One of the saddest things I get to see while spending a considerable amount of time on audio forums and in pro audio groups is people focusing on minutiae. Things that are so small, that no one will ever see the difference. Of course, in our case, it’s no one will ever “hear” the difference. It’s the same concept.
As most of us tend to be in this profession, I am a self aware perfectionist. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It allows me to work tediously for many many hours to get things done but it also forces me to toil for many many hours trying to make things perfect.
One of the ideas or thoughts I have always tried to avoid is getter bitter about the music industry and pointing to different examples of why music is terrible these days and that it was soo much better in the time of XXXX. It doesn’t serve me and it certainly doesn’t serve you.
I’ve heard many great engineers, producers and mixers refer to our industry as a “service” industry. As to say, our job is to service our clients. To give THEM, what THEY want. And I would argue that while that definitely is the case (an unhappy client isn’t coming back or telling their friends to record with you) it’s simply NOT the whole picture.
As many of you already know, I am, at my core… a drummer. Yes. We all know that a drummer is the punchline to a joke about who you see hanging out with other “musicians”. But let’s take this one step further. In the future. With the evolution of music. Do we see a place for drummers anymore?