I've been struggling for a long time with my music and felt like I stagnated, but really I just haven't been utilizing a super basic tool and it's a little embarrassing. I've discovered how important an equalizer really is lol... They can drastically change the sound and vibe of the instruments. I'm just putting it on the master mix and it's amazing what it can do.
I have some super cool songs in the works that I'm actually proud of so far :)