Recently, we came across a comment on one of our posts that asked “What do you do when the rest of your band trusts you too much and thinks everything you say or do is gold?” While this is a rare instance it is an issue that can be detrimental to your music reaching its full potential. One of the best things about music is everyone is able to have an opinion. If everyone involved in a project is humble and reasonable, everyone’s opinions can be discussed and an easy consensus can be reached.
When I am producing records, every once in a while I can sense that the band I am working with is putting me into the situation where they trust me a little too much. Once my Trust Alarm (TradeMark Jesse Cannon 2011) goes off, I launch into a speech that goes something like this…
“I have been doing this for a long time and you may like a lot of records I have done, but that does not mean I am perfect and every idea I have is gold or better than yours. What makes a great record is everyone trusting their guts and when they feel something, say something and then we will discuss it. We need everyone in this project bringing ideas to the table and then to try them and see what works best. Every time you feel something is wrong or even can be better, please speak up so we can think about it some more and make sure we are making everything the best it can be.”
This also goes for managing your music or even in songwriting. No one is perfect and no one is such an amazing genius, that they won’t benefit from an environment where other people are pushing and challenging them. In the end the good ideas will shine if you are mature. Most great things are built by a great environment of people discussing and pushing ideas with one another, make sure you create that environment in your musical works.