Skills needed to be a music producer

There are certain qualities and skills necessary to be a successful record producer. Besides loving music, you need to have certain personality traits that will make you stand out and help build you reputation. The music industry is a very competitive field where you will have to really work hard in order to be as a successful as you wish to be. While it can be a great career with some fun perks, it’s not a career that is best suited for everyone. Keep reading to see if you have the necessary skills it takes to become a record producer.
• Musical training or expertise. While in school, it’s ideal for you to take a class in music theory and harmony to understand the fundamentals of music. Not only will this be helpful to you, it also gives you the ability to advise artists. Just being into music or enjoying it doesn’t mean that’s all you need. As with any craft or career, you must be able to take the time and become extremely knowledgeable in it.
• Interpersonal skills. You will interact with people on a daily basis. In order to build you reputation and also your client base, you must be personable and professional. People have to want to work with you in order for your career to take off. Never burn any bridges because you never know if you will have to interact with the same people down the road.
• Creativity. Being unique will stem from how creative you are. By being able to think out of the box and create a sound that’s never been heard of is a great way to spread you name and reputation around. In order to make a creative and stand out sound, you will need to take a few things into consideration. You must take in what’s current and popular and think of a way to take it to an even higher level.
• You must be self-motivated. This career involves much discipline and self-motivation. Without either you will not succeed in this industry. Most of the time producers will work for an agency, but it’s ultimately up to them on building their clientele. You will need to hustle and work extremely hard at the beginning of your career in order to advance.
• Communication skills. Since you will be building your relationship with others, it’s important to have strong communication skills as well. This means both written and oral communication skills. You must be able to coordinate with others and set a timeline on how things should be done. In order to achieve success, everyone needs to be on the same page.
• The ability to take charge. Most record producers will need to look over staff. You will need to make sure that everyone is doing their job as efficiently and effectively as possible. You cannot be afraid to supervise or make the final decision. Not only will you be in charge of the staff, you will ultimately help make the final decision of whatever album you are producing.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/producers-and-directors.htm#tab-4
2. http://learningpath.org/articles/Record_Producer_Career_Summary.html

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