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Awesome. Great reviewer, musician and all-round cool dude! Well deserved!

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As you all know, July is a rather slow month for sales so I figured I’d bring over another question I saw on forums from other sites for us to discuss here:

Did you or do you have a mentor?

I don’t mean like “Were you taught piano when you were a kid?”. There is a big difference between a mentor and a teacher.

So yeah, did you take an internship or apprenticeship under a composer or producer? Did it help?

Do you think one must undergo such a time under another’s wing to be successful in this industry today or do you think one can just learn it all themselves?

It will be interesting to see what people here have to say!

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A bit biased here as this book is produced by my alma mater but I’ve generally heard good things about it and was looking into getting it myself:

http://www.berkleepress.com/catalog/product?product_id=11253&category_id=7
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Just noticed there is a similar topic on the “all topics” page so please lock this down. Thanks!

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Same here.

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Normally my account resets back to zero by midnight between end of the month to start of the new month in Australian Time but it hasn’t yet. It’s already nearly midday here in Australia and my account hasn’t withdrawn yet.

Is this the same for all of you or are you all back at 0 yet?

I’ve been using the automatic withdraw function and oddly enough when I checked it, it didn’t have my paypal details which I had to renew. Same goes for my secondary account so I’m wondering if this is a site-wide problem (I had problems accessing AudioJungle the whole morning)

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I don’t think there’s one right answer. There are lots of commercial sounding bands / groups out there that never get “a big name”, although analytically their sound / music should be on par with the biggest names. Same goes with music on AudioJungle. There are lots of big tunes uploaded many years ago that technically / sound quality wise are such that they wouldn’t get chosen in the screening process today and still they sell by the hundreds, mainly because of the fact that back then they became popular and ride on that built visibility. Corporate music genre seems to revolve around same sounds / concepts / ideas and it seems to be almost random which of the tunes manage to get trending tag etc.

In my opinion it’s mainly about experience and building the intuition to realize what seems to work, what people seem to like / are looking for and then create something that is of high enough quality to be potential success, then it’s mostly about luck / timing and things that you can’t really control. Life in general is balance between chaos and order.

Overall, everything is a matter of statistical propabilities.

... or quantum, if you prefer :)

I think that’s a very fair analysis! A good read! Thanks for contributing!

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In the past few months I posted quite a bit on the forums about dry spells and inspiration and this led me to spend a while working on other things and using quite a bit of my free time checking out composer/producer/songwriter forums on other sites to answer some of my questions.

I wanted to bring over some of the debate topics I saw on other sites and get your views on some of these things.

1. Can composition be learned or is it purely talent?

This one was quite a divisive subject on the forums. Some claimed that by composing a new track a day, they got progressively better whilst others claimed that you either can do it or you can’t and writing a great song is down purely to talent. What’s your opinion?

2. Is there merit in studying the theory behind other songs?

There are some fairly interesting sites/channels that are into deeply analysing famous songs. Some claim that it really helps whilst others argue that chances are the songwriters/composers behind the songs were probably not thinking about these things. What do you think?

3. Does experience = success on AJ?

This one is a question I personally wonder about here on AudioJungle. As many of you will have probably noticed, there have been quite a few composers/producers that have joined recently with accounts that have skyrocketed in sales. I checked the bios behind a lot of them and by large a lot of them say that they have 10-20+ years working in the industry. Do you think this experience is necessary to write a hit here on AudioJungle or do you think pure talent can carry one through?

I would love to hear your thoughts on any or all of these subjects.

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Awesome stuff, go Pink Zebra!!

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We might as well loose the money in the pocket by pursuing that occasional back end “money on the table”. Not only because of loosing certain kind of clients, but also insanely increased amount of competition caused by opening the gates for PRO registered music.

Many authors think that they would make extra money if PRO was allowed just because one of their tracks appeared on TV by chance. I bet they’ll change their minds when they can’t even make a single sale thanks to the new competition.

+1 all the way! Excellent point!

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