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This is less of a “tip” but more of an interesting observation that I feel is worth discussion while also teaching us something in the process. Now don’t be confused. This is NOT about which of these two bands is better. Or which one is the greatest of all time. That has been done to death. Not interested in that debate. We all know it’s the stones. JK.
This generally applies to any business or any business model but since this is my field or the field I most understand, I’m basing it around Music and my career and experiences in the Music Business.
I tend to get a lot of pushback when I discuss “How to write a great SONG” or what type of songs you can sell or make a living writing. You have to understand that besides producing and mixing, I’ve built my career around writing Pop songs. Or popular songs. So I tend to discuss things very much from that perspective. Where the song, is King.
Just like the title suggests, many of us in this field talk to peers about many things. What EQ to use where. What compressor sounds best on what source. etc.But there is one area where they should be almost meaningless to us. And that's when it comes to the music we create. They don't matter.
Back when my production partner and I were writing and producing pop tracks, we had a rule. The song had to "work" by just playing it on the acoustic guitar. We always had one sitting around and we NEVER produced a track or even thought about programming a beat unless the song sounded like a HIT with just those two elements.
I don’t talk enough about this but it is one of the most important things I can think of for creative types. And it can be applied to mixing, mastering, recording or even producing. But it definitely applies to songwriting. As in, how do you finish a song? Although, it could also be an issue with getting started.
One of the biggest challenges we face as engineers and producers is making what we hear in our heads AND what we hear in the live room (whether it be drums, guitars or vocals) “translate” thru our speakers.
Throughout my time on audio forums, Facebook groups and Pro Audio circles, I often hear this one theme that comes up which I feel needs to be corrected. And I also consider it to be a nice learning opportunity as far as how things really work.
I thought this would be an interesting topic of discussion as Pop music tends to get a bad rap. Especially from musicians who take their music seriously. So I thought about this more and more and came up with something I thought was very interesting. At least worth a discussion.