Sometimes, beat makers/producers lose inspiration and try to find that boost. This is an conversation some of us had on the I Used To Love H.E.R. Facebook group. Some helpful tips to learn from.
DJ iLL Ace: What’s good people I’ll get straight to it thought I never ask this but wanna here people’s thoughts. For me reason I’ve been under the radar lately especially when putting out beats is I’m stuck. Lately been facing producers block and it sucks be having an idea or be starting to chop and create the beat one day. Then the next I’m like it doesn’t sound as good as I was making it last night. So for anyone or the Og beat makers here what do you do to overcome producers block? I know you just gotta listen to something good or what you like to get an idea. But lately it’s been misses with me can’t lie.
Dorian Graye: Ace grab some old records and start from there. Listen to certain parts of the song and sample.
DJ Jean: I was gonna say the exact same thing. I don’t produce, but love the art of it. Inspiration from listening I mean really listening to different sounds of music and tones sometimes is what helps inspire the most……
Jamal Akil: I’ve been stuck in Producer’s Block for more than a year now. My bedroom set-up is all wrong. My MacBook computer keeps on fucking crashing. That’s the MAIN problem. Can’t make the beats that I want to make until I get the doe for a new computer.
Hang in there Ace! A revamp of your equipment just might be the lick. If you’re like me, then you have those beats still stuck in your head…just waiting to be fleshed out on the right equipment.
PATIENCE my friend! It’ll happen!
Amriki Aswad: 2 things I do when I have Beat Block:
1. Step away from the beat or start on a new beat. Sometimes you just have to step away. My Mac has beats dated 2009 – 2012 half completed. I always listen back to finish them or recognize my development. If Prince can have vault of 1,000+ unfinished jams, I have some work to do.
2. Write down a list of beatmakers & producers (any style of music) who beats you like and have a listening session. I learn so much listening jazz.
Doom Da Wiz: I go to my beats that are older that I never finished and see if I can crawl out of the blockness…I also step away for a few days…plus listening to different music inspires me as well…or other beat makers and producers…one thing that helps me is listening to the Petestrumental albums. There are a lot of things that can help…it’s just that one thing that can bring u out and get u motivated…ur girl, ur kids, life itself…or a movie, etc. you’ll never know.
John Bender: When i get brain blocked, i start by going into tempos and rhythms that arent the norm. Many of my beats end up with nothing even remotely close to what it started out as lol. Take yourself out of your comfort zone, sometimes to get a good nights rest you got to flip your pillow over to the cool side.
Amriki Aswad: Ace Ortiz, I don’t make beats like I used too. But, Doomer’spot has beat battles. I’m not battle cat. Yet, his spot will throw up a random song and/or breaks to use. The weekly challenges get me out of my slump.
The last 5 beats I made came from the battles.
John Bender: this was a recent brain unblocker. it sounds NOTHING like it started as, wish i saved the original to compare and contrast…
eelxb: Continue to work. Maybe work on something new which leads me back to what i was doing before. But i don’t walk away from it ever.
ProtoKhasm: When i can’t get to dustygroove.com i’ll visit a youtube personality that i respect and see what they are listening to…i usually blaze one and zone out to get reunited with my muse…lol
Sensei Walingh: I stay the fuck away from my mpc every now and then. It helps loads. Listen to some producers you dig, but not too often, might influence your style a little too much.
DJ iLLa Ace: DJ iLLa Ace – Soundcloud
ProtoKhasm: ProtoKhasm – Soundcloud
eelxb: eelxb – Bandcamp
John Bender: Table Science Music – Soundcloud
Dorian Graye – Poet/emcee
DJ Jean – Co-Admin of I Used To Love H.E.R. Facebook group