So you want to become a music producer? Are you sure about that? Being a music producer takes great time and talent and the payoff, well it generally doesn’t come by way of glory.
A music producer is akin to being a ghost writer. You see your hard work put into print but there is no recognition. Perhaps it is best described as being the manager of a pro sports team. Usually when you are recognized is when your team has lost too many games and you are canned. A music producer is just not famed near as often as he or she should be in my estimation.
But if that is all irrelevant to you, then maybe you have what it takes. Are you a god when it comes to mastering sound? Can you mix, remix, reverb and provide the techniques it calls for to take a piece of music from good to great?
And management. Do you excel in management? Can you make people want to follow your lead? You have to take into consideration the types of people that often come with musical talents. Most are contrary individuals. Some are stubborn and strong-willed, unyielding especially when it comes to suggestions on how to better or alter their music. Some are lazy too. They are good at what they do but that is where it ends. They are not motivated to practice or to do much else besides play. Not all musicians are difficult to work with but the large majority are not like blobs of clay that you can mold how you please and are usually quite the contrary.
You must also possess a charismatic air about you. You will be promoting an individual or a group. You will be their advertiser and will be up against countless others who are doing the same. There must be something special about the way you communicate to others and about how they see you. The most successful producers are those who have a way with others.
If you feel you’ve got what it takes, then you will be happy to know that being a music producers is much easier than it ever was before. Now, you have simpler options such as producing online instead of at the studio. You can follow a program on the computer instead of having to have a degree in college. It can be done for much less of a financial investment that it used to cost also.
To get started, it’s good to familiarize yourself with music of all types and instruments of all arrays too. Whether you play music or are just interested in producing the talents of others, you will need to have a feel for it and as much knowledge about music as you can get.
You will need to learn as much technical knowledge as you can too. Although the computer age has greatly simplified the process, the more you know, the greater you will be. You can take courses online or even at a college location if you are so inclined.
Get your studio prepared and set up. You may opt for a home studio or a true studio in a separate location. There are advantages to both. Build up your equipment as you can afford to and grab whatever software you can as well.
Now it’s time to start recording. A wide variety of recordings will become your best friend. You will learn more if you branch out into different types of genre and you can always specialize in one that best suits your fancy but it is good experience to have a myriad of types under your belt.
When you have a collection of produced pieces, you will no doubt want to start your own website. This allows others to see and hear your work. It is, in short, networking. Don’t skimp when it comes to your site. You want it to be very appealing and to sound excellent too so if that means hiring services to be done correctly, do it. You won’t regret it.
Being a music producer is not an easy job but it is much easier now than it ever has been in the past. If you feel you have the gift of making music sound great, the gift of gab and the gift of managing and promoting people, then give it a try. Who knows, you may just be the next great music producer of all times. You will never know until you try.