So as I look back on the successful artist relationships I have formed compared to the ones that didn’t work…. I realized something. In order for a “musical marriage” to thrive, the required ingredients are the same as those needed for a loving or romantic relationship to be fruitful. These ingredients include:
- Physical Attraction
- Unconditional Love
By now you’re probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about. Am I telling you to sleep with every artists you work with? Of course not, and actually that’s a recipe for disaster. What I mean is this….
- Trust/Communication: Trusting that both the artist and producers have ideas that will benefit the project and not themselves i.e. put ego aside. Also (and more importantly), being able to give and take honest feedback no matter the situation.
- Physical attraction: Being a fan of each other’s work and portfolio. This makes the collaboration that much better.
- Unconditional love: Let’s say at the end of the session after all ideas and experimentation has been laid down, the song comes out wack as hell. Well guess what, nothing or anybody is perfect. Unconditional love gets you through these rare, wack sessions.
- Sex: Great sessions where the work doesn’t feel like ‘work’. Everything comes together naturally and before you know it, it’s 4am.
- Respect: Respect for roles and space. If you’re a producer that writes lyrics as well, don’t interrupt the artist while they’re writing. Give them space. If you’re an artist that plays an instrument, don’t push the producer/composer aside while he’s composing/arranging. If you do either of these, don’t plan on getting a phone call in the morning.
So before you call up that producer or artist that you’ve been itching to work with, keep these five pillars in the back of your mind before you dive in to access the situation. If all five of my bullet points are in place and it still doesn’t work out for you….don’t be mad, UPS is hiring.
- FreshNerd of 100 Akres Prod.
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