I had the great opportunity to do a really awesome interview on my book, Don’t Make Beats Like Me, for the Art, Music, & Technology podcast. The host, Darwin Grosse, and I dug into the creation of the book and some of the infrequently discussed aspects of creativity and making music. Turned out to be an awesome and informative podcast. Click the link to check out the podcast.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Quincy Jones: When you make music for money, God walks out of the room.” Now don’t get it twisted, I plan to be rich. I’m about the paper just like the next man. But fifteen years ago, when you were hustling beats, it was highly unlikely that your music production efforts would generate immediate revenue.
You’re not a bum. You’re not some sucka, ready to be mercilessly taken advantage of. You’re sharp as a knife. You’re the tip of the spear. Why? Because you Question F#cking Everything.
When you spend time in the company of giants, and you’re an observant person, you learn a few things.
Through the process of watching many around me and the interviews I conducted for Don’t Make Beats Like Me, I noticed a few habits of the successful that I readily pass along to you.
As creative people—no—as humans, many producers have a hard time dealing with risk. Risk is scary. Risk is difficult. Risk is the creative person’s kryptonite. Here’s what it looks like: