If your mix sounds like shit…
… The problem might just be the hour of the day that you’re listening. The human brain is quite phenomenal. You will actually hear music differently depending on when you listen to it.
I make all my best mixing and production decisions in the morning when drinking coffee. Early mornings are great, even four or five in the morning can be really productive hours. If I can’t sleep I get up then and start working.
I can sit for quite some time but around two ‘o clock it falls apart. I hate the mix, I hate the world and I hate myself. I start looking for a butter knife to cut my wrists with. Lately I’ve learned that it’s best to take a 30 minute nap at this point. I won’t get anything halfway decent done anyway, and I’m more energized when I wake up.
Somewhere around four or five I’m on a roll again… At least some days. Certain days I can even sit working well into the evening. I don’t believe in late night work unless you’re really cooking – it’s better to sleep and get up early.
It never fails, at least once a day I question my musical work and feel like quitting, typically around two, as I mentioned before. Usually I love it again the morning after. If you never love your own (musical) work then quit doing it. Know your hours, know yourself. Now go make some kickass music!