It’s no surprise that we lose inspiration and struggle for ideas from time to time. After all, we each experience personal problems, mental blocks, emotional barriers and communication breakdowns at some point. This article will reveal 10 killer ways electronic music producers can beat the creative block.
1. Watch some inspiring movies or read a book
Feel the story line and relationship between characters. Let yourself be inspired by some famous quotes. Try to develop the theme for your track based on the raised emotions inside you.
2. Take a road trip
Never view producing as an obligation and do not spend 24/7 in the studio. Sometimes your mind needs some time and space to create new ideas. Outdoor activities are the greatest way to do that.
3. Get some inspiration from your favorite tracks
Take down the chord progression and adapt it. Identify the key and build a track based on its emotional feel. Try to come up with unique melodies by playing along with the track.
4. Use resampling techniques to create your own sounds.
Experiment with different frequency filters. Layer them together with proper compression. Feel free to add some reverbs or delay to be even more unique.
5. Save all your projects whether you like them or not
When you are on a creative block you can go through these sketches and works in progress. There is a good chance you will come up with new ideas on a second listen.
Collaboration is another great way to learn new things and capture new ideas. Send project files to artists in similar genres. If interested, they will get back to you and this interaction can lead to awesome material.
7. Brainstorm your ideas
Take a piece of paper and put down anything that comes to mind. It could be a sentence, a phrase or even a single word. Combine them to create a story. This works extremely well for writing vocals.
8. Modern digital recording technologies
Use the unlimited potential of modern digital recording technologies. Put down some improvised melodies and design the sound. Granular or sequenced synthesis
9. Think outside the box.
Sometimes inspiration is hidden and it takes effort to find it. Listen to some tracks in reverse or try to assign musical notes to some surrealistic art. There are no rules for music, or for finding inspiration to create it.
10. Discover yourself.
You need to recognize when inspiration hits, and learn to nurture a sense of inspiration in your own life. The more you know about your inner space, the easier it will be to express your emotions in your music.