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Sway

By Sodabelly on August 9, 2020 8:23 pm

Does anyone else obsess over things and can never finish or be happy with mixes and masters? I've been stuck on basically trying to finish the first song for my release, the song I was most excited about, but now I pretty much hate it and never want to hear it again! I think I'm going to just run these tracks through a mastering suite and call it a day because I need to move on with my life...

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August 10, 2020 2:33 am

I can relate 100%.  I always think something is slightly off, then feel the need to drastically change the entire mix (and saving over the original, of course) because that will probably work, right?  The final stages blow, but I guess they’re pretty important.

Digging this track though. Super chill/vibey.  Excellent piano work too, I’m always blown away by all you dudes with piano chops on WB.

August 10, 2020 12:15 pm

I am confused about your worries.  I see no problems, why you should not end up successful, you got all the skills. Fantastic track again.

August 10, 2020 1:15 pm
Chrisfoo wrote:

I can relate 100%.  I always think something is slightly off, then feel the need to drastically change the entire mix (and saving over the original, of course) because that will probably work, right?  The final stages blow, but I guess they’re pretty important.

Digging this track though. Super chill/vibey.  Excellent piano work too, I’m always blown away by all you dudes with piano chops on WB.

Thanks man, I do the same thing...drastically changing and saving over the original! Ahhh...it's awful.

Q-Rosh wrote:

I am confused about your worries.  I see no problems, why you should not end up successful, you got all the skills. Fantastic track again.

Haha thanks, I feel better now smile

August 10, 2020 4:44 pm

Yeah man, I can relate... funny thing is, the tracks that I like the least that people seem to enjoy the most. And then I listen to them in the future and go "hey, this wasn't so bad after all."

Awesome track. The overall harmony is great, and sweet instrumentation too.


August 10, 2020 5:45 pm

Yeah I get what you mean. The more attached to a song I get I begin to idealize it, envision only a specific way that the song should be heard and feeling like I have to control audience's perception of the music. That's all obviously pretty far fetched and impossible, so the longer I work under that illusion and I fail (the expected result) I get angry and frustrated. The song that meant so much to me is now constantly unfinished and taunting me since it'll never meet the potential I idealized for it. This is just how I feel about it. I've found weeklybeats to be incredibly liberating because you're on a short time table and whatever you submit at the end of the week is what you get, warts and all. It's only from participating that I started to find I loved my songs that are imperfect, they felt more real, and music has a way of finding its own audience. I hope that blurb was in someway helpful.

Nice tune this week, lot of cool piano flourishs and slick chord progression. What instrument is being used in the low end around 0:27? It sounds like a deep male voice or something.

August 10, 2020 8:16 pm

Happens to me all the time man. That listen fatigue hits hard.
Love the little vocal samples in here!

August 11, 2020 1:28 am

Of course it happens all the time... Tracking something "decent" then working forever on it and just wanting to re-do everything on it. Then re-doing everything. Then think first takes were better. Then trying to select stuff from both. Then trying to add stuff (EQ compression fx) then be super happy. Then listening to first take and think the latest version is shit... Etc... Etc... 2 years later re-tracking everything again.

Good luck!

August 11, 2020 9:09 am

All the time. That's why I made a generator, so I never have to worry again.

August 11, 2020 12:33 pm

great warbled sounds, as always.

August 11, 2020 12:35 pm

i have half a million finished and unfinished songs lying around. i had a phase, where i was even scared to finish anything, because if you have a finished track it ages from that point on...

August 12, 2020 1:14 am

I wish I was at the stage where I could worry about that kind of stuff, but just getting basic volume levels right is hard enough for me at the moment... Anyway, lovely track, man. smile

August 12, 2020 2:53 pm
Mission Crossing wrote:

Yeah man, I can relate... funny thing is, the tracks that I like the least that people seem to enjoy the most. And then I listen to them in the future and go "hey, this wasn't so bad after all."

Awesome track. The overall harmony is great, and sweet instrumentation too.

ViridianLoom wrote:

Yeah I get what you mean. The more attached to a song I get I begin to idealize it, envision only a specific way that the song should be heard and feeling like I have to control audience's perception of the music. That's all obviously pretty far fetched and impossible, so the longer I work under that illusion and I fail (the expected result) I get angry and frustrated. The song that meant so much to me is now constantly unfinished and taunting me since it'll never meet the potential I idealized for it. This is just how I feel about it. I've found weeklybeats to be incredibly liberating because you're on a short time table and whatever you submit at the end of the week is what you get, warts and all. It's only from participating that I started to find I loved my songs that are imperfect, they felt more real, and music has a way of finding its own audience. I hope that blurb was in someway helpful.

Nice tune this week, lot of cool piano flourishs and slick chord progression. What instrument is being used in the low end around 0:27? It sounds like a deep male voice or something.

danju wrote:

Happens to me all the time man. That listen fatigue hits hard.
Love the little vocal samples in here!

djippy wrote:

Of course it happens all the time... Tracking something "decent" then working forever on it and just wanting to re-do everything on it. Then re-doing everything. Then think first takes were better. Then trying to select stuff from both. Then trying to add stuff (EQ compression fx) then be super happy. Then listening to first take and think the latest version is shit... Etc... Etc... 2 years later re-tracking everything again.

Good luck!

Devieus wrote:

All the time. That's why I made a generator, so I never have to worry again.

Machine Gun Ibiza wrote:

great warbled sounds, as always.

hent03 wrote:

I wish I was at the stage where I could worry about that kind of stuff, but just getting basic volume levels right is hard enough for me at the moment... Anyway, lovely track, man. smile

Thanks for all the reassuring thoughts! I'm just about finished the release, just making very very minor changes but I've mostly decided to move on from the 'obsessive' stage. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way smile

Glad you all dig the track as well!

August 13, 2020 3:03 pm

Totally relate to this.  I've been on WB since 2014.  You'd think I might have released an album or EP or something!?  Nooope.  I've always been afraid something sounds off on some other system or it just isn't good enough or my marketing skillz stink etc..  But at least with WB it's a weekly reset from this process.  Late Sunday comes and I have free feeling of "yup done with this for now i guess, NEXT!"  rinse and repeat smile   That being said this track was a perfect accompaniment for this thought process lol.  Excellent laid back beat that goes with the bassline so nicely.  The lil vocal snippets and added ear candy is extra sweet.  Frank Costanza would approve!

August 16, 2020 5:57 pm

I have about twice as many unfinished projects that aren't bad but I just wasn't satisfied with them as I have completed works. And then some that are nice clips but I couldn't figure out where to go with them.  I think similar things are true with all artists.

Anyway, I like this. It kinda reminds me of the 70s for some reason. Not that I really remember the 70s that well.

August 17, 2020 12:20 am

Believe you me, pardner, we experience the same feeling on a weekly basis. I learned the method of setting it to the side, using my favorite tracks to compare it to, and reworking it. Like my favorite authors say, they only hand in their novels because their told that they have to, not because they think it's perfect and they want to.

August 29, 2020 3:50 am

this sounds great on my horrible laptop speakers - it's a good gauge of a well mastered song if it sounds good on those  (my tracks rarely pass that test)  you may like it more when you are not so hyper-focused on all the tiny details  smile

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