Wednesday, January 5, 2005

A Music Producers Job: The Breakdown

A music producer's job has many facets.  He does everything from making the beat, to arrange, compose and even helps song write tracks.  He will work the the sound engineer who will help with the technical aspects of the recording process. Some engineers are also producers.  Coaching and directing vocalists are also functions of the music producer. You also act as a middle man between the artist and the label, finding a happy medium for everyone involved.

Producers make anywhere from $50 to $500,000 a track.  He is also in charge of the creative mix.  If you're a new and up and coming producer, most will suggest that you start doing work free just to get your name out.  You can also bring on some artist yourself, blow them up, then everyone will be asking who produced those tracks. There is definitely a lot of money to be made if you have enough perseverance and talent.

A producer should be enthusiastic about music and the artist.  One who is an expert in the genre that they work in. You should be able to give constructive criticism, and develop an honest and successful relationship with the artist. Who you know is everything in the industry.

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