May 2017 Update – On Collaborations, The Music/Life Balance and a Wearable Subwoofer
Total fan count grew from 3,828 to 5,215… mostly via Twitter and Instagram marketing, as well as my EDMProd.com guest post:
As you can see, the growth slowed a little. That’s because the Instagram and Twitter marketing doesn’t scale exponentially. Plus, the traffic from the guest post is dying down.
New track is almost done… it began as something along the lines of Animals by Martin Garrix, but it has grown into a different sort of beast. It’s intended to be a club track. To get you dancing. There are no vocals this time.
Collaboration spreadsheet is done… I’ve made a list of producers I’d love to work with, and I’ll be reaching out to them over the coming weeks and months. If you’re interested in collaborating and think we could make magic together, hit me up via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I can’t promise that we’ll work together, but I’ll definitely consider it.
After getting some particularly negative feedback on Reddit, I hired Mike Senior for a Production Critique. Mike is the author of the fantastic book Mixing Secrets. I wanted to find out from Mike, a distinguished mixing engineer, if the negative feedback from Reddit was valid, or if they were just trolling me.
I was blown away by what I received…
If you’re looking for detailed, actionable feedback on your music, hire Mike. You won’t regret it.
I bought a Subpac. A Subpac is a subwoofer that you strap to your back. Combined with headphones, it gives you the club experience. Instead of just getting the clarity of the headphones, you get the heavy bass feeling that you usually only feel at a club or festival. It makes music more of a tactile experience. Plus, it helps with mixing (especially if you mix on headphones like me) because it helps you to hear and feel the low end of your mix.
Recent challenges and struggles include… the particularly negative feedback from Reddit, as well as balancing music with other responsibilities, such as paying rent and eating food.
The feedback knocked me around a little, until I reviewed a folder on my computer where I save all the positive feedback I receive (if you don’t have a folder like this, make one ASAP – it’s a lifesaver).
As for the life balance issue, I’m constantly wrestling with how to balance music with everything else. While I’d love to drop everything and do music all day every day, it’s not practical at this point in time.
Anyhow, that’s all for this month.
I’m hoping to have the next track ready soon, but it’s important to me to get it right. So I’ll be using a few people to refine it (such as Mike Senior) before I release it to the public.
While some people recommend completing a track every 1-2 weeks and going for quantity over quality, I find that I learn more when I spend more time on a track. More time allows me to really work on honing my weaknesses… whereas rushing onto the next track would rob me of that extra depth.
I’m also going through the Hyperbits’ Masterclass.
Come June, the next track should be ready, with another one well on the way.
How about you? Post a comment below and let me know what’s coming up for you next month.