As a composer who works with Hollywood Trailer Music labels, I often get asked by aspiring producers & friends how I went from not having any musical knowledge at all to reaching the level I’m currently at in three years.
The answer is that when people ask themselves how to get better at production, they tend to look for technical tutorials on “how to sound like Successful Producer X”, but neglect the most fundamental aspect they should nurture if they want to enhance their artistic growth.
The truth is that there is more to the equation than just the technical stuff.
Music production knowledge is great to have, but developing a good mindset is equally, if not more, important.
If you want to get better fast, you need to analyze and reverse-engineer the mindsets of the artists you look up to and understand how they got where they are.
In this article, I’ll talk about the three key mindsets that helped me get better way faster than many of my peers who started off more experienced than myself.
MINDSET #1. BEING WILLING TO GO THROUGH “THE PROCESS”
The notion of “The Process” is something I wish I discovered way sooner. Before I started to compose music, I used to listen to people like Daft Punk, Madeon, Hans Zimmer and Nobuo Uematsu, and I remember thinking something on the lines of:
“Wow, those guys are incredible – they were definitely born to be musicians. I wasn’t born with the same talent and inclination, so it’s clear I am never going to be as great a musician like that.”
That was the wrong assumption to start from