How to Overcome Beat Block | Top 5 Music Producer Tips
"Beat Block" is when a music producer (beatmaker) struggles to be creative while making beats and instrumentals.
It's when the magic of being musically gifted dies and the music creator is "gassed" or has ran out of ideas and lacks the imagination needed to compose a progression or produce an instrumental.
There are a few ways beatmakers and music producers alike have been able to overcome beat block. Check out these awesome top five music producer tips and put one or more to use the next time you are dealing with beat block.
You enter the lab to turn on your equipment, only to twiddle your thumbs. Sometimes you just have to leave and come back. A good reset can help clean the canvas.
If you work out, get the gym. Get some friends together and head over to the open gym for some basketball. Take a hike and enjoy nature. Read a few more chapters in the new book you have. Anything to get you "out of the zone" for a little bit.
After allowing some time to past and the bad mojo, return to the studio with a fresh mind. You ears will have gotten some good rest, too!
2. New Instrument (VST)
Sometimes beat block happens just because you have been playing the same instrument or VST for so long, everything kind of sounds the same.
Change things up by learning or playing a new instrumental or VST. This could be one that needs dusted off because you never used it before or why not go shopping for something new?!
Most online music websites offer a trial period or "pay and play" monthly subscription to try out new music gear. Weather it's a new VST, refill (added soundbank) or effects, new sounds is always inspirational.
3. Sample Surf
Sometimes hearing a certain sample, loop or "sound" in general can spark a hit. Today, there are tons of music websites that offer other music producer (beatmaker) samples or loops.
Splice is likely most known amongst the music community. Even if you are a music producer who doesn't sample others work, you can easily gain a burst of inspiration when listening to other music producer works.
4. YouTube Music Tutorials
When beat block hits you hard, there's no better time to catch up on those music tutorial videos. Learn something new to try out or just take a refresher course on the latest trends.
If you are always buying 808 sub-bass and kicks from other producers, why not watch a tutorial that explains how to create those hard kick drums and slapping 808 bass lines.
Sometimes you can learn a huge game-changer by searching, "how to make ____ type beats" in YouTube. Maybe you have been doing something the hard way or find something small that makes a big difference (like parallel and sidechaining audio signals).
5. Producer Collabs
Collaborating with another music producer brings many benefits. My favorite is "half your plate" as been lifted. It's always a plus when you can create a hit instrumental with minimal efforts.
"Collabs" also allows you to work out of your comfort zone when working with cross genres. All the while, allowing you to network and reach new audiences.
If I know I have a poppy dance chord progression, but I don’t typically make dancehall beats… Why not let one of my music friends who does dance beats (who might also have beat block) bounce some ideas around.
You never know, the person you collaborate with next might be able to plug you in with their audience, social pipeline and become a life long friend.
Lastly, every good studio is clean and organized. If nothing on this list motivates you, clean your music studio. Sometimes music makers get in the zone that can last weeks and ignore our surroundings, leaving a trail of nastiness behind. Clean that FUNK up!
- Leave the studio. Play a game (preferably outside). Very least take a walk and enjoy nature, watch a movie or read.
- Find a new instrument (or vst). This can be one that you already have and never used or why not spurge on yourself and go shopping something new to play with.
- Sample surf! There are plenty of websites and producers cranking out loops. Even if you don't use samples, it's an easy way to get inspired by someone else's work.
- Stimulate your mind with YouTube videos. Defeat beat block by watching other music producers, "how to make type beats" or catch up on the latest tips and tricks of, "how to" videos like: creating 808 bass lines, mixing or mastering.
- Collaborate with others music producers, in or outside or your genre. This is also a great way to generally network and get to reach new audiences, too.
You are most likely reading this article because you or someone you know has hit the wall and now have, "Beat Block".
By searching ways to help overcome Beat Block, you landed here. As a thank you, here is a free sound kit of mine called, "Bad Meets Evil".
Bad Meets Evil is loaded is 670+MB of samples, loops and midi files. Total Files: 207 ( 96 Samples - 88 Midi Files -25 loops)