5 Key Tips For Music Producers in 2021
If you have passion for music production then your motivation towards it in theory will never die. Although there are certain things which can slow or hinder your motivation or creativity. Don’t forget to take regular breaks while working on music, get out of the studio or the room you’re working in, go for a walk or do a short exercise routine to get your body moving and blood pumping.
It’s a general rule in life but having a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and making sure you have a regular sleep pattern will give you so much energy and stamina throughout the day. If your creativity is low then why not try using loops/samples, these can instantly inspire you and fire up your motivation in minuets.
Don’t be disheartened when you’re not seeing instant results, it took a while for me to see any kind of results when i was first uploading my beats and trying to sell them to artists. This is a marathon not a sprint, keep your head down and focus on what you’re doing and be consistent with it.
Find other people to work with, either producers, artists or both. Go onto social media and find people who you would like to work with, message them, get to know them and see if they would like to work with you. Trying to work with big names is not impossible but it’s not easy at all, instead it’s ideal to go for people in and around your skill level and/or journey level. This way you can help each other grow and advance and possibly build a long term relationship which could evolve into having more opportunities in the future.
I have made some good friends, had opportunities, sales, exposure etc by doing this exact thing, do not skip out collaborating.
Having a Plan:
You’re making music. You’re putting it out over the internet. You’re getting some views and some follows/subscribers etc. What next?
If you’re making beats or producing tracks for fun then that is ideal for you, you want to share your music with others and that’s great, mission accomplished.
What if you’re trying to turn your music production into a business or career opportunity? What are you going to do to build it up to that point? You need to have a plan, where are you now, where do you want to be and what steps do you need to take to get there?
Having a structured daily and weekly plan will help you achieve your goals more effectively, it will save you a tone of time and enable you to get where you want to be quicker. Look at your week, you work a 9-5 or you go to college or whatever your situation is you’re already going to have a foundation to structure your music around. Make short term sacrifices for long term success, don’t always go out on the weekend, don’t just sit around after work, play games or scroll mindlessly on social media. Use all the available time you have to put into what you really want to do with your music, I’m not saying don’t take breaks or days off because those are essential, just maximize the amount of time you have right now so you can be where you want to be sooner.
Plans vary rarely go off with out a hiccup, this reminds me of Mike Tyson’s saying “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. I always liked that statement. I’m not saying you’ll get punched in the mouth, but you will come across obstacles and hurdles which you will need to overcome and adapt to along your journey.
So do your research, make a plan, stick to it, be ready to adapt, be consistent and watch what happens over time.
Do You / Be Unique:
We are all influenced by others as well as what we see and hear. As humans that is part of our learning process, it’s natural for us to copy or to imitate others. There is nothing wrong with doing this. Whether it’s in the sound of your music or in the process of how you promote or show yourself online to your fans/audience.
Some people make a great living emulating others music but for me when I’m looking to work or listen to other peoples music I want to hear something different or unique. This of course is my own opinion but for me an example would be Dr Dre, you can almost always pick out if a track was produced by Dr Dre, he has his own style and sound to his productions. The same can be said for Timberland, Missy Elliot, Queen, Drake and so on.
The music industry has changed massively over that last decade or so and people like you and me being able to produce our own music from our bedrooms make the competition larger and an even bigger reason to want to stand out from the crowd. Find out what you like to do different and if it works highlight it and stand out.
Don’t Give Up:
Saying don’t give up might seem like a obvious thing to say and you’re probably thinking “I’m never giving up!” but I have seen a lot of people quit their music production dreams after only a year or 2 of trying. So many people want things right now, the get-rich-quick idea which seldom happens. Do not be afraid of failure, you will fail at a great many things along the way, but learn from those failures and mistakes, they are the most valuable things you can learn from.
There will be times you will sit there and contemplate quitting. There will be times that you are adamant that you’re not going to do this anymore. You will blame others; the industry or whatever, but the fact of the matter is the only person stopping you from doing what you want to do is you.
I know a few producers who wanted to make a living from selling beats online and for a few years’ nothing really happened; a few sales every month, no real income to be self-sustaining, but they persevered. Now they are living on a full time wage from their music production, and you can do the same as well. You might need to adapt and change what you do, you might find there is another avenue for you which suits you better or you might try out a range of things to get multiple streams of income.
Everybody is different, everybody’s situation and circumstances are different, just stay strong, focus and don’t give up.