QOTD: On making tracks for friends

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet

Photo courtesy of Tobias Steinhoff

August 2nd, 2010 – Yesterday, while preparing a new project, I stumbled upon a remix I worked on last year. I created it because a friend asked me to; there wasn’t any other real reason. It wasn’t a remix of his music (although I am helping to produce an EP for his band currently), rather it was a song that he liked that he felt needed a remix.

Often when people learn that I produce music and they themselves are musically inclined, they’ll ask for help or a critical ear on their own stuff. I’m certain I’m not the only one; this no doubt happens to almost everyone that has worked in music professionally, and even for those who do it for fun. I like helping out; when I was just starting, I had many mentors and I like to think that I’m paying back into the karma bank.

Additionally, whether it’s helping someone with their own music, or if it’s creating a track for no other reason than being asked to, I find it rewarding to work outside of my own sphere of productivity. Remixing songs I might not usually work on, or helping with music that I might not otherwise have been exposed to; it helps me just as much as it helps them.

Have you worked on a project lately for a friend that wasn’t related to what you normally would work on? How was the experience?

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