So as we’ve said in part 1, remaining creative and happy as an engineer can be challenging in the face of deadlines, hard to work with clients, overwork, and underwork. Here are a couple more tips that can help you out.
Take a day to mix for fun:
This tip comes from something that happens in the Nashville music industry every year… Christmas. Around the middle of December people begin making holiday plans and more often than not they stop working on projects. The key to remaining busy as an engineer is to get things in the mixing phase before the winter solstice. However, without fail there is slightly more down time around the holidays. Which for me is great because I love hanging out with my family and friends more around that time of year. However, the first year this happened I wanted to keep my mixing, “chops” honed. So I decided to take a project I had produced previously and re-mix it. I realized that this was an excellent way to not only keep practiced, but exercise releasing my creativity. So every once in a while, I will still “schedule” a day to open a fun session (either from previous projects or from MixCoach Member) and mix it. No pressure, no rules, just fun. Try it. You’ll love it. If you’re in need of awesome sessions to work with, check out www.MixCoach.com/Member. We’ve got a ton of great sessions and training to check out on there. You can even get feedback on your mixes!