The Greatest Thing You Can Do For Your Next Record

Advancement in recording technologies has made it easier than ever for artists to create and share professional and inspiring music. Musicians armed with an audio interface, a mic, and a computer have the ability to create some amazing sounding records. Although some say this widespread DIY approach to record making is currently ruining the music industry, I believe that more people being able to create and contribute their story through music only enhances the market and gives people the chance to contribute who otherwise could not.

Here's the big question: Since making music has become so much cheaper and available, should everyone do it all by themselves?

Absolutely not.

Most artists have an incredibly personal, dear, and emotional attachment to their art, pouring a part of themselves into each and every song. I respect them for the incredibly vulnerable and challenging process of sharing their musical selves with the world. They lay their message bare for fans and trolls alike to listen, evaluate, and hopefully enjoy.

If you want your message as an artist to impact people the way you want, why wouldn't you handle it with care from start to finish? Why would you assume that your technical or musical knowledge grants you the best way to look at your songs? I ask these questions not to belittle your experience or insight, but to encourage you to do the most important thing you could ever do with your music:

Collaborate.

Yes, that goes for you introverts, too. Like I said, sharing your music, especially when it's in a raw, undeveloped state, can be painful, discouraging, and nerve racking. Artists can be haunted by the fact that their art will be judged, rejected even. Although this solo approach guarantees an easier record making process (no arguments, no disagreements, no criticism), not allowing others in on the journey eliminates all the helpful, constructive, and encouraging insight gained from collaboration.

How many mistakes would be in the New York Times without its editing team? Would the first American Space Shuttle have made it to the moon without thousands of pre-existing prototypes?

Every person hears and enjoys music in a different way. Why not let their experiences, influences, and objectivity breathe life into your songs? Even if you're running on a tight budget and recording and mixing things yourself, why not invite a few buddies over to join in on the process? They may not even play anything on the record, but simply having them along for the ride will give you a broader look at your music. Have them be open and honest with you. I guarantee that if they're some of your true friends, they want the best for you and your music. Make a habit of inviting others to share in your work. You'll projects will only benefit from their input.

In the same way, I'm truly passionate about helping your music sound its best.

It doesn't matter if you're a bedroom EDM producer or a high profile, multi-grammy artist. I bring objective, highly trained ears, 18 years experience in the music production and performance fields, and specialized tools to every project so that I can help it sounds its best. I'm in the business of collaboration. I can't do what I do without your music!

I serve your music with care, intentionality, and professionalism.

I work hard to make sure every client has an enjoyable, stress free, and constructive experience with me. Your satisfaction with the sonic quality of your record is of utmost importance to me. I would be honored to help you and your music reach your audience with clarity, impact, and professionalism.

How are you going to collaborate on your next project?

Michael Curtis

A mastering engineer and composer who loves helping you sound awesome.