Most of the time you hear about artists taking forever to write and release new music. But today I want to tell you why I think it’s to your benefit to release more music quickly, especially when you’re just starting out.
I find that I learn my musical lessons in chunks. When I record and release an album or EP, I collect little lessons along the way that I can’t really apply until the next release. This might be songwriting ideas, mixing tweaks, or even promotional ideas. So the more music you release, the more lessons you will learn and your process will continually get better as a result. At the end of a release, you’ll have a decent list of things that you’ll want to change or do better next time.
I am of the opinion that it’s better for you to go through this process quickly rather than spending time being a perfectionist about the songs and stalling a release. I think you’ll learn more and become a better artist by doing the best you can in a defined window of time, finishing it, and then moving on to the next thing as opposed to spending all your time obsessing, tweaking and worrying about the songs you have.
Finish the songs.
Note the things you want to do better.
The other obvious beneficiary of this process is your listeners. If you are consistently writing and releasing new music your fans will stay engaged, and they will most likely be excited by the continual increase in quality of your music as you learn and grow. If you are obsessing over and delaying your music in the name of perfectionism, you will have a harder time keeping fans engaged and your learning process will likely be slowed.
The final aspect of all this is mistakes. With this process you will absolutely make mistakes, and that’s ok. This is exactly why I encourage you to move quickly in writing and releasing new music. You have the opportunity to make those mistakes, realize them, and then quickly move on to something new where you won’t make those mistakes because of what you’ve learned. For those just starting out with all this, it’s actually to your benefit to make these mistakes early while your fan base is relatively small. Get them out of the way and learn those lessons early so you aren’t making those mistakes for a larger number of people.
It’s a great feeling knowing that your music is getting better and better, so do all you can to make it happen faster!
Question: What are some lessons you’ve learned throughout this process?