• Tom DuPree III

Don't Be Afraid To Experiment

I want to talk about why you shouldn't be afraid to experiment.

If you are making music, you've got to be willing to take some chances, and that means you have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone. Take some risks and experiment with some things that maybe you wouldn't normally think to try or use.

This can be anything from trying a new piece of gear, trying a new plugin, a new piece of software, learning a new instrument or fiddling around on one. It doesn't have to mean trying to become completely proficient at a new instrument, but maybe it's getting a decent vocabulary on it so you can understand its incorporation into a song.

It can be messing around with different genres. Maybe you're a rock guy and you want to try some hip hop. Maybe you want to throw some strings and some classical stuff into whatever it is you're doing.

The point is so much cool innovation comes simply from experimenting, spitballing, throwing stuff against the wall and seeing what sticks.

This is how magic happens.

If you set out to make a hip hop record and you don't listen to anything that's not hip hop, you don't try anything that isn't hip hop, you don't experiment with anything outside of what you think fits within the mold of what it is that you're doing, then you might come up with something cool but you're missing out on this entire wealth of information that could be informing your craft and informing your final product.

So I really, really encourage anybody who's making music to try new things. Mess around with song structure, mess around with format, mess around with your vocal range. Whatever.

Learn what you can about other stuff. Listen to other music. Try different things.

This is how crazy stuff happens where you go, "Oh my God, how did they think of that?" Well, they thought of that because they were just messing around and this happened to come out.

I think the first step is to remember that we can't take ourselves too seriously as creators. We have to be imaginative and be willing to fall flat on our faces because that's what happens ninety nine percent of the time when you do experiment.

You're going to fail miserably and it's gonna suck, and you have to be like, "You know what, that didn't work. I'm going to go back to the drawing board."

But that one percent of the time you're going to stumble across pure gold and it's going to be amazing. And you're going to be really, really grateful for the 99 other times that you tried something and it sucked and you were defeated at the end of it.

That one time will make all the other ones worth it.

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