Anyone a fan of the hit TV show American Idol knows very well who Randy Jackson is; a music producer and a hit maker to the stars. But what is a music producer? More importantly what does Randy Jackson do when he’s not judging the contestants and giving out his comments?
The term “music producer” can mean many things. For some people, he is both a musician and a remixer. For others, he is a music engineer. While all of these ring true, a music producer serves as a project manager for the recording, the mastering process, and the remixing of the sounds. Anyone in charge of building up a singer knows his goals; not only for the music but for the artists as well. He has a clear vision of what to do and gives inspiration and motivation so that the music turns out best. He oversees the recording process. In short, he brings out the maximum potential of the singer.
So how does one become a music producer? How does one pursue a career in that kind of field?
How to Become a Music Producer
The trail to becoming a music producer starts with one’s personality and interests. If he used to play a musical instrument such as drums or guitar, chances are he is interested in music overall. An avid reader can find books dedicated to music and other information than can lead to a music career. A fondness for travel can be surprisingly helpful as it becomes a source of inspiration and motivation to write lyrics.
Once one is into music, obviously he should have the ears for it. Not only must he be able to judge if the singer is in tune or flat on some scales but he should also be able to suggest alternatives. He should be able to direct the talent to try different tones, different notes, and find other ways to improve the song.
Here is some additional advice: join singing competitions or bands. One can even enroll in music schools to further one’s craft and gain more knowledge. By showcasing to everyone what he can do as a musician, chances are he can team up with a partner; one who has the finances and the same goal of putting up a recording studio.
But take heed. All that an aspiring music producer can do is pursue his goal with passion and perseverance. Not everyone who chases after their dreams gets them fulfilled. He must think positive, stand firm, and keep focused.
Music Producer Jobs Outlook
But how fertile is the industry? According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), things are looking up for those who want to pursue a career in music producing. The industry has seen an average of eight percent increase between 2008 and 2018. Those who are involved in night clubs, theatre groups, and concerts have an even higher chance of making it in the business. However, competition could also be really tight as there are more and more individuals aspiring to become music producers.