not the same but maybe sounds similar, everyone then thinks about two things. The first being, “is this so similar I’m gonna get sued?”, and, “ will everyone call it a rip off?”. So many songs never get written because they ‘are too similar’ to another song and so many of the songs written now sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Innovation is key to a good song, but so is familarity, striking a balance is where the magic happens. If we have to compose with a complete disjoint from musical history, we’ve already lost the battle of finding that balance.

Always remember, imitation is the best form of flattery. And anyway, getting sued by a major artist is possibly what will put you on the map.
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New to the forum, and cannot tell you how much I needed to read this. Really well thought out and helpful to read you dispelling these myths, ones that we all seem to create in our own minds.


I would definitely agree with the musician thing. i have been playing music for a long time and find it hard to get a way from the set structure to creates something new and different. its like Verse Chorus Verse is ingrained in my brain.
1 question I would like to ask is: I gave up on beat making a few years back because I found I was overloading the music with all kinds if S**t to fill it up, I recently started taking another crack at it, but am hesitant now to put in more than drums, a bass line, and one other instrument because I dont want to ruin it...any advice?