How to Get Started as a Music Producer

Producing is a complex and multi-functioning task. Whether you’re new or have been recording for a while, we hope to simplify the process a bit with these four simple tips.

Be Spontaneous

You might think this is an unusual tip, but coming in with spontaneity will always squeeze out new sounds and ideas. It’s a good way to kick-start (no pun intended) your imagination. Test a new instrument or drop in a random loop. Who cares if your percussion is off-beat the first time? DJ and Producer Armin van Buuren once said, “As a producer, I really like to let go of any rules that may exist”.

Be Open To Unexpected Results

Sometimes, the way things actually sound when you play them out do not come out as precise as you’d expect. This is bound to happen many times, but there’s a clever way to deal with the glitch. Stay positive. You can make something out of that unexpected beat. Let it spark new inspiration and bring out a fresh flow.

Mix it up

First of all, mixing helps you skip the panic of not knowing where to start — something a writer would called “writer’s block.” We’ll call it “beats block”. This is a great way to challenge yourself, since it will require a lot of reconstructive and creative thinking! Remixes are bound to bring attention; producer and singer Chet Faker became popular and famous for his remix of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet. Moreover, you’ll essentially have a chance to learn through a producer’s style and technique!

Explore The Music That’s Around You

Continue digging up music — this should already be part of your daily routine. Attend gigs, concerts, and music festivals to get a closer look. Although researching new music and trending producers is a great method for exploring the music world, physical encounter is always better. Search up music events near you that appeal to your genre or even go for something totally new! Depending on the size of the gig, you may even get to speak with a producer and exchange ideas.

Through visual and aural learning, you’ll gain new concepts, ideas and inspiration. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll do amazing things!

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Michelle Aguilar has a strong passion and love for music – and its history. She enjoys reading literary books, dancing, trip-hop/indie venues, working on her blog, and digging up new music. 

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