How to end beat block: The latest tools and processes

“Beat block”—the nebulous and frustrating inability to create new music—is an experience that musicians of all skill levels face from time to time.

“As creators, we aren’t machines,” veteran producer iBEENART says. “We aren’t always 100% ‘there’ creatively. We all struggle with the resistance of starting, which can lead to us procrastinating in the process. It doesn’t matter if you just picked up the DAW yesterday or if you’re a multi-GRAMMY-winning hitmaker—everybody struggles with that resistance.”

Above, iBEENART showcases how he leverages Create alongside Splice Sounds to find new sources of inspiration that get his creativity flowing. He begins by finding compelling sounds via Stacks, and then walks through how he builds beats around them in FL Studio.

“Right now, time is more important than ever for showcasing who you are, your journey, and your identity,” iBEENART reflects. “All of those are things that AI can never replace. But, you can use it to help gain more freedom in life—more freedom means a more meaningful and fulfilling life.”

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July 1, 2023

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.