What do you guys think of setting (or having someone set for you) deadlines? Whether it's to release a piece or have it ready by a specific date.
Something i struggle with a lot is that i keep starting over and over again or even going back to a 'finished' track and making changes over and over again.. it's like an endless cycle.
However, for my last release i was invited last minute to be part of a collaborative album by SonderHouse with 12 other Canadian artists. By last minute, i mean that i had to compose, record and send my piece for mastering in 4 days.
My first thought was ''forget it, i'm never gonna make it'' but then i decided to challenge myself and give it a try.
Surprisingly enough, i went for a walk and got right into composing something. The inspiration came easily and i went straight to the point, without editing or making endless changes, in order to meet my deadline. Of course it was a super simple piece.. but the point is that having so little time to work on something, made me do it MUCH faster than i usually would.
I'm starting to think that having deadlines can be very beneficial, specially for someone like me who takes forever to release music.. but at the same time i truly believe that putting pressure on yourself can hurt creativity. so i'm 50/50 on that.