I’ve been doing a lot of research on SoundCloud recently and stumbled upon this story: apparently the DJ Aphex Twin has been steadily posting unreleased tracks under a pseudonym.
Since January 26th (103 days ago), user18081971 has posted 208 tracks on his page – roughly 2 tracks per day. The word on the web is that some of this is his earlier stuff partially from the ’90s, but that doesn’t matter – the fact that he has 208 (and counting) unreleased tracks is an astonishing testament to his capability to produce.
There’s been a lot of discussion about Malcolm Gladwell’s 10k hours assertion (Gladwell posits that true expertise in anything requires 10,000 hours of practice), but one thing is unassailable – the greats put in the hours.
Ira Glass put it best here:
Paraphrasing Bill Gates, we greatly overestimate what we can achieve in a day and underestimate what we can accomplish in a year. The key is putting in that consistent effort, day in, day out.