You know it’s time. The ideas are there, and you can hear the melody inside of you. Maybe you feel the rhythm in your hands. Perhaps you already got the chorus down, or the last verse for your unwritten song. The build up of emotions and ideas that will be your fuel when you are about to reach that flow state. 

And it begins: a writing or recording session at your studio. The moment is just right.

Practicing, recording, re-recording, and editing as if you were in an infinite loop. Hours, or even days of this process go by until you know you got it down. Then, it is time to mix and master your song which is an art form itself. You bounce the track one last time and listen to your work with excitement. When you share your new song with a friend and they like it, or someone online comments on it, you know you did something good.

This is a brief description of how the music process goes for me. I am writing this post to reach out to other musicians and producers, and see how your creative process looks like. Perhaps we can inspire each other, or find new ways of doing things, or even new words to express how this process feels.

I have noticed that I have a series of routines I do when it is time to sit down and record or mix a song. I believe doing these steps let my mind and body know that it’s time to be creative. Think of it as setting everything right in order to work on the craft.

The above is a condensed description of my routines and steps that I do when it’s time to record. Some of them are safety measures in order to avoid burn out or reaching plateaus. 

What are your routines? Is there something that you do that enhances your creative output? Are you doing something that helps you prevent burn outs? Let me know in the comments.

On Creativity,

-E.