10 Tips to Be More Creative

“Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It involves two processes: Thinking, then producing. And creativity is the most crucial factor for your future success in the music business. Here we compiled some tips and tricks to be more creative as a music producer, musician, or DJ.

1. Put some Fun in your Studio

Sterility leads to an empty void of nothingness. Always try to inject some color and life between your studio walls, and don’t run it like a laboratory or a prison.

2. Create for Yourself

Forget that there is an audience. Make yourself happy. After that, put it out and the public can take it or leave it.

3. Always Carry an Audio Recorder

The best ideas often come when doing completely random, uncreative tasks. Be sure to sketch your song ideas down when they come. Instead of a separate device you can use an audio recorder app for your mobile phone: Android | iOS

Field Recording & Sampling Creativity

The title track “Rattle That Lock” of the fourth solo album by British musician David Gilmour was inspired by and makes use of the SNCF (French National Railway Company) jingle, composed by the French sound designer Michaël Boumendil. The former Pink Floyd guitarist noticed and recorded the jingle on his iPhone at Aix-en-Provence station while travelling to visit friends. When Boumendil first got a phone message from Gilmour, he thought it might be a prank, so didn’t return the call.

4. Try Something New

Listen to jazz if you prefer pop music. If you are a keyboard player take some guitar lessons. Use new gear, instruments, sample libraries, or music software.

5. Embrace Diversity

Make sure to include some nonconformists in your inner circle. Unusual people tend to be out-of-the-box thinkers, and their unique outlook might help you to find new ideas.

6. Spend Time Alone

Life … where’s the pause button? Sometimes a little peace and quiet is necessary. Hole up with some headphones, get in touch with your own thoughts, go for a solo walk, or focus on the task at hand.

A solo walk can boost your creativity

Boosting creativity: Go for a solo walk and get in touch with your own thoughts

7. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

If you are a music producer, you tend to compare yourself to other producers, if you are a DJ, you listen to other mixes, and so on. This type of competition naturally breeds emulation because you are constantly playing off other people’s work. It’s hard to make your work truly unique when you are doing that.

8. Shake up your Surroundings

Try different working environments to keep things fresh. Write your songs at home or in the park, refine final work in the studio, and brainstorm in coffee shops.

9. Avoid Disruptions

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to enter your creative zone when you’re constantly being interrupted. Try to find a quiet place, turn off your cell phone and other communications devices, and then get to work.

10. Take Mental Breaks

It’s practically impossible to nurture creativity in a tired, burned-out brain. Encouraging mental breaks is the key to developing your creative side.

Time for a break now? Clap your ears on some classic chillout tracks!

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