I’m sure that all you producers out there would agree that, beat making is a whole lot of fun. There is nothing you’d rather be doing. Late nights can even turn to early a.m. hours sometimes. One idea after another comes to you. It seems like a never ending supply of new beats keep flowing. There are times when you haven’t even completed one before the next catchy melody is in your head and your ready to lay it down.
Well, I hate to tell you this and you may have already experienced it but, there comes a time in just about every producer or songwriters life when he or she runs shorts of ideas. Or you might even say inspiration.
This information is to help when you find yourself in a rut musically and are trying to get out. Having been there myself and having done research, I found these methods very useful in getting you back up and putting down track again.
Sometimes all that’s needed is some time off. Anything can get stale if worked at long hours everyday and no time taken out or off to rest from it, and unwind letting the mind rejuvenate and get ready for a whole new onslaught of fresh ideas. Just like anything else, the mind when rested comes back fresh and strong ready to perform which means new ideas for you.
Another thing to try is listening to music by other artist on the tv, radio, internet, or youtube, it gets you away from you and what your working on, giving you a brake and some fresh ideas at the same time.
Here’s something else you can do, invest in purchasing samples, if you have already, which I’m sure most modern producers have at one time or another, buy some new ones to add to your collection. Hearing new samples can certainly spark creativity whether you use them to make beats or just to get your juices flowing again. Hearing them can inspire you. Play around with them, let your natural process go to work and watch what happens. You just might be very pleased with the results.
One more way for getting out of that stalemate, is to try sitting at your keyboard or beat making device of choice. It should be after being away from your music all day or after a good night’s sleep, then play the
first few notes or chords that your fingers land on, many times I’ve found this to be very effective for having a new idea present itself. Some great songs have been started this way.
So if you find yourself in this situation at present or anytime in the future, hop that atleast one of these options gets you back up on your beat makin’ feet.