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Old 16th February 2020
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Things you wish you knew sooner

Cliche question, but I think still a good one...

What are some things that you wish you knew earlier in your career? In other words, advice for beginning musicians and producers.

Thank you for doing this!! Big fan.
Old 17th February 2020
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Cliche question, but I think still a good one...

What are some things that you wish you knew earlier in your career? In other words, advice for beginning musicians and producers.

Thank you for doing this!! Big fan.
Thanks Man!

Errrmm. Not sure. I wish I hadn't been so generous with the credits and writing but I'm glad I'm not a d1ck like the people that own everything and just employ everyone.
Try to be fair but imagine the worst thing that could happen, like getting betrayed by your own brother.

Wow this is therapeutic.

Get a great lawyer first. Be very careful with managers, most are a55holes.

Try to record independently but don't use the same sounds as everyone else. It pays to use a proper studio to learn about sound.
I was an engineer for 6 years as a teenager which really helped me focus when I formed Morcheeba. I worked for nothing and lived a very poor life but the lessons I learned were invaluable.

Watch as many useful Youtube videos as you can about sound. There are some great ones out there.

Don't worry too much about gear, just get the best you can when you can and make the most of it. There are some great companies making budget stuff now.

Treat music like a job and turn up for work at a certain time everyday and just try to be productive.

To stop myself getting frustrated I generate a new idea every 20 minutes and then I come back and see what I feel like working on later.

I try to generate at least 50 ideas for an album so the quality control is high.

It's okay to be bored, some of the best ideas happen when you're bored.

Take the cadence from people's vocals and change the tune, take the chord pattern and change the chords. Take the bass line and change the notes.

Everything is really about protecting your business interests and making sure you can be creative however you feel.

When you are at you hottest you should work your hardest!
Old 17th February 2020
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This is all so good, thank you!
Old 17th February 2020
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I wish I would have used Youtube more. Like for research purpose and tutorials. There are tons of good vidoes and pro producer who share their knowledge completely for free. No need for expensive courses.
Old 18th February 2020
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Thank you for such thoughtful and concise advise. I love how you mention having at least 50 ideas: makes one less precious about each idea which becomes a good habit in general.
Old 18th February 2020
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Thank you for such thoughtful and concise advise. I love how you mention having at least 50 ideas: makes one less precious about each idea which becomes a good habit in general.
Exactly, we seem to live in a culture now where people sneak off with their laptop and get all precious about their ideas.
I'm the opposite, I like to share, check my ego at the door and the best idea wins.
Old 18th February 2020
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Exactly, we seem to live in a culture now where people sneak off with their laptop and get all precious about their ideas.
I'm the opposite, I like to share, check my ego at the door and the best idea wins.
YES YES YES!!! check your ego at the door! I love that!!!
Old 19th February 2020
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It's okay to be bored, some of the best ideas happen when you're bored.
Hey, Paul, hope you're well.

The above is great advice.
Old 19th February 2020
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If you ever have the time/inclination...

If you'd teach one of the courses, at Masterclass dot com, that'd be Way Cool!

Thanks again, for all your varied contributions Paul.
Chris
Old 22nd February 2020
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I like to share, check my ego at the door and the best idea wins.
Best words of wisdom on GS in a decade!
Old 22nd February 2020
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If you ever have the time/inclination...

If you'd teach one of the courses, at Masterclass dot com, that'd be Way Cool!

Thanks again, for all your varied contributions Paul.
Chris
No worries Chris, thanks again for all your talent and positivity!
Old 22nd February 2020
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No worries Chris, thanks again for all your talent and positivity!
“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will
annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
-Herm Albright
Old 22nd February 2020
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Thanks!
Chris
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