If you have your music on the internet, make sure you are getting what you are owed! Thats your work, and if people are listening to it you should be paid.
Make sure you copyright, become a member of ASCAP or BMI and SongExchange who will help you collect royalties for all the plays/streams of your music.
It is easy to get ripped off in this business, so make sure you are getting what you deserve.
Happy Labor Day and Welcome back! I took the summer off from blogs but now they will continue…But only the FIRST Monday of every month for now…
I used the summer to go to events (music festivals, shows, etc.) and make more connections.
One of the most important parts of our business as a producer is getting out and making connections…
Talk to artists about what you do, your style, your dream and what you believe in. Also, make sure you are talking to artists YOU believe in and whose style you like, and will compliment yours. Give them your card. Let them hear/see your work. Offer them good deals. This is how things will get started…
Also, other producers are a big part of your business as well. Collaboration can lead to big things so be sure not only to connect with the artists but your fellow producers as well.
Beat Maker/Producer career overview:
A Music Producer writes, arranges, produces and records songs for other artists and/or for their own projects. With the growth of home recording technology many Producers find themselves pulling double or triple duty as studio owners and sound engineers. There is a lot of work that goes into being a Producer outside of the studio as well, such as attending rehearsals, meetings, going out to shows. Social media is big, giving the ability to connect with more people then ever before, but in-person interaction of course is best. Half of producing is the music, the rest is sales…and as a producer you are the product you push.
Average Annual Earnings: $49,000
General Earnings Range: $25,000 to $1,000,000
Had enough of just recording yourself? Want to record other musicians and start generating some money off it?
Its all about word of mouth…people trust what they hear from friends. Also, recording studios can be very expensive, people love affordability, even more FREE!!!
Get someone in today FREE or a really good deal, make them happy and they’ll spread the word…
This is where it starts, and builds…
Being a music producer can mean discovering and helping shape the careers of some amazing musicians…but keep in mind, a music producer has plenty of responsibilities…all these responsibilities require musical skill and performance experience, combined with a thorough knowledge of musical genres and music and sound production in a recording studio. Many producers are self-employed. That type of music career means you also need to be adept at running your own business…
In the process of upgrading my studio…new equipment, new space!
Coming soon…new music!!!
Always finding ways to improve…
Do you have a different vision for the songs you hear on the radio? Have a desire to make them your own? To be the one to build it from bottom to top? You should think about becoming a music producer! If so, follow these 10 steps:
- Learn an instrument. First and foremost it’s important to have an ear and feel for music/rhythm. Consider these basic instruments:
- Piano/Keyboard-Probably the most versatile instrument for a producer. Whether you’re just trying to work out a concept or want a particular phrase recorded, a piano is almost indispensable,not only for the melody itself, but also for its flexibility!
- Guitar-Learning the guitar will help you easily flesh out chords and immediately become relevant to popular music.
- Bass-Underrated but essential, the bass will help you lead the rhythm section and create a solid foundation for your productions. 2. Master the technology. To create and manipulate music, you’ll need to learn how to use a soundboard and as many music-processing programs as you can. Figure out which programs and software are your favorite, which work best for you and your style!
3. Know the basics of mixing. Know what it means to mix a track: how to blend all the separate sounds together into one melodious beat.
4. Become a student of music. If you’re not a student of music, you’ll soon find that you’re limiting yourself unnecessarily. 5. Get an internship. Sure, it’s tough work, but you might get some free time in a real recording studio and meanwhile you’ll make friends in the business. 6. Create music. Your job as a music producer is to make intriguing, soul-shattering music. Often, this means experimenting the way that different sounds and different genres work together. Try whatever feels best, and most natural to you. In the beginning, focus on mastering one style of music. This will allow you to make a name for yourself in one particular genre before eventually moving onto different musical styles.
7. Start networking. Tell your family and friends you’re producing music. Create business cards. Post bulletins around your neighborhood. It might be good to start with a friend… Do you have a buddy who is a great singer?
Produce them and keep examples of your work to show prospective clients.
8. Take advantage of the amazing power of the internet.
It used to be that you had to make all personal connections in order to get your music heard. Now, with the internet, you can quickly make an impression both locally and globally, if that’s what you want…
- Upload you’re music to different websites, such as Soundcloud, or Youtube. Curate it furiously and keep them stocked with new and different material.
- Use social networks to get the word out about your music. Social networks deliver viral success to hundreds of artists, even if that success is short-lived. Use your social network with updates, promotions, and free stuff.
- Look into SEO (Search Engine Optimization when using online social networks. When using Youtube learn about tags, descriptions, and titles to get more views.
9. Collaborate. Collaborations have produced some of the most memorable music in history. Don’t be afraid to go up to another producer/musician whose work you admire and ask him/her if they’d like to work with you. You can use the each others strengths to mask each others weaknesses.
10. Save up. Once you have a working knowledge of music and the business, a sizeable client base, and steady income…you can start your own studio!!! Maybe move on to an even bigger city to try to make it real big.
What is your “sound”/your style?
Find your style and stick to it. Your own unique sound is whats going to make you stand out from your competition.
You want the first time someone hears any of your beats, without knowing its yours, to just KNOW its yours. Just because it has that unique style thats only yours.
I want anyone who hears my music, to recognize its my work!
Call it your producer signature…
This is a tough business, to MAKE business.
If you want your music making to make you money, you re guaranteed to struggle a little, get lost and confused and frustrated. It is important to take advantage of the tools and people there are to learn from.
watch YouTube tutorials, read blogs and sign up to webinars that teach about marketing.
DJ IZ has a regular Monday webinar.
submit your music to agents, try to get represented by someone who knows the ways of the business better and where your music would fit!
and as always….never give up!!!