Don't Overthink It
Ive been writing quite a bit of music over the past 18 months, but not that much of it has been making it out into the world. My Work In Progress/Sketch folder is just getting bigger and bigger. After recently spending some time listening through this folder, I quickly realised that there is a lot of interesting music in there, that I still quite like (which is always a good sign). Some of it is rubbish, but overall I was pretty, even found a few almost finished gems that I had forgot about. Not a bad problem to have, but it's a shame they are all sitting there collecting digital dust. So I've decided I need to do something about it.
What I've found over many years of making music, is that the stuff I tend to release, via a label or independently, tends to be there stuff that comes together very quickly, usually less than a week from start to finish. Generally speaking the longer I spend on a piece, there the less chance I will finish, no matter how strong the musical ideas are. To combat this Im trying two different approaches, starting this month (July 2020). Firstly I've started a little project/series called Don't Overthink It, the premise for this project, is that each track takes no longer than 1 week to write, mix, self-master and release. Work fast, don't deliberate, just get it done and do so as regularly as possible. The second approach is to revisit at least 5 old pieces that are yet to see the light of day, over the next month or two, with the aim of creating an EP. I typically find it pretty challenging to come back to old Ableton sessions and finish off tracks, but I figure this is a good skill to work on and develop. This first piece from the former approach is below. Check it out and let me know what you think.
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