4 Successful Producers Share Their Insights To Efficient Workflows.
One of the greatest issues I see facing producers and artists are creative road blocks. Why are some people able to put out great track after great track and others remain stagnant scrapping ideas left right and centre? I knew it'd be great value to ask those producers who are putting great track after great track out, what are there tips/brief concepts around staying focused and moving forward on each of their projects.
Right-0 (One Love Records, Downright Music[Ministry of Sound])
Try not to bog yourself down by focusing on details you don't need until later on. Everyone's workflow is different, smashing out the bones of the track in a day will give you more time to focus on finer details later on. Get a rough beat down, bass line, lead, and refine them later in the creative process, use this time to build the foundation for your piece.
When it comes to mixing, a little rule we like to follow is we're not allowed to use the solo button more than 10 times during our mix down. You'll find it's easy to get caught up with how a particular instrument sounds on its own, without considering how it will sound in the mix; you can spend hours tuning the perfect kick drum and then lose all your progress once you place it in the mix. There will be times soloing is required, but try and use it as sparingly as possible!
Sam Matla (EDMProd)
I set an objective for each production session. Productive people don't start their day without a roadmap. Productive producers don't start a session without an objective. If I'm starting a track, my objective might be to come up with a strong melody. If I'm halfway through a track, my objective might be to finalise the arrangement.
I always have two projects going at once. Having two projects going at once may seem like it would drain creative juices away from each other, but it does the exact opposite. I find this tactic allows me to bounce from one idea to the other. As soon as I feel a wall coming on, I switch to the second project. New notes, chords and grooves can open your mind and allow the creative stream to continue flowing uninterrupted. You can also get much more content produced this way, increasing your workflow tremendously.
My second and most important tip would always be to include other people in your projects. Whether you decide to work with a vocalist or just get your buddy to play some original guitar riffs, incorporating other human beings into your music keeps projects fresh and original.
I try to be very conscious of my time. I realized at one point that I was getting too distracted by social media while I was working. Producing would flip from being the focus, to being in the background. This constant flipping back and forth created a problem where I grew tired of what I was producing very quickly. My ears became too accustomed to hearing the melodies and sounds I would be working on, not as focal points of work, but as purely background. Because of this, for many months I decided to forego Internet connection to my workstation. Staying in flow has helped me immensely.