Having a full-time job, study, and family
Daniel, please advise. I study, have a full-time job and family duties. At the same time, I’m a beginner producer, I love music and would like to make a career as a DJ and producer. The problem seems I don’t have enough time for music, I can’t just sit all weekend long locked in the studio to write new tracks. How to find time for music when it’s not what you do for a living?
I understand your pain very well. In fact, we are in the same boat: I have a bunch of non-musical projects, family, and other activities too. No surprise, I guess most people have the same. There are few myths around this topic that I’d like to dispel, and a method that works for me which I’d like to share.
The truth is you will never have more “free time” than you have now. Let’s say, today you have a job, tomorrow you’ll decide to start learning a foreign language, and on the day after tomorrow, you have a family event. This is called a routine, and eventually, it will not be less. Even if you succeed in a music career, most likely you will be busy travelling and playing on gigs. Don’t expect to have more free time in the future, it’s a myth.
Another myth says that you have to spend all days long to make a track. What you really need is to do it regularly, small but frequent steps that will move your progress forward. Imagine training in a gym, you don’t get benefits by doing exercises eight hours in a row, right? In order to build muscle, you have to keep training on a regular basis.
So when it comes to music production, I came up with the method which I call:
2+2 is better than 4
To give an example, rather than trying to find a fully free weekend on your schedule (which is nearly impossible), split your production into few smaller sessions. In this case, two days for 2 hours each is better than one 4-four long session, hence the name.
In fact, even 30-minutes sessions give huge progression, if you do it several times per week. Half an hour is the time that every busy person can afford, so excuses are not accepted :-) Also, frequent sessions help to keep connected with the idea of the track, you know exactly what you have done last time, and what you should do next. As a result, small but frequent sessions help to finish tracks easier.
Be a doer, not a dreamer.