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This month’s problem is one that comes up time and again: how to finish a track. Let’s nip it in the bud!

Dear Attack.

Please help me. I’ve been producing for about five years. I’m generally proud of my output and I’ve had a few tracks signed. But one thing is holding me back: I’m finding it increasingly hard to finish tracks. Bizarrely, when my own standards were lower, I found it much easier. But now I find myself abandoning projects on an almost daily basis. The consequence? A hard drive full of 16-bar ideas that I’m unable or unwilling to work into full arrangements. I’ve all but abandoned my Soundcloud account as I only want to upload tracks I’ve finished. I can’t work out whether this is an inevitable side effect of higher standards or whether it’s part of a deeper malaise. I should say I’m a really good ‘finisher’ of projects in my work life – I just wish i could take the same approach to my music. 

Mark, Coventry.


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20th May, 2014

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