I’m in one of those non-creative lacking motivation slumps, help!
I don’t know what it is. Well, scratch that, I know exactly what it is. As I’ve mentioned before, I joined a Video Game Cover reddit a while back. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s been a joy being a part of the community. I’ve participated in a few albums, am still participating, and have been meeting a lot of great people in the meantime. Yesterday, the group started a Discord server that I’ve been too nervous to actually talk in, and here’s why.
They are all talking about a lot of musically related stuff, and I have no clue what they are talking about! Well, more about guitars and things, and music theory things and I just feel so inadequate to everyone else in the community. Why would someone listen to a cover of a song with a pre-existing backtrack used, when people are able to remix tracks with midi, and electronic music snizzy, or play instruments themselves? Why is someone going to watch my videos, that either consist of video game footage or a still photo, when all of this production goes into others videos? Who is going to want to hear me only sing, when they can hear a full blown orchestrated reinterpretation of an iconic game track?
Every time I share these concerns with a friend, they say only the music should matter. And yes, in a perfect world, it should, but I know it doesn’t. Video quality, along with sound quality and creativity matter, so why would someone listen to my music while staring at a still photo, when they can go over to someone else and see a full blown music video style dealy go down? I feel like no matter what I would be able to do, it would be falling short, or be me having to rely on someone else to do the brunt of the work, and it’s just majorly discouraging, and the main reason why I haven’t uploaded in two months, even though I have a few songs I’ve wanted to post. Like, sure I could just post the same old static photo to a cover thing, but I feel like at this point I really need to step up my game and just don’t know how to, or how to reach out to people that could help.
I’m half tempted to try and use midi software again, but every time I try to I get overwhelmed and don’t get anything done. I can play virtual instruments, sure, but when I have to use them to mix it gets a little wonky with timing. I’ve mentioned before I prefer live instruments, and am going to be picking up a scarce few, but how am I going to use those to start building better covers, to develop my style? It’s just so frustrating to know what I want to do, but not know how to go about it, and seeing a ton of amazing musicians talk about it just really, really has been getting me down and I want to slap myself out of it.
And, I hate that I know all of this is sooo irrational, but I can’t help but think it. That’s the most annoying thing to me.
I’m actually curious though: What types of videos do you watch in the video game or anime music scene that you like? Are they usually animated, still drawn photo, footage from the game/show? A mix of all three? And what makes you like the video. Or, do you not really care and just listen to the music.