Music Writing Part 3 – Looking For The Pitfalls

Writing Music can Sometimes be Really Hard

Sometimes we can sit on the couch for hours at an end and never really come up with anything, and then we look at people like sting who can produce the constituent parts of a hit in about 10 minutes, or like Rihanna and Sia who wrote Diamonds in about 14 minutes and  we end up in despair because of it. WRITER’S BLOCK IS REAL.

But, don’t stress! We have some tips for you.

1 – Set a time limit. Force yourself out of your comfort zone and start writing, but be sure to try and have it  done in say 30 minutes. You will become so well practiced at it that it becomes second nature, just like anything else that you do repeatedly.

2 – Analyse the stuff you dig to listen to. Yes it’s fine to use another track as a starting point, but why do you like it? What about the track connects with you most, the drum loop? The hook? What about the melody line? What about a particular genre or particular style speaks to you as an artist? Knowing what you really like is half the battle.

3 – Identify things you like, write them in a diary, or just sing them into your phone. You would be amazed at how much material you could save on your little pocket recorder if you recorded every musical thought you had.

4 – Listen to a bunch of stuff you usually don’t. This is super helpful when it comes to thinking of lyrics, chords or music you might not have thought about before. It also broadens you to aspects of certain genres you may never have thought about.

Writing For The Listener Or Yourself, What’s More Important?

The truth is, neither.You have to find a happy medium when you write music to do what fulfils you creatively but also what people actually want to listen to. The challenge is to get to the point between your own creative integrity and making the music you really want to make.

Part of this also means you’ll be falling into the time when you need to decide what genre you want to be known for, which is actually quite a significant step to take for any artist.

Saying that both of these are important also doesn’t mean that you can’t create a song for your listeners, or that you can’t have a moment of musical selfishness and write purely for your own enjoyment, but be aware that a track you create for radio has to have a certain format, so don’t expect your 15 minute long pop symphony to go to the charts, have realistic expectations of where your music will go.

The Final Round Up

There are hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of ways to write music and record it, and with new things happening in technology there are also new instruments and programs coming out all the time, the landscape is changing faster than ever.

Art is an ever evolving world which changes with the times, and artists have to adapt with it.

We are getting used to having more and more tools which allow us to use our creativity our own way which is one of the greatest gifts technology can give us, and this is not set to change any time soon.

At the end of the day, your creative process must be your own, the way you choose to get there, what you choose to create and the end product are all you, and they need to reflect your personality, your thoughts and you as an artist and a person.

We hope you have enjoyed this series, the team at Cosher Recording Studios certainly has.

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