Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Music Producer
Find Your Grind had the opportunity to talk with Philip Zach, a musician and record producer, about his career in music. After his time as a guitarist for the band Remedy Drive, Zach opened and began producing music at The Grid Studio. He shared five things he wished he knew before going into the music industry.
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
1. There Is an Actual Science Behind Making Music
A love of music is just the beginning. This job requires technical skills and knowledge far more in-depth than just notes or keys. For example, familiarity with frequency response and decibels is an expertise you will need to acquire. With the advances in modern music production, the art form must combine not only the creativity of writing music, but also a mastery of new technology. Classes that might not seem to relate much to music, such as math and science, will help someone analyze even the smallest aspect of each musical tone, and how to produce it.
2. Music Production Isn’t A Solo Act.
When a co-worker says they will do something, that may not be exactly what they end up doing. In this career, you must be prepared to work with others and have patience. A leadership class in school can prepare you for difficult situations. Working in music production definitely forces you to learn how to communicate and work with others.
3. Make Yourself Open for Anything
Closing your mind is never a good option. Producing music is no different, and in order to keep magical things happening, you must keep yourself ready to capture them. This can mean trying new techniques, learning the most current skills, or opening up to collaborations with others. Take more in-depth classes such as music theory or management courses to open your career up to some amazing new opportunities.
4. Trial and Error is Okay
You can’t just walk into a music studio, look at the thousands of tools in front of you and expect to be an expert. The path to becoming a truly skilled music producer can be frustrating and disappointing, but when you push through those thousands of hours, you learn not only about your music but yourself too. Seeking out a mentor to help you is one of the most valuable tools for career growth, because it provides you with a close-up perspective. For practice and more guidance, an internship at a studio can give you feedback on your progress and also knowledge on how the job works by watching others.
5. Inspire Others!
A career in the music industry means having a momentous power to influence others. Music is a tool of revolution, and can change the world through evolving the way people feel, think and respond to the world around them. Through the music you produce, you can inspire not just the people around you, but those far away as well. People want to be inspired, and this career allows you the platform to do so every day!