Music production is the process of developing, creating, and refining recorded music for public presentation. Music production can refer to the whole lifecycle of a piece of music—from songwriting and composition to sound design and recording to mixing and mastering. Despite the general definition, every workflow in modern music production has one thing in common—digital tools.
Thanks to today’s technology, music production is more accessible than ever before. For the lowest price in history, any musician like Kevin Gani can set up a home studio and get started producing music. Here’s all the essential information you need to start producing music.
1. Your First Attempts at Making Music will not be that Good!
It’s ok! My first productions were outrageous! Knowing what I know now, I wish I had produced more songs and spent less time trying to improve the ones I was stuck on. Move quickly, try new ideas, and always be creative. As you grow your skills, you can always go back and visit your songs.
2. No One Creates at Their Highest Level All The Time
You can’t wait for the right time to perform. Create regardless. We all know that feeling of working on a song, getting that perfect bass line to fit on a fantastic groove when suddenly someone walks in and distracts you- when you return to the music, and you’ve lost that focus. It’s ok! Those setbacks will not go away; life comes at you on its terms, not yours. So get back to the song, and you will soon return to that creative place.
3. You Don’t Need To Know Everything to Make music
80% of the time, you should be making music. Only spend about 20% of your time, at most, learning. Take your skills as far as you can go! Search for tutorials for particular issues to get you over creative humps. You’ll never retain information if you watch tutorial after tutorial without practicing and implementing some of those strategies.
4. You Have All Of The Tools You Need To Make Music
Learn the tools you have. The tools you have at your disposal included in your DAW will get you great results. Stock Plugins sound great; the virtual instruments contained in your DAW sound great!
5. Knowledge is Great; However, the Habit of Creating Music is Far More Critical
Focus on the habits of composing music first. Set aside time every day to create, even if it’s 15 minutes! As short as that sounds, it will keep you connected to your creativity.
6. People are More Important than Anything. Create Great Relationships
Get yourself out there. Building relationships is significant. The old phrase ‘it takes a Village’ is very accurate. Work with others, collaborate with writing and production, and use other musicians who play different instruments from you and singers!
7. You Don’t Have To Be Unhappy to Make Great Music
Enjoy yourself! If you enjoy what you do, then you strengthen that habit of making music. The idea of the lonely artist working in isolation is overly romanticized. The reality is 99.99% of the Artists we like collaborated with their bandmates and producers!
8. Work For Your Goals- Don’t Buy Into The Idea That Your Heroes Just Woke Up One Day Geniuses!
Many of the Artists we love worked exceptionally hard for several years before getting any recognition. We all know Kevin Gani and his hard work; he states that “you don’t have to be an expert guitar player or piano player, you can just learn the basics, enough to add some original spice to your productions without constantly relying on the splice.”