Got an email the other day from Dueling Mixes member Jim Day.

He was psyched. He’s starting to see some real progress in his studio. His recordings and mixes are sounding great. He’s making real progress for the first time.

Check out what he wrote:

The key I’ve found is don’t allow fragments. Finish. They have to start, make the journey, and end to be “art.”

Amen, Jim.

I get emails all the time from people who have “been recording for a while now” but haven’t actually finished anything yet.

You can’t call yourself a painter if you’ve never finished a painting.

And if you have a hard drive full of unfinished projects and nothing to show for it, I think you know what I’m going to say next.

Pick one song…just one…and commit RIGHT NOW to finish it before you do anything else in your studio.

No more “trying things.”

No more experiments.

No more fragments.

Start pumping out finished work.

It doesn’t have to be great. The way to get better and see improvements like Jim is seeing is to regularly finish projects. I’ll take an imperfect finished project over a masterpiece that never gets released…every time.

As recording engineers and producers, we are artists, but ONLY if we’re actually creating art.

And like Jim said, it’s not art if it’s not finished.

Jim attributes a big portion of his success to the things he’s learned as a Dueling Mixes member.

Perhaps today’s the day for you to join and find out what the fuss is all about?

Joe Gilder
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