This is a reminder to all aspiring recording artists.
Buying beats online to turn your idea into something that sounds professional and unique takes work. But you have to love it. Every one of you has a unique flow, your own cadence that comes from your inner artist. That artist has to be present, in the captain’s seat, steering the ship when you’re scrolling through beat after beat.
So when you’re sitting online at 12:30 am looking to buy beats online, how do you connect to that inner artist? To that part of you that decided to make music in the first place? How do you make sure you’re out of your head?
Here’s the truth. That part of you doesn’t get excited about creating something that sounds like somebody else’s work. It gets excited about expressing something it hasn’t heard before. Ever. That’s what inspires you. And that’s what you have to connect with when you’re up all night buying beats from other artists.
So how do you find your next beat? And how do you know when you found a beat that captures your artist’s voice?
The truth is, you listen very carefully. If you’re an artist who has no set goal for a track but knows the creativity will flow once you find the right beat, surf. The best thing you can do is give yourself permission to surf as many online beats as you can to see what happens. Listen very carefully to how a beat makes you feel, how you respond to it in those first three seconds, and when you that tick of excitement, go with it. Buy that beat and make it work because that excitement is sparking something in you.
A lot of times, it is the new and unique sounds –the beats you never expected to use like that electric guitar riff, that slow jazz bass, that poppy 80’s synth – that can reawaken the artist in you to create something. Yes, it might not be totally, absolutely original. But it might be something that your inner artist can work with. Go with it.
On the other hand, the practical reality is you have get shares and likes and exposure by appealing to what’s popular and trending right now. It’s easy to sit there and be convinced that what’s popular is anathema to your creativity. Don’t think that way. You can use the trends to deliver your unique expression to listeners who might not be expecting it.
For example, if you find a beat that’s catchy and not really original, but out of the ordinary for you, use it; catchy does not mean you’ve sacrificed originality.That only happens when you decide to stop being creative with what’s in front of you.
Just make sure the baseline on that beat isn’t completely whack because that’s just torture for whoever gives you a few precious minutes of their time to listen.
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Buying beats online can be a meditative experience. It can be that time of day when you let your inner artist come out and create. So go, create.