Whether you are a singer, songwriter, or music producer, it’s likely you went through a creative block at some point.
While these occurrences can get frustrating, there are numerous methods musical artists can use to get their creative juices flowing and hop back on the productivity train. In this article, we look at some proven approaches to escape a musical dead end.
1. Clean Up Your Studio Space
Your space is a reflection of where you are mental. If your studio is disorganized and messy, chances are your mental state is too.
Thus, one way to overcome a creative block or escape a musical dead end is to do some cleaning. This means dusting equipment, putting away cables, and removing anything that you aren’t working with.
Having an organized studio space will make you feel like you have a blank canvas to work with and help you clear your mind.
2. Spend Time Outside
Whether it’s a local hiking trail or just your backyard, leave your mobile at home and go out to explore the world. By disconnecting from your computers, phones, and other devices, your brain will be forced to connect with the world around you. These new connections make excellent fodder for inspiration.
3. Prioritize Fun Time
Rather than thinking about another day of “work,” modify the pace and set aside some time to have fun without thinking about your goals or objectives. Try out new techniques, explore your tools and check out processing chains that you normally won’t consider.
Consequently, this exercise is going to set off a chain reaction and free up space in your mind to respond to fresh ideas. You will probably come up with a few pieces of inspiration to offer a starting point for future songs and production in ways you never imagined before.
4. Consume Art
Another thing that can help you overcome a creative block is consuming art. This can involve anything, including playing video games, watching movies, or visiting museums.
One of the best ways to get inspired is by experiencing art that moves you. This is because doing activities such as watching movies, reading, or listening to movies can provide you with fresh ideas.
It can also serve as a reminder as to why making music is important to you and can be extremely motivating.
One of the best things about producing music is its collaborative nature. When your inspiration is taking a dip, bring others into the mix.
A lot of artists often work from their home studio or on the road in solitary, freedom is one of the appeals of music production. Nevertheless, working alone at times has its drawbacks.
Working with others can be an excellent way to draw fresh ideas. It’s a great way to get insight into how others work. You might learn how other music artists approach things differently than you, which can make you reevaluate your processes.
Last Few Words
There’s nothing worse than a musical dead.
No one wishes to lose their creativity, and getting stuck in a rut is going to drag you down. The only way to get back to making great music is to work on your creative process and keep discovering new ways to get inspired.
If you keep working at it, you will surely know what you need to dive back in!
Eric Dalius is The Executive Chairman of MuzicSwipe, a music and content discovery platform designed to maximize artist discovery and optimize fan relationships. In addition, he hosts the weekly podcast “FULLSPEED,” where he interviews innovative entrepreneurs across multiple industries. Eric also established the “Eric Dalius Foundation” to provide four scholarships for US-based students. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Entrepreneur.com.