What is a music producer?
A music producer or record producer is someone who has a very broad role in overseeing and managing the recording of a band or performer’s music. If a band who plays their own instruments is recording, the producer will have an input into how or what the guitar plays, how the drums are performed, or how the singer sings, and so forth. In my case, I’m dealing with mainly programmed electronic music. So essentially, my job as the producer is to create the backing track, create the song structure, and decide on vocal performance, including harmonies and ad-libs to create the desired sound.
Do I need a music producer?
Not necessarily. If you’re a band who all play your own instruments, then you may just need a recording studio with an engineer. But if you don’t play your own instrument(s), then you may need to hire either a music producer or session musicians. What you’re really looking to achieve is the best recording possible of your song. In today’s market, whatever your purpose is for recording your music, you need to show it off in the best possible light.
How much does it cost?
Cost will vary significantly from one producer to another, depending on ability and previous credits. Most charge an hourly fee. I charge a flat fee for the whole project, no matter how long that takes. My prices can be found here.
How long does it take to produce a song?
The duration will vary from project to project. Factors such as the availability of session musicians and vocalists will affect the overall time. Should none of the above be required, turnaround time can be fairly quick. Allow a week if your recording is very straight forward with extremely limited people involved. If several people will be required and your project is more complicated, allow anything up to a month. Times mentioned above are from the start date. I’m normally booking 2-3 weeks in advance.
Do I need to be there to record?
Unless you’re wanting to vocal your own song, there is no need to be at the recording of your song. Providing references of the type of sound you’re looking for will be enough. My clients are based all over the UK and the world, so I tend to be liaising with clients via email and phone.
I want to be a music producer. How can I become one?
Learning to produce takes time. There are many courses, both online and physical, where you can learn your trade. Firstly though, buy the necessary equipment and start producing!
I need a music producer. Where can I find one?
You’ve found one. Take a listen to my samples and see if I’m producing the sound you’re looking to achieve. If I am, contact me via the contact form to discuss your project. If I’m not, explore other producers via search engines and directories. Be sure to hire a producer who is doing the sound you’re looking for.
How do I know which music producer is right for me?
Be sure to listen to the producer’s samples and previous work. It’s that simple. If he or she is producing the sound you’re looking for, then chances are they’re the right producer for you.
I’m not based in London. Can I still work with you?
Although I’m a London based music producer, as mentioned above, you can be based anywhere in the world and still work with me. 90% of what I currently do is online based.
I write lyrics. Can I turn these into a full song?
Yes. Send me your lyrics with references of how you’d like your song to sound, and along with my top-line writer, we will create a melody and production for your lyrics. You can view my other services here.
I have a melody, lyrics and chords. Will I lose any share of the writing if someone produces it?
A song is made up of 3 parts. Lyrics, melody and chords. So if you have all 3 of these already written, you shouldn’t lose any share of the writing. It is however worth having this discussion before working with your producer. When working with me, you will keep 100% of the writing share.
I want to be a singer but I don’t write songs. Can I have an original song written for me to record?
Yes. Along with my top-line writer, we will write you a song in any commercial style you desire. Provide us with reference tracks and a sample of your voice with range, and we’ll do the rest.
How do I become a singer?
The million dollar question. Anyone can be a singer. To be a successful recording artist is incredibly difficult and there are many different routes to take. But you will still need a product to either perform at live shows, or to play labels, A&R’s or management companies. Recording a strong demo will provide you with the ammunition to move forward.
What is a demo?
A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo will enable you to approach industry professionals to showcase your talents.
What does a song consist of?
The song itself consists of 3 parts. The lyrics, melody and chords. Production is separate and doesn’t affect the writing credits, unless of course the producer has been in the writing session.