I've been meaning to write this post for a while. As an artist, I'm in a very fortunate position. I rarely run out of ideas, I hardly ever suffer from writer's block, I'm able to keep my quality high and also the quantity fairly high too. I say fairly high, because I don't write as much as everyone seems to think. The negativity regarding this issue is there will always be haters saying things like 'you need to slow down', or 'there's too much music', or other things that I tend to disagree with.
The fact of the matter is when I look at this argument from the other side, i.e that of a consumer, I can't see how there can be too much music. If I take, for example, FSOL - one of my fave electronic artists of all time. I want as much stuff as I can find by them and I tend to keep up to date on all things they do. Sandwell District are another act these days that I follow like a hawk. The only downside to this, is if you have a certain amount of disposable income set aside for music.
Now the other thing that people don't seem to get is that I do this for a living. I treat this like a job, because it IS my job. Therefore, I am writing music from 9-5, or whatever the equivalent is due to my messed up sleep cycles! Anyway, what I'm saying is, that's 8 hrs a day I'm writing music, because for this to be successful for me, there is no other way to treat it. You have to have a routine. You have to be driven and focused on your goals, otherwise it's a hobby that might see you putting out a few records and getting a few quid here and there. If that's your thing, then that is perfectly fine. It's not mine though.
I know a lot of artists that are equally as prolific, if not more. The difference is, they are writing for the main reason of having exclusive material to play week-in, week-out, and then thinking about releases later on. The DJ work is their income and they get that work because they are able to offer music that no one else can. So on the flip of that, because I've never really seen myself as a DJ, in the sense of touring religiously, playing out every weekend etc, the goal for me is to release my work to the public and get paid for doing so. That is the gratification for me, the end game if you like.
Another thing to take into consideration is a label hardly ever signs something and releases it straight away, especially an album. There is ALWAYS a backlog and more than likely delays to go with that too. Decayed Society came out pretty quick, because I had full control over that, but something like The Light That Burns Twice as Bright took a full year to come out, and was written before that even, but because the space between that and the next one was something like four or five months, I obviously must have been writing them nonstop and never left the house right? Wrong. Even if that was the case, is there anything wrong with that?
Dedicating this post to bvdub ;)