The word music producer has different meanings to different people. Anybody who arranges, records, composes – and in the end, takes a musical idea and turns it into a finished track – can be called a Music Producer. There is a lot of work that goes into being one, and even more so, to be a top dog producer.
Producers are expected to manage studio sessions, recording sessions, mix the track and most importantly add a unique sonic vibe to the track. Oh! And not to mention budgeting, making sure everyone gets along, motivating performers to give their best, while at the same time communicating their vision across to everybody involved.
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While it may take you a few years to be a decent producer – the good news is you don’t need to break your fixed deposit to start producing. Thanks to advances in music technology all you need is a laptop, music production software (or DAW, short for Digital Audio Workstation), and a decent pair of headphones – all of which you can get under Rs 1 lakh (or 1500 USD)
For those looking to record vocals or instruments, get yourselves a basic microphone, an audio interface and a few cables. Bear in mind that this is the bare minimum needed to start. And as with everything else in life, keep upgrading and updating your equipment as you keep getting better.
Self-Teaching Vs Formal Education
Right, so you’ve got your laptop, the latest version of your choice of software, and great sounding headphones. Awesome! The next step you take is a very important one, and which depends entirely on how you like to approach learning anything new.
While a lot of people are really good at learning by themselves – there are few who can reach their potential all by themselves. And even if they become great producers – it usually takes a longer time to figure out everything.
My take on this would be to join a music production course that will cover the basics, and also briefly explores the more advanced topics. In India, you have many options of Music production courses in Delhi, Mumbai, and even smaller cities like Bangalore or Chennai.
How To Get A Job In The Music Industry In India
Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this one. Whatever position you are planning to apply for, not only should your tracks sound amazing but ensure your tracks fit what your prospective employer has in mind.
Join Facebook groups, meet performers and artists – all of these could be avenues for your next job or project. The music industry is unlike the food, software, or services industry – where you get a 9 to 5 job, and earn a fixed salary. Everybody is constantly hustling.
If you really think about it, even the top producers can be thought of as freelancers – working on different projects year after year.
In A Nutshell
The road to being a successful music producer in India is a long and hard one. You have to be dedicated, resourceful, creative and patient. Start by doing a Music Production Course in a major city like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Bangalore – and most importantly, keep learning even after the course gets over, even when you are on the job, and even during your cousin brother’s wedding!