In the last couple of days, I’ve going to some great shows at SXSW (watch this space for a recap) and mingling (talking about myself, haha). I’ve met a lot of people who have what seems like a passing interest in producing electronic music. What, I asked myself, is the difference between these people and the folks on stage or in the DJ booth?
What does Salva (one of my new favs) have that most Ableton jockeys don’t?
The answer is, he’s mastered a storied technique called: Finish the Damn Track (FDT).
I feel like we spend a lot of time discussing tips and tricks and little shortcuts and secret routing techniques and blah blah blah. But, in the grand scheme of things, it’s finishing the track that is the most important thing.
Finishing the Damn Track is not something that just happens. It takes practice and the implementation of smart techniques. It’s a skill, just like programming drums and synths.
But, finishing a track is more difficult, because whereas most production skills are about learning more about your tools, Finishing the Damn Track is about learning more about your tools AND yourself. It is not only about twiddling the right knobs, it’s also about twiddling YOURSELF.
Wait. That sounds gross. You know what I mean.
So, for the next few posts, I’m going to put the little tips and tricks on hold and try to dive into this skill that seems to elude so many of us.
But first I have a question for you. What do you feel is the biggest obstacle to your finishing a track? Let me know in the comments.