On the need to obsess...

I'm guilty of it... Hell, it's what I pride myself on being able to do for any project that I engage. I'd firstly say it is a healthy obsession with the sole purpose of fully realizing the vision of the artist...

But while working on a project the other day, I also learned that this is my ego stepping in front of the project and, while intentions are pure, it can sometimes hinder and leave me frozen...

I really want it to be perfect... You hire me because I'm a perfectionist and really want to handle every single detail... But the effect that leaves on me is one of being overwhelmed and unable to see the ending, or upset that I didn't get it to sound the way 'it could be.'
 

Anyway, upon taking on a recent mix project for NOAH X 23, I basically "broke" myself in the process and really found myself unable to "perfect everything" because there was simply too much to do (16 tracks) and not all of them were multitracks...

So the job went from making them 'perfect' to making them 'right' for the task at hand.

Once I was able to re-frame my perspective on this, I instantly was able to push through the project and not second guess myself or really allow my inner critic to get in the way. I'm still learning a whole lot, but this would be one of the key lessons I take away with me in recent times.

I got the project done in a week, everyone involved was happy, I was happy, we met the deadlines, etc.... This was all because I helped myself get out of the way and obsess and simply just went along for the ride and did what I know to do...


GET OVER YOURSELF. THIS ISN'T ABOUT YOU. IT'S ABOUT THE SONG. IT'S ABOUT COMMUNICATION. NO ONE CARES WHO MIXED IT... EVER