Collaboration In Music: Joining Forces With Other Musicians
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Art is beautiful. Music is beautiful. There’s a great magic hidden in the process of creating. Seriously blessed are those who have the abilities to experience it. It’s always great to see musicians supporting and encouraging one another. Even better when you see them working together on delivering something to their audience. In this article we’re going to talk about collaboration in music, and what is it that brings a good outcome in collaboration.
Collaboration in music
So, all of you probably know this already, but just to make it clear anyway. Collaborating in music means two or more artists/bands joining together and working together on a song or an album. Collaboration doesn’t always mean that these parties all have to be totally directly involved into the song or songs that you are hearing. It can be a collaboration where someone jumps in to write the lyrics, do the visuals, do the production, and so on and so on.
Regardless, you can also define collaboration simply as an artistic relationship between the artists involved in it, all resulting in a final product that adds to the spectrum that gives all of us creative experiences.
When are you ready for collaboration?
Pretty much anytime, really. If you are a musician and like to team up with someone so you can create more cool stuff, then you are ready!
A few tips for music collaboration
Musicians do collabs all the time. But if you’re new to this, here’s a few tips on how to do it properly.
Once you have connected with someone and decided to collaborate with them, keep these few things in mind:
Communication is key
I can not stress this enough. Communication, good communication is so important in every aspect of life. And it’s especially important in creative processes like music is. This dictates the final outcome of whatever you’re working on more than you can possibly imagine.
So, make sure to establish a good level of communication with the other people involved in the collab. All of you should always be open and honest, and discuss things regularly, which leads to my next point..
Yes, I know it is a collaboration, But it’s more than people working on the same thing. And yes, conflicts can happen. Bigger or smaller, regardless. Sometimes misunderstanding and not fully agreeing with someone is absolutely normal. Now this is where you communicate. This is also where you adapt and compromise. Hear everyone out and always try to balance it out at the end. The solution should be one that is acceptable to everyone, even if it doesn’t fully answer everyone’s personal expectations. This is as ideal as it can get. Have arguments and prove points, but always with healthy and non-destructive actions and statements.
Respect one another
Good communication and compromise show that there’s respect for who you are and what you do in this situation. When collaborating with someone, never forget to respect the other side’s time, needs, effort and contribution.
Set a clear goal on what it is that you’re doing
Sit down for a nice discussion about your idea, your expectations and your goal. Discuss your responsibilities as a creative team. Give yourself a clear vision on what you are doing, and always remind yourself about this through out the process.
Be professional, but also have a friendly relationship
You guys are in a beautiful experience. Of course there are responsibilities. But don’t forget to be friends and to be supportive to one another! Create a nice, warm atmosphere to work in. Make it a situation to remember and learn from.
Well, times are changing, and this too is now possible and happening. If your collaboration is happening online, then the first thing that needs to happen is a seriously good communication that is ongoing and frequent. Everything else is pretty much the same, really. You should take your time to set a clear vision, discussion, share responsibilities, and finally create a virtual space with all the tools needed to keep the work going. And last but not least…
Collaborations, especially if you are new to them, can be uneasy. Sometimes they get demanding and challenging. Many times this is something that brings us out of our creative comfort zone. But, never forget to make it a nice and a fun experience. At the end of it, let it be something that will leave all of you with the thought that it’s been a pleasure collaborating!
Benefits of collaborating
Collaborations in music brin this great and beautiful thing among musicians and their fans. Building bridges between all of them. Collaborating will bring you exposure to an audience that has people who maybe didn’t know you so far. But now, thanks to this, they do. And they are becoming your fans.
Collaboration can help you explore more of your abilities as a musician and a creator, and it can open up a lot of doors for you. At the end of the day, it will connect groups of fans coming from each side of the team.