The Modern Recordist EP: 021 – Creative workflow, productive mindsets in songwriting, and freedom in limitations with Ben Hardt

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Wow! This week I had Ben Hardt on the podcast. Ben is an amazing artistic visionary that wears many hats – songwriter, artist, arranger, musician (he plays a ton of instruments!), engineer, producer, and even web developer. It was actually tough to come up with a title for this episode, because we really did hit it all. There are so many powerful topics explored and knowledge shared throughout this episode, all mixed in between the interesting stories and discussions.

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This episode was very high energy, as you will notice in the excitement in my voice – Ben really inspired me, folks!

“There’s no such thing as motivation. There’s only inspiration and discipline.”

“You’re only limited by your influences.”

Those are two mantras Ben uses as a source for his prolific artistic output and creativity. And Ben certainly is prolific. Here are a few of the powerful takeaways you’re gonna come away with when you listen to the show:

• The power of “group-mind” in creative thinking, music projects, and songwriting

• The advantage of approaching creative work from a labor work mindset

• The book “The War Of Art”

• The importance of discipline in songwriting and artistic/creative work

• How to inspire yourself

• The powerful songwriting trick of “mishearing” your favorite songs

• The limitless possibilities of imposing limitations on your writing and recording practice

• Moving past the challenge of over-intellectualizing your creative process

• The book “The One Thing”

Find and connect with Ben Hardt on social media…

Twitter: @benhardt

Instagram: @benhardt

About The Modern Recordist

The Modern Recordist is a podcast devoted to the exploration and continual discussion around designing and living your life as an extraordinary artistic visionary. Each week Jon Stinson, JD Tiner, and Parrish will venture on this journey, either in a casual hang out with a guest, or by diving into a specific topic for a few minutes in more of a monologue-structured format.

Hear stories and learn from the most innovative, inspired, and talented songwriters and artists in the music scene. Spark your creative genius with actionable advice and takeaways. Become inspired and move to action as you design and live your life as an extraordinary artistic visionary.

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After you’ve listened to the episode posted above in it’s entirety, take a few minutes to poke around my site here. There’s plenty of valuable things to soak in, such as previous episodes of The Modern Recordist podcast, and even my free resource on simple tips for recording drums:

Recording Drums 101


And here’s a hat tip the rest of the team at The Modern Recordist…

JD Tiner is the main man at Glass Onion Recording, the studio that serves as my home base for my projects, as well as the home base for The Modern Recordist. Go “Like” Glass Onion Recording on Facebook at:

Parrish is a producer/engineer. He also handles the engineering for The Modern Recordist, as well as the social media aspects of the show.

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