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How to Persevere

Timbaland

Lesson time 08:04 min

Tim believes resilience and dedication are critical for success. As he concludes his MasterClass, he reveals what drives him and how you can keep focused on your inspiration and goals.

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How do you get heard? How do you get known? Ambition, persistence, hard work, dedication, never giving up, that's how you get known. Always sticking to it. If it's good, it'll manifest itself. If it's not, hey, you gave it your all. I can't tell everybody this, say, I'm going to be a music producer, you're going to be a music producer. That's not going to happen. It's all about your perseverance, your strive to be better than what you are yesterday, always trying to be a better you, always trying to better yourself, always trying to figure out what you're doing wrong, taking criticism, you know, what you don't-- like, there's going to be hard days when, you know, you want to give up. I still had those days, you know? But you can't give up because it's what you love. [MUSIC PLAYING] My first success was, I think, "If Your Girl Only Knew," Aaliyah. And I just wanted my music to be heard. I don't know what it took to get there. I was a young kid that was, like, I just wanted my music to be heard. And I was so blessed that Aaliyah loved my sound, loved me and Missy, what we was doing. And when they called and told us, I remember Berry, her manager, her record label, said, congratulations. You got your first number one. I'm like, what? You know? You smiling, but it's still-- I don't know nothing about the business. I don't know it was-- wow, people liked my music. Yes. That's all I wanted. You know, saying have some money to help my mom or help my dad, you know? But this lease, but that wasn't the drive. It was the drive to make the people say, wow. You know, it really wasn't a drive. It was I wanted people to hear my music, you know? Then, as they heard it, this would kind of like made me be like, wait a minute. A girl said to me, you got the dope beats, out of nowhere, in a mall. You know? Random. OK. It's Jay-Z on it. That's Jay-Z. She looked past Jay-Z to tell me my beats were dope. So that means my music has touched her, along with Jay and whoever artist was on the music. But she identified my music, my template. Moving that one particular person was more than money or number one on the charts because I was moved doing it, and I know I wanted people to be moved. And when she was-- when she told me that, it's-- I knew there was millions of other people out there that might feel the same way. But I needed that one voice. So that was a moment that said, thank you, God, for the gift. [MUSIC PLAYING] To be honest with you, I'm a type of guy, you know, at one point, I didn't spend nothing, which I'm like that now. Like, I don't spend nothing. I just want to spend it on music stuff, music equipment, new stuff, new ideas. And, you know, you got to be careful because once the fame come, you want to try things. And it's nothing you can do because it going to hit you in a different form. I'm telling you how it hit me. You know, you get hot. You start feeling yourself. So now you neglect what got you hot, and that's mu...


Find your beat

Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland takes you behind the boards to teach you his process for creating iconic tracks with artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Aaliyah. In his first-ever online class, learn how to collaborate with vocalists, layer new tracks, and create hooks that stick. Step into Timbaland’s studio and learn from one of the industry’s most innovative hit makers.



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4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I learned a lot. Not technical things per say (but he said we won't get into that) but I gained so much in "personality" and the mental aspect of it all. Thank you Timbaland

Timbaland has an inspiring process and technique, or "bounce" so to speak. He has also been through it all, meaning you know what he says is so true.

This was great, and higly inspirational! What a legend, and an excellent insight into the work of a bunch of true professionals and music lovers. A++

Major insight from one of my favorite producers, Timbaland!


Comments

Abbie

This was my favorite lesson by far. Such great wisdom: Faith, trials and perseverance...That's what gets people success.

Hanna K.

Love this class! I worked on some design stuff while I listened. Great background music. So inspiring.

Kishaun

This class was really refreshing. I learned that there were some aspects of producing music that i didn't consider as important as i should've throughout my journey of growth in making music. I noticed a difference when i started working on a song and implemented some things that I learned from the course into it. He has a fascinating approach to music

Andrea L.

This class was awesome i got to know Tim a little bit and it showed me all the things i was doing right and gave me ideas for things to work on and perfect i liked how its interactive with workbook and things you can play with.

VJ B.

I love the motivational speaking at the end of this class. Especially that he's thankfull to God for the gift he has. I wasn't expecting that here!

Blain K.

I love discovering that my heros are dope individuals too. When the artist is as dope as their art, that's some shit. it's beautiful.

Proy L.

I am really new with this beatmaking and producing world. But watching Timbaland workflow alongside with Angel and Fede inspired me. I come from Breaking, so being able to translate all I learnt and mix the music I produce with my bounce its just wonderful. I felt the energy through the screen.

A fellow student

Very cool! I am teaching music production to my (awesome, beautiful, and talented) middle school students in East NY, Brooklyn and will definitely be sharing some of the inspirational words and vibes from this class with them. Thanks!

Bobo

Loved the course. Timbaland's energy was inspiring and helped boost my mood during this quarantine. Also enjoyed watching the team members smile at each other and nod to beats during the collaborative music making process. I watched one lesson every morning to kick off my work day in good vibes. Thanks so much and sad that it's over. Will have to re-watch the class.

Evgenia S.

This is an amazing Masterclass from Tim and his team! I really loved it and enjoyed it! I got a lot of positive vibes, inspiration, motivation and new perspective to create beats and songs! Also a very important part was to understand how Tim works with his team and with others Artists. Thanks for stories of music productions! I will be happy and hope that someday I will to collaborate with Tim and write a song together! God bless Tim, his team and team of masterclass for this opportunity to learn from the best!