I’m fairly certain my mom doesn’t subscribe to this newsletter, but if she did, this would make her shake her head.

I have ALLllllllways been a procrastinator. (Why would I do something NOW when I could wait and do it the night before…at 2am?)

Bless my sweet mom. She tried to warn me that waiting until the last minute was a bad thing, but it didn’t stick.

And you know what?

She might be wrong.

At least, when it comes to mixing.

Lemme ‘splain.

Towards the end of last month, I knew I needed to do my mix for Dueling Mixes. We release new material on the first of every month, so I needed to mix the song, shoot my tutorial video (where I show how I mixed the song), and get everything ready on the website for August 1st.

You’d think I’d give myself a few days to do this, right?

Bzzzzzt. Wrong.

Nope, ol’ Joe waited until JULY 31st to do my mix.

And you know what? I’m glad I did.

(Sorry, Mom.)

Being up against such an absolute, set-in-stone deadline forced me to mix faster than I normally would.

I didn’t have the luxury of “trying things out” or even stepping away from the mix for a day or two before making final tweaks.

I had to finish.

That pressure, it turns out, is a good thing.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the voting in the members area. Last I checked I was winning 60-40 (which is saying a lot, since I’m fairly certain Graham has the system rigged somehow).

But more importantly, I’M happy with the mix.

Waiting until the last minute helped me pump out a great mix in very little time.


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(Just don’t tell my mom.)

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

2 Responses to “Why Mama was wrong.”

  1. niklasjblixt

    Deadlines is great for creativity. It puts you in a sense of “I HAVE to fix it somehow!” And 9 times out of 10 you make it happen. But every time you do that you always say “Next time I’m going to start earlier so I don’t have to stress”. But that’s a bad idea, because as son as you have a minute or two over you start to overdo things. 😉


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