I have had some enlightening conversations recently about creating music and the creative process it takes a writer through that I wanted to share. I have come to realise how easy it is to rush the creative process just to get a new album out there, but the beauty of being an independent artist is that you can truly allow your music to breathe and take it’s own time to emerge.
When I have spoken to what I would consider true artists, I experience the sense of exploration, freedom and nurturing they have over their projects. They have influenced me to believe that it’s a process that’s a bit like growing your own plants.. It’s like there is a time to develop an idea that simply cannot be rushed, a time to finalise the idea and then the time to record it, but then this too cannot be forced. It is only through gradual progress and, like an artist would paint a painting, adding subtle colours here and there at poignant parts within a song that the true meaning of art starts to take shape.
I don’t plan to take forever over the album, but I do plan to get the best out of all the songs. I realise so much more now that less is truly more when it comes to arranging songs. I used to love a more ‘produced’ sound, but now I realise the importance of allowing a track to ‘breathe’, coming back to it to listen to it again with fresh ears every now and then gives me new ideas and inspiration.
It’s incredible how ideas come and I have experienced a certain synchronicity in life that seems to guide artists and writers.
Furthermore, I spoke recently to a drummer who was telling me the importance in drumming of counting the ‘space’ between beats. It makes complete sense to me and gives me a feel for what keeps drummers so fantastically well in time as they have to be. It makes sense in music too - there is a spectrum of notes a composer can use and different colours we can create in the music according to the instrumentation used. Finally, there is pulling the whole thing together to make an album as I am doing right now; one that makes sense to the listener in terms of the sounds and the overall theme of it. It makes for an interesting process all round and one in which to become absorbed in - the expression of art.