If I had to estimate, I’d say 20% of my subscribers release music on a regular basis. (I don’t have data to back that up. It’s just a gut feeling.)
There are plenty of reasons why people don’t release music, but there’s one in particular I want to tackle (and also offer a solution).
FEAR seems to be behind a lot of it. It goes by many names. Stalling. Procrastination. Perfectionism. It all boils down to being afraid to put yourself out there, to be vulnerable.
Trust me, I get it.
The internal discussion goes something like this: “What if I finish this project, put it out there, and everyone says it’s terrible?”
That’s a legit question!
And while you can never know with 100% certainty that your work will be well-received, there are things you can do to give yourself much better odds. One thing in particular: Ask for feedback.
You don’t have to wait until you release the project for the world to see to get feedback. You can (and should) work feedback into your process, every step of the way if possible.
This is especially true if you are relatively new to the world of recording and releasing music. There are people out there who can listen to your latest song, your latest recording, or your latest mix, and because they have a greater depth of experience than you, they can hear things in the song that you simply can’t.
They can help you smooth out the rough edges, deal with some of the glaring issues, and make the project sound twice as good (if not more).
It doesn’t take long, but it DOES take courage. Real, honest feedback can be painful. But wouldn’t you rather hear about the problems while you still have time to do something about them? Wouldn’t that be infinitely better than discovering all the problems after you’ve released the music to the world?
If soliciting feedback from someone you trust is not a part of your regular process, it should be. Make that single change, and your projects will improve immediately.
Now, I do have an offer for you. If you trust my ears and taste when it comes to songwriting, recording, and mixing, I would love a chance to critique some of your work. I’ve written, recorded, and mixed hundreds of songs. I’ve dealt with every kind of problem you can think of, and I can help you and your song.
Normally I charge $35 to do an audio critique of one song. Today I’ve created a Critique 3-Pack, where you can get three critiques for the price of two.
Since there are only so many hours in the day, I need to put a cap on how many of these I can commit to. That means I only have a set number I can sell. Once they’re sold out, you won’t be able to buy them anymore.
Here are a couple ways you can use these critiques:
- Have me critique your three latest mixes.
- Have me critique the latest song you wrote
- Have me critique the drum recording you did last week
- Combine the 3 critiques into a series of critiques, where I critique your initial mix of a song AND your “Mix 1” AND your “Mix 2.” (This is my personal favorite, because we get down into the nitty gritty and really make huge strides on the quality of the mix.)
All you have to do is:
- Click the link below.
- Place your order.
- Save the email you receive.
- Send me your songs to critique whenever you are ready.
I’ve set aside time every week for these critiques. And remember, there are only a limited number of these 3-Pack bundles available. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. I may bring them back in the future, but it won’t be for a while.
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P.S. Ben Holmes has hired me to do more critiques than I can remember. Here’s what he had to say about the experience:
“Being able to have my tracks critiqued enabled me to take them to the next level. The ‘second pair of ears’ from a trusted advisor meant that when I thought my tracks were finished the areas still needed work we highlighted so I could correct them and the final release sound as good as professional releases.“