Make music production your New Year’s resolution in 2021

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2021?

As cliché as it may be, the start of a new year is a great time to celebrate successes from the previous year and identify areas where you want to grow in the coming months. While New Year’s resolutions are set across all sorts of disciplines, hobbies, and professions, music has a particularly wide array of possibilities. Do you aim to release an EP this year? Learn how to play a new instrument? Launch your own sample label? Or perhaps you’re an absolute beginner, and your main goal is to finally embark on your music creation journey.

No matter what your aspirations may be, we want to come alongside you in your endeavors. Below, we’ve compiled a number resources that might be helpful for a variety of music-oriented New Year’s resolutions.

Get started with making music

As with many pursuits, getting started can be the hardest part about music production. The various software options, YouTube tutorials, and forums can be overwhelming and even paralyzing.

If you’re finding yourself in this position, we’re here to help. This free resource we recently created will give you all of the tools, theory, and techniques you need to finish your first track.

Learn how to master your music

Perhaps you’re further along in your music production experience – you’ve gotten the hang of arranging a track, and you’re even happy with your mix. However, there’s one final step before your music is release-ready: mastering.

While there’s always an advantage to having the fresh ears and skillset of a mastering engineer, you may be on a tight budget, or simply interested in learning more about the process yourself in 2021. If this is you, build a solid foundation with our six-part guide to mastering.

Release your own samples

Creating and distributing samples can be a great source of income for producers that can simultaneously level up their sound design chops for their own music. If you’re eager to dive into the world of launching your own sample label this year, there are a few factors to consider. Below are three resources that can help you out:

Organize the business side of your music

You may also be striving to turn your artistry from a hobby into a sustainable career this year. While this is by no means a simple process, we have an assortment of articles that can help you treat your music like a business in 2021:

No matter what your New Year’s resolution is, we hope that 2021 will be a great year for you and your music. What do you hope to achieve this year? Let us know in the comments below!

January 1, 2021

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 creates music as Namaboku.