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This Is My Personal Creative Process. It Might Help You

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tell me about your personal creative process. You wanna make a new song today? What you going to start with? O E kind of have a lot of different directions, and it depends with, um I starting with a melody that I've heard in my head. So sometimes that happens, unfortunately, usually happens while I'm driving. I don't know why, but I've heard that this is a common thing. So I've got a lot of, like, half baked voice memos, stuff that I would never show anybody that would be straight black male if anyone got a hold on my phone, Um, humming, dub step and stuff like that. But if I have that idea, you know, obviously I'll start from that. And usually what I'll do is played on the keyboard again, often reverting not just to the piano to play it. But sometimes they'll even use a piano sound because I think I'm just It's just so familiar and it's comfortable for me. It's all about, like, hit the ground running because one of the best ways to sort of defuse yourself and to be not wanting to make music is toe like just get stuck and setting up. And so I have a couple different templates, you know, a couple of different drum kits and things that I've made from my own stuff, that air just kind of ready to go. And so if I if I don't have a really strong idea, But I want to keep motivated, I'll just quickly throw in a drum kit that I've made and start jamming with it and just get a really good beat, you know, and again, just just trying to get an idea going as fast as possible. And once I do that, it just becomes a very like I don't know. I think people watching me probably get a little, like schizo feeling because my trick is to just jump around all the time. And it's actually because I have I have this, like, attention focused thing where I only focused really well if I'm doing a lot of things at the same time. So in order to actually focus and get things done on music, I have to work on different sections of it. If I just try and be like, I'm gonna work on the drums for three hours, I will be like zoning out looking at cat pictures like whatever. Like it's not gonna work. So I kind of just It's almost like doing rounds like circuit training and exercise. You know, I'll be like, All right, work on the drums. J M J M J M J M J M O My attention starting to split now I'm gonna work on the base for well, the now let's do the keywords Now back to the drums. And I think the upside of that is like if you're the type of person like me, they can handle it. Then it's actually really good for your ears because you don't get stuck, like in the same way that, like they used to have screensavers to not burn out the monitors. Like if you just listen to the same loop for hours, you're you're hearing starts to change. So I think, you know, for me, it's really important to just circulating. Yeah, no, I mean, I've I've had that where you just you work on a song for too long and especially like when there's vocals and they're yours. And you know the lyrics. You have no perception after a while over whether they're the right level, whether intelligible, anything like you Just lose that so fast. So I just I just keep circulating And, you know, sometimes I'll even work on a couple of different tracks in a day. It just depends. I really try to follow my inner motivation, because what I've learned now is like you can get in the habit of working and you can work with your lack of motivation. But you can't like force the creativity. So if I'm really just like, not cooperating with myself, I'll keep changing it up. And if I'm getting nowhere, I'll, like, organize my samples or just go into, like, you know, backburner Aaron mode. But I try to just keep moving. And I think that, above all, keeps me motivated. Is just like you know what? You're not always gonna make a hit track. But, hey, maybe you weren't inspired on a song. So you went and learnt this new sense today. And now you've got a whole new tool in your arsenal. So yeah, eso How do you organize your samples? I want to Just because I feel like you would have some very precision. Yeah, samples. It's gotten better. So what happened is that I was bad at the beginning. And the curse of that is that at a certain point you don't want to move things because you have old projects that are gonna break and you're gonna have toe relocate them. So I think my my older system of my newest, the differences area parent, and one of the things that I've really started doing more than organizing my samples, which I think more people think about now is organizing my plug ins. And most Dawes like you don't necessarily think of it off the bat. But they have a way for you to re arrange things so that they're more at your fingertips. And I think this is important, especially when you start to get more plug ins because, you know, they say that you could only remember like 100 people at a time. That's why I like Facebook is kind of ridiculous. I feel like it's the same way with with plug ins or what sounded like it's not that I don't love all my reverb. It's that, like, I don't always think of all 12 of my reverb at once. So sometimes if I need a river by Just keep going to the same one because that's the one that's in my brain. Yeah, so, for example, in logic, even go into the plug and manager and you can actually create your own lists, your own system, and then, instead of just going into, like, the V S T menu or the audio unit member, which is like by manufacturer, So it's like you to remember who made the plug in. Then it's like Forget it. I'm just using that reverb. So ever since I did that, I'm just so much more innovative because I just go to the river menu. And then I look at all of them at once and then with a Bolton, um, they introduced in Version 10 of Favorites Collection, which allows you to kind of mark your plug ins. And then you can just click on the different colors at the top of the screen. But even beyond that, couple of my friends invented this script that you can run over top of a button called the Live Enhancement Sweet and it's free. And essentially, it's just literally a text script that allows you to create your own custom menus and just by double right cooking them over my able to session, I get thes completely custom menus of plug ins like I have a distortion menu that opens into nice and nasty and then goes into different types of distortion. E. I mean, maybe it's silly, but my workflow has just gotten lightning fast because instead of like, oh, I need a reverb Let me go and click on plug ins and let me go down. Look down for the reverb. It's just like double right click reverb, blah, blah, blah gun like just very, very quick. And I think that again workflow is so important and kind of underrated, because if it takes you too long to do anything, you're gonna lose interest in it no matter what.