I was listening to an interview with Ronan Chris Murphy recently.
Anyhoo, Ronan made a great point that I wanted to share with you.
He essentially said this:
“Don’t try to make your mixes sound like a Chris Lord Alge mix. Focus on doing something creative with what you have (gear, room, talent, etc.).”
You’ve heard the phrase “imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” but it just doesn’t work in the recording world.
You can invest thousands of dollars into owning the exact same rig as a professional mix engineer, but your mixes will sound WILDLY different, because you are wildly different people with wildly different experience levels. Rather than trying to make your music sound “just like” someone else’s music, why not try to find ways to make it different?
How can you stand out from the crowd?
How can you use your less-than-perfect recording space to capture some really unique, creative recordings that no one else will be able to reproduce?
I gotta raise my hand and confess. I’m guilty at times of trying to imitate rather than trying to create. I’m thankful for cool folks like Ronan who remind me that this is music we’re dealing with. It’s all about creativity.
If a musician tried to sound exactly like another famous musician, you’d tell him to get his own sound, right?
It’s the same for us audio folks.
Go for great-sounding recordings, but also go for creativity and something uniquely YOU.
Don’t be a copy-cat.
Like Ronan said in the interview, it all comes back to the basics. You can use the basic tools to create something awesome. The same EQ can be used on a country record and a heavy metal record to get drastically different (but good) results.
But (here’s the kicker) you’ve gotta know how to use these tools to your advantage.
That’s why I’m always hammering away at the importance of learning the basics, starting with EQ.
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