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Being a successful Music Producer...
« on: August 20, 2013, 08:24:02 PM »
Success in the Audio Engineering world…

To be a great music producer takes much effort… there is much to learn, experience, express and explore. If you set your heart on being the greatest record maker then you have to understand that you will never reach a point when you stop getting better.

Music Producers are always learning new techniques, cultures, sounds, elements… it just doesn’t stop…

An open mind will get you far in the Music Production field. If you appreciate a new song you heard, study it the elements that create the atmosphere. You will find inspiration this way. It is one of the fastest way of learning.
Creating VS Duplicating

Making a song incorporates emotions deep inside some expressing them… Followed by the crafting of the atmosphere behind the message expressed…

Making a beat is rhythms & patterns thrown together in sequence…

If you can get understand this you will instantly open your mind to new possibilities…

Focus less on “making beats” and more and “creating songs”

There’s a saying that goes;

“the amateur copies, the professional creates”

If you focus on making a beat that’s all it’s going to become, the artist will not be attached to it emotionally, and it will remain a “beat”

If you intent on making a “song” you will make something that is more involving for YOU emotionally… when the artist hears this, the effort put into the song is felt and there is a bond. The artist starts free styling, rapping, singing, writing, etc..

I see this all the time…
Music Production as a Long Term Career

If you focus on being a Music Producer, this is the role you dedicate your life to…

You learn so much, this is why I love this field… There’s many work fields out there where they teach a person how to do one or a few things, you may learn a great deal about this subject, but this is type of work is your whole work shift everyday, all day…

This keeps the mind in caged, your mind is more than a terrible thing to waste…  a disaster is not learning how to use it…

I used to work the 9-5. I wouldn’t be telling you about the paycheck world if I didn’t know what I was talking about. Now I am living the dream life everyday… more to spend time here at home and work on anything that needs to be get done around the house, on my online music business, improving myself…

Best of all I don’t need to report to a boss or leave the place/people I love…

Find the thing you love to do… it doesn’t even have to be music related… anything that you do with great passion.

If you properly develop your mind, your craft and your time you will win without a doubt.

If this is the kind of life you want to be living, where you can do anything you want, and still be making money, just get a hold of me juice@thclabs.net

Re: Being a successful Music Producer...
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 10:34:19 AM »
This is good information to know. I think if you want to be a successful music producer, you have to have a knowledge of what is hot and what is not. What genre of music is currently popular with the general public? What type of songs are marketable enough for mainstream radio? What is type of songs have staying power on mainstream radio? I think knowing these things will help you in your approach. I also think that you have to know how to scout talent.

You have to find places where hopeful singers are and you have to meet with them. Make business cards and hand them out to people. Let them know who you are and why they should work with you. Everything you do in the music business has to have a plan. You want to have a rock solid plan so you do not flop. It will be difficult to make a comeback in the music industry if you have an epic fail off the bat.

You also have to make sure you have all the technology and an equipment for your production. Try to get the best equipment that will give you the best sound. Don't settle for cheap stuff if you don't have too.

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Re: Being a successful Music Producer...
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 10:57:33 AM »
There are some good tips in the original post.  I like the bit about making a song, not a beat.  There should definitely be a "story" to the music.  That means there should be a beginning, a middle and an end that anyone listener can pick up on.  You don't want something that is repetitive and loops for 3 minutes.  That's a generic hip hop beat.  You need something that is dynamic.

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Re: Being a successful Music Producer...
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 11:00:02 AM »
There are some good tips in the original post.  I like the bit about making a song, not a beat.  There should definitely be a "story" to the music.  That means there should be a beginning, a middle and an end that anyone listener can pick up on.  You don't want something that is repetitive and loops for 3 minutes.  That's a generic hip hop beat.  You need something that is dynamic.


Yeah I can't agree more. There is a distinct difference between producing music and making beats.

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Re: Being a successful Music Producer...
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2013, 07:02:58 PM »
I agree to an extent but someone like Dr. Dre relies on the same loop on a notable portion of his beats, how can anyone say he's not a producer....the breakbeat is at the heart of Hip-Hop, and it just evolved with melodic synthesized loops...you can tell who's being lazy and who's not with that.



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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2013, 03:08:09 PM »
I think being successful means having multiple rappers use your beats or at least one good rapper.  It means having people recognize your work by paying you at least a little bit of money.  This is supposed to be the profession for a real producer.  Not a hobby.

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013, 12:36:56 PM »
Well said

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2015, 05:36:27 PM »
Good post, I think a lot of people are making generic beats. There is nothing special about what they are doing. The goal you should stride for, is to make instrumentals other producers like. It is the same way in most industries. That is why a lot of Oscar winning movies are made for Hollywood.

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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2015, 09:50:55 PM »
Good information. The best producers are one that understand music on a basic level. Anyone can learn how to throw a couple of beats together. But for it to be musical? Having a background in basic music theory can do wonders for improving your producing skills.

And as a musician who's recorded a bit, there's nothing more frustrating than working with a producers/sound guy who doesn't understand what's going on. Being able to relate to musicians will give you a much needed niche to find work. You need to distinguish yourself in some way from the horde of other people who want to be a music producer. Understanding music is the way to do it.

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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2015, 01:44:20 AM »
No one really mentioned having an ear for the right thing inside of sound. Not necessarily inside of music. Understanding the value of certain techniques, not abusing them, & being able to differentiate something that's going to be popular from something that is deep or powerful. There's a lot more to producing than just bringing something into existence.