How to improve the content you produce from home

How to improve the content you produce from home

You may wonder why writing an article that focuses on creating out of the studio environment would be something you see promoted on a studios blog.  “Come to the studio, you can’t record at home” is what you sometime see but let’s be honest… that isn’t necessarily true and we wouldn’t be helping ourself if we pretended creatives don’t create at home… 

As a producer that helps creatives translate ideas into reality, I thought you would find it useful if I share my own thoughts on how you can actually improve the content you are producing from home and what tools you already have access to if you know what you are looking for.  The angle i’m approaching this is from more of a technical angle rather than an emotionally P.O.V, that’s a whole other chasm to speak about.  

 

Setup an effective area to create

The space you create within is key to allowing you access to the tools to improve your craft.  This is applicable to any form of creative from a songwriter, producer to videographer, you must actively want to improve the area you work within.

If you are recording audio you may consider whether the room you are recording in is actually suitable for achieving quality results.  You can treat your room to reduce the natural reverberation to allow your audio to translate more on your recordings, you’ll be surprised by how much this can change the sound of your microphone.  

Setting up a workstation, full of tools that make your life easy, is something you must not overlook.  This creates efficiency that over time will help improve the content you are creating.

Understand your area of expertise

Many creators fall into the mistake of thinking they are experts in all fields.  Now before the trolls appear, I completely understand you have to try, test and develop skills to understand what you are good at.  It’s second nature for many up and coming creatives.

However, once you’re at a level of creating semi-professionally or professionally you will soon learn that by outsourcing certain parts of the creative process may be key for you to improve quicker.  This tends to come at a cost or a split but you should be utilising an individual that is specifically talented more than you in that field.

Create a Goal or Aim

A big part of improving is knowing how to statistically see whether you are improving or not.  Not only does this apply to stream or download numbers for released work, you can apply the same principle to many parts of the creative process.

Setting a goal can be anything, as long as you stick to it and then execute it in the way it’s intended.  For example; “I plan to release 5 songs over the next 6 months” or “This week I will create 3 new demos”.  This gives you the flexibility of how will you create or release the songs, but ties you into a timeframe that you must keep too for the goals to be most effective.

Try not to fall into the emotional trap of allowing goals to slip because you don’t feel confident enough to keep to them.  The biggest aim is to set the goal, execute it and then set another with the overview to improve. Sounds tedious but it works.

Share (release) your work, Get Feedback and Improve

As creatives, we all get attached to the content we create, some more than others and this can be the sole reason behind why we don’t commit to sharing the work we produce.  I don’t mean one post on your social media, I’m talking about complete execution to gain attention which in tern creates feedback for you to use.

Feedback can appear in many forms but it’s your job to take most seriously to help improve your content.  There are plenty of trolls that will create “hate feedback” which you will have to overlook but don’t confuse this by “reactional feedback” where the result of your content has caused a reaction.

By taking the feedback seriously you will understand what your content is actually doing in the marketplace which will give you the information to tweak and improve over time for your next goal.  If you don’t you will only have your own biased opinion of your own work… It’s not really the best move if you’re looking to improve.

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Simon Hopkinson

Simon Hopkinson

A charting music producer with over 10 years of industry hardened experience working alongside a wide range of talent. Producing many genres of music but tending to sway towards the alternative, band driven productions.

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