It seems like so many songwriters and in general a huge number of people in music industry have egos that are out of whack in one direction or the other. I personally take these egos as syndromes some people have and treat them as if they are sick. Not only me but I think most people in professional music industry do the same, even the same people who have such huge egos. Even they don’t like others to show them their ego and attitude! Run through this list every now and then to make sure you are staying cantered.
The “my songs are better than the ones on the radio” syndrome. I’ve never heard anyone say this when it was true. Pro writers don’t go around saying that. If you really believe that, then you probably don’t have a realistic view of yourself or your music. Check the ego and work at writing better songs instead of complaining and bragging. Better songs will take you further than any amount of bragging or complaining will. It is true that sometimes, a tiny percent of songs on radio can be weak and nobody knows how they got air play, but it still doesn’t mean you should think you could write better songs than all those on the radio.
The “know it all” syndrome. Young artists are particularly susceptible to this one. They get a record deal and all of the sudden they know EXACTLY which songs hits and which ones are aren’t. They miraculously know more about songwriting than hall of fame writers who have done it for 20-30 years. The cure for this one is several failed singles and losing that record deal, and then if they are lucky, they would understand what the problem was! Don’t be the guy or girl that “knows it all”. It’s a long hard fall from that pedestal.
The “I’ll never be good enough” syndrome. With this one, you are sunk before you leave the port. Nobody can predict whether you will be good enough, but you can ALWAYS get better. Getting better day by day is the only way to ever be good enough anyway. So, drop the doubts and work at making every song better than the last. That’s the ticket to success. Staying grounded and cantered is one of the keys to succeeding at anything you do. Make sure you don’t ‘catch’ one of these ailments and you’ll keep yourself in the middle of the road!
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with more than 15 years of experience in music production, mix and mastering, recording engineering, live sound designing/engineering, lyrics writing and music arrangement. He has produced more than 800 and written more than 2000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.