Can You Have A Successful Career By Ripping Off Other Producers?

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian talk about the danger of getting stuck ripping off someone else’s work.

To have a long-lived career in audio, you have to ensure that what you’re doing is unique and original to you. Imitation is not the way to go for long-term success, though it may be necessary when you’re first starting out. Listen to the episode to find out more!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What the three phases of your creative career should be
  • Why copying the exact sound on a reference is bad
  • Why you should mold the sound around the project, not mold the project to the sound
  • How to transition from imitation to innovation
  • What is profitable and marketable vs. what is creative
  • Why there is no “flow state” when you’re ripping off a sound
  • How music is a universal language that is better than words
  • Why you need to say “no” when bands want you to copy another engineer

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“I think great art comes from the center of an artist’s existence. When you look at it, you’re like that is you. That is you in a song.” – Chris Graham

“The best mixes that I’ve done in my life have come from the artists that came in and had no input on what they wanted their stuff to sound like. They came in with their songs and said, ‘we trust you Brian, you do what you want to do’.” – Brian Hood

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