“This is what I like.” Nobody but the artist can decide when their work is complete. Critics can only tell an artist when they are satisfied with it and they would be wrong, because it’s not their vision to judge. Especially until the work is done, any outside opinion can influence the art, interrupting gut instincts and disrupting the process. After years of being a critic myself, I know how rarely critics know how to record music. True to form, my beat making advice would be lacking. It would be more constructive to quote successful music makers and study their ways.
“Every human being has genius level talent,” Jay-Z elaborates on confidence.
“[People] always want to read into our music, [but] it’s just garble, garbage, stuff that would spew out of me. When I write lyrics, it’s at the last second. Then I find myself having to come up with explanations,” Cobain references gut instinct.
“The studio process is very disciplined, [but], with my voice for example, and my songwriting, it’s the opposite. I would never let the analytical side of me in there, because it can be very destructive,” Björk describes controlled chaos.
“Patience is the ability to accept trouble, suffering, delay without getting angry or upset,” Big Sean quotes Webster’s definition of patience yet argues the inevitability of the risk or “leap of faith” that all music makers face.