“It’s not ready yet.” I am fortunate enough to call many talented musicians a friend. And as we keep each other updated on projects, plans, aspirations – that one phrase pops up again and again.
Whether it’s refining the performance of a live set, finding the right word to fit into some lyrics, or mixing an album, we chip away at our creations hoping that they come out just right. Because if we succeed, then this next project – this will be the one that blows people’s minds. The one that gets the recognition it deserves. Click “upload”, sit back and wait for the adulation to come pouring in.
Of course, it never happens like that.
For the majority of musicians out there, the attention their work receives is severely disproportional to the amount of time spent crafting it. And why shouldn’t it be? Everybody is just another one of millions of voices on the internet.
I can hardly claim to have definitive answers here. But I do have questions.
Questions that prompt me to examine what I’m doing, to push myself in uncomfortable directions that hopefully bear more fruit than drifting on autopilot.
In your endeavours, seek discomfort. Pursue the unfamiliar.
Above all, act with the awareness that success by its very definition belongs to a minority of people. What are you doing to be part of that group?
Steph K is a musician. He also eats things. A lot of things.