"The problem with music," says Tim Exile, "is that it’s so perfect. For those of us who didn’t grow up playing an instrument, we’re often too afraid to try because it doesn’t sound like the masterful music we hear."
In today's world, technology has become an integral part of the music industry, impacting every aspect of it, from creating and producing music to distributing and marketing it. AI developments, for example, are absolutely everywhere – from Kanye West’s recently generated AI verse to David Guetta’s full-speed venture into the world of AI-generated music – it’s inescapable.
And whilst technologies such as AI have undoubtedly revolutionised the way that the music industry operates, the constant noise around what it all means can cause confusion and overwhelm for aspiring musicians. The need to keep up with the latest trends and advancements can be daunting, not to mention demotivational.
Here are some tips on how to remain grounded and focussed in a world filled with endless digital distractions and options:
1. Identify your priorities
Determine which technologies are essential to your work and which ones are not. Focus on mastering the essential technologies first and then gradually move on to the less critical ones.
2. Seek help
You don't have to do everything alone. Seek help from colleagues, friends, or professionals who are knowledgeable in technology. Collaborating with others who have experience in using technology can help you overcome overwhelm and learn new skills.
3. Break it down
Break down your tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks. This way, you can focus on one thing at a time, and it will seem less challenging.
4. Take a break
Take regular breaks and give yourself time to recharge. Spend time doing things that you enjoy, such as listening to music, reading, or spending time outdoors. Taking a break can help reduce stress and increase productivity when you return to your work.
5. Attend events and workshops
Attend events and workshops to learn about new technologies and how to use them. These sessions can help you stay up-to-date with the latest advancements and learn new skills that can help you feel more inspired.
6. Embrace simplicity
Embrace simplicity by using tools that are easy to use and understand. Focus on finding technologies that simplify your work rather than complicating it.
7. Set boundaries
Set boundaries around your schedules. Create a process that positively balances your work and personal life.
8. Break up with perfectionism
While technology can exacerbate the pressure to achieve flawlessness, it can also provide a solution to overcoming the endless pursuit of perfection. The quest for a faultless sound can lead to counter-productivity, with musicians working aimlessly to achieve an unattainable standard. However, with the right approach, technology can help you embrace the beauty of spontaneity and bring out the best in your music.
Technology overwhelm is a common issue in the music industry, but it's essential to remember that technology should simplify our work, not complicate it.
By identifying your priorities, seeking help, breaking tasks down, taking breaks, attending workshops, embracing simplicity, and setting boundaries, you can overcome technology overwhelm and improve your productivity, creativity, and overall well-being in the music industry.