Becoming a Music Producer?
Discover the Way of the Renegade...
Becoming a music producer is not easy, though with modern technology and the Internet you have a world of possibilities available to make your music producer career a good one.
Adjust your mindset to achieve a realistic success with your music business activities. Adopt the Renegade Mindset...
1 As a Renegade you want to make your own music, with most of your time!
Key - You need time, energy and money to create your own music and do it well. Becoming a music producer involves many different aspects which you need time and energy to learn about.
You may have a full time job which gives you money for your music passion, though it leaves you with little time and energy.
Once you have your studio set up and you start to make music the money becomes less of a need (although home studios are well-known money-sucking black-holes!).
You'll then need time and energy to make your music, which a full-time job leaves you with very little of at the end of the day.
You can try to master your music production after work each day, and push yourself like crazy to achieve your dreams, or...
... you could think different and ask yourself...
"What if I could produce the income I need to live in a quarter or eighth of the time my current job demands to produce the same amount?"
You may be surprised to discover this "what if" is not only possible, it's being done everyday by more and more individuals, some who have very little technical or business knowledge.
These individuals use their passion or body of knowledge about some topic to create content for their own niche web sites.
Don't believe it? That's fine. Investigate for yourself and see.
2 As a Renegade you make money to make music, and not music for money.
Key - First you figure out how to make income to get your studio set up and replace your job.
Next, you create your music without concern for whether or not your music will make you money.
You know what music made for money sounds like, just listen to the charts.
You want to make your own music and make good music without doing the usual tortured (read broke!) artist route.
Does that mean you won't make money with or from music? Of course not!
You will simply start with a firm foundation of automated business income while you work at becoming a music producer.
You will therefore have all the money you need to live, play and produce music, and then on top you will add income created from your music production, performance and merchandising.
The main advantage is that you have the, time energy and money available to make good music and not feel any need to compromise your music due to financial pressure.
So, how do you create the income you need to replace your job income and focus your time and energy on your music production and performance?
You follow the follow the white rabbit down the Renegade Route.
3 As a Renegade Producer you create a network and community around you and your music.
Key - Your network consists of individuals who support your music career in various ways which can include...
... other artists, producers, engineers, promoters, venue owners, dj's, webmasters and graphic designers. You want all the help you can get to make good music and get it heard and appreciated, and you'd be surprised how much the people around you in your network can and want to help you out when you're becoming a music producer.
You may want talented artists to contribute to your music, producers to lend an ear for critique, engineers to talk "tools" with or handle sound at shows etc.
Get them involved!
Your community (or tribe if you like) are the people who appreciate and get into your music, and come to your shows.
Why don't you call them fans?
You won't get anywhere in today's networked world acting like some aloof superstar with your "adoring fans" far beneath you.
You have to be available in various ways and build a relationship with those who appreciate your music.
Maximize the support you receive from both your network and your community while you are busy becoming a music producer.
4 As a Renegade you create additional income streams with your musical activities.
Key - You know the state of the music industry is in massive flux with the fall of CD sales and the rise of Internet file sharing.
With CD's you could bottle and sell music. Once a file is shared online, it's set free into the wild wild web, never to come back!
Music is now freely available to anyone with an Internet connection and some basic online search skills.
As a Renegade you understand this new reality and you adapt fast. How?
You get creative and realize that online music spreads not because of heavy radio play and marketing. Music spreads when it's shared and people share music when it's good and they like it.
So, in future, you may be able to somehow sell music though most likely your songs will simply be licensed to Internet Service Providers who will offer it to their customers as "free music" included in their broadband subscription. This is one possible scenario seeming more likely by the day.
CD sales seem to becoming less profitable and the Itunes model seems shaky if anything. The younger kids will not want to pay for music they can download for free online.
You may begin to see how live shows, merchandise and music education could just become greater sources of income for you than CD sales. For most artists this is already the case.
Becoming a music producer is now easier than ever.
Stay focused on your own goal of becoming a music producer and use the Internet to your advantage in all areas of your music career.
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