** Disclaimer - if you just want to get to the important announcements and skip the part where I ramble on about my life and thoughts about stuff, just scroll to the last couple paragraphs - I won't be offended!
Well hello again my good friends.. it's been a minute! Do you ever feel like you put your head down one minute, and then you lift your head and look around you the very next minute and a whole bunch of time has passed? That's how I'm feeling. Cue up the Steve Miller, baby!
So I wanted to give an update to those of you who might be interested, and let you know about some upcoming things that you might want to keep an eye out for.
A while back I released a online course called Make Brilliant Mixes Now with Harrison Mixbus. I had modest hopes for it, but it didn't do half bad (!) and was very well-received. I was really grateful for the positive feedback I received, because I take the responsibility to provide good training seriously and put a lot of work into it. And I was really happy that it gave me the chance to interact with a lot of you and learn more about what you do. Which is a lot of awesome stuff, it turns out! Since then, though, it may seem like I dropped off the map, as I haven't released any more course offerings and have largely been quiet.
Well.. yes and no. If you were fast-forwarding through my movie from that point, you'd see me relocating (at super speed) from one house to a smaller fixer-upper house with no readily available space for a studio, completing a recording project or two for clients, jamming away in one band only to see it fall apart, starting a new band and recording it at a super cool Neve-equipped studio, completing a session at Berklee Online, starting construction on a new home studio from scratch, changing day jobs.. in addition to all of the normal fun things that life can throw at you. Whew!
And while I enjoyed the hellll out of making my last course, I'll admit to struggling to find a place for that work after that. Not just because all of those things above were going on (most of them very positive!), but also because creating content and coursework is a side hustle for me - at least for now - so all the time I put in is usually over weekends or late nights. Which can make it hard to have a life at times. Don't get me wrong, though - I'm not trying to complain! I feel very lucky. But I do feel like I owe something of an explanation, especially given what I'll tell you in a minute.
Before that, though - one other thing I struggled with was whether the effort is worth it. Not because it's not rewarding - it is. Very! But because the recording education market is already sooo crowded and full of experts. What do I have to offer, that someone hasn't already offered? How can I carve out space to do my thing when some of the all time greats are making big splashes in the same pool? This pained me mightily for many moons... Mightily! Mostly because I don't set out to do anything halfway. If I'm going to share something and ask to be paid for it, I will work my ass off and shed blood, sweat, and tears to make sure it's good, provides value and is successful.
Ultimately, I realized that I do have something valuable to offer. I may not have gold records on my wall, but what I do have is years of experience in training and instructional design in a professional environment, as well as over a decade of hard fought and hustled-for experience playing and recording music. I have the ability to explain complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand, and I know how to create training content that moves logically through subject matter in a way that translates to the real world. So take that, saturated training market! Suck it!
All of this leads me to today, and my determination to move forward from here based on a core set of principles gained from experience. Some of which are, in no particular order:
- Treat all people with respect and strive to connect
- If you don't like something in your life, change it - no one else will
- Hard work and intelligent determination beat formal education
- You will succeed at what you prioritize, and nothing else
- Solid fundamentals > tips & tricks
- Gear is awesome! And it will not save you
- You are never more alive than when you're learning
- Training should be real-world and practical - and fun!
- Add value, or don't add anything
The fourth item on that list is especially relevant for me now. In thinking about that FF>> movie above, I realized that I was trying to achieve too much at once, and needed to prioritize in order to succeed. To that end, I am rededicating myself to my training and education efforts and focusing specifically on content for the Harrison Mixbus family of products. I use them to make my music, and I really do believe they are the best thing out there - and represent an incredible value. So I intend to provide a ton of useful content for the (relatively) small but ever-growing (and smarter than everyone else) Mixbus user market. That's why the Write.Sing.Record. courseware site has been revamped, and is now Mixbus Mania!!
Through Mixbus Mania!!, I'll be upping my content output - offering free video tutorials & comparisons, informative blog posts and additional courses. It's very modest at the moment, but starting in September I will begin turning it into an incredible resource for Mixbus & 32C users and a great place for those just learning about Mixbus to dive in and find out everything they need or want to know.
I hope you'll join me on the journey. It's going to be fun! AND I'd love to hear your content ideas, so feel free to make suggestions in the comments.
Hope your efforts musical and otherwise are rewarding, and I will be talking to you soon!
The Mixbus Maniac