How To Find More Time And Balance Multiple Projects

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- Are you a home studio owner or professional audio engineer who is struggling to find clients?

- Do you want to build relationships and find more artists to work with?

- Are you struggling what to say or write to bands to make them come back to you?

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcast or in the player below. Or, feel free to read the article instead.

Having enough time in a day to do all the things you want can be tricky. Especially if you have a day- or side job. It can also be hard if you have multiple projects going on or if you want to achieve multiple things. For example, writing songs, pitching your music to labels and networking.

How To Organise Your Time To Achieve Your Goals

There are two very important factors that I have found works very well for me. These simple “techniques” have helped me stay organised and allowed me to pursue multiple projects at the same time.

The word, “organised”, is key here.

If you have followed me for some time you know I speak about this a lot. But being organised is key to productivity.

If you don’t break down what you want to achieve and a plan to get there you will most likely not achieve it.

Let me show you how I do it.

I have several projects going on at the moment. For example, finishing my second library/sync album and pitching it. Scheduling interviews. Researching interviewees. Live gigs. Composing music for a play, etc.

How I balance all these projects is by being organised.

Therefore, every week I write down in Evernote what I will do each day to accomplish these goals. By breaking the main goal down into small steps and taking those small steps each day allows me to accomplish what I set out to do.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking that you have so much to do and you need to do it all TODAY. However, my tip here is trying to be realistic about it.

Perhaps you can’t do all your goals in one week, but if you allow yourself two weeks or a month it starts to look possible. And it allows you to reduce your stress level.

If you are anything like me, you want everything to be done yesterday. Even though it’s nice to be excited about stuff, being a bit more relaxed and realistic about things has helped me a lot.

Another benefit of being organised is that you don’t have to work 12 hours/day. By being organised you can actually reduce your working hours and still achieve your goals within a reasonable time. And keep your health intact.

There’s no point in working every hour every day, it will come back and bite you in the ass.

Social Media

You have probably heard people talking about quitting social media for a month or so. It might sound lame to you, I know it did for me, but doing it has actually given me a lot of spare time.

This doesn’t only apply to social media, but emails, or other internet-based obsessions, too.

Not being glued to these platforms, checking them every 10 minutes or so, has reduced my stress level. And it allowed me to be much more productive than before. I actually found myself not knowing what to do for a few days because I was done early with my set goals for the day.

With all this spare time I can do more in a day than I could do before. It’s great.

There are other beneficial factors of staying out of social media, too.

You stop comparing yourself to others. I don’t know if this applies to you but having stopped worrying about what other people are doing and instead focusing on myself has reduced my stress levels a lot. And giving me more time to achieve my goals.

There is a great episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast where he talks to Jordan Peterson about it exactly this. Check it out below!

Automate

If you can automate various tasks, or batch them, you can find more time in your day, too.

One thing I like to automate is my emails. If you are using Gmail there is a free extension you can use called cloudHQ. This extension allows you to schedule emails and it’s awesome.

By scheduling emails you don’t have to wait to reply to someone later if they are in a different time zone. It allows you to do all your emails once a day. Perfect to gain more time in your day.

There are also various different software you can use to automate stuff. If you want to promote things on your Facebook page there is a website called Recurposts. This website allows you to schedule posts in advance. Perfect if you want to batch multiple posts in advance and let someone else post them for you.

Very good to use if you want to break free from social media but still promote your things.

Let me know what you think in the comments below, was it helpful? Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know!

Lij Shaw - Hong Kong, Rewiring Studios, Productivity & Much More

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- Are you a home studio owner or professional audio engineer who is struggling to find clients?

- Do you want to build relationships and find more artists to work with?

- Are you struggling what to say or write to bands to make them come back to you?


Listen to the interview on Apple Podcast or in the player below!

Lij Shaw is a record producer, engineer and musician based in Nashville where he operates from his studio, The Toy Box Studio.

Lij is also the creator/host of the very popular podcast, Recording Studio Rockstars which is the podcast from inside the studio. He created this show so we can learn from the pros and so that you can be a Rockstar of the studio yourself!

Check it out, it’s great!

In our interview, Lij spoke about him playing in a blues band with his brother in Hong Kong. How he convinced a studio owner to let him completely strip down their studio and rewire it in just 7 days. Just before the producer came back.

Also, tips for how you guys can get into a recording studio. What to write and more importantly, what not to write when emailing recording studios.

Lij shares his experience working with a band called Living Things, which got their first record dropped by the label. However, the band didn’t break up and Lij kept working with them and finally, they got a record released.

However, their relationship came to an end and Lij ended up not getting paid for a lot of work and he tells us how this changed his career going forward.

Lij also tells us how he started his studio, The Toy Box Studio and how he found clients. He also gives us some tips of what you need on your website so client can contact you.

We also spoke about work/life balance and how working less actually can let you be more productive. And some other tips and tricks to become more productive.

Gavin Harrison - Playing In Time, Recording Drums And Taking Every Job Seriously

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- Are you a home studio owner or professional audio engineer who is struggling to find clients?

- Do you want to build relationships and find more artists to work with?

- Are you struggling what to say or write to bands to make them come back to you?


Listen to the interview with Gavin Harrison on Apple Podcast, YouTube or in the player below!

Today we have the awesome drummer, Gavin Harrison, on the podcast. Gavin has played with artists such as Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief, King Crimson, Iggy Pop and many others.

He has also won the Modern Drummer award for ”best progressive drummer of the year” consecutively between 2007-2010 and again 2016 and 2019.

I personally got introduced to Gavin’s drumming when I got in to Porcupine Tree about 10 years ago. And his drumming is still a great source of inspiration.

If you are new to Harrison’s drumming I can recommend checking out his drumming on songs like Sound of Muzak, Blackest Eyes and 19 Days.

In this episode, Gavin talks about his early influences. What it takes to be a professional drummer and what it means to be playing in time. Gavin also has an app coming out helping you with exactly that.

He also gives us an insight to how he likes to record himself in his studio and how he experiments with his big live room. We also spoke about his thoughts on using drum replacements. Why he doesn’t like engineers to mix his drum recordings and some other cool tips for improving your drum sound. 

We also spoke about why it’s important to take every job seriously and play your absolute best because you never know where it can take you. Even if you don’t like the music. 

There are a lot of nuggets you can pick up from this episode so I hope you are going to enjoy it. 

Steven Slate - If You Fail To Plan You Plan To Fail

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- Are you a home studio owner or professional audio engineer who is struggling to find clients?

- Do you want to build relationships and find more artists to work with?

- Are you struggling what to say or write to bands to make them come back to you?

Listen to the interview with Steven Slate on Apple Podcast, YouTube or in the player below!

Steven Slate is the founder and CEO of Slate Digital, famous for its plugins, drum replacement tools, touch-screen consoles, microphones and more.

In this interview, Steven talks about his beginnings in Boston. Moving to Los Angeles and promoting his drum samples to get into the industry. What recording studios can do to stay competitive in a new market. The importance of having mentors and why you need to create a roadmap to achieve your goals.

This will be the second interview that will be presented to you in a podcast form (not on iTunes yet) and I would love to hear what you think about it.

Do you prefer reading or do you enjoy listening to them instead? Let me know in the comments below!

Before you go, check out this previous interview with Steven’s co-founder Fabrice Gabriel

Bob Horn - The Beginning, Networking And Michael Jackson

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- Are you a home studio owner or professional audio engineer who is struggling to find clients?

- Are you wondering where to start and have no clients?

- Are you struggling what to say or write to bands to make them come back to you?

Listen to the interview with Bob Horn on Apple Podcast, YouTube or in the player below!

Bob Horn is a mixing engineer based in Los Angeles. He is well known in the music industry having worked for artists such as Michael Jackson, Usher, Timbaland, Lupe Fiasco and many others.

In this interview, Bob talks about his journey from Berklee to Nashville and then Los Angeles. The importance of networking. Working with Michael Jackson. How to deliver a mix that the artist wants and so much more.

This interview will presented to you in a different form that usual. Rather than text we are going AUDIO!

Since this is a first at Your Audio Solutions I would love to hear your thoughts. Would you prefer to keep reading the interviews or would you like to hear them as a Podcast?

Please let me know in the comments below!