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Embracing Imperfections in Music Production

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Sometimes we worry too much about our musical flaws, thinking we need to make everything absolutely perfect. But here's the thing: as music producers, we often forget that we're not creating music to impress other producers or show off our technical skills. The main purpose of our music is to make people feel good when they listen to it. So, what really matters is how our creations connect with our listeners and make them resonate with the music. That's what makes us successful as producers.

Now, this doesn't imply that quality is inconsequential or that you should disregard the importance of a well-mixed and mastered track. These aspects undoubtedly contribute to a polished final piece, but they aren't everything. In fact, they hold much less significance than we've been led to believe.

Let me give you an example: I recently heard a Punjabi song which was poorly mixed, and has an overly simplistic production but has gained momentum and has become a massive world-wide hit. This shows that there's something more important than technical perfection in music—the feeling it creates and how it connects with people.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details that we waste a lot of time trying to make everything perfect, instead of moving on to the next project. I'll share my own experience working on a single called 'Remember You.' I spent around 9 to 10 months changing vocals, rewriting lyrics, tweaking the mix and master, and even redoing the arrangement and video edits multiple times. I'm really proud of the quality I achieved, but looking back, I realize I should have set a deadline for completing the project instead of endlessly pursuing perfection.

Thinking that we have to keep working until every flaw is gone can be harmful to our productivity as producers. It can cause delays, and in today's fast-paced world, it's important to create content quickly and consistently. It's better to write and release four tracks in a month, even if they're not 100% perfect, than to spend all our time making one track slightly better than the other.

Conclusion : If we want to become better producers, we need to focus on creating top-notch content, set deadlines for our projects, and not get too attached to the idea of perfection. Embrace the idea that repetition is key, and don't be afraid of imperfections. The most important thing is to keep improving and consistently sharing your music with the world.



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