There are more options than ever for creating, sharing, and listening to music. Technology has made the necessary tools for creating a song accessible to anyone with a reliable internet connection. We see stories everyday of producers and artists starting with nothing but a laptop and a keyboard and finding their way to stardom. While turning into a superstar isn’t easy, learning to produce music is fairly simple. These are the 6 steps to becoming a music producer.
Get the Right Tools
To produce music you’re going to need to find the right combination of music production software and instruments to create the type of music you want to create. There are dozens of options out there that vary widely from beginner to expert, and from free to expensive. Each has their merits and their faults, so do research on which platform is the right choice for you. Read reviews, try out free trials that are available, and commit to learning and mastering one platform at a time. If you have experience playing any instruments use those skills to your benefit. Make sure your instruments are in top shape so you can use them properly.
Learn from People with Experience
For most people, it’s ideal to have training of some kind to learn the in’s and out’s of producing. This can take several forms but the 3 most common are working directly with a professional, YouTube tutorials, and schooling.
Direct: If you know someone with experience producing music, ask them what software they use and if they can show you around the interface. This can be the quickest way for you to get prepared to dive in to a particular software. Reach out to your network and try to work with any friends you can.
YouTube: This option is growing more and more in popularity every day because it’s free and because you have access to it 24/7. Every major music producing platform will have official and/or unofficial tutorial videos available to watch on YouTube and sites like Creative Live. Watching video tutorials allows you to follow along at your own pace and in your own space which is the ideal way to learn for many.
Schooling: If you have no prior experience with music or want to have a more in-depth understanding of music theory, taking classes at a local college or music school and learning on their preferred platform may be a better option for you than watching tutorial videos.
Find Your Sound
When producing music you need to know what you want it to sound like. Make time to actively listen to music you enjoy every day to find your inspiration and your sound. Engross yourself in a variety of genres. Learn the classic songs and albums of iconic artists in each one. With streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal you have access to decades worth of music without having to go “crate digging” for hours in a records shop.
Don’t get caught up in your own hype. Creating a new song is a difficult and long process and you may grow attached to your work. Tweak and tinker with your music until it’s something you’re satisfied with and then get feedback from others. It’s important to seek out and accept constructive criticism of the music you create whether it’s from friends and family, a mentor, a teacher, or an online community.
Start Building Your Brand
Establishing yourself on social media and having an avenue for people to see where to find you and your music online go a long way in helping to build a buzz. Things like flyers, business cards and stickers are easy to design, inexpensive to print, and are good to have on you at any performances. Handing them out is a good way to help people remember who you are and how to find your music after your show is over. Maintaining a social media presence can also get your music in front of new people.
Share your Work
While producing music can be a fun hobby to do just for yourself, if you want to make it a career you’ll have to put your work in a place where people can hear it. Platforms like Bandcamp offer producers a large audience to get their music in front of for free. SoundCloud and similar platforms also have a large audience but limit the amount of content you can upload without paying. There are benefits to each so thoroughly research your options and let the world hear what you’ve been working on. Additionally, establishing a social media presence for yourself and establishing relationships with people are important steps for growing your audience.
Put in the Practice
While the steps to becoming a music producer are simple, none of this happens overnight. You have to be willing to put in the work to become better and better at your craft. It may be difficult to gain traction early but persistence pays off. Keep learning, keep getting better, and keep striving to succeed. For more information on recording demos and any other service contact Audio Realm Studios
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