From the Top
by Jason Andrichyn
For the past few years I have had the privilege of working with a lot of very talented musicians, audio engineers and producers. During this time I noticed some major traits separating the average local band from a band that captures your attention keeping the music and performance locked in your mind—to a point in which you think you are never going to get that experience to dislodge from your head.
Music is the most important part of this package because without the music, or more importantly without your creative expression, there is no product. What does walking on water with your music mean and why do you need it? Simply put, it is taking your entire musical outlook and pushing the boundaries of what you thought you could do with a song. It means helping to mold you and your band into the exact moment the crowd remembers your name and most importantly, your music.
Let’s start from the top: the core of what you and potentially your band is doing. Writing songs does not equate writing for the intent of selling records. Writing lyrics is not synonymous with groupies following twitter posts. You need to feel your music as well as be proud of it. Say something. Express your emotions. Don’t be afraid of being vulnerable or what other people might think. You want your crowd to be into what you put out there, but if you don’t feel your music – nobody else will. When you write your song, don’t be afraid of creative criticism. Looking for people to help improve your song doesn’t mean it’s not good or it needs to be changed. Find people who worked with music, those people that really are capable of giving you that outer-body experience you crave. And learn from them. Grow from them.
The right producers won’t change your music. They will help the song grow. They will allow you to gain exposure, to meet a greater audience. The first way to make your music walk on water.