Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.
The New Music Industry Podcast | MusicEntrepreneurHQ.com | with David Andrew Wiebe
Do you have music you’re hesitant to release? Is perfectionism getting the best of you? Don’t sit on your music – make it work for you now!
Let’s talk about how you can make that happen in this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast.
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* 00:30 – My guitar solo sucked
* 01:08 – The perfectionism trap
* 02:11 – Digging for gems
* 02:55 – New music = new opportunity
* 03:58 – Critical mindset shifts
* 04:55 – Reduce social media consumption
* 05:54 – Don’t get caught looking in the rearview mirror
* 07:06 – Put your money where your mouth is
* 07:45 – Episode summary
Hey, it’s David Andrew Wiebe.
As an artist, it’s easy to become precious about your work, isn’t it?
Many years ago, I remember having arguments with my drummer about a solo I had written specifically for a song of ours. He was basically trying to gently break it to me that the solo just didn’t fit the song and wasn’t all that good. Meanwhile, I was trying to defend it because I didn’t like that feeling of having something I created criticized.
This debate should not have escalated into a fight, but that’s exactly what ended up happening. In the end, I started to see things from his viewpoint and came up with some other riffs for the song, which ended up working out perfectly.
Perfection Should Not be the Goal
All that to say, as artists, we tend to stress over, strive for, and try to create what we think is “perfect”. Anything less, and we’d be letting ourselves, our collaborators, our heroes, our fans, or our peers down. That list of people could go on for miles.
I interviewed one-half of Pomplamoose and CEO of Patreon Jack Conte about three years ago, and he shared with me that he had to get comfortable with the idea of publishing before he felt his music was perfect.
And what I’ve found time and again is that many musicians have music sitting on their hard drive, just waiting to be published.
I’m not talking about sketches, half-finished ideas, demos, experiments, and so forth, although there can always be gems in there too.
King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor often remarked that he had tons of material in his archives no one would ever hear. And you’re certainly entitled to keep that to yourself.
But I’m talking about songs that just need a guitar solo, or a bit of mixing work, or some backing vocals. Maybe it’s even finished, and you’re scared to release it.
Revisit Old Material and Don’t Sit on Your Music
I think it’s important to go back into your catalog and review your material from time to time. Because even if you thought some of it wasn’t all that inspired or good, I think you’re going to find that, when you return to it, some songs are perfect exactly as they are.
In 2016, I released a series of singles. And the first and third singles I released, “Fragments” and “Don’t Wait Too Long”, both came from half-finished ideas just waiting to be exploited. And I’m glad I did because the results basically speak for themselves. I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish.
But the truth of the matter is that, while I’ve hesitated at times, I’ve rarely if ever been afraid to release half-finished or less than perfect music. You can even check out my Fire Your God album or Nowhere Even Near EP.
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