There are a TON of electronic musicians, producers, etc. in the world right now. A lot of them will give it up almost as quickly as they took it up. Some will produce enthusiastically at first, but when the progress slows down and the reward seems farther away will do it less and less regularly until one day they may as well have quit. My assumption is that VERY few actually remain committed to their music/process for decades.
How does one stay excited and motivated enough to not quit? How to conquer the self doubt, fear of failure, and desire for instant gratification? How does one turn creativity from an ego-based pride project to an actual tool for growth and development?
It's clear to me that one's mindset is far more important to music(and arguably life) than say having encyclopedic knowledge of bass compression.
How do YOU stay on the gravy train? Have you ever fallen off?
Keep up the good work!
In 2000 I was ready to quit. I had all my studio equipment valued and realised I could sell it all and have enough for a used 1980's Porsche 911. So my plan was to get a proper job, buy a Porsche and stop wasting my time shut in windowless rooms full of wires and flashing lights.
As a last goodbye I set about making one last piece of music with no commercial intent, just for the pleasure of it, as a way of signing off as a musician.
That tune ended up being called 'Somersettler' and became my first release as "Ott'.
A month or so later I started on 'Hallucinogen in Dub'...
I've never received any money for 'Hallucinogen in Dub' from that day to this.
Instead, as payment, Twisted Records gave me a 1997 Peugeot 306 D Turbo because my old car had just blown up.
So I never did get my used Porsche but I did carry on making records - and the Peugeot was a great car to drive.
P.s. The only real reward is the pleasure of doing it. The only motivation I need.
Have you ever played Houston, TX
I know you played Austin last year
Would love to get you to play here
Hey man, saw you at Rainbow closing ceremony - absolutely magical! Can I ask for some guidance towards improving my mixing skills? I understand you have to put in the hours, its surely also a case of you don't know what you don't know? So I wonder how you went about learning these things when you were a younger chap. Much gratitude for your love of music :)Ott responded on 04/11/2014