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Hi, I’m Keith Mills. And this is episode number 79 of the Finish More Music Podcast. And today we’re going to be talking about time now, beliefs about time, hold back. So many producers, and that actually stopped them from taking action. They stop them from taking the most effective course of action. So by thinking that they don’t have enough time to start, then they tend to start taking shortcuts. They try and fudge the system and these things, of course don’t work. And as a result, they end up wasting time and actually their beliefs about running out of time, start to become true. So in this episode, I’m going to uncover all of the hidden beliefs that surround this subject. We’re going to Chuck them out. And then I’m going to share with you the one simple solution that is guaranteed to make sure you don’t run out of time and is guaranteed to make sure that you get fast results. So let’s get stuck here.
This is the Finish More Music podcast, a show for underground dance music, producers who want to finish more and better music, and to share it with the world. My name’s Keith Mills, every week, we’ll dive into the mindset creative strategies that will help you to move further, faster along the music production journey. Hello, and thank you for joining me on another episode of the Finish More Music podcast. So crazy, crazy busy week for me is filming week for a brand new training series that’s coming out and literally we’re going to start filming probably in about 30 minutes, maybe an hour. And here I am recording the podcast because I just wanted to get this script for this thing. I wanted to get this training as good as I could get it. And I’ve just been 24 seven. And so podcast days today. So if you’re someone who’s really on top of the podcast, if you’re a subscriber and you listen to it, as soon as it comes out, you are listening to it on the day that I’ve recorded it.
And on the day that our filming starts for the series. Now, if you’re interested in how series like this gets put together, cause it’s not the classic set in, you know, see my screen, what you mean, teaching techniques and mixed down and all of these cool things. On Ableton, it’s a properly produced series. We’re going to be filming it here in my studio. We’re going to studios in London, again to a club in London. If you want to see how something like this is put together a real sort of sneak peek behind the scenes. Then follow me on Instagram at I am Keith Mills. I’m going to be putting stories up and you’ll see exactly what it takes to put a series like this together. If you’ve been living under a rock and you don’t know what I’m talking about, this series is a three part training series.
It’s a workshop I’m going to be doing live training with it. And it goes live on the 8th of October. That’s going to be the first episode. So if you want to make sure that your catch that is FinishMoreMusic.com/waitlist. Now some people kind of go, Oh, I’ll remember that. Or, you know, our hope to find out about it. That is going to be a mistake because it’s only up for a short period of time and you want to get notified as soon as it drops so you can get in and you can get started. So it’s the 8th of October, finishmoremusic.com/waitlist. And it’s all about the creative process. I’m diving deep into what the pros do to succeed. We’ll be looking at a lot of the common mistakes that get made, how to finish more of your music, how to finish better music, how to get it released.
So it’s a super cool series to check out. And it’s a crazy crazy week. This evening that I’ve got our high level master in high level mentoring groups, sorry, and mastermind FMM+. So I’ll be jumping on with them, checking out their music, feeding back on it for them and helping them to take the next step. Then tomorrow wear off into London. I think it’s the club then it’s the other studio then back here filming. So it’s going to be a hectic, hectic week, but long story short, I absolutely refuse to drop the ball on this podcast. A I would show up and I’m showing up. It would have been so easy to say, look, I’m tired. I haven’t had much sleep. I’m going to stay in bed. But everything I talk about is discipline and commitment. And it’s something that I firmly believe in how you do.
Anything is how you do everything. You prepared to start dropping the ball in one area of your life, or you’re lackadaisical. You’re lazy. You don’t get started. You don’t make that commitment or that intention, it floods into everything you do. So there is no way as dropping the ball. And of course, I’m not letting you down either. Said I’ll be here and I am here. So what are we talking about today? We’re talking about a big one. We are talking about a word that holds so many producers back and just people in general, in their lives from hunting and chasing down. What’s really important to them. It’s one of the things that they, so that lay on the death bed and say, I wish I would have done this. I wish I would have tried that. And when you look back, one of the biggest things that held them back was their beliefs about time. I’m too old. I don’t have enough time. I’m running out of time, real hardcore self fulfilling prophecy beliefs. So let me kick this off with a beautiful quote from a guy called Earl Nightingale. Never give up on a dream just because of the time. It will take you to accomplish it. That time will pass anyway.
So let me drop that again. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. That time will pass. Anyway. Now I’m not going to dive into the, you know, I’m too old. Subject. The reason for that is I’ve already covered that in a podcast. I’m not sure off the top of my head, which episode it was. But the guys will certainly be putting it in the show notes. So check that out. If that’s one that’s buzzing around in your mind, I’m getting too old, then check out the podcast. What I can say for you is that we have a bunch of members in FMM who I’m absolutely sure. And I know we’ve talked about it a lot with the guys who thought they were too old. They had exactly those thoughts. I’m too old. And what are they doing now?
Regularly releasing music in the studio every day lit up right in amazing tracks, having the gift of their creativity, being able to set in wonder as they build whatever it might be. Techno tracks, house, you name it. And basically being fulfilled in their life, following their passion. It’s who they are. They’re music producers now. So that is utter nonsense. The age one, it’s something from the dark ages. When you think about it, once upon a time, yes, people were lucky to live past the age of 30. And it’s not that long ago that people were lucky enough if they live past the age of 40, but that ain’t the case anymore, right? It’s such an outdated way of thinking. And we’re talking about music production here, or even DJing Sasha Cole, Cox, John dig, weed, Fatboy, slim, David Getter. All of these guys are over 50 and touring the world.
We’re not talking about, I don’t know, playing football for Liverpool or arsenal or whoever your team is. We’re not talking about saying we have bonkers physical constraints. We’re not talking about that at all. And a lot of people say things like, you know, DJ is like a fine wine. The older you get, the better you become. And I think a lot of people can argue that about production as well. Certainly there’s a whole group of up and coming people who are doing amazing. And maybe you don’t get better as you get older. You know, you don’t magically be a better music producer when you’re older, but you’re certainly not hampered. There’s nothing holding you back from doing exactly the same as everyone else. So let’s just park that because we know that that’s not true, but if it is on your mind, then please do go back and check the other podcasts.
Cause I really break it down for you and help you to shift that belief and get it out of your way. Let’s stay with this concept of not giving up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. So this is, I think is gonna take too long. Now what happens when we think that, well, maybe we don’t get started. So if you’re thinking, Oh, this is, this is going to take me too long. I’m not going to get started with it. I won’t do it. Therefore I won’t get started. Well, what happens the time passes, right? And then it really truly does take too long to accomplish. And maybe something happens in your life that takes over for you. Remember if you don’t design your life, somebody or something else will something always crops up, right? You know, best laid plans.
I can’t remember what the saying is you plan and plan. You think about it. You think about it. And then eventually something’s going to come and fill that void because you didn’t already fill it. You didn’t already put your flag in the ground and say, this is what I want to do. You didn’t show the commitment and the intention. So if we think it’s going to take too long to accomplish it, we might just not get started. But here’s what I see a lot of struggling producers doing. Instead, let’s say it’s going to take too long to accomplish it. And I try and look for shortcuts. So they start flipping around on YouTube, trying to find the magic bullet as though one tutorial on YouTube is going to unlock the door. And now they’re a kick ass music producer. Now we know, even when you hear that, when that comes out of my mouth, of course not, of course not.
But what happens if we’re doing that? If we’re flitting around and looking for the master fix so to speak well, we’re not really truly honestly getting started. And so the time is passed in anyway and eventually it will take too long to accomplish it. You see the cycle that we always get stuck in with these horrible limiting beliefs or another thing is perfectionism trying to create a masterpiece like I’ll try and shortcut the system. I know that every top con every top producer has finished an abundance of music. And by finishing loads of music, they’ve leveled up their skill in every area of music production. And that’s why they’re great music producers. I know that to be true, but I think it’s going to take too long to do that. And therefore I’ll just try and make this track. Absolutely perfect as though if I can make one track. Perfect, that’s it? Oh, we’ll have again, unlock the key. I would have figured it out. And therefore all of my tracks from here on, in are going to be amazing.
And of course we know that perfectionism, that all perfect is impossible. We know we’re never going to hit that ideal for a start. So we’re setting ourselves up for failure. We’re setting ourself up for wasting time where focusing on one track, trying to make it something is never going to be because we don’t have the experience. And as a result, time is passing. And I guess you can liken this a little bit. Like let’s say you were playing tennis and you were like, okay, I want to become a great tennis player. And yeah, sure. I see Roger Federer and Rafa Dow and Andy Murray and all of these top guys on the court day in, day out playing, they’ve played all the different matches, all the small tournament’s all the way up to get to where they are in their career. But not me. I’m going to get my tactics just right. I’m going to find that magic coach. I’m going to stay on this court and practice. And then I’m going to walk onto Wimbledon and I’m going to win it on my first go.
Not going to happen. Right? Of course not. So there’s a choice point here. You can either choose to stay in perfectionism or looking for the master fix in the belief that that’s how you’re going to get to your dream and that’s going to shortcut it. That’s going to mean that all of a sudden, it’s not going to take very long to accomplish it. Knowing that that time is definitely passing. And actually it’s the it’s taking you longer. You can stay stuck. You can stay in the anxiety and the discomfort and the angst that it creates because you’re not seeing the progress you want, or you can choose to get started and actually start making music and actually start finishing your tracks and going forward. And here’s the deal. And this is the magic of this. When you do it, you discover the truth. You discover that it takes less time than you think, because a belief is a lie, right?
It’s even got the word lie in it. A belief is something that isn’t true, but we hold it to be true in our world. It is true. So if you say, Oh, it’s gonna take really long to accomplish this and you don’t get started. How do you know you haven’t really truly gotten started, but when you start, it takes muscle much less time than you think. Inside of FMM. We have got producers who are releasing on like mega labels, Hot Creations, Ruckus, Switches, Matador Records, Defected, Toolroom, Swara ,Viva, Affin, Analytic Trail Lost, Get Physical Voltaire, Magician On Duty. I mean the list the list goes on. I can just keep tripping them off my tongue. Right?
And all of these people did this in way less time than you would think. In fact, most of them accomplished it in under two years or around the two year Mark. When I think of people like Sorley who you probably know from his track Deadeye, that was top of the beat port charts on defective. He’s now got a track out on Warner. There’s another label for ya. Like once he dialed in and really started and started following a process, it took him, I think less than two years, Mha Iri, another artist, who’s killing it on the techno scene. She’s been touring around the world. She’s DJing like a huge name now out in Australia with our nights, I’m headlining everywhere, releasing on all the big techno labels, getting same kind of turnaround, Mark Jenkyns, Doug Young who’s part of then. Paul Locke who’s like huge in deep disco.
And here’s the thing. This triggers that other belief, right? Yeah. But they’ve got more time than me. I’m busy. I’m like, I’ve got all the commitments and they don’t, it’s just another excuse. Right? You can either have results or excuses, not both what a beautiful quote that is as well. You can either have results or excuses. Not both say is the, is the bomb foyer? Not one of those people were full time music when they got to that level. Now some of them are now they’ve transitioned. They’re following their dream, but they all have jobs. You look at Paul Locke had twins unexpectedly full time job still did it. They’re just excuses or crazy beliefs that we have. The secret is, is getting started. Most members of FMM will have their first release in months, not years. A great many of them think about that.
If you’re thinking how long this is going to take to get you places. And if you look into the history of a lot of the big acts that are out there, you’ll find that actually it didn’t take them decades. They did some of this stuff in three, four, five years. They went from their first release to being in, for example, the top 100 DJ chart. That’s not uncommon. Jamie Jones, Seth Traxler all under 10 years and tail of us. In fact, I think most of those run disorder, the six year Mark of the top of my head. So you can achieve amazing things, but you’ve got to get started now in full transparency. And I want to be really, really clear here. All of the people I’ve just talked about in FMM, they have a proven process to follow. So I guess it’s get started plus follow a proven process, follow creative process that you know, for sure works because we both know there is a huge difference between trying to get to a destination without a map and trying to get there with one, if I drop you into the middle of a jungle, you’ve got no idea where you are.
You’ve got no compass and you’ve got no map then sure. You’ll get started. And that’s definitely better than sitting still or trying to think, well, I’ll sit here and figure it out in the middle of it. Getting started is still better. But of course, knowing where you’re going, what you’re doing and having tools to get there is what’s really gonna make the difference. So really to add one more point to this, it’s getting started. It’s having the intention, but it’s also having the commitment. It’s not sitting around waiting for it to happen because it’s not going to magically happen either. Right? We can’t make excuses. We have to get started. And it’s about putting your flag in the sand and saying, no, I’m not having this anymore. I can see all these other people are able to do this. They’re managing to do it quickly.
I can do it. Nobody has anything else that you don’t. I can assure you. It’s not a matter of talent. It’s not a matter of the gear. It’s not a matter of the time. It’s not a matter of having some kind of formal education because not one of the people that I’ve just talked about to you had any of those things, not one of them. It’s not about that. It’s just about getting started drawing your line in the sand and saying today is when this starts for real. I’m going to make this happen. So let’s wrap this up. There are no shortcuts, okay? That is an absolute illusion. And by trying to fudge the system, thinking that it’s going to save time, it’s actually going to waste time and it’s going to make that real, that it takes too long to accomplish this. You really will run out of time.
If you continue to try and fudge this and not get committed and get started, it is dedication. It is commitment that is required. Anybody who joins FMM, I hand them the process, right? I hand them the map here is the proven process. We know it works. Thousands of people have followed it. Thousands of people have got results, but if I hand you the process and you don’t follow it, what’s going to happen. The same thing as trying to shortcut it. So it’s dedication, it’s commitment. It’s getting started is taking action. Those are the things. And then you’ll get the results far, far, faster than I think you can imagine. Long story short commit a long story. Short story is a choice for you. It really always down to a choice point commit get started and start seeing the results that you really want. Stop being a creative start, living that life that you really want or let the time pass anyway.
And during that time be anxious, be unsettled, be uncomfortable and tell the day that comes where you really kick yourself because you blew it. So you either get started or you stay stuck in this belief. It’s going to take too long and actually make that your reality. So little bit of tough love, love, sorry. But sometimes it takes a little bit of kick in the pants to, to get things going. The world’s your oyster. We live in an amazing time. We’ve got all the gear, all the communication you can learn from people. You can be around people. You’re not stuck on your own in a studio anymore. The whole world is available to you online. All the tools, all the gear or the opportunities or the labels, incredible time to get started, just make it happen. So how do you feel about that? Let me know.
I am Keith Mills hit me up with a DM. What thoughts about time? Hold you back. Did you have thoughts about time and you’ve managed to overcome them? I’d absolutely love to hear from you. I promise you I’ll read it. I’ll get back. Even though it’s a busy week, I will be on top of this and I will get back to you. Show notes, finishmoremusic.com/079. Take care, check out the old stories on Insatgram as well. Cause it’s all going off. It’s going to be a mad week and I’ll speak to you very soon. Book the 8th of October in your diary. Now I’ve been cooking up something really special for you. A brand new completely free, Finish More Music workshop with one goal in mind to get you finishing more and better music. Even if you suffer from overwhelm perfectionism procrastination, sitting in front of your DAW, completely at a loss for where to start.
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