The vast majority of music producers fail to reach a wide audience and therefore never succeed. Of course, as in other areas of life, it will be difficult for a beatmaker to find one golden piece of advice on how to become rich and famous.
However, by carefully observing the music market, one can notice some common mistakes that are not related to the music production shop itself, but rather relate to the wider context and approach of the producer to the process of creating and promoting their works.
Practical skills, solid practical experience and knowledge related to music theory are the pillars that allow you to achieve a satisfactory effect – whether it is professional background music or a finished work. An important aspect, however, is the ability to set realistic goals, career planning and a certain marketing flair.
Success can be defined in many ways, so it pays to know what matters most to you. Without knowing what that goal really is, you will take many actions that will take your time instead of getting you closer to it. So what are you aiming for?
Set short-term and long-term goals for yourself and write them down, for example, on a piece of paper. This seemingly simple procedure will give more credibility to your decisions – the goals you set will become more realistic.
Try to set realistic dates for each step. For example, one of your first goals might be to learn the basics of music theory. Next, learn how to play basic chords on a midi keyboard, which will take you a maximum of one month, etc. Remember to go back to the list of tasks and agree on the degree of their implementation on an ongoing basis. Gradually, step by step, set yourself more and more difficult tasks that will lead you to the main goal, which will be the fulfillment of your dream and the success you deserve. You will become a professional beatmaker.
Many music producers copy other people’s achievements and styles rather than trying to create their own sound. Of course, it is worth taking an example from the best and learning from them in technique, but it should be remembered that neither the public nor the musicians are looking for fakes.
So don’t blindly follow the crowd – try to be original. We currently have a flood of mediocrity and blind copying, often not to the best standards.
By adapting to the whims of the moment, you will be lost in the crowd of other producers who are doing the same thing as you. Only your own, unique sound will allow you to gather a group of listeners who will become a solid basis for acquiring new fans or customers.
Remember – copying the style of another manufacturer, you make it more recognizable and get more recognition. Thus, you are working on someone else’s account and you will always be compared with the original.
Learn from the best, but remember that you are mostly limited by your imagination. Equipment is only a small percentage of success. Skills can be acquired by working and learning in the workshop. However, it is your own beatmaking style that will set you apart from the crowd, so remember to experiment and even develop your own unique musical personality.