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12 tips for making music and being happy 😊

Our mission at Noiiz is to empower you to make music, be happy and feel fulfilled. Here are 12 tips to help you do just that...

1. Create a workflow you love

Today we're faced with a multitude of options, with software that can do almost anything and different companies marketing their products left right and centre. Spending time understanding how you like to work and what makes you happy and productive, then creating a workflow that's tailored uniquely to you can help you stay happy and energised. For some people that might be building a huge modular synthesis system, for others it might be strumming a Ukelele into a 4 track tape recorder.

2. Set the right goals and expectations

Setting the wrong kind of goals can add unnecessary pressure and give us unrealistic expectations about where we should be and how far we should have come. Setting the right kind of goals can help us be more productive, feel more inspired and focus more on progress rather than an imaginary, fixed point in the future.

3. Look after yourself

As musicians we tend to be willing to make huge sacrifices for our art. But don't let one of those sacrifices be you! Looking after yourself won't just make you a better musician, it will help you be the best version of yourself you can be.

  • Drink water
  • Take lots of breaks
  • Exercise regularly during long sessions
  • Ensure your computer, instruments and seating position are set up right
  • Keep your energy high by eating fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks (and ditch the fizzy drinks and chocolate!)
  • Make time for people - it's easy to get sucked into loooong sessions, but make sure there's time for the important people in your life too ❤️

4. Be playful

Sometimes, forgetting about all the tracks you've started, all the intentions and goals you might have and all the things you've convinced yourself are important to do and giving yourself time to just play, explore and have fun can be hugely beneficial. Music is fun and whilst at times it can be challenging, it's important to enjoy yourself and create with freedom.

5. Be present

As musicians, we often spend time in our head thinking of new ideas, how our songs might develop or what we need to do in the future. It's easy to overdo this and the result is that you are rarely present in any given moment in time, always thinking about the next thing or the next idea. Clearing our heads of thoughts in the future, not dwelling on things in the past and focusing clearly on the exact moment in time that is now can be liberating, refreshing and a great mindset to practice whilst making music.

6. Trust your gut

It's easy to doubt yourself and question your decisions, especially when you are still learning. Often, we need to look elsewhere for education, ideas and input from others so that we can learn and progress. But, we've also built up a pretty strong framework for making decisions through all of our life experiences up until this point and sometimes, gut feelings can be more powerful than we think.

If you feel stuck with a decision and begin to suffer from 'analysis paralysis', try reminding yourself that you probably have everything you need to make a good decision, then go with what feels right.

7. Make music you love

There are lots of things that might affect the music you make and sometimes these can pull is in the wrong direction so we feel a disconnect between what we are truly passionate about and what we end up producing. Making music in a certain way because you believe it will make more money, or appeal to more people or help you get recognised will have a negative impact not just on the quality of music you make, but how happy and fulfilled you feel.

Make music that you love, take inspiration from people you admire and express yourself. ❤️

8. Connect with other musicians

It's easy to become isolated as a music producer. We have all the tools we could ever have dreamed of at our fingertips and the need to work with other people is less obvious than it used to be. Even if you are more introverted and find working with other people more difficult than others who are more extroverted, putting in the effort to make music with other people might just be one of the most rewarding things you do.

Look for local meetups in your area, join a band, collaborate online, take lessons, remix other artists and reach out to the wider community of music makers. There are millions of people just like you and together you can do great things 😇

9. Strike the right balance

Music can be like a black hole, where time seems to slow down, day becomes night and you forget where you are. But sitting in front of a computer all day, every day isn't good for us. It's important to make time for the people we love and for ourselves. Getting this balance right won't just make you happier, chances are your music will improve leaps and bounds too.

10. Learn from the people and companies you admire

The rise of Youtube as a learning platform means there is a lot of information out there, but it's difficult to know where to start or who to listen to. Following people and companies who you admire and who do great work is a good way to filter out the rest of the noise. It's worth spending time to research teachers and influencers who you really respect so that you learn in a way that suits your music and motivates you to want to learn more.

11. Remind yourself how far you've come

Once in a while, go back through your old stuff and remind yourself how much progress you have made. It's easy to feel like you're stuck and not moving forward, but looking back a year or two is a good way to check in on the progress you're making and feel good about how far you have come.

12. Be happy with where you are

It's a pretty fast paced world. News and adverts left right and centre, competition, expectations and pressure to earn a living. Amongst all of this, sometimes the feeling that we should be somewhere we are not currently can creep in. It's important to remember that we shouldn't necessarily be anywhere, that these pressures are either self imposed or forced on us by others and they are merely a tool for driving action.

Take a breather and remember that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, you're doing something incredible and you're enjoying every minute of it.