I have to confess a thing: I’m a complexitator. Ehm…I might have just made up that word, but basically I mean that I tend to overcomplicate things and processes I work on. This has 2 main disadvantages: First it takes longer to complete a project, and second the result is overly complex which in many cases can be a barrier for the audience.
I actually know about the KISS principle, but I haven’t been following it. Now I have made up my mind to always have KISS in mind when working on any project, whether that is music or anything else. And I really recommend you to also Learn to Follow the KISS principle: To help you actually finishing your songs, and also make them have more focus in the end result.
KISS stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid”. The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. In music, this means that you should always remember the basics elements: Rhythm, Harmony and Melody.
You don’t need that many instruments playing an individual part to make a good song. In fact, the more you add, the more difficult it will be to mix it into a professional sounding song. For each instrument or sound you add, go back to the KISS principle and ask yourself. Does this really add to the overall experience for the listener of the song. In many cases, you try to add more things just because you can. But remember that the end result is all that matters to the listener.
So, take this to heart: “KISS your Music, to make Shine”.