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By danju on September 27, 2020 11:47 pm

Watched a really inspiring video by Jack Conte (creator of Patreon) who talks about working for publish instead of working for pleasure in order to just get out as much content as possible and more importantly knowing when to stop tweaking and just ship it.

Check it out if you get the chance smile

I think I'm going to try this working ideology and try to just get my song ideas out there (beat, lyrics, and vocals) even if the ideas end up just being bad demos.

Beat making comes quicker to me at this point, but song writing is still pretty daunting for me, so I gotta just work on pumping those out, making more mistakes, and getting more efficient in the process. Hopefully a full song a week won't be too bad. Bout to have a bunch of hit or miss content haha

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September 28, 2020 2:32 am

Quoting from an interesting book called Art & Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

"The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”.

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay."

Practice makes perfect. smile
Nice job on this track!

September 28, 2020 2:44 am

Beautiful track man, could see you building on this into something bigger, but could also like it as a simple piece, too. smile

September 28, 2020 3:42 pm
Kedbreak136 wrote:

Quoting from an interesting book called Art & Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

"The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”.

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay."

Practice makes perfect. smile
Nice job on this track!

This is a reallly reallly great reference man!



hent03 wrote:

Beautiful track man, could see you building on this into something bigger, but could also like it as a simple piece, too. smile

Thanks for listening man!

September 28, 2020 5:45 pm

I'm a believer that quantity actually equals quality a lot of the time.  It's not a coincidence that a lot of the best albums where all the songs are good often have a lot of b-sides that didn't make the cut.  You're not going to hit a home run every time you go up to bat, but the more times you step up to the plate, the more home runs you're going to hit.  Also, I liked the mellow vibe on this and the vocals work was really nice.

September 29, 2020 3:06 am

Goddamn, that voice man.  So good, such a powerful track.

Also "knowing when to stop tweaking and just ship it."  That sounds like the kind of advice I need.  Going to check that out tonight, thanks for the recommendation.

September 29, 2020 10:40 pm

Nice track indeed, could totally see it being expanded, or just being what it is. Vocal is awesome quality. Yeah all about getting stuff out there. Sharing your work. I enjoyed the book "Share Your Work" by Austin Kleon, and his blog in general. From quantity, like from weekly songs, totally can come quality too. Practice gets results. And just by sitting down and doing something, there's a lot of pleasure in that too. I'm looking forward to watching that video. I think working for publish can also be working for pleasure at same time.

October 1, 2020 5:16 am

231 videos? 1500 songs? Rookie numbers (for the record, I have 433 videos and a generator that makes a song per second). Weeklybeats especially really teaches you to not keep such a tight grip on the production value when in the end, the first product is the best one anyway if for no other reason than it doesn't feel overproduced.

Nice relaxing piece, too.

October 4, 2020 7:56 pm

A-Men. I'm going to take that journey with you man. I got into WBs to get better at producing and advance my writing skills. I feel like Ive copped out and just made way more beats on weeks with no motivation (which has been WAY too often lately). Lets just start cranking out SONGS man! Damn I missed that voice Danju. Haha.

October 5, 2020 8:02 pm

I attest to doing the motions and learning from them. Trying to EQ and compress a song perfectly got me 5 half done songs in 3 years and no actual skill improvement. Doing weekly beets for 9 months taught me that I never even learned how to gain stage properly in the 3 years where I tried to make a perfect track.


Beautiful track. I'd like to hear the voice a little more, but the arrangement is simple and gorgeous.

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