Major Labels Looking for Producers
The toughest job in the music industry if you are looking for work is as an artist. However, once you have found work, the toughest job is arguable being a producer. Producers need to work with temperamental musicians to maximize their time in the recording studio. The producer also needs to have a great ear for music and a working encyclopedia of knowledge about recording and mixing equipment. The professional quality of an album falls directly on the producer’s shoulders. Therefore it isn’t a wonder that there are always major labels looking for producers.
Successful producers often make sixty thousand dollars a year; this is steady money, but nothing compared to the astronomical success that a small handful of musicians make who hit it big. Again, this leads many people to risk everything on being a performing artist and eschew the hard work that comes with being a producer. However, if you are a good producer, there is probably a major label looking for you.
Start out your producing career at an indie record label. Get to know the ins and outs of all the latest recording and mixing equipment, both analog and digital. You should also subscribe to industry magazines to keep abreast of all the latest gadgetry. More and more of the industry is moving into the realm of computers and that is where you should be if you are going to apply to the major labels looking for producers.
If you are hired to a studio, being a producer can be a great job. You get to be around music all the time, and are working to make it better. If you are working with a pop, rap, or hip hop artist, you might even have a chance to do some composing of your own as you lay down their beat tracks. Since there are always major labels looking for producers, this is a great line of work for you to get in.