Many music producers upload their beats to YouTube without tagging them.
Looking at monthly Google searches, it’s clear that artists are focused on finding the right recording studio instead of the right music producer.
You’ve been told how great of a singer-songwriter you are by your friends and family, and you believe you’re the next big thing—but you’re new to the industry. So you decide to contact every single person related to the music industry and put yourself on their radar.
Working as a music producer for the past 17 years, I’ve gone through most variations of home and professional recording studios: I produced from my bedroom, from a dedicated office in my apartment, and from the basement of my house before transitioning to a professional recording studio completely separate from where I live.
I will keep this blog post short and to the point.
These are confusing times for all of us, no one really knows how tomorrow’s going to look like, but one thing us musicians know for sure – nothing will stop us from creating music.
In times like these, recording studios and music producers, like a lot of other businesses out there, are getting less and less work, not only because of the fear of the Corona-virus, but also because a lot of us feel uncertainty about our financial future.
New artists in particular often come into my recording studio without an established sound. They haven’t identified the vibe they want to achieve for themselves as artists and will sometimes reference other artists that have an unrealistically different style than what would work for their particular voice. Because of that, I tend to suggest a different workflow for those artists than I would for artists with a viable sound. With these newer, more inexperienced artists, generally he/she or their manager will reach out inquiring about pricing per track. They want to either work on a song they previous wrote, or they want to write to a beat either by themselves, or together with me and/or another songwriter.
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The title says it all. I’ll start with a short story, 10 years ago I was asked to create a song for a TV show in Tel Aviv. After sending the song back to the network the response
I got back was “we like it, but something doesn’t feel right.” There’s not a lot you can do with comment like that, but I had the same feeling before I sent the song and couldn’t put my finger on the issue.
I’m writing on this topic because often when new artists come into a studio setting for the first time, they’re confused about the differences between music producers and engineers. It’s essential that artists know the difference between the two so that they can manage expectations and know the right questions to ask when calling a studio or producer. Artists also don’t want to be in the position to waste time or money, or worse, not get the result they are after.