When I'm working, I usually have music playing in the background. Today a band called Jellyfish came on, which got me thinking about the songwriting and recording process.
We're at a time in the music business where it is very easy to go crazy when recording something. Unlimited tracks, samples, effects, etc. And there are plenty of people who take advantage of all this stuff, by adding, and adding, and adding things to the mix. More samples, more instruments, more harmonies, etc.
Here's the problem... Does it work live?
Live performance isn't the only way to make money in the music business, but it's where most independent musicians and bands make the majority of their money. And to be successful at it, you have to have material which works well via live performance.
It's great to have a slickly produced record. It's great to take advantage of new recording technology. But don't forget that the purest form of connection with fans is made via live performance. They can hear you, see you, smell you, touch you, and receive a complete experience, not just the aural one they get with a recording.
If you're song doesn't work in a stripped down, able-to-be-played-live way, how are you going to connect like this?
If you're musician who plays live, when you're writing and recording songs, ask yourself, "What will it sound like live?" And if it doesn't work live, don't do it.
Put this into the mix when you're working on a new album and I promise you it will change your career.