The Business Overview
A music producer is a person who oversees the whole process involved in the production of music. This process ranges from the very witting of the music to recording, artist performance, marketing and even to the extent of promoting the music.
The music producer is responsible for managing a piece of music until it reaches the final product, which is why most times some major music skill sets are needed for the job.
You will find yourself playing many different roles like the recording engineer, songwriter, financial admin who takes care of monetary deals and most importantly the music coach.
Although this may depend on how big the project is, to produce ‘hits’ for example the project employs different people for different jobs, sometimes even a whole team to take care of just one job like recording and another does mixing.
The job is a professional one. To really produce good music, it takes grit and meaningful strategies aimed at success. Below are the steps one may take to become a music producer.
The market structure of this field of business is one with the high rate of competition and hard work. If you are going to be a good producer, you ought to be versatile in all areas of music.
You must have a concrete knowledge of all the things happening in the studio and you must be up to date with the latest technology.
Duties Of A Music Producer
Basically, the duties of a music producer are much but they could be compiled into the following headings;
1. Guiding the artist through his career
2. Overseeing recording sessions.
3. Supervising mixing of the audio or doing it yourself
4. Promoting the musician and music producer.
5. Signing an artist to a record label
6. Monitoring financial budgets.
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How To Become A Music Producer In Nigeria
Get Music Education First
The loving of music alone is not enough but you have to have an academic background in music to really make the cut. You can join a simple music school or music academy which could be found anywhere in your town. They basically teach music as a career.
This is more important to a producer than it is to the artist himself because the producer will have to know the technical terms for words used in the trade and will be introduced to many skill sets related to music. Or you can study it as a university course.
Register Your Business
Original songs by musicians are called intellectual property, that is they are the kind of products that are manufactured from creativity just like writing, drawing, etc.
One has to register with a copyrights organization like Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the membership is free.
To register one only has to apply by submitting a passport photographs, fill and sign a COSON application form and present a valid I.D.
By so doing, you are making sure no one steals from you by claiming a production of yours is theirs and you will be making it easier for the collection of ‘royalties’ for any piece of music you produced.
Royalty is that commission you are paid when your music is used in movies, played in radio stations, in advertisements and so on.
Although the registration may not be necessary because by law in this country any intellectual property such as poem, writing, song, graphic design is owned by the person who created them.
But the advantage of registering with a copyrights organization is that you will just have to list the music you produced with them and they will act as middlemen between you and third parties interested in using your music.
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Starting A Studio & Getting The Basic Equipment
Although you could be a stand-alone producer where people will only call you up when they need your services, a studio of yours gives you more control over the recording session, and the final product will be closer to what you envision. Besides it brings more money that way, it is the first places people go to find music producers.
3. Audio Interface
6. Studio Monitors
8. Microphone Stands
9. Pop Filter
10. digital conversion
11. mic preamp
12. DI boxes
13. headphone amps
14. monitor management
16. Studio Chairs
17. Bass Traps
18. Acoustic Panels
20. Reflection Filters
21. Monitor Isolation Pads
22. Studio Monitor Stands
23. Rack Mount
24. Power Conditioner
25. Microphone Preamp
26. Headphone Amp
27. Monitor Management
28. Virtual Instruments
29. MIDI Controller
30. Electronic Drum Kit
31. Control Surface
33. Snake Cable
34. Uninterruptible Power Supply
34. Direct Box
Most times you as a producer might not be the one to necessarily run around for everything. Your team of staff should strictly be made up of people of like minds.
That is, your staff or crew members should be made up of people who are musically inclined like you. You should have taught them all what you know and also make sure that they are also updated as you are updated so that they can stand in for you when the time comes.
Meeting these people will introduce you into a whole new level in the industry, and it is a fact you will definitely need the connections to satisfy your clients, because in situations where you need to move forward in the production process like signing your client to a record label, calling them directly won’t do you much good if you haven’t met in person. So, make sure you always have your business card ready before going out to socialize.
Follow These Sustainability & Productivity Tips
To be able to sustain a business like this, you need to be of great courage and hard-working. Remember, people would always listen to your production, and if it is good, they would want to get to work with you.
As an advice, keep your works simple, classy but affordable. Don’t charge much, don’t include too many things in the sound. As a producer, you can also work as a coach. This could enable you to sign in people into your label.
There is no one way as to how a person may comprehensively become a music producer, but only guidelines, one could start from any point.
And the job unlike corporate office jobs it needs a true passion for the job to work. Devote yourself to the job and it will, in turn, make you happy. it would pay off soonest than you expected.
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