Today I want to talk to you about an important topic: why is it important to realize a song idea immediately and record the beat or the vocals right away?
You know how it is. You're walking down the street, showering, or lying in bed, and suddenly you get inspired. A melody, a rhythm, a beat, a lyric, a hook. Something that makes you go, "Wow, this could be a hit!"
But then what happens? You think, "I'll think of it later. I'll write it down when I get home. I'll record the beat when I have time." And then you forget. Or you lose interest. Or you get distracted by something else. And that brilliant song idea is gone forever.
If you're nodding your head, then you need to listen up because I will tell you a secret that could change your life as a music producer.
The secret is to record your song ideas as soon as you get them.
That's right. Don't wait. Don't procrastinate. Don't let your inner critic stop you. Just grab your phone, laptop, microphone, drum machine, synth or whatever you have, and capture that idea before it slips away.
It preserves the freshness and originality of your idea. You don't want to lose the spark that made you excited in the first place.
It helps you develop your idea further. Once you have something recorded, you can listen to it, tweak it, add to it, and refine it until it becomes a masterpiece.
It boosts your confidence and motivation. When you hear your idea some days later, you feel proud of yourself and your creativity. You want to keep going and finish the song.
It creates a habit of action. The more you record your song ideas, the more you train your brain to act on your inspiration. You become more productive and more prolific as a music producer.
It unleashes hidden gems. Sometimes, you might only realize how good your idea is once you hear it back. You might discover new possibilities, connections, and emotions you didn't notice before.
It overcomes the fear of the blank canvas. One of the biggest challenges for any creative person is starting from scratch. But if you have an idea that you recorded a few days before, you have something to work with right away. You have a foundation to build on. You have a direction to follow.
Well, it depends on what kind of idea you have and where you are at this moment. If you have a killer beat idea, you can use a simple app like FL Studio Mobile or Cubasis to make and record your own beats on your phone. Or, just use a voice recording app like Voloco to sing or hum your melody or lyrics. Or Use your go-to digital audio workstation (DAW) if you have a more complicated idea.
You don't need the best equipment to record your song ideas. You just need something that works for you and your style. And you need to do it as soon as possible.
Let me tell you a remarkable story that shows how recording an idea as soon as possible can be a game-changer.
Back in 1988, Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole rang up a local studio at 3 a.m. and pleaded with the engineer to let him record something immediately.
He was like, "Please, can I come in? I have an idea." Kamakawiwo'ole then recorded the iconic version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in just one take, which blew up and touched millions of people worldwide.
Milan Bertosa was the studio engineer who answered Kamakawiwo'ole's call. At the time, Bertosa was working on a commercial jingle and was sceptical about letting the singer in, but he changed his mind when he recognized his voice. Bertosa later recalled, "And in walks the largest human being I had seen in my life. Israel was probably like 500 pounds (200kg). And the first thing at hand is to find something for him to sit on."
Can you imagine that? A legendary song that was born out of a spontaneous impulse, a late-night phone call, and a single take.
That's the power of recording your song ideas as soon as you get them.
Now, you might think: "That's a nice story, but what does it have to do with me?"
Well, you have the same potential as Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
You have the same ability to create beautiful songs that will touch the hearts of millions.
You have the same opportunity to make your mark in the music industry.
You just need to record your song ideas as soon as you get them.
So, let's make a pact to capture those fleeting musical ideas as soon as they arise. Embrace the imperfections and let the creative journey unfold.
Every recorded fragment is a step closer to transforming your musical dreams into reality.
Do you want to make a beat fast without spending hours or days thinking of a song idea?
Making a beat can be a fun and satisfying process, but it can also be time-consuming and exhausting.
Sometimes, you have a great song idea but don’t know how to turn it into a beat. Sometimes you have too many options and choices and don’t know where to begin. Occasionally you have too little time and too much pressure and don’t know how to end the track.
But don’t worry, I’ve been there and know how you feel. That’s why I want to share some tips that have helped me make beats faster and easier without compromising on quality or creativity. These tips are based on my own experience as a producer and mixing and mastering expert.
Here are the tips: Tip 1: Have a clear idea of what song you want to create. Think about the genre, the mood, the message, and the audience of your song. This will help you choose your beat's appropriate sounds, instruments, and styles.
Tip 2: Use a template or a reference track. You can use a ready-made template or a reference track from a similar song to guide you in making your beat. You can copy, modify, or mix elements from the template or the reference track to create your own beat.
Tip 3: Start with the most important element of your beat. Depending on your song idea, you can start with the element that is most essential or prominent in your beat, such as the kick, the bass, the melody, or the chords. You can then build the rest of your beat around that element, making sure that everything fits and supports it.
Tip 4: Keep it simple and catchy. You don’t need to make your beat too complex or elaborate, especially if you have a limited time. You can focus on creating a simple and catchy groove, melody, or hook that will capture the listener’s attention and make them want to hear more of your song.
Tip 5: Use rules and limits. Sometimes having too many choices can be confusing and hard. Limit yourself to a certain style, speed, key, instrument, or topic, and see what you can make with them. This will make you more creative and fast.
Tip 6: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Writing songs and making beats is a way of trying and learning, and not every idea will be good. Don’t let fear or perfection stop you from trying new things and exploring different options. You can always change and improve your ideas later, or throw them away if they don’t work.
Tip 7: Set a time and stick to it. Having a time limit can make you finish your song without wasting time or overthinking. Whether it’s 1 hour or 3 hours a day, set a goal for yourself and do it. You can always improve your song later, but the important thing is to have a song you can be proud of.
So, there you have it. These are the tips that I use to turn my melody into a beat in 5 minutes and make my song idea come true. I hope they will help you too…
Now, it’s your turn. Grab your laptop, headphones, and creativity, and start making your beat. Remember, you only have 5 minutes, so don’t hesitate, don’t procrastinate, and don’t give up. Just do it, and have fun.
I am Marcus, a music enthusiast who runs a mixing and mastering business. Additionally, I compose insightful articles for my blog and produce music as a member of the techno duo Agravik.