Damn man lately i been on the worse creative slump, this shit sucks -_-
Its come to the point where I am getting frustrated as hell.
I look at great producers like Kanye West, Noah 40 Shebib, and Illangelo and wondering, man why the **** can't i do that?
I spend hours upon hours trying to recreate results and struggling ridiculously trying to find my own sound.
I have even went into a melody and chord block, and guess what? I KNOW RIDICULOUS amounts of music theory.
I want to be one of the greatest that people will always remember, i wonder if all the greats ever had creative block -_-
Dunno how old you are. You need to change your motives, my friend.
For me, I play music for therapy and because I love doing it. I have known so many people in life who had great talent, but had no lucky break. They don't live in NY or LA. Luck is the key, stars aligning. Lots of these guys are now 40 years old and have no real world skills. Playing music and producing are not real world skills.
Myself I had a back up plan, went to school and have a good job and I can buy gear to play and enjoy rather than living in the result and I enjoy playing and learning to produce. If one person likes my music, it did it's job.
Before the '08 crash, I used to do music for ads and promos. That dried up and the music business got hijacked by Mp3's and iTunes, which makes it that much harder.
As far as getting blocked up. Go back to basics. Grab and acoustic guitar and play a simple chord arrangement, vary it, play arpeggios and runs in between chords. Go from there. Music is like algebra at first we hear and its complex, but start simple and make your own style rather than emulate others.
Remember this: genres have all been done before. Play music people want to hear. Good beat and melody.
Another approach would be to just stop playing and listen to new unfamiliar music. I have been playing for 25 years and it takes time to develop own style which helps to know and listen to many genres. I listen to Beethoven to Slayer and everything in between. It then becomes a part of you and before you know it you are developing a sound.
Best of Luck
Im just giving up on music.
Im selling all my gear.
well...it's probable that this is in fact a good move.
get a job...get a good family thing...walk the dog like you mean it...
i recall a moment i spent many tears (F slip!) ago with a friend who was...and STILL is ...an almost invisible member of one of the most famous pop groups in the world....were talking proper famous here.....over 100 million records worldwide
we were discussing another person who was a successful song writer who had a few pretty good hits.. UK top 10's and carefully navigated publishing deals..very good producer, in those days covers were still attainable...a whole sea of jobbing song writers bobbing up and down..in and out of view...
well...he said.....''i don't see why people like him don't just give up?''...
95% of us slutz should 'give up' right now....and have no thoughts of ever trying to dream of this again....no one would mind or care.
why we do not is because we are creatures of infinate bad judgement and lack any real wisdom.....
In my never ending quest for the badest and best sounding album in the mult-verse.. One thing you REALLY need to to, don't take it so seriously.. Speaking from experience, don't loose sleep on it. Have fun and put some work into it (Because you enjoy it), you will find as soon as you don't care something will come out of it..
If you spend all your life tweaking, nobody ever hears it and you end up 50 fat and bald from the stress and pressure you put on your own back.. It really was a waste of time.
I'd rather release some sh*t music and get some sort of recognition and expand for a laugh.. Ya know just have some fun, then never do anything and give up when it's too late. It's you they want, not your copy of dre, kanye or someone else..
When I feel like this I always listen to Metallica's first demo and just piss myself laughing that I'm worrying about getting it half a DB as loud as my competition... Stupid when you think about it.
Stop comparing your work to others and do you. Take a break do something else and comeback. This ain't for everyone. Do it cuz you love it. Make different types of music your current choice may not be what your good at, go outside the box.