I gave in…

​Did you misread that subject line?

I gave IN, not “UP”…

We never give up over here.

Except on my dreams of growing a beard…

My genes said it’s not possible smh.

Anyways, yesterday I gave in…

I stopped being petty and I did what was best for the music…

What am I talking about? I’ll reveal it in a minute but first, you need some context:

A few weeks ago I shared the story about a producer that recently sent me some beats.

The thing is, I recorded a FIRE song over one of his beats (and a few draft songs but we won’t talk about those)…

Then when I asked him to send over the stems…

He told me he didn’t have them because his hard drive corrupted.

Now, that’s a red flag.

I don’t like to work with people that can’t deliver…

And I HATE it when other people mess up my plans.

I’ve had to deal with unreliable people all my life, so I made it a point to put myself in a position where I controlled my future…

That’s why I had to learn how to produce my own beats…as well as saving myself a bunch of money and creating my own sound…

Thing is, when this happened I had a few choices:

1. Remake the beat myself

2. Get another producer to remake the beat

3. Let the song gather dust and never be released

I tried all of these…

I couldn’t capture the right vibe when I tried to remake the beat…

The other producer couldn’t capture the same vibe either…

Then I accepted the song was never gonna come out…

But that’s not the end of the story:

There was another option…

4. Release the song without mixing it to my usual standard

At first this option was something I didn’t even consider…

But, yesterday I realised I was being a perfectionist.

Most people wouldn’t even hear the difference…

Sure, I can’t get the layers EXACTLY where I want them…

But the song is such a banger, it’d be a shame to not release it.

(And I used to create and release songs over beats I didn’t have the stems for all the time back in the day…)

So I gave in…

I applied some EQ dips to the beat and I finished the song.

I sent the song to the producer and he loved it…

You’ll be able to listen to it on my Spotify profile this month…

The lesson here is:

Don’t be a perfectionist.

Don’t overthink shit.

Get it done to the best of your ability and PUT IT OUT!

Also, people make mistakes, they mess up…

So, give second chances…sometimes.

Never give 3rd chances though, it’s not worth it at that point.

I dunno if I’ll work with this producer again but, this song is an absolute banger that needs to be heard.

It’s called: Tony Montana

Luckily I don’t need to rely on producers that can be unreliable…

I don’t need to beg or wait for beats…

I don’t need to spend a bunch of cash buying licenses so I can release new music…

Why?

Cos I can make my own beats for my songs.

I made 4 beats since recording the “Tony Montana” song…

I’m gonna start writing to the latest beat this week.

And this time I’ll have the stems to mix the single to my personal standard…

You can take control of your music career by making your own beats too…

Click the link below to learn how:

All the best,

Jay “Don’t Be A Perfectionist” Cartere

Jay Cartere
 

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