Getting a start in any industry is difficult. You’re young, might not have much in the way of experience and in desperate need to stand out. It’s harder than ever to get people to notice you, especially when you work in a creative position. However, if you thought it was difficult to make it as a singer, it’s even more so to become a music producer. Looking for a way to get your start in the industry but not sure how? There are some tips you ought to consider.
Keep an open mind
We all have individual tastes in music. Some of us only like pop, others rock, and some a variety of all genres. While it’s good to have your preferences, that doesn’t mean you should shun music outside of your comfort zone. More than ever, artists are combining genres to create tracks with a unique sound. You might love country and hate heavy metal, but have you ever thought about how the two would work together?
It’s also important to remember that you’re not above any style of music. You might not be a fan of popular songs, but there’s a reason that millions of people around the world listen to them. Put your ego aside and see what you can learn from these tracks, even if they’re not your favorite.
Stay true to yourself
While it’s essential to have an open mind, never let others influence you too much. Always go with your gut. You’re going into this industry to make the music you want, and you need to trust your instincts. If you can’t have faith in yourself, you’ll end up being led in a direction you don’t want to go down.
Practice, practice, practice
You don’t get good at something without a lot of practice. No matter how prepared you think you are, there’s always more you can do. Pretty much every person in the industry today will tell you they’re better than they were when they first started because they’ve put in the work in. Don’t be discouraged if you make a bad mix, just learn from your mistakes. Now is the best time to experiment and try new things with your sound. Eventually, you’ll find what’s right for you.
Advertise yourself correctly
Making a splash is hard when you’re a newbie. People don’t know your name, and they’re reluctant to add something new to their plate. It’s your job to convince them you’re worthwhile. Once that’s done, the snowball effect will help you become a success.
Advertise yourself wherever possible and nurture the people who start listening to what you’re selling. You don’t get anywhere without building relationships, whether they’re with others in the industry or fans at home.
A lot of people who go for creative jobs have the mindset that it’s all or nothing. If they don’t become a success straight away, it’ll never happen. That isn’t true. While it might be financially harder to support yourself, it’s essential to focus on taking things slow. If you try too hard to become an overnight success, you might lose everything as quickly as you found it.
Work around your budget
Don’t go spending your money like crazy, because you’ll likely regret it after a few weeks. While you should pay a little extra for some better equipment, you don’t need to buy the best to be the best. The more affordable stuff will do the job without much issue, giving you a quality song without the immense debt. Remember, success is not assured, so you still need to be smart with your money.
Producers are often ignored in favor of singers, but their jobs are equally as (if not more) important. If this is the path you want to go down, do everything you can to get your name out there, but focus on the music. When it’s good enough, it’ll speak for itself.