What Happens When You Collaborate on Music

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Great music relies on team effort. Just look at the liner notes of any single, EP or album. You'll notice there are producers, engineers, artists, lyricists and a handful of other titles helping to make the project a reality. 

Collaboration allows you to create music that you wouldn't have been able to on your own. While it does pose a set of unique challenges, it's a surefire way to get new results and improve your musical skills. In this article, we'll show what happens when you collaborate on music and why you should do it. 

 

You Get To Focus on Your Strengths

As music creators, we all have specific skills that make us unique. We also have weak spots—either things we don't like doing, or regularly avoid when making music. Collaboration is all about working with people who know how to do things that you don't.

Seek out a collaborator with a complimentary skill set. When each creator is confident in what they bring to the table, the musical process will be faster and the final result will be better. Plus, you learn to value and trust your collaborator more. 
 

Porter Robinson and Madeon's collaboration hit over 8 million plays and introduced their joint tour. 

Porter Robinson and Madeon's collaboration hit over 8 million plays and introduced their joint tour. 


You Can Experiment With New Sounds

Collaboration is an opportunity to explore genres, tempos and instruments you haven't before. Being open to new challenges is a prime condition for success. Think about—when do you feel the most proud of yourself? It's probably in those moments when you did something didn't think you could do.

The same thing applies to making music. Forget what you know and venture into unknown territory. Sure, it might get messy, but that's what experimentation is all about. Try out your collaborators' synths and plugins. Explore a new sound palette. Get a new sample pack
 

You Expand Your Crew

Music collaboration widens your circle of creators and industry influencers. When you get involved with your community, you make connections in the local scene. And you never know who you're going to meet when you make yourself available. This is how music scenes are created and maintained. 

It's too hard to do it all on your own. Collaborate with musicians, vocalists and artists who you think are inspiring. Start a band. Play live shows. Soon enough, you'll be surrounded by talented creators who push you to achieve your music goals. It's 100% worth it. 
 

Frequent pop crossover producer Cashmere Cat collaborated with Ariana Grande in 2015 for  'Adore' The single has over 11 million plays on YouTube. 

Frequent pop crossover producer Cashmere Cat collaborated with Ariana Grande in 2015 for  'Adore' The single has over 11 million plays on YouTube. 


You Improve Production Workflow

Collaboration gives you full view into the way someone else works. Take a step back and re-charge your creative energy by learning something new from another music creator. It could be as simple as a few DAW shortcuts, or some basic music theory. But these changes can improve your workflow and lead to more interesting music. 

The opposite applies too—show others workflow tips that help you make awesome music. When two (or more) people are comfortable with bouncing ideas off each other, creative flow skyrockets. 

Remember: constructive criticism is encouraged, but make sure you don't hurt other people's feelings when you provide feedback. 
 

What Are You Waiting For? 

Collaboration is key. If there's someone who you want work with, let them know! You will quickly notice the benefits listed in this article and many others. Find and connect with a collaborator using Outro—there are new producers, vocalists and artists joining every day who are looking to improve their musical skills through music collaboration. 

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