When it comes to making music, there are a lot of things that go into it – passion, inspiration, and creativity just to name a few. If you're not feeling inspired or passionate anymore, it can be tough to make music.
I cannot tell you how many times I've gone through periods where I didn't feel inspired or motivated to make music. And it's not just because I'm not “in the mood” – sometimes, it feels like the passion has been sucked out of me entirely.
If you're going through something similar, know that you're not alone. It's perfectly normal to go through creative dry spells. The important thing is to not give up.
There are a few things you can do to try and get your passion back, this is why I am writing this post – to help other musicians who may be struggling with this issue cut themselves some slack and not give up on their dreams.
What Is Passion, and Why Do We Need It for Music Making?
Defining passion can be tricky. It's often confused with other powerful emotions like love and lust. But really, passion is a state of focused desire. It's the single-minded pursuit of an activity or goal that brings you joy, fulfillment, and a sense of meaning.
And it's this passion that's essential for making great music. After all, music is an incredibly complex art form, requiring a huge amount of time, energy, and dedication to master. With so much required of us, why bother?
The answer lies in passion. Without it, music making would simply be a chore. But with passion driving us, we can tap into previously undreamed-of levels of creativity and self-expression.
We can push ourselves to new heights, and discover previously hidden depths within ourselves. In short, passion is what makes music making truly worthwhile.
To be honest, these days I am conversing with more and more artists who's careers are just kicking off and the conversation revolves around motivation and passion.
These are some things not spoken about enough – the demand of quantity has ultimately made the quality suffer. Musicians are feeling under pressure to release, release, release… to keep up with the millions of pieces of “content” flooding the internet daily.
This can easily result in burnout and is often why we get to moments in our era where “it all sounds the same” or nothing (mainstream) sounds authentic or original.
How To Tell If You Are Losing Your Passion
So how can you tell if you're losing your passion for music? Here are a few warning signs:
- You no longer enjoy making music as much as you used to.
- You find yourself making excuses not to practice or work on new music.
- You feel uninspired, and your creativity has dried up.
- You no longer get the same “rush” from performing or composing as you used to.
- You get booked for shows but do not want to do them, show up late or do not show up at all.
- You start to let people down or stop attending rehearsals, studio sessions, and meetings.
These are just a few of the signs that you might be losing your passion for music. If you're experiencing any of them, don't despair – there are things you can do to get your passion back.
How Can You Find Your Passion for Music Again if You've Lost It?
You might not think it’s possible, but it is. Whether you fell out of love with making music or the music industry made you cynical, rekindling your passion is definitely within reach.
Here are some things you can do to fall back in love with making music:
Take A Step Back
Take a step back and remember why you loved making music in the first place.
Was it the creative outlet?
The satisfaction of completing a song?
The joy of performing for an audience?
Whatever your reason was, try to reconnect with that feeling. If you can tap into what originally drew you to music-making, it will be easier to reignite your passion.
Take Some Time for Yourself.
If you've been feeling burnt out, it's probably because you've been working too hard. Take a break from writing, recording, and performing. Go on vacation, spend time with your friends and family, or just take a few days to relax at home.
Disconnect from the music industry for a little while, and you'll be surprised how much better you feel when you come back to it.
Try New Things
Finally, don't be afraid to try new things. If your passion for music has been flagging, it might be because you're stuck in a rut. Experiment with new genres, instruments, production
Tips and Advice to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
In a similar fashion, here are some things I do to get my creative juices flowing when I am feeling stuck:
– Listen to New Music: One of the best ways to get inspired is to listen to new music. When you hear something you love, it can jumpstart your own creative process.
– Take a Walk: Sometimes the best way to get out of a rut is to simply change your scenery. Take a walk around the block or go explore a new part of town.
– Experiment: Don't be afraid to experiment with your music. Try out a new synth bass, and production techniques. You never know what you'll come up with until you try it.
– Get a New Perspective: It can be easy to get bogged down in your own head when you're trying to create something new. To get a fresh perspective, try talking to other musicians or people outside of the industry.
Final Thoughts on Keeping Your Passion for Music Alive
If you're struggling to keep your passion for music alive, remember that you're not alone. There are plenty of musicians out there who feel the same way. The important thing is to find ways to keep your love for music burning bright. Whether that means taking a break from performing, listening to new music, or attending live shows, do whatever it takes to keep the fire alive. With a little effort, you'll be back to making beautiful music in no time. Thanks for reading!