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 :)
There's no secret. It's just hours spent doing it.
In order to do it diligently enough you need to absolutely love doing it to the point of obsession. Combine that with endless hours of practice and you end up getting good at it.
What you don't know isn't important; knowledge isn't really important. If you have a love for sound you'll find a way to make it behave how you want it to.
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!
Compression question: How would you level the volume of some drums if you didn't want to change the attack/sustain of the hits but just wanted each hit to be roughly the same volume?Ott responded on 04/11/2014