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The Finish More Music Podcast
30 minutes | a day ago
FMM091 - Social Media: Are you damaging your career?
Like it or not, social media has an enormous presence in our lives - we are more connected than we ever have been, yet we are more polarized than ever. And for music producers it’s become an increasingly important tool to get your music heard, and it’s very rare to find success with no online presence at all. But with that being said, what you put online has repercussions...We all know at least one story of a high-profile DJ or celebrity that’s had their career ended because of something they’ve said online - rightly or wrongly. So this week’s episode is all about exploring how you as a producer (and a human being) are choosing to use social media, and how this might be impacting your career now, and in the future.This one goes deep, asking the tough questions that we could all do with asking ourselves, and ruffling a few feathers along the way I’m sure... Get involved with the conversation, check out this week’s episode now!
24 minutes | 8 days ago
FMM090 - Why are you writing music anyway?
As music producers we can sometimes feel like everything is going against us - creative challenges, writer’s block, no inspiration - all the things that slowly bring us down and make us want to give up. But there’s one thing that prolific creatives always rely on to keep them going when the going gets tough... a reason why. A strong, personal purpose that reminds us why we’re doing this in the first place.Without it, we’d simply grind to a halt and cave in when things aren’t going our way. And we can never truly get started until we find it.So this week’s episode is all about discovering your why, what it looks like and how to find it. Because once you recognise this and stay true to your creative purpose, the possibilities for your music are endless. If you’re down on your luck in the studio, or you’re on fire already, this one’s here to keep you going!
32 minutes | a month ago
FMM087 - The Curse Of Overthinking
Today we’re talking about the curse of overthinking, of getting stuck in your head, dragging yourself down, and seeing no progress with your music.If that sounds menacing, well, it is. Because the lack of progress and constant exhaustion caused by the never ending mental gymnastics not only affects your music, but your day-to-day life and the people in it.As artists we’re constantly trying to solve problems, to find ways to overcome creative barriers and work through them. But when we’re faced with it, it’s often easier to spend more time thinking about the solution than actually working towards it. So in this week’s episode I’m deep-diving into the causes of overthinking, and sharing how I recently got caught in the very same trap, but found the clarity to move forward by taking action. And I’m going to tell you exactly how I did it so you can too.If you’ve ever found yourself overthinking, overwhelmed, and too stuck in your head to move past it, then this one's for you.
49 minutes | a month ago
FMM086 - Tom Schippers: How just one thing can change everything
It’s the final instalment of our special case study series here on the Finish More Music Podcast, and I can think of no one better than today’s guest, Tom Schippers, to round off what’s been an incredible month on the show! Like most aspiring music producers, Tom had been passionate about music his entire life, but when it came to producing he just couldn’t get the results he wanted, and was on the brink of giving up. He’d tried everything you can imagine, bought all the gear, watched all the tutorials, but even with all of these things, he still wasn’t making any progress. But he knew his passion for music was too large to fail. And it took just one thing, one flick of the switch to turn it all around. Fast-forward to now and Tom is PROLIFIC. He’s finished over 30 tracks in the last year alone, is getting his music released, and has a clear vision to landing on the biggest labels in techno. Tom’s remarkable transformation just goes to show what you can achieve simply by showing up, being disciplined with yourself, and tapping into a proven creativity process. And the reason why I’ve brought him on the show is because I know his journey is so relatable, and the challenges he faced are an all-too-familiar story for struggling music producers. But if Tom can turn it around and start regularly finishing tracks he’s proud of, so can you. Listen to the podcast now to find out how. Listen to Tom’s music: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/to-mmy-1 Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/artist/tom-schippers/901632 Follow and get in touch at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomschippers/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomschippers77/ Key takeaways: Never give up, keep pushing forward. Each track you finish is a step closer to your achieving your goal. Write music every day, and when you do, do nothing else. Invest in yourself and believe in yourself, and you will see results. Quotes: “If you just keep pushing forward, build your habits, and be dedicated, you're going to get there. It's going to happen.” “When you finish a track...treat it like the music is helping you forward. It's not meant to be that number 1 Beatport hit, but it's a moment in time that's helping you learn and progress within your journey.” Loved this episode? Now try these: FMM085 – Inside the minds of FMM Producers FMM071 – Finding Your Own Sound FMM084 – Justin Hancock: Create Smarter, Not Harder
23 minutes | a month ago
FMM085 - Inside the minds of FMM Producers
This week on the Finish More Music Podcast we’re doing something a little different: I’ve asked the members of Finish More Music to share the ONE thing that’s been transformational for them as a music producer. And what’s come out of it is astonishing… A whole bunch of open, honest, and heartfelt stories told straight from the heart of the FMM community, sharing incredible breakthroughs and invaluable lessons that all aspiring music producers can benefit from.If you’re in need of a dose of inspiration for your music, or advice on how to overcome your challenges in the studio, you NEED to hear this! Check out all the producers featured in today’s podcast: Adam Loving - https://soundcloud.com/adamloving Barry Johnstone - https://soundcloud.com/darkkandy Cesar Morera - https://soundcloud.com/dynamostar Dante Scaffidi - https://soundcloud.com/djteddyrockspin David Briggs - https://soundcloud.com/be-kind-1989 Dylan Jonker - https://soundcloud.com/om-japa Henry Garnett - https://soundcloud.com/henry_charles_garnett Ian Randall - https://soundcloud.com/ian_randall?ref=clipboard&p=i&c=1 John Ruddy - https://soundcloud.com/bigred Kevin Davies - https://soundcloud.com/futureremnants Mark Allin - https://soundcloud.com/mark-allin Mark Tamsett - https://soundcloud.com/mark-tammo Nando Ferrándiz - https://soundcloud.com/nando-ferrandiz Ray Gill - https://soundcloud.com/arkatekt_productions William Trilogy - https://soundcloud.com/tbm2001
51 minutes | 2 months ago
FMM084 - Justin Hancock: Create Smarter, Not Harder
We’re back for another special case study edition of the Finish More Music Podcast, where this week I’m joined by a rising star of the FMM community - Justin Hancock. I brought Justin on the show because he exemplifies just how much you can achieve in such a short space of time, even in the face of a hectic schedule outside of the studio. In short, the secret lies in having the discipline to focus on your creative process, and shelving the distractions and working methods that serve to do anything BUT what’s most important - finishing music. Not only does Justin have an illuminating and honest insight into the challenges music producers face, he also carries a wonderfully infectious and positive energy that I know will make you want to get straight into the studio right after you finish listening. So if you want to learn how you can get fast results in the studio, adjust your life to suit what lights you up the most, and have an amazing time doing it, check out the podcast now.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
FMM083 - What it takes to become a creative
First things first. The fact that you’re reading this means that you’re serious about your music. Whether you’re a DJ that wants to start playing your own tracks, or you’re a producer that wants to see your idols dropping your music, taking your music seriously is something that so many of us share. And it’s all in your reach - we all have the creativity inside of us to produce great music.But the difference between those who do and those who don't is finishing what was started. If you’re not starting with the intention of finishing, you simply won’t improve. Sitting around constantly tweaking, making loops, or getting too deep into your arrangement that you eventually lose interest, means that you’re not getting your tracks out there and you’re losing out on all the feedback and validation that comes from it. And that feedback and validation is what gives us purpose and helps us learn and grow as producers.Check out this week's episode of the Finish More Music Podcast where I discuss your inner creativity, being intentional, and changing your perspective to bring MASSIVE gains in the studio!
67 minutes | 2 months ago
FMM082 - Riigs: Your Creative Process Is Everything
It’s another special edition of the Finish More Music Podcast this week, where I’m shining a light on another outstanding member of the FMM community. Riigs, AKA Mark Allin, left behind a jet-setting corporate career to pursue his dream of becoming a music producer... But as is the same with many new producers, Mark was crippled by the embarrassment that came with not having anything to show for his time in the studio, despite working at it for months. Fast-forward 12 months and Mark is brimming with confidence, has a stack of releases under his belt, and is more than comfortable being surrounded by experienced music producers - in fact he THRIVES in it. Overcoming self-doubt and leaving behind his insecurities, Mark went all in to commit to his craft… Now he lives and breathes everything he does, and firmly identifies as the accomplished producer that he is - and has the tracks behind him to back it up. Mark is always the nicest guy to talk to and I HAD to get him on the show to share with you his musical journey, because it’s one that I know so many struggling producers will relate to. If you think you can’t finish enough tracks, or that you’re not skilled enough, or even not young enough to be a music producer, think again. Mark’s story will disprove ALL of that. Check out the podcast now to find out how he did it.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
FMM081 - The Difference That Makes The Difference
We all want to accomplish new and exciting things with our music. And we all want to be proud of what we create and share what lights us up the most. Yet so many people keep doing the same thing over and over and over, and wonder why they aren’t getting the results they want. Sometimes we live life expecting things to just drop out of the sky for us without changing anything. Living life in the hamster wheel doing the same thing day in, day out hoping for that one thing to click that makes us great at writing music. Scrolling through YouTube every day hoping to find that magic tutorial, or buying that shiny new piece of gear that’ll turn it all around, it’s something that every producer is guilty of at some point, even me. But it’s not the answer. The same level of thinking that got you here, won’t get you there. The only way to see real change in your music and in your life is to do something different, to be different. If what you're doing right now isn't working, it's time to do something else. In this week’s episode I share with you the simple steps that you can take to be intentional and grab a hold of your life, and your music, with both hands...and start seeing the results you want to see. And I know it works because I’ve taught it to thousands of music producers over the years. And it works every single time. If you're stuck where you don’t want to be with your music, then it's time to make a change. Check out this week’s podcast to find out how.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
FMM080 - Four Candles: Go fast alone, Go far together
We’re back for another special case study edition of the Finish More Music podcast, this week with Kris Brown, AKA Four Candles! Kris is without question one of the most dedicated and committed members of the FMM community, but his journey has been far from plain sailing. Starting off with just a keyboard and a wish to create the music he loved, Kris slowly but surely began to find his feet as a producer, releasing music under a number of different aliases and getting noticed by the right people. This was until the growing demands of work, his personal life and a battle with mental health problems took over, and risked sabotaging all he’d been working towards. But Kris came out the other side stronger, and more prolific, than ever before! Now finds himself in a position where he’s got 20 tracks released in the last year alone, is head honcho of his own killer record label, and is flooded with collaborations and remixes. In this episode Kris dives deep into how he turned it around, as well as discussing the value of community, evaluating your worth as a producer, and how NOT to compare yourself to others. This really is a super insightful interesting interview that I know everyone can take a ton away from. If you’ve ever found yourself in the great balancing act that is life, work and making music - this one's for you!
24 minutes | 2 months ago
FMM079 - Letting your chance slip through your fingers
Time - it’s something that’s all around us, is always with us, and something that can easily run away from us. Or at least that’s what lots of people think. “I haven’t got the time to do this”, “I’m too old to start now”. These are the sort of self-fulfilling beliefs that continue to hold so many people back. Every top music producer has an arsenal of finished music to their name, and in doing so they've leveled up their skill in every area of music production. And that's why they're great producers. By thinking that you don’t have enough time to start, you tend to start taking shortcuts. And when you start taking shortcuts, you lose time where you could be making real improvements. And in reality, if you’re flitting around looking for the master fix, or spending too long trying to make the perfect start, you’re not really getting started. The time passes, and eventually it will take too long to accomplish what you set out to do. And the less you see yourself improve, the more the anxiety and the discomfort of being stuck builds. It’s a cycle that’s designed to see you fail. In this week’s episode, I share with you how by making a simple shift to your perspective on the time you have, you can start seeing the results you want - and much quicker than you think. Do you want to look back on your life and wish you actually spent your days working towards your vision, rather than just thinking about it? Don’t sit around and wait for your goals to magically appear - make them happen yourself. Check out this week’s podcast to discover how to get started the right way, right now.
73 minutes | 2 months ago
FMM078 - Tenerfuse: Backing Yourself To Go All In
I’m using the Finish More Music Podcast once again to highlight some of the extraordinary members that have come out of the FMM community, and kicking us off is none other than Chris Forsyth, AKA, Tenerfuse! Chris went from DJing on lineups with his idols to being stuck in a losing battle with addiction, and himself. But after seeking help, turning it around and discovering a new lease of life, he’s now made the plunge to quit his day job and pursue making music full-time. And now he’s swamped with remix requests, solo releases and collabs! In this episode we dive head first into the light and the dark sides of Chris’ journey, discussing some of the lessons he’s learned that have transformed him into the person, and producer, he is today. I’m super glad to welcome Chris on the show because his story really is a powerful one, and one that I know can help aspiring producers make the change they want to see in their lives. So strap in, and join the conversation with us... Check out Chris’ music on: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tenerfuse Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/artist/tenerfuse/726319 Follow and get in touch at: Instagram: @tenerfuse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tenerfuse/ Website: https://tenerfuse.com
25 minutes | 2 months ago
FMM077 - Stealing like an artist or like a thief?
Whenever we try to create something original, to bring something new to the table, we put ourselves out there with all of our blood, sweat and tears laid bare. It’s challenging, it can be uncomfortable, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things that we as human beings can ever experience. And part of the creative process is about absorbing and learning from those who came before us, and those around us, as artists throughout history have always done. But when does being influenced by one another cross the line into straight up stealing? In this episode, I share something that I’ve experienced very recently that’s got me thinking about the difference between being inspired and being a thief, and how dangerous blurring these lines can be for everybody involved. Copying might be quicker, copying might be easier, but copying is faking it. And it only starves you and the world of the magic that comes from being truly creative. Do you want to experience the amazing accomplishment and validation that comes with creating something truly authentic, or do you want to pretend? Check out this week’s podcast to find out how to use other artists’ work the right way, and start making YOUR mark on the world.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
FMM076 - What happens when you get left behind?
In any creative field, one thing that everybody deals with at some point or another is seeing other people succeed while you stay where you are. Maybe you started making music at the same time as somebody else, or maybe they started after you, and they’re suddenly achieving the things that you’ve not been able to. Seeing others accelerate further than you can easily lead to feelings of envy, jealousy, and resentment - but these are the exact kind of feelings that continue to hold you back, and can make the divide between you and them even greater. Essentially, how you deal with other people’s success is a choice. You can choose to be spiteful, you can choose to make comparisons (the bad kind), or you can choose to use other people’s achievements as an opportunity for growth and to accelerate your development towards YOUR version of success. In this episode, I discuss how you can move from a place of resentment to a place of inspiration, and show you how by being curious and celebrating others’ achievements, you can quickly find your way up the ladder with them. But no matter how successful you become, there’s always going to be someone who seems to be doing better. And if you don’t escape this trap you'll end up carrying it with you forever, unless you learn to change your perspective. And the time to do that is right now. Listen to the podcast to see how!
36 minutes | 3 months ago
FMM075 - Don't Wait for Motivation...Create It
When it comes to getting down to writing music, I see a lot of people making the same mistakes. And one of the biggest of them all is waiting around for motivation to come to you. “I’ll get started tomorrow”, “I’m not feeling it today”. We’re all guilty of saying these sorts of things. But motivation isn't something that magically appears and aligns perfectly with our calendar, it's something we need to generate, to build, to create on demand. And the ability to do this is vital to success. Some people put off writing music out of fear of failure, others tend to avoid it by aimlessly watching tutorials, or messing around with loads of new gear. One thing is for sure: if you wait for motivation, you're going to be waiting a very long time. In this episode, I dive into the thinking behind motivation and explain how by being disciplined you can start to create it for yourself, and keep the momentum flowing so that it gets easier and more rewarding every time. It’s not a case of waiting, it's not a case of hoping for the best, it's a case of being in control to do what you want to do, not what you feel like. So I’ve laid out some amazingly easy, tried-and-tested ways that you can short-circuit your mind to light the touchpaper on your motivation, and keep it lit until it goes ablaze. Check out the podcast to discover how! Key takeaways: Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Productive people tend to stay productive. You are the architect of your own motivation. Action is always within your reach. Quotes: “If you take action, if you're disciplined, and you get in the studio, and you continue to make that disciplined choice, then you're naturally going to build motivation. You are the architect of your own motivation.” “Discipline is what gets you started, motivation is what keeps you going.”
25 minutes | 3 months ago
FMM074 - Failing to Succeed
When we try new things, we imagine new ideas. And when we imagine new ideas, we try to make them a reality. And whenever we do that, failure is inevitable. If we’re going to succeed at anything that’s important to us, failure will be an inherent ingredient to that success. Yet so many people are terrified of making mistakes, of failing to get it right, of trying something new, of trying to write a piece of music. But if you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. The key to doing something different is to learn. And the key to learning is to make mistakes and to reflect on them. You can either choose to keep feeling the same pain, the same failures again and again, or you can choose to reflect and to grow and to fail forwards towards success. In this episode, I set out three of the most effective ways that you can incorporate reflection into your daily routine so that YOU can be prepared to turn any failure from a problem, into an opportunity. In anything that you do, you will either get the outcome you want, or you will get the lesson you need, providing you reflect. And when you really think about that, there's no such thing as failure anymore. That's how powerful it is. Key takeaways: Failure is essential to progress, but only if you learn from it The only time that you can truly fail when you're shooting for a big goal is when you give up. Pain + reflection = progress. You should be opportunity-focused, not problem-focused. Quotes “Failure is essential, utterly essential if you want to progress, but you're only going to progress if you learn from it. So you can either choose to keep feeling the same pain, the same failures again and again, or you can choose to reflect and to grow and to move towards success.” (14:12) “ ‘If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.’ And the key to doing something different is to learn. And the key to learning is to make mistakes and to reflect on them.” (10:59)
26 minutes | 3 months ago
FMM073 - Infinite Creativity
As much as we’d all like to think so, you can’t win at music. You can’t win at art. And you can’t win at life. It just doesn’t work like that, so why do so many of us treat our music like it does? Treating every single track, label submission, or particular goal like it's the be-all and end-all of the world - "I have to win this" - will only lead to the kind of relentless pressure which stifles and crushes creativity. Similarly, looking sideways and perceiving the success of others as your failure - “They’ve beaten me” - will only lead to frustration, a loss of motivation, and giving up. It doesn’t have to be this way. In this episode, I discuss the concept of finite and infinite games, and how seeing your creative journey through this lens will give you back control over your progress, and allow you to break free of the pressure of having to succeed at every moment. There are many things in life that we can’t control, and these often come in the form of small tasks, challenges, and games that we can never always win, no matter how hard we try. Understanding your journey as part of the long game, a game that you can never lose, allows you to create freely and stay focused on your overall vision, and have a lot more fun doing it. And this is the mindset that sets apart those who succeed from those who struggle. Get ready to open your mind and get locked in, this is essential. Key takeaways: Realise that there is no end result, only you becoming a better artist Obsessing over finite games results in losing control. "Masters are not experts because they take a subject to its conceptual end. They are masters because they realize there isn't one." Approach your music as a game that you cannot lose Quotes: “There’s never an end to being a creative. There’s never an end to music” “If you view your tracks, your label submissions, your goals as part of an infinite game, then you're going to be able to create freely. You'll be focused on your overall vision, you'll give it your best. You'll stay motivated no matter the result of that track or that label submission or that particular goal.”
32 minutes | 3 months ago
FMM072 - Imposter Syndrome: The Poison and the Antidote
Imposter syndrome - it’s not just a case of self-doubt. It's that persistent, nagging feeling of being a fraud, or feeling like you don't belong, which makes you devalue your worth and undermines the things that you’ve achieved and what you’re capable of. And despite all the evidence that’s there for you to dig up against it, it won't go away. It doesn't matter where you are on your journey, it’s something which happens to the very best of us, and it floors creatives on a daily basis. In this episode I show you some of the most powerful techniques that you can use as an antidote to the poison that is imposter syndrome, with real life examples from my own experience and those of top producers to back it up. From taking back control of your emotions, to surrounding yourself within a supportive peer network, to regularly revisiting your ‘cookie jar’, there’s a number of ways that you can combat the poison when it creeps in, and I’ll show you how to do it. Having the ability to defend yourself against imposter syndrome allows you to produce more and better music, grab more opportunities when they arise, and share your creativity with the world. Don’t get stuck in the self-fulfilling prophecy of feeling like you’re not good enough, not qualified enough, not worthy enough, show up with the confidence of a champion. Key takeaways: Objectively observe your thoughts and challenge them with evidence Confide in people who you can trust to give you open, honest and constructive feedback. “When you live into fear, you get the results of that fear.” You have a choice. Do you choose imposter syndrome or do you choose to believe in yourself? Quotes: “If you live into your vision, then you will take the action you need to make your vision a reality.” (15:08) “You can choose to show up and encourage yourself and to believe in yourself and to acknowledge the amazing things that you've done and achieved in your life. Or you can choose to let imposter syndrome keep telling you you're no good...Your choice”
29 minutes | 4 months ago
FMM071 - Finding Your Own Sound
Nobody wants to be vanilla, boring, same old, same old, or to be a second version of somebody else. We all want all our music to have a piece of ourselves in it, to be unique, and to be original in some way. While originality is something that we all strive towards as artists, it’s important to realise that it’s also something that cannot, and should not, be forced. If you try to force a sound, then it can’t be authentic, and it can’t be you. With examples direct from our FMM community and the wider electronic music world, I explain what the characteristics of an authentic producer are, and outline the ways that you can become one yourself. If you’re someone who’s struggling to cut through the noise and get your music heard, this one’s for you. Take note - it’s time to stand out! Key takeaways: Quantity + authenticity = your sound Take inspiration from others to understand what makes your music, yours. “You don’t find your sound, your sound finds you.” It’s not a matter of trying to be original, it’s a matter of writing what excites you. Quotes: “You don’t find your sound, your sound finds you.” “If you're brave and you follow your heart and you explore and you experiment, the byproduct of this, the natural outcome, will be the discovery of your sound.”
33 minutes | 4 months ago
FMM070 - What all labels must do for you or they suck!
I’ve noticed a growing trend popping up in many aspects of life, and that’s ENTITLEMENT. “I DESERVE this”, “you MUST give me that”. When demands get thrown around, more often than not this will be met by disappointment and resentment. No more so does this occur than in the relationship between artists and record labels, where disagreements in the terms of a release can often lead to feelings of difficulty, frustration, and anger. In this episode, I explain how shifting your perspective from a place of entitlement, to a place of choice, can empower you to take the right steps towards enhancing your career. Nothing is perfect, and neither are many of the opportunities that await you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take them. Taking the time to realise what’s important to you, and letting this inform your decision making, gives YOU back the control over your music, and your life. Rigidity and narrow-mindedness is a fast track to negativity, and no way is that going to help you make your best music. This simple shift in mindset that I discuss here won’t only positively affect how you go about your career, but will positively affect how you go about your everyday life. Having the power to see truth through difficult situations allows YOU to be in control, anywhere, anytime. Key takeaways: Demands are out of our control, choice gives us control Look at what labels CAN offer you, not what they can’t. How hard you worked on something does not make it more or less valuable to the end listener. Being unopen to compromise quickly leads to missed opportunities. Quotes: “If you live from a place of entitlement, a place of demand for certain things, then you’ll also be living from a place of frustration and difficulty” “If we stay open and we look at conditions and what's important to us... then what we're seeing is the real world. We're seeing the truth and it gives us choice and it gives us control.”
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