Goodwall Blog was kind enough to feature me in their article, 25 Inspiring Quotes & Business Tips from Female Entrepreneurs. Here is the full article, there are a lot of great tips here! If you want to just see mine, here is my quote:
I want to focus specifically on musicians here for a minute:
Musicians: Stop Doing Things You’re Not Good At. You’re Hurting Your Songs!
Whether you’re just an “okay” guitar player and stumble your way through, or you’re not a strong singer and sing your own songs anyway, please don’t sacrifice your song quality in the name of “doing it all.”
I see this a lot with mixing, also. I’ve gotten many songs back as “final mixes” and it makes me so sad, because I know 10 seconds in that this song will never reach its full potential. If you’re just pitching it, you can probably get away with a sloppy mix, but it depends on who you’re pitching it to. A good mix should allow the listener to focus on the most important parts of the song, while the lesser parts boost the more important parts. If you go into it wanting your nephew’s bass to be the loudest part, you better know how to mix bass really well.
Professional mix engineers spend their whole lives and careers doing this, so it’s worth hiring someone if your mixes aren’t strong! I know it’s expensive, but you’ve come this far, written a great song, hired pro musicians, and you’re about to release it into the world – you owe it to your craft to have your song sound the best it possibly can!
I do plan on writing a full blog about this, but for now I just want to gently nudge you to question your abilities as a whole. Are you “doing it all yourself” unnecessarily? Where can you let go of that? How can you allow others into your music career?