About the job:
As a Music Producer, you are responsible for the overall production of recorded music. If you are working on a commercial track, you might work closely with recording artists and sound engineers to ensure everything runs smoothly during a recording session.
If you are developing your own ideas, you'll have to arrange them, mix and master, then do some final sound design before your track can be considered complete.
Music producers usually specialize in a certain musical genre, be it Electronic, Rock and Roll, Rap, Arabic, Jazz, or Classical.
Not everyone wants to build a career from music production. You might love your day job and just want to make music on the side.
However, if you would like to try, there are actually many different career paths available for the skilled music producer.
- Produce music for a singer or rapper
- Do freelance work: Design sounds for video games or record and engineer live bands
- Produce music for yourself (Build your career as an artist)
- Get into film and commercial work
- Teach music production
- Create sample packs and other products
As a Music Producer, you might face the following challenges:
- It takes a long time to get to a level where your music is actually worth releasing
- Deliberate practice is required
- Even if you’ve got great musical ideas, your mixing skills might not be great, or your sound design may not be up to standard
Being a Music Producer can be rewarding, here's why:
- The field is very diverse (See career options listed in "What You Do" section)
- Imagine how you'll feel when you complete a track & have it be appreciated by many
- You don't necessarily need a music background to start! Many of the great producers picked up the skills along the way
- Irregular hours and irregular times
Are you the right fit?
- Any Track
Will you make money?
- In order to become a Music Producer, you need to have passion for music
- A Bachelor's degree in Musicology, Music Theory, Music Production or Sound Engineering can help but is not required
- You must be tech literate and have the capacity to learn how to use new softwares
- You need to practice until you've reached MASTERY (Which is when you've put in way more than 5,000 hours into developing your craft)
- You will need essential gear, which includes a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and Headphones
- Start with budget friendly options, and invest in more expensive equipment once you’ll know you’ll use it
- Take online courses or sign up to your local music production school
There is a small fee of $75 for participating in this activity, which also includes a meal, a take home certificate, and more.
For questions, please email [email protected]
Do you dream of pursuing a career in the music industry?
We recently visited our friends at local DJ school, Per-Vurt, to learn what it’s like to work in Music Production with founder, Mohamad Ghebris. Here's what went down!
Mohamad Ghebris is the founder and manager of music business Per-Vurt, a record label, music store, DJ school and agency. Music has always been his passion and he followed his love for it to become a music business entrepreneur and active producer.