If you have a passion for music then you probably want to work in the entertainment business. Whether it is a music producer or in journalism, there are so many ways in which to show off your musical creativity. You should always follow your dreams and if you enjoy music you should follow your passion of music. If you want to know how to become a music producer here are the ways to go about it.
How to Become a Music Producer
Becoming a music producer probably starts with a love of music and a skill at some type of musical performance. But to make it as a music producer, you also need to know a lot about music off stage — how songs are written, how music and sound production works, et cetera. You also need to understand the set-up and operation of audio equipment and the roles of the engineers and others who work to produce recordings. And, as part of your job, you may help the audio engineers in the mixing, mastering and recording process.
You also need to know how the recording industry works, including the legal aspects of contracts and copyrights as well as the business aspects of working with musicians. Beyond that, you need to be skilled at project management, including the ability to work with creative people and to complete a recording on time and within budget.
To do all that, you’ll need training and experience working in the recording industry. You can obtain music training by obtaining a degree in music from a two- or four-year college. George Martin, music producer for the Beatles, for example, studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London and played oboe professionally before going to work for a studio as a producer of classical music.
You may be able to get a degree with a concentration in music production, music business or sound engineering, but you’ll need more than that. Here are some subjects you may study:
- Musical history and theory
- Ear training
- Copyright law
- Artist and product management
- Music publishing and distribution
- Marketing and advertising
- Finance and accounting
It requires a great deal of skill and persistence. You must be versatile in various musical subjects. Making sure you are well-trained in all of these areas will ensure you are successful in your career. Most music producers run their own businesses so it is important to study business as well. The better-rounded you are in the music industry the more successful you are in the industry. It is a great field to get into if you want to be creative and passionate about what you are doing.