When you’ve written a number of songs and maybe played them live for a while it becomes inevitable that you will want to record your music. Gone are the days when a group of musicians sat in a studio and played while someone pressed the record button. Tracks are now recorded separately and mixed together. Now producing is complex and highly technical with 24 to 48 track studios, sampling, loops, harmonies, string arrangements, squeaky toys, you name it. It’s a long process even if you are going for that ‘we’re just a bunch of musicians who happened to be playing live’ sound.
If you want to find a producer you can do it a number of ways:
Online Production Services
You can use an online music service like StudioPros.com. They will record individual instruments for you or a complete arrangement and mix. Have your reference tracks ready. At the very least, give them the genre and one reference that are close to the feel, energy, and style you want. You can have StudioPros do the mix or you can mix at a local studio and add your own vocal.
Above all, keep the reins in your hands. After all, you’re the one who knows your music best. And you’re the one who should be learning from every session, every track, every mistake, and every success. Remember, you’ll be writing and recording many songs. Learn as you go, so you can become your own producer or the best music partner a producer could ever work with.
Major Websites To Find Amazing Music Producers:
Check out local bands and artists. Go to clubs in your area that feature the kind of music you want to record. Or look up your local music scene on the web to see who’s playing, then check out their music online.
The big clubs will host touring acts on weekends. Look at the schedule for weeknights and open mic nights. When you find artists in a style that matches yours, contact them and ask about the producer and musicians they use or look for the CD credits.
Local studios are a good hunting ground, too. Find out who has recorded there. Ask about producers. Get the names of CDs and go listen to music. When you find the style and quality you want to make a note of the producer and musicians.
A producer doesn’t have to be local. It’s possible to work long distance if you’re comfortable with that. Check out YouTube.com and Tunefind.com. Look for independent artists with songs similar to yours. You can usually find contact information for the artist on a website or send a message through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to get the name of their producer if it’s not available elsewhere.
CAUTION: Check out each recommendation carefully. There are plenty of producers who will say they can handle your style. Use the list below in the section “Is this producer right for you?” to help you decide. Try to keep the production simple, the price low, and give feedback often. Take the producer for a “test drive” on a single song.
Production & Demo studios
For example There are some excellent Nashville demo studios for Country songs. (I wouldn’t recommend recording other genres.) When you find a demo service, check out their music samples. Be sure they sound contemporary and professional, and they have tracks in the style you’re looking for. Check out reviews online.
Have reference tracks ready and discuss what you’ll get for the price. You don’t need all the bells and whistles. In fact, I recommend getting a solid guitar/vocal demo first. If the recording puts across the emotion and energy of the song, it may be all you need. You can add other instruments later.
NOTE: If the recording is made under the Nashville Musicians Union demo contract, you will not be able to license the track to film & TV. Be sure you understand what you can and can’t do with your demo.
5 Tips for Effectively Communicating With Your Producer
- Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. It’s your music.
- Provide reference tracks.
- Be prepared to explain your vision for each song section.
- Be as specific as you possibly can.
- Speak up when it’s working well, too!
Risks of Hiring A Music Producer
It’s true a producer can seriously enhance your songs and they can also seriously harm them. However, no one recommends you rely on production to save a poor song. As Graham Gouldman remarked, ‘you can’t hum a production’. It’s the song – the melody, the chorus, the hook – that will grab the listeners and stay in their head, production should enhance this but can’t replace it.
Freelancer Producer And Music Production Agencies
Producers are freelance and can have their own agents who negotiate fees and deals with record companies. Producers command large fees and are usually hired by the record company to work with an artist. But producers will work with unsigned artists if they think they are going to be successful later on. In this case, the producer will take no fee or a reduced fee in return for payment when they get a record deal or a publishing deal.
Find Music Producer For Free
There are also those who are just starting out in production who are looking for bands or artists to work with. You may be able to spot a rising talent yourself and both benefit each other. The other option is to produce yourself and look for an engineer to do all the technical stuff. Engineers work with producers in a studio. They set up the recording equipment and do a lot of the technical legwork in a studio. Many producers start out as engineers and then go on to the more creative production job, probably after having been given a break by a studio to produce a few up and coming artists.
I hope this article can Help you to reach out the right Producer!