A Second Set of Ears
I have known Nathaniel Jones for years and watched him grow from a hard working musician to a world class producer. His productions have style and his ears have taste. I have also read many of his writings and invited him to share his ideas here as he has used the Broadjam website to the fullest. Hopefully his experience with us, and production in general, can help everyone. Roy Elkins
A Second Set of Ears
By Nathaniel Jones
Often when producers are working on their productions, its all too easy to get carried away with our perceived impressions of any particular work, and more importantly, start to hear things that aren’t actually happening in the mix.
When I grow to love something that I’m working on, the last thing I often want to hear is what’s wrong with it, I honestly sometimes only want to focus on the good (and sweep all of the bad under the carpet).
"La La La, I can't hear you!"
This is quite common with a lot of us.
Eventually though… A wise producer will come to terms with the idea that “others are gifted and know stuff too.”
This is where a network like Broadjam can become priceless to the average producer. At each of your fingertips are thousands of other musicians, producers, and industry pros actively doing what we all love…
Think of Broadjam as an excellent place to beta test your work in a relatively safe environment because of which.
If you can’t find willing reviewers in your own professional network… You’re in luck, Broadjam has a user Review system as a free service to all members.
Just be aware… The user review doesn’t guarantee a professional review. These are random reviewers (just like you.)
Ultimately though, reviewing can be the best way to meet other artists on the website in general, so don’t rule it out if you’re interested n interacting with others.
Another option is the one Roy Elkins, Broadjam’s founder, has made available through Onliner Notes for artists as well.
I may write a fun filled blog about commonly overlooked etiquettes in user reviewing titled “Bob spelt with two O’s, ” (Warm Smile.) But for now… The mentioned tools will all yield some level of results regarding useful feedback on your work.
In closing… Take advantage of your social network on Broadjam by utilising your mass email system, the review mechanism, and by actively seeking advice from others more experienced & wiser than yourself.
It can be a gruelling experience, coming to terms with your weaknesses that is, but ultimately it'll make you Superman regarding your craft.
If someone ever says something you disagree with, you can always repeat after me.
"Its just the internet. Its just the internet. Its just the internet."
Best wishes in music:N.Jones
Additional links & good organizations – Madison Area Music Association, Willywash, Dallas Songwriters Association – one of the best in the business, Merlin Mentors – Great org that helps young entrepreneurs, Les Paul Foundation, Wisconsin Foundation for School MusicPress & educational links – Hangout June 6, 2014, “Blanket” Music Licensing, Industry Projections, Celebrating Sonic Foundry, A Music Platform, Project Famous – Great Photographer, Models of Opportunity: How Entrepreneurs Design Firms