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6 REASONS TO GET INSPIRED

Stuck in a production rut? Going around and around with the same old loops? You need a kick of creativity or a slap of songwriter’s ‘unblock’. Read on for how to bottle the elusive genie that is inspiration…

Inspiration is a cruel thing. It never strikes when you most need it – when someone is actually paying you to make music, for example, or when you need to come up with some music by a particular deadline. Indeed, the more you need it, the more elusive and slippery that inspired moment can be.

And when it finally does make an appearance, it will be at the most inappropriate time: you’ll be asleep, or driving, or in an important meeting with your boss. You’ll be somewhere where you simply can’t sing an idea into a dictaphone or knock out a melodic phrase into your iPad. “Can we adjourn this meeting while I write a song please?” you’ll bravely ask. “You’re fired son, now get out,” will be the curt response.

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In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…