No one goes to a rock concert because the band is in tune. They have to be close enough to not be distracting, but being in tune isn’t the point.
This is something that I think a lot of engineers and producers lose sight of. The production doesn’t have to be technically perfect. Even the performance doesn’t have to be technically perfect. Of course, it has to be good enough that it’s not distracting. But we’re not shooting for technical perfection. We’re shooting for emotional connection.
I’ve often said that technology is best when we don’t notice it’s there. When we can get on with what we’re actually trying to achieve. When we can communicate and connect freely and easily. And that applies to music too. We’re not here to mess around with gear and twiddle knobs and make the waveforms line up perfectly. We’re here to make music. We’re here to tell stories about feelings. The technology exists to serve that goal – no more, no less.