Most of us, by nature, don’t like to be uncomfortable. We don’t want to try new things. It makes perfect sense but at the same time is also totally or mostly useless for our growth as people and as music professionals.
Your gear, whether it be hardware mic preamps, compressors or EQs or software plugins or even your DAW of your choice, doesn’t define you or your career. It just doesn’t.
Kenny’s Tip of the Day - Compete with a Lesser Version of Yourself!!!!
Let me be clear. I am a big fan of having idols to look up to. I have had many myself. But it’s also very important to realize that you’re not those people. And that’s OK.
When you’re producing, mixing, engineering or even songwriting for an artist, there will be moments where that artist wants you to do things to the product that you disagree with. Something that is not just different but that you perceive to be bad. Or worse. That the thing that you’ve been working on for months is now destroyed. At least in you mind.
One of the more common arguments I see on audio forums and in audio groups is this idea that “the audience can’t hear the difference”. Or that they’re listening to an mp3 on earbuds and that everything you’re doing won’t ever be appreciated or matter anyway.