Throughout the years recording technology has undergone some astonishing developments. With these developments record makers have been afforded an array of inexpensive tools with which they can pretty much do anything they can imagine.
But this progression brought about a side effect-the danger of overproducing, getting bogged down in the record making process, and concentrating too hard on the technology itself and not the music.
Here’s Dave Stewart, co-founder of the Eurythmics, in an Artists House video sharing his take on the role of technology in music production, and how that has evolved over the decades.
Record the music. Don’t use the technology.
But make the choice to move on anyway. You will always second guess a decision you made in the mix. Or question a vocal. It’s easy to convince yourself that there’s more work to be done-that the bass is too loud, the drums are too quiet, the mix is too thin.
And you know what? There IS always more work to be done.
You’re always going to worry about what others will think of your work. It’s the blessing and the curse of working in a field that is so public. Don’t let that fear creep in and hold you back.
At a certain point you have to detach… just enough…
Just enough that you can escape the self-doubt.
Just enough that you can care less about what “everyone” thinks.
Just enough that you can have the confidence you need.
Just enough that you can learn how to be okay with closing a project.
Because if you’re constantly second-guessing everything you do, then you’re running in place. And then you’re not growing, moving your career forward.
Then you’re a slave to what “everyone” thinks. And “everyone” will never like the records you make.