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