Don’t get too at­tached

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Af­ter spend­ing hours cul­ti­vat­ing and in­cu­bat­ing a seed of a mu­si­cal idea into a full-blown track, you’ll be fully in­vested in that song idea. In fact, it’s prob­a­ble that you won’t ever imag­ine the track laid out an­other way! Af­ter all, a pro­ducer’s lat­est track is his or her baby; a labour of love. The more time spent on it, the more you’ll be in­vested in that idea.

Yet this emo­tional at­tach­ment is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive to cre­ativ­ity. A great way to break this at­tach­ment is via the ‘car test’ – go crank the track on your car stereo and go for a drive. Al­ter­na­tively, stick it on the kitchen ra­dio, on the liv­ing room hi-fi, or even test it over a night­club sys­tem. Play it to other peo­ple, and take note of their re­ac­tions. This can high­light bad choices you made through overlis­ten­ing, or vice versa – you might re­alise your pro­gres­sive techno roller seems a lit­tle too rolling and needs switch­ing up to main­tain at­ten­tion.

If you do need to re­visit a track’s struc­ture, one way to try out a dif­fer­ent ar­range­ment is by copy­ing and past­ing your core ‘cho­rus’ or drop sec­tion fur­ther down the pro­ject time­line, way af­ter your first ar­range­ment. Use this as a chance to start again and learn from your mis­takes — you can keep what worked, but try out new things too. This ap­proach is also a great way to cre­ate a ra­dio edit from a club mix, or vice versa.

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