Will Kinsella
August 11, 2020

What causes writers block?

It happens to the best of us. Producers sit down in their studio and for some reason, they just cannot formulate any ideas or they formulate ideas that are not up to their personal standard. It can be frustrating, demotivating and is completely normal.

Some of the most common reasons why artists face this challenge include self-doubt, lack of motivation, pressure, fear of criticism or simply not being in the mood. Whatever the reason, it is possible to get out of the rut and create. Next time you feel like you are stuck, try out some of these methods.

Record music samples and original ideas

When all inspiration to make a new track is lost, turn the situation around by taking the time to go back to your instruments and practice using them. Play around with the instrument’s features and record some samples to add to your library. As Elevator Program founder Will Kinsella shares in a recent interview with ATTACK MAGAZINE, there is nothing more important than mastering your synths, operator, and drum kits to create unique sounds that become your signature style.

You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn about your instruments and the number of original samples you can create in an hour’s time. By the end of the day, you’ll have extra sounds to work with and you’ll finish your session in the studio feeling more fulfilled and productive than you did when you hit producer’s block that morning.

Invest in a course and boost creativity

Starting a course, or going back to one that you have already completed, is another great way to get past a creative block. Courses such as the ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM focus on productivity making it impossible not to create. You will find tips and tricks on workflow, clip view and arrangement view that you may not have tried before - unlocking a whole new way of working with music. All you have to do is watch the videos and put theory into practice.

A music course will also help you stay on track in terms of practice and strengthening. Producing is a skill that grows the more you do it. If you hit a creative block and give up, you risk falling out of training. Keep your creative juices flowing and make sure that you stay focused on producing no matter how low you feel. When you don’t have inspiration or motivation, take a more guided approach by watching tutorials and learning.

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Deconstruct a track and make a new one

Have you ever wondered how one of your favourite tracks is made? On a day when you are having trouble in the studio, why not take the time to analyse the elements of a track you like. You can try to recreate what you hear, check the arrangement and even add your own touch to the final product.

Start by identifying all the segments of the track. Is there a verse, a chorus, a build-up, and a drop? What kind of effects did the producer use to create or enhance each sound? Deconstructing music is always a great way to understand music production. Most of the time, the track is never exactly the same as the original one. You have room to take the track to the next level by adding your own elements and samples from your library. You’ll have a completed track that is your own in no time.

Take breaks and listen to music

If all of the above tips just aren’t cutting it, taking a break from your studio may be the right option for you. Keep music part of your break by listening to artists. You can do this while going for a walk, or you can go to a gig and see what others are playing in your area.

Another great way to pass the time is to go to a music store, play around with some gear and check out some records. The key is to surround yourself with music and stay motivated by doing whatever makes you feel better on a day when working in the studio to create a track takes more energy than it gives.