2019 20 ways Where can I find inspiration for music?

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Yes. In this post I’m going to share 20 ways below that you can find inspiration for your music.

The Creation Phase
Let’s say you’re cooking dinner tonight.
The first thing you do is gather and prepare ingredients.
Maybe you chop some onions, prepare a stock, marinade some meat
This is the creation phase of cooking your meal.
In the world of music production, it’s creating and finding your core ideas. Your ingredients:
melodies, drum sounds, vocal hooks/phrases, chord progressions, and so forth

1. Take a night out. 

2. Base your song around visuals. Photos and visual art are great sources of inspiration for music.

3. Mix two ideas together. Good songs always have a minimum of two ideas. Example: festival type energy & mellow breakdown.

4. Listen to the best music you know. It shouldn’t discourage you as a producer, it should inspire you.

5. Read a book. Fiction, music production related, it doesn’t matter. Pick one up and read it.

6. Time yourself. A sense of urgency can do wonders for inspiration.

7. Sleep on it. If it isn’t coming, wait till tomorrow and let your sub-conscious deal with it overnight.

8. Create something every day. Build the habit of creating music daily. Write a melody every morning, or an 8-bar drum loop.

9. Take a break. Take a couple of days off from producing and you’ll be brimming with ideas and inspiration by the end of them.

10. Break a rule. Build tension up to nothing, pan your sub-bass, go crazy! Rule-breaking often brings interesting results.

11. Collaborate. Collaboration is a great way to learn new things and capture new ideas.

12. Travel somewhere. Traveling somewhere can be an inspirational experience, seeing new sights and hearing new sounds.

13. Go to a festival. I guarantee that after coming out of recovery mode you’ll be stuck in your studio for days on end.

14. Brainstorm. Use a whiteboard or large piece of paper and just write shit down.

15. Be consistent. Don’t be a seasonal producer – someone who takes 2 months off every now and then. Inspiration becomes less of a problem the more consistent you are.

16. Change your environment. Why not go outside and produce with headphones? Or drive to an isolated place and write down ideas?

17. Have a microphone? Record random sounds around your household. Try water bottles, elastic bands, furniture, kitchen materials.

18. Listen critically to other music. Don’t listen to music on a surface level. Take time to analyse and listen to the details.

19. Get out, get busy, and do things. Don’t be a hermit producer. Go out with friends and make memories. Turn them into tracks later on.

20.Play Live Music as often as you can

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