I am so incredibly sick of the song I’m working on right now. (Arthur’s Song, which has a “bash this” thread going.) I hate it, never want to listen to it again, and I am so tired of hearing it that I’m probably making it worse at this point. Then I realized something: this happens every single time I make a new song. There’s this painful period at the end where my head is spinning and I can’t stand the damn thing and I’m making mix tweaks without really knowing if I’m making the song better or worse. This finishing/polishing process that makes me hate my own music. (For the time being anyway… listening back a few weeks/months later is cool again.)
My first thought would be to take a break, but this doesn’t seem to work. I feel refreshed at first, but shortly after getting back to the song my head starts spinning again. It’s like I’ve just plain worked on it for too long.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it doesn’t have to be like this. (I truly hope so.)
So I’m analyzing how I get into this mess and what I might be able to do to avoid it. And here’s my plan of attack: since the part of the song that makes me go nuts is the end part, I’ll make the end part as short as possible. Instead of a “placeholder synth sound” I’ll pick the one I’m going to use. Period. Instead of a bunch of scratch tracks that I have to redo, I’ll record it the best I can and call it done. I’ll mix as I go such that when I get to the end there’s not much left to do. I’ll stop saying to myself, “I’ll fix it later,” or “I’ll worry about that later.” I’ll do all these little difficult pieces as they come up while my creativity is still flowing and I’m still feeling motivated. No more “rough demo” stage. Because when I’m done with the “rough demo” the whole rest of the process SUCKS. I think I could produce more tracks if I just did them more quickly, and I’d have more fun as well. And I might even get better faster.
Anyway, this is partially a rant, but I also thought it was a good topic for discussion so that’s why I’m making a post. Tell me about your road to the finish line and if it’s as hellish as mine or if you’ve found a way to have a good time!