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Positive lessons from the last lockdown we're taking into the next

The dBs Community share the positive lessons they learned in the first national lockdown, and how those discoveries are helping them stay creative in 2021. 

In a lot of ways, 2020 shall not be missed, yet in spite of everything that year threw at us we witnessed some truly exceptional work from the dBs Community, who demonstrated a resilience and determination to use lockdown to their advantage.

As we begin a third national lockdown here in the UK, we wanted to share some of the lessons learned during the first lockdown and equip you with some positive ways to overcome the challenges of isolation and turn a difficult time into one filled with creative possibilities. 

1. Establish a routine to your day

1. Routine - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next

"The biggest lesson I learnt from the first lockdown was the importance of organisation. Living and working in a lockdown feels like groundhog day, so it’s best to roll with it by creating a routine for yourself, balancing between work and play.

"On top of that, the projects I work on need to involve something that I’m passionate about, if you enjoy what you’re working on then it makes surviving the lockdown a lot easier. Don’t forget to take time out for yourself though - self-care is always important."

Kat Endacott

Kat Endacott aka ENDAKAT

BA (Hons)
Electronic Music Production alumnus


2. Create a tidy and positive workspace

Dan Wack Home Studio - Positive lessons from the last lockdown we're taking into the next – Perspectives from the dBs Community

"My experience is that it is important to have a good space to work in that promotes creativity. My previous workspace was quite cluttered and dark where as I now have a tidier workspace with the addition of a few house plant friends (that also help with air purification)."

Dan Wack  - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next



Dan Wack
BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production alumnus



3. Allow yourself to experiment

3. Allow yourself to experiment - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next

"One of the things I learned is that even if you can clearly see where you want to take your music, it might not be exactly what other people will imagine.

"I've always been inspired by artists like Thom Yorke and James Blake, then more recently Ólafur Arnalds and JFDR… and I'm noticing more than ever that my taste is different to others around me, even fans of my music. Part of me feels I should write music that these people would prefer, however even if I try, it doesn't seem possible. I can't help going down a different route every time I start producing.

"Lockdown has given me the space to explore this without the pressures of the normal world. We have time right now, and I think if you are lucky to be in a position where you have nothing to do, exploration should be bumped up the list."

MRo



Marnie Rose Davidge (MRo)
BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production alumnus



4. Be thankful for what you have

4. Being Thankful - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next

"One thing I have learnt to do throughout the previous lockdowns, that I will do in this one too, is to make sure I’m being grateful for what I have at the minute, however tough it is. Being thankful that I’m still able to create even if my studio has to temporarily close for business helps me to cultivate a positive mindset no matter what situation comes my way.

"Throughout the lockdowns, I've been using meditation to direct and funnel my ideas. I like to think of ways I can help musicians still see a future for themselves in the creative arts.

"I'm forever adapting my practices and overcoming COVID hurdles. I'm generally a very positive human, but I also try to acknowledge and confront any anxiety as something my mind is trying to tell me to address.
This practice empowers me to take control of my situation and not feel like a victim of circumstances, even if we all are to some degree."

*If you're struggling to think of things to look forward to this year, you can check out our piece on six things coming up in 2021 that have us excited here.

Benny Crispin - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next



Benny Crispin (Two Tribes)
BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production alumnus



5. Share your ideas with others


5. Share your ideas - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next

"It's so important to keep communicating your ideas with those around you. When reflecting on the first lockdown, one of the key things that encouraged me to keep creating and stay focussed was attending the scheduled feedback sessions with my peers. I was able to use them as milestones for my final projects and made sure I had new material to showcase in every session.

"From doing this, I was able to receive new feedback for all my new sketch ideas which helped to spark further inspiration.

"It was also useful to plan and set sessions every week just for creating new ideas and experimenting with sounds. I found myself creating at least one sketch idea a week because I was just focussing on the creative process. Once I reached my set goal of sketch ideas I would then move onto the arrangement and begin the mixing stage for each sketch."

Liam McDonagh - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next

Liam McDonagh (Retrospekt)
BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering alumnus



6. Dedicate some time to self-care

6. Self-care - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next

"Throughout the previous and current lockdown I’ve used mindfulness and meditation to help maintain focus, settle the mind and prime myself for creativity. Used regularly this can be a very powerful tool no matter what the circumstance."

Kris Ryeland - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next

Kris Ryeland (Ryeland/KID KAOS)
BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production alumnus



7. Set realistic creative goals

Camila Milieme in the studio - Positive lessons from the last lockdown we're taking into the next – Perspectives from the dBs Community

"The best way I have found to stay positive throughout lockdown is to keep focussed on the things that you want to do, don't force it but work towards it as best you can. Give time for things to come to you. The most important thing is to accept the situation but make the best out of it.

"I found that a great way for me was to purchase a new oscillator for my eurorack modular system. It made me feel excited, kept me interested and focussed in making music even if there are no dancefloors to listen to it on.

"If this is possible for you, to buy a new piece of gear, I would highly recommend it. Even if it is just downloading a free plugin, buying some new software, an FX pedal, synth etc. - something new can really spark excitement and keep creativity flowing."

Camila Milieme - Positive lessons from the last lockdown were taking into the next

Camila Mileme (The Lady Machine)
BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering alumnus




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