Last week I spent the majority of my time in my home studio refining some skills.
I'm not a singer, but I love to make R&B music. I never sang in a church or school. It feels like the songs I've been writing have been missing something...and I figured it was harmony. I recently bought a book on vocal harmony. I've been studying the harmonies of songs written by The Dream. Dude is mad talented. I know he has a team of people like Tricky Stewart and Kuk Harrell. To sit in on one of their sessions would be crazy.
I also been trying 2 get my mixing skills up. For me its so much easier mixing Hip-Hop vocals then R&B vocals. Hip-Hop is straight forward. To me, R&B music always has more going on. I notice that there are always 1,000+ rappers coming out. Most aren't any good. There are mad people fakeN like they can rap. But R&B...no matter how much Autotune you use...you can't fake singing.
I always compare my music to the music I like. The only vocals I record are mainly reference vocals for songs I wanna sell. I know that don't have to be the best of the best, but they need to be close to it. The music industry is a competition. Whenever I decided to send music to potential clients, I'm pretty sure that they are getting music from thousands of more people. I'm not only competing with other up-and-coming producers, but also the Timbalands, Pharrells, Maestros, and Ryan Leslies. I've gotta make my songs stand out.