So I have a dilema. I've reluctantly been growing into a full fledged adult. I started becoming more aware about myself, my strengths, and my weaknesses. I'm not superman with music to say the least. I'm sure everyone at some point comes to this self awareness, when you realize that the Pros really are the same as you, but just better at it, probably because it makes more sense to them.
I've been steering away from music production because it intimidates me. But I'm constantly thinking about it... tearing apart songs, and seeing how they did what, and thinking to myself "I can do that too!" But every time I sit down at my workspace, I instantly start thinking it sounds like shit. I listen to my NG "hits" if you can call them that, and I feel like every single person who's listened/reviewed any of my songs as a 5 or 10 is a moron.
I know you're probably thinking I'm just being insecure and it'll pass, but it's not that at all. I want to push myself, because I've been lazy.
Let's skip all the pleasantries of "There is no right or wrong way" to compose a song, but I would like to have a discussion about how songs are mixed. I'd like to try and steer away from EQ/Mastering as much as possible, because those are topics I struggle with, and want to build a stronger foundation of composing before I take on the technical aspects of my weakness.
What I've been discovering lately is that my songs have way too much going on. But to me, if I take it away, it feels too boring/generic. I need some guidance finding that sweet spot that gives me the best of both worlds. I'm talking about song structure.
I don't care if it's opinions, facts, generalizations, or assumptions, I want to hear what the people of this community think about when they go to tackling a song idea.
The method I've been using is a pretty old school one that I learned when I was 9, and first started playing bass guitar. A good mentor of mine told me the old human body makeup technique, where the drums come first, and are the skeleton, then the bass is the muscle, then the rhythm is the blood, and the melody is the skin. That tends to be the order of which I create my patterns, but where do I go from there?
Over the years, I've accumulated a good 150 or so song files that are just patters or instruments I've created. Has anyone of you EVER had success in establishing a new song, then incorporating something from your past, and actually having it sound good? If so, how the hell do you do that?!
When do you think too much is too much? I tend to do the whole progressive deal, and it seems I always end up with too much going on at the end, but I feel if I take anything out, it sounds like a step backwards.
What do you do to create that big POP in a song. When the beat drops, and everyone has their :-O face on. When do you let it happen? Why do you do it the way you do?
What makes you decide if your song needs a breakdown, or a buildup?
Any protips, like "Absolutely never have an accordion and a bass line play the same notes together"
Why do you do these things the way that you do them?
I hope to god I didn't come across as an ass, so I'll try and use an analogy to sum up what I'm asking for. I'm lost in a pitch black cave, and all I need is a group discussion to sort of point me in the direction of the exit.
I'm not asking for specific criticism on my songs. But if you want to, by all means, feel free to tear me apart. It's what I'm looking for.